Work is Underway on Sickle Cell Community Center

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

The Independent

by Carly Wanna | Jul 30, 2018:

A house at the corner of Chapel and Orchard streets stood lifeless for years before Yale New Haven Hospital invited a community group to breathe new life into it, for a cause.

Since then, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Southern Connecticut has renovating the 100-plus-year-old grand three-story building at 1389 Chapel St. into a home for the sickle cell community.

Located across the street from Yale-New Haven’s St. Raphael campus, the center will offer support for the families of people affected by sickle cell disease and promote greater awareness of the disease. The hospital is renting the building to the center for $1 a year.

According to organization board Chair James Rawlings, who spearheaded the development, it will be the first the community home dedicated to the si