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About Us

The Center at Hampton House is a 501(c)(3) [Non-Profit Corporation] eligible for tax-deductible donations.

Our Story

The Center at Hampton House was created out of need, by founder and mother of two grown children with autism. Nancy Jelen had exhausted all resources available to help her two grown children secure employment and create a sustainable living for themselves.

In August of 2017, The Center at Hampton House was established and has since made many partnerships to offer services to guide individuals with intellectual disabilities to live an independent life and secure employment.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a private facility with education programs and activities for individuals with Autism, to help them develop social skills that translate into vocational skills as a springboard toward independent living and to become a part of vibrant communities.

To create a safe learning environment for persons with intellectual disabilities to acquire independent living skills, practical office and business technology skills and skills in professional trades.

To create a recreational learning environment through common interest social clubs, workshops and specialized programs which offer opportunity for engagement, learning skills and to participate in events, independently or with friends and family members, for fun, enrichment and socialization.

To assist adults on the spectrum of autism to explore specific areas of interests, talents and training for improving employment opportunities. Plus customized employment opportunities for small business ventures for sustainable self-employment.

To create a group living home for independent adults with autism.

Our Team

Our team members are committed to creating a safe learning environment and working with persons with intellectual disabilities.  Our dedicated experts are committed to providing quality programs and services to help those individuals acquire independent living skills, practical office and business technology skills and skills in professional trades.

We believe that all individuals are different and unique and our learning environment accepts and encourages differences while striving to improve employment opportunities.

The Center at Hampton House is an equal opportunity employer.

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Executive Committee

Nancy Jelen - President

Karen Velocci - Treasurer

Connie Collins-Brick - Secretary

Staff Bios

Nancy Jelen, Executive Director, and founder, Mother of 2 Adult children with autism.  A Degree in Physical Therapy, a Certified Life Coach, 27 years of Business management, over 30 years working with persons with disabilities and 14 years as an IM4Q Monitor.  Nancy knows firsthand parents need a solution to the 85% unemployment problem among the population with disabilities.   Nancy's motto, "Let's be the solution."  The Center’s custom written “Put your Future in Focus” and “Train to the Job” programs help clients prepare up for the most successful experience.

Karen Velocci Director of Technology and Programming,  Karen is a leader in her field with over 30 years’ experience in technology integration for students and young adults with special needs. Karen has served as the Director of Technology for the Center at Hampton House since its inception. Karen has co authored “Train to the job” and “Get your Future in Focus” programs for the Center. Karen founded and developed SI Services, a system integration company, which provided connectivity solutions for various system platforms and training to help enhance the lives of individuals living with a disability. She designed an iPad Education Program designed for parents and professionals, as well as the onsite Professional Development Staff Training for educators and employers. Karen also developed a Special Education Safety Emergency Preparedness Program (SESEP), providing technology driven curriculum to best support special education students learn and practice safety procedures to survive an emergency situation. As more persons with disabilities are integrated into the workplace Karen hopes to expand her safety program into the work environment. Karen's most important role is Mom to Stefan, who is 23 years old living with autism, and is non-verbal. Karen has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Penn State University.

Connie Brick, Director of Community Outreach and Fundraising, Certified employment staff,  Started career as a computer programmer and gained several years of project management experience with Price Waterhouse Coopers in the Office of Government Services in Washington, D.C. Wrote grant proposal to Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, for providing career services & vocational training for 90 students at St. Mary's Home for At Risk Kids, Subsequently, Connie identified & cultivated over 40 business partnerships and counseled students through their job strategies, career search process and helped them locate a job, vocational training or college placement for all  graduates. The primary goal is to identify a job that utilizes individual skills and leads to long term employment within a connected, compassionate community.  Connie co authored “Get your Future in Focus”

Sherie Benoff,  Director of Employment Development and Business Liaison Temple University graduate 1982 with a BBA in Accounting and a minor in Marketing. Sherie has over 30 years of experience in HR and management training. She is a Certified employment specialist. She uses her previous work experience to educate businesses on the benefits of mentoring and hiring persons with disabilities.  Having a sister with autism, Sherie has lived and dealt with the barriers that prevent success for employment. Sherie saw firsthand how her sister who is in a sheltered workplace with a full time job coach, benefits from feeling like she has a purpose. Sherie feels her passion is to help others find their purpose as well.” It is so wonderful to see a client succeed at work, to be part of something and smile when they get their first check” Her out of the box thinking, her upfront expectations, and her persistent patience with training and coaching have pay off big time for our clients.

Sara Bloncourt Director of Business Administration, Sara graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Business Administration.  Before joining the team at TCHH, she worked for multiple small businesses in an array of administrative and management roles.  She was the founder and director of a local summer camp and after-school program.  Sara served as President on the Parent-Teacher board at her children’s school for many years.  Sara brings both her Entrepreneurial business experiences as Business owner, accounting assistant, and her experience as a mother of a child with special needs and merges them for the shared benefit of the Center and our clients.

Cheryl Kaiser, Certified Job Coach, Cheryl graduated high school where she had academic and commercial courses including child development, and then proceeded into the work world.  She worked her way up to director at a camp during her summers in school. She took some night courses for psychology and photography. Cheryl worked at a recruitment advertising agency for over 28 years in client services, sales and management handling clients. This includes hospitals, colleges, pharmaceutical companies and more. With changes in the economy she moved on to become an independent consultant and worked in direct mail, for several magazines and at a direct ad TV company. While caring for several family members, Cheryl gained firsthand knowledge of the medical and insurance industries. Cheryl recently joined The Center at Hampton House as a Job Coach and helps in their marketing efforts. Having 28 years of experience in sales and marketing, Cheryl uses her network connections to educate former business clients about the importance of providing opportunities for the clients we serve and how they can enhance their businesses.

Nanci Goldenberg, MA,  PA Licensed Behavior Specialist.  Nanci brings 30 plus years to helping understand and guide clients. Nanci holds an MA in Professional Counseling from Arcadia University with Concentration Certifications in Autism and Child & Family Therapy She pasted on the National Counseling Exam October 2017. She is a PA licensed Behavior Specialist as of October 2018.  Nanci provides Child & Family Home/School-Based Therapy, she is also an academic, autism & behavior coach, to help find solutions and strategies for individuals who face challenges in their daily life. Nanci serves as a facilitator at the Center at Hampton House, as well as behavior specialist offering counseling services to individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities to promote their acquisition of independent living skills, practical office and business technology skills and skills in professional trades.

Tatyanna Jamison, Facilitator, Job Coach and Program Assistant. A recent graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Business Management.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tatyanna has overcome adversity as a child and young adult, she is grateful for mentors who helped her to her current success. Tatyanna spends her free time going back to the intercity to help mentor others who face similar challenges and show them through example that there is hope for change and a better outcome.  She enjoys working in a classroom setting facilitating students in work readiness and independent living skills. Using her expertise and passion is to connect one-on-one with a client by learning and growing with them! Her goal is to make sure we have a 100% success rate with everyone that enters the doors of The Center of Hampton House.

Courtney Stewart, Grant Writer, Social Media, Networking Courtney recently earned her M.A. in American Studies from Stockton University. She graduated from Ursinus College in 2014 and currently coaches middle school girls’ lacrosse. She is also actively involved in both her high school and college’s alumni associations where she assists with networking and social events, communications, and social media outreach. Courtney focus at the Center is grant writing and community outreach.

Alaa Ajaj, Facilitator, Job Coach and Direct-care Advocate,  As I continue training and studies online, I help advocate for people with disabilities. I have worked as a direct care support person with persons with disabilities as well as a program facilitator, I am currently finishing my certificate as a job coach so that I can better support the people I serve. I believe through work readiness, independent living skills, and our center’s programs that we can make a difference and help guide our clients to a better future.

Sara Blunt, Director of Horticulture Training/ Employment, Sara brings 25 years of experience in all things green, a retired corrections officer and farm business owner, and current advocate for farm to table, healthy eating and living.  Her role at the Center is to bring innovative future farming and green growing opportunities, training and employment.