Rest Haven in Monroe, New York

Built in 1902, this suburban property in the Hudson Valley was purchased in 1923 by M.C. Migel, founder and president of the American Foundation for the Blind. He conveyed the property to Rest Haven, Inc. and renovated the interior to support the hosting of blind women for two-week vacations.

In 1944, Rest Haven, Inc. returned the title property to the American Foundation for the Blind. Helen Keller, the famed deaf and blind writer, activist, and lecturer was a member trustee for the American Foundation for the Blind, and she was actively involved in the operation of Rest Haven from 1933 until her death in 1968. 

Rest Haven has had several owners since then, including a local chapter of the Arc, an organization dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and physical disabilities. In 2016, Rest Haven was purchased by HRR Corporation. They set about renovating the property, and when they learned about its connection to Helen Keller they wanted to honor the historical connection. Preservation efforts have focused on restoring the original adult home residence and preserving its legacy.

As of 2019, Rest Haven has operated as an adult care facility.

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