chescologo-01The Chesco LIFE Program serves Chester County families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional, behavioral, social needs, intellectual disabilities, and/or have involvement with the dependency or delinquency systems. As a team of both experienced parents and professionals, we work closely with Chester County families to offer invaluable support to individuals with intellectual disabilities, emotional issues, and behavioral problems. In addition to working with local child serving systems and partnerships with community organizations, we have many resources available to support your family’s emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being, including a bilingual staff. Parenting resources and educational supports, along with social and recreational opportunities are all easily accessible within our program.

Our mission is to build strong, resourceful families and resilient children by sharing knowledge, resources, direct support, and training with a focus on building a culture of parents and youth as mentors, developing partnerships within the community and supporting the system of care philosophy in Chester County.


FREE Virtual Parent/Caregiver Support Group

Is your child struggling with behavioral, social, emotional or mental health challenges and
you don’t know where to start or how to get through it? Join us, the staff of Chesco LIFE, who are parents with lived experiences with our own children to engage in conversations on What to do when you don’t know what to do.
When: First Wednesday of every month from 12pm to 1pm (beginning Wed., April 7th, 2021)
Why Join the Support Group?
• Opportunity to meet other parents with similar struggles.
• Gain knowledge on the needs relevant to your situation.
• Facilitate connections with group members, provide support, helpful
• Encourage families to find a voice and advocate skills.

Register for the Support Group HERE


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Meet Our Staff!

Erin Pasela
Erin has a B.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University. Erin enjoys her role as a Family Support Specialist so she can provide caregivers with assistance, services, and community resources their children need. She personally knows the struggle of attempting to navigate the system on her own, and finds the position fulfilling and rewarding in helping new families learn how to handle these challenging, yet unique circumstances. She currently resides in Chester County with her husband and sons. Contact Erin: 215-350-5193 or


Sheila Grant
Sheila has a RN, MS from LaSalle University. Sheila loves being a family support specialist because she is passionate about advocating for families and children with special needs.  She is a member of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer.  Sheila is on the board of Chester County/Mainline CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) and teaches part-time at Immaculata University.  Sheila is the proud mother of two sons and lives with her husband and family in West Chester PA. Contact Sheila 215-450-4556 or



Mabel Gall
Mabel has a MS in School Counseling certification from Kutztown University. She has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and families. She has worked for different nonprofit organizations in Lehigh County area such as Valley Youth House, Northwestern Human Services and Access Services. She currently resides in Chester County and has been working for the Chesco LIFE program since October 2016. Mabel is fluent in Spanish and she enjoys assisting families in need. Contact Mabel: 215-429-8383 (this number take referrals) or



Chrissy Gilliam
Chrissy has attended both Northern College in Ontario, Canada and Harcum College in Pennsylvania, in which she has earned credits towards an Early Childhood Education degree. Chrissy has many years of experience in a childcare setting and enjoys helping others. Chrissy understands the struggle with raising a child with special needs, and uses her own personal experience to help families who are overwhelmed and need help finding resources in the county. She currently lives in Chester County with her husband, son and their two cats. Contact Chrissy: 215-479-0460 or


Natalie Saenz
Natalie previously has held different positions in corporate communications and has garnered extensive knowledge in the early childhood education environment and serving those with disabilities through her personal life.  She brings her passion and own personal experience to help families navigate the system of services and resources available in Chester County.  Natalie is fully bilingual and can assist families in the Spanish speaking communities as well. She resides in Chester County with her husband and their three children. Natalie also holds an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. in Communications from Florida International University.  Contact Natalie: 215-816-7222 or

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