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7 Barnes Industrial Road South
Wallingford, CT 06492

Phone: (203) 269-3599

Executive Director
Francine Pangaro
(203) 269-3599 ext. 13

Director of Administration
Karen Zajac
(203) 269-3599 ext. 12

Manager of Program Operations
Evalina Askew
​(203) 269-3599 ext. 19

​A provider qualified by the CT Dept. of Developmental Services.


(Pictured l to r) our Executive Director, Fran Pangaro, participant Joe and Manager of Program Operations, Evalina Askew

We Got This

ACORD received an Award of Excellence from The Trust..

Before and during the transformation

Climbing down doesn't  mean you are a failure, just get up and climb one step higher to be successful - Tynese Grier.

Staff line up for their pancake breakfast - nice way to start the day!

" I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.  I woke and I saw that life is all service.  I served and I saw that service is joy." - Kahlil Gibran

"I Appreciate You".

There is no "I" in Team.

After and the Volunteers




"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill, It will make or break a company... a church... a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude...  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes."

                                               -Charles Swindoll

Starting the Day Right

March 2019

First Annual Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast

Is there any better way to start your work day than with a hearty breakfast of pancakes and ALL the fixins’?  Staff at ACORD were treated to the “flapjacks” on Staff Appreciation Day at the ACORD Headquarters in Wallingford on March 14th.  What made it extra special were the ‘Chefs’ on duty… Executive Director, Fran Pangaro, and her Sous Chefs… Karen Zajac, Director of Administration; Evalina Askew, Manager of Program Operations and

Michelle Gatling, Program Manager of Day Services. 

These ladies had the flipping down to a science and

did I mention how good the entire facility smelled? 

The minute you opened the front door, the smell of

those delicacies made you feel like Wimpy just

following your nose to the scent coming from the

kitchen.  By the looks of all the smiles on the faces

of staff, I think this was a successful way to show how

much the staff are appreciated for all they do every

day of every week.  Thanks to our Executive Director

for all the time and energy she put in the preparations.

Healing Through ART

​“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Degas

January 2019 - Have you ever had a day where your mood is happy, or maybe sad, or maybe inquisitive… or maybe you just need a little something different to bring out the best in you?  That is ART… it is what you make of it and there is no right or wrong, good or bad it is just an expression of you.  This is how our participants feel on the days where we are visited by the art teachers from Healing Through Art, LLC.  Each participant who chooses to do so, gets to work with the mediums of their choice and they get to express themselves through that medium.  It is time well spent designing and then admiring their creations and feeling good to have fashioned their own masterpieces.  Art truly is a healing process for mind and spirit.


Much Appreciated Donations....

June 2018 - When someone thinks enough of your organization to donate much needed equipment, well, it just makes your heart swell. Such is the case with Pangaro Wealth Management of Cheshire, CT.  We received chairs, tables, computer screens and some miscellaneous items that we have already put to good use.

If you or your company will be renovating or maybe you are just looking to put things you no longer need to good use, please consider donating them to our Programs.  For a list of items we would love to have (new or gently used) please click on the DONATE tab at the top of this screen.

June 2018 - What do you get when you combine volunteers from CohnReznick, and staff from ACORD Inc?  A DAY OF CARING... and a transformation of a property in need of some loving care.  Throw in paint and yard tools and you have a beautiful result that makes your heart warm and fuzzy.  That's what happened for us when several volunteers from CohnReznick showed up ready to make a difference for the residents at our Overlook Drive home in Meriden, CT.  It was exciting to watch as the property took on a new look and the improvements were astounding.  There were smiles on everyone's faces as they happily painted or raked.  They were rewarded with a lunch and snacks provided by ACORD.  See below for before and after photos.  Our heartfelt thanks goes out to CohnReznick for all they did for us.


March  2018 – ACORD h