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.

June 2018 - What a GREAT accomplishment.  Two of ACORD's participants are all smiles as they show off their many medals won at the Special Olympics.  With Scott and James is our Executive                                                        Director Fran Pangaro, who could not be more proud of their                                                                 accomplishments. Way to Go guys...

March  2018 – ACORD held a Staff Appreciation Day highlighted with a luncheon at the Main Office for all staff.  There was plenty of good food, dessert and prizes to give away.  The smiles on the staff as they grabbed their favorite sandwich and salad was a delight to behold.  Out dedicated and conscientious staff walked away with a sense of how much their work means to the participants in our programs.  Thank you again ACORD staff and know you are appreciated all year long.​​






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

ACORD received an Award of Excellence from The Trust..

Before and during the transformation


"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

Art teacher from Healing Through Art, LLC prepares her materials for participants.

After and the Volunteers


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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.