ACORD 2019 Holiday Closing Schedules

Thus, July 4                        Independence Day

Mon, Sept. 2                       Labor Day

Thurs & Fri, Nov 28, 29     Thanksgiving

Mon, Tues & Wed

​Dec. 23, 24, 25                    Christmas Holiday


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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.


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June 2019
Picture this - It’s a Friday afternoon, it’s warm out and it seems like a perfect opportunity to take a break and eat an ice cream. Well, that’s exactly what the staff and individuals did one Friday afternoon on June 14th at ACORD Inc.  A familiar tinkling bell and cheery song played as a bright colored ice cream truck pulled up to the ACORD entrance and opened its windows to accommodate everyone’s palate with a tasty treat. The choices were endless and the decisions were hard but by the end of the hour, there were satisfied customers who went back to their jobs with a full belly and smiles on their faces.  This special day was brought to us by the ingenuity of our Executive Director who recognized the importance of providing a little something special to not only the staff for all their hard work, but for the individuals who make us smile every day.  You may not be able to buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that’s kind of the same thing….

​​Ask and you shall receive

April 2019

Imagine the look of awe and wonder on the faces of personnel at ACORD Inc. when on April 23, 2019, two lovely women came into our facility bearing 'gifts' for our Programs.  it  was like the Prize Patrol.  They unloaded their car with several trips and the gifts kept coming.  But HOW? Why? Well, let me explain...

A group of Occupational Therapy Assistants  (OTA) who are enrolled in the Masters of Occupational Therapy "Bridge" program at Bay Path University, had an assignment to choose a program that benefits the community and then assist that program.  One of the group members lives in Wallingford, CT and so she was familiar with ACORD and she felt that the agency fit their project goals.  As OTA practitioners, they want all their clients to obtain as much independence as possible. They read on our website how we prepare our participants to gain employment by teaching them skills.  Three out of the four members of the group already work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities and they therefore recognized our agency's role and understood the value of the 'wish list' items we displayed on our site.

This group of ladies then took it upon themselves to raise money and when they spoke to the 'givers', they explained why ACORD is an important piece of our community and how important we are to the people we serve.  They then took the money they raised -- close to $500 -- and bought the items from our list.  WOW, just WOW... Our hearts are bursting with appreciation for this unsolicited event.  What did they bring us you ask?  Things for our Yard Crew and things for our Programs - rakes, brooms, wheel barrel, speakers, fake money (for teaching money skills), computer games (educational), vacuum cleaner, hedge trimmer and more..

We would like to publicly acknowledge those ladies in the group - Erin McGowan, Veronica Saavedra, Whitney Burns and Kelsey Caligaris. ACORD wishes you much success in your endeavors in the Masters Program at Bay Path University and we also thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

​​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

​​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.





After and the Volunteers

ACORD received an Award of Excellence from The Trust..

Before and during the transformation

ACORD Inc. was recognized in an article in the CohnReznick 2018 Connecticut Community Impact Report. 

Bring on Summer.


"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