Left: Executive Director, Fran Pangaro
Right: Director of Admin, Karen Zajac
7 Barnes Industrial Road South
Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone: (203) 269-3599
(203) 269-3599 ext. 13
Director of Administration
(203) 269-3599 ext. 12
Program Manager of Residential
Program Manager of Day Services
(203) 269-3599 ext. 19
(203) 269-3599 ext. 11
"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."
ACORD Inc was proud to be able to deliver many food items to the Connecticut Food Bank this Thanksgiving. A special 'thank you' to one of our staff, Peter Thieringer, who not only organized the Food Drive but also delivered it.
Before and during the transformation
James Sanchez-Palmer displays his much deserved certificate. On the left is Michelle Gatling, Program Manager of Day Services and on the right is Francine Pangaro, Executive Director.
ACORD 2019 Holiday Closing Schedules
Mon, Tues & Wed
Dec. 23, 24, 25 Christmas Holiday
ACORD Inc. was recognized in an article in the CohnReznick 2018 Connecticut Community Impact Report.
ACORD received an Award of Excellence from The Trust..
A REALLY COOL TREAT….
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….Type your paragraph here.
Staff from New Haven DSO in Woodbridge do their best impression of the Ugly Sweater Pose. We think they are kinda cute.
December 3, 2019
What’s more fun than going to a party, eating delicious food, dancing to festive music and laughing with your friends? Nothing that we can think of right now. ACORD Inc. held its annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 3rd and no New England snow storm was going to keep us from trekking to Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford where we were met with a display of holiday decorations and tables dressed in the colors of the season. The DJ played music that got the participants and staff out on the dance floor where feet and hands moved to the beat of the music and smiles were abound on everyone’s faces. Add in some delicious food and desserts and you have a day to remember. Participants all left with a gift from ‘Santa’ and Staff all had chances to win some fabulous gifts. By the end of the party there were full bellies, and contentment for another wonderful day provided by a wonderful organization. Thank you again ACORD Inc. for making some very special individuals and some very fabulous staff feel so very warm inside even on a cold wintry, snowy day.
What do witches, a con man, a kitty,
Cleopatra, a pirate, a geisha girl, a clown,
a Roman princess, an inmate and Dorothy
all have in common? They all showed up
at ACORD on Halloween. What fun as
they paraded through the ADMIN area to
show off their costumes and give us all a
real treat. They not only got dressed up,
they also acted out their parts. What a great
Halloween celebration - nothing spooky there...
Imagine coming into work and being greeted by a table filled with some delicious treats to get your day started? Well, that’s exactly what happened at ACORD on October 15th. Bagels and yogurt and donuts… oh my… oh and let’s not forget the muffins and orange juice. It looked like a whole lotta goodness and no doubt it filled those empty bellies with delight. Now that’s a good start to anyone’s day.
And the award goes to....
July 24, 2019
What do you get when you show initiative and proceed to follow through with a job that you volunteer to do? Why you have people sit up and take notice and then you are awarded a Good Citizenship Award. That’s how James Sanchez-Palmer received the first award ever given by ACORD Inc. to participants in their programs. James will have his name added to a list to display on the walls of ACORD Inc. so all passing by can see it. Our hope is to add many more names of participants as the word spreads on what happens when you get creative and do something unique and in turn make everyone feel good. James was given a plague with his picture. We are all so proud of his accomplishments. Congrats to James and we at ACORD Inc. thank you for your dedication and hard work. Now…. Who will be next?
New Carpet for New Haven DSO
Well,it may not be a MAGIC carpet but it sure feels like magic to see the transformation at our Woodbridge location. We went from tears and strips of tape to a smooth and bright new carpet. Not only does it make the rooms brighter, but it makes them look even bigger. We no longer feel the need to place objects over ripped and torn areas to hide them - we are showing off the new edition and feeling safe and... well, like magic.
Ask and you shall receive
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.