35 Years and growing....!

February 25, 2020

ACORD, Inc., is proud to be celebrating our 35th Anniversary this year. To commemorate the continued growth of our Community of Respect and Dignity, we gathered our team of managers and senior staff to brainstorm on creating art that would depict our theme of growth as well as our pride.  The meeting of our minds resulted in this beautifully-colored canvas of painted flowers, growing upwards together, very representative of our family of staff and residents.  This piece will be proudly displayed at the entrance of our headquarters in Wallingford for all to admire.

We will be planning an Open House, a special fundraiser and other activities this year. Check back often for more news!


​Won’t you be my Valentine?

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller, Author

 Our “Sweet” Executive Director, Fran Pangaro, just couldn’t let a day like Valentine Day go by without showing her staff her really sweet side.  Everyone was treated to some really big, delicious and decadent heart shaped cookies. As if working for her isn’t already a treat in itself, she goes and just proves that point by personally going to

each person with a cookie and napkin (also with hearts). 

Our sweet tooth was satisfied and it was a perfect way to

start this beautiful sunny (albeit cold) February 14th. 

Thank you Fran… Now who will be your valentine?​​

Holiday Celebration

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.

Happy Halloween.......booooooooo

Halloween 2019

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... 



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?

​​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.





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.


"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



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Contact Us

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

Program Manager of Residential
Evalina Askew
​(203) 605-5581

Program Manager of Day Services
Michelle Gatling
(203) 269-3599 ext. 19

​Quality Assurance
Jackie French
(203) 269-3599 ext. 11


Executive Director, Fran Pangaro showing off the delicious Valentine Day Cookies she provided to her staff!

Before and during the transformation

ACORD received an Award of Excellence from The Trust..

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



ACORD 2020 Holiday Closing Schedules

​​​Fri, April 10                                  Good Friday

Mon, May 25                               Memorial Day

Fri, July 3                                     Independence Day

Mon, September 7                    Labor Day

Thurs & Fri, Nov. 26-27             Thanksgiving

Thursday, Friday & Monday

December 24, 25, 28                Christmas