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Our service monkeys are provided at no cost to our recipients.

What happens during the placement week?

During the placement week, the Helping Hands staff works on setting up a successful relationship between you and your monkey. This is largely a week where we teach you monkey behaviors, hierarchy, relationship development, etc. During this week, we will set up and adapt equipment you will use in the future to help your monkey learn tasks in your home. We will show you some of the tasks that your monkey will eventually do for you. However, it is important that you understand that you need to build a relationship with your monkey first before you will be able to complete tasks independently without the assistance of our staff trainers. Working successfully with tasks usually begins after a few months, once you develop a strong and trusting relationship with your monkey. Again, your staff advisor will instruct you every step of the way.