Timeline

1979

First Placement – 1979

First Placement – 1979

Robert Foster and Hellion – together for 27 years until Robert passed away in 2007.

1982

First Placement in NYC

First Placement in NYC

Monkey Helper Henrietta was placed with Sue Strong in New York City.

1989

Affiliation with Boston University

Affiliation with Boston University

Helping Hands becomes affiliated with Boston University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

1995

Kim & Mymu Featured in “Life Magazine”

Kim & Mymu Featured in “Life Magazine”

Life Magazine told the story of monkey helper Mymu’s arrival to her new home with Kim Torbitt.

1997

Placing the 50th Monkey Helper

Placing the 50th Monkey Helper

Helping Hands celebrated the placement of the 50th monkey with a new recipient.

1998

Helping Hands Launches SCIPP Program

Helping Hands Launches SCIPP Program

Helping Hands launches Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program (SCIPP), to educate young people about preventive measures, the challenges of living with disabilities, and understanding the human-animal bond.

2002

Grand Opening of Monkey College

Grand Opening of Monkey College

Grand Opening of the Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation Center in Boston, MA (the “Monkey College”) https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna5014298

2004

First Placement in California

First Placement in California

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers placed the first monkey in the State of California – Craig and Minnie.

2005

Placement of 100th Monkey Helper

Placement of 100th Monkey Helper

Helping Hands placed the 100th monkey helper in service, a testament to the commitment of supporters of the program.

Helping Hands on CBS

Helping Hands on CBS

Dan Rather did a news segment about Helping Hands on CBS news.