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.

2007

Helping Hands on “The Today Show”

Helping Hands on “The Today Show”

Helping Hands is featured on The Today Show with Lester Holt.

First Placement with World War II Veteran

First Placement with World War II Veteran

First placement with an American veteran of World War II – Jim Hill and Jessica. Mr. Hill was one of the soldiers who stormed the beaches along the coast of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.

2008

Helping Hands on “Jeopardy”

Helping Hands on “Jeopardy”

Helping Hands was featured as a category on Jeopardy.

First Placement with Iraq War Veteran

First Placement with Iraq War Veteran

First placement with an American veteran of the War in Iraq. Tim Jeffers and Webster
View their story.

2009

30th Anniversary of Helping Hands

30th Anniversary of Helping Hands

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers celebrated its 30th anniversary.

2010

First publication of “Kasey to the Rescue”

First publication of “Kasey to the Rescue”

First publication of the book Kasey to the Rescue which tells the story of Ned and his monkey helper Kasey.
https://youtu.be/G0lwf0-Pwt4
Ned & Kasey

2012

SCIPP is rebranded as YEP

SCIPP is rebranded as YEP

SCIPP is rebranded as YEP – Youth Education Program.

2018

Travis and Siggy Profiled in “TIME Magazine”

Travis and Siggy Profiled in “TIME Magazine”

Travis and Siggy were profiled in TIME magazine.
Travis and Siggy in Time
Travis and Siggy

2021

Monkey College becomes the Monkey Living Center

Monkey College becomes the Monkey Living Center

The Monkey College becomes the Monkey Living Center.
View the Monkey living Center