We are permanently suspending all new placements, but are committed to the care of all our service monkeys. Learn More.

Our Programs

We support all our service monkeys for their entire lives.

Training Center

Our training center, The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation Center, is a highly unique, carefully designed, comprehensive facility where our monkeys live and learn while they attend The Monkey College. It includes:

  • Monkey dorm rooms
  • Play and recreational areas
  • Bathing areas
  • A veterinary center
  • A kitchen for preparing monkey meals
  • Administrative and Placement offices
  • A workshop for designing and fabricating adaptive equipment
  • A respite care facility
  • Innovative classrooms that vary in size and complexity, equipped with closed-circuit TV and one-way glass to facilitate observation

The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation Center contains within its walls the work and the spirit of Helping Hands. It is where we carefully prepare our service monkeys to be helpful, empowering, and loving companions for individuals living with physical disabilities.

The Monkey College is generally not open to the public. Please see our visitation policy for information.

Helping Hands does have a volunteer program for individuals eighteen years and older.