Howell PAL/Southard School, Howell, NJ

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The fee for the class is $25 per week, which includes snack and all art supplies. Classes take place the the Howell PAL building/ Southard School, 115 Kent Rd, Howell, NJ

Participants must demonstrate the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and to behave respectfully towards others.  They must also have sufficient emotional and independent stability to participate in all aspects of the program.  In consideration for all of the participants and the integrity of the class, we reserve the right to terminate  a participant’s enrollment if their behaviors impede the success of the program.

       Fall 2017                                    2018

September 16, 30                    January 6, 20, 27

October  7, 14, 21, 28              February 3,10, 24

November  4, 18                      March 3, 10, 17, 24

December  2, 9, 16                April 14, 21, 28

                                                 May 5, 12, 19

​                                                June 2, 9, 16

Our Saturday recreation program is for teens and adults with Unique Needs at

the Howell PAL.  The two hour class includes an art lesson, an exercise session, life skills, and socialization ​activities. 

Our Program

Two Special Education teachers and an Art Therapist teamed together to create this unique recreation program and other products for individuals with Unique Needs.



We offer a great class and we like to think we do it right. 

 But, don’t just take our word for it--our family's give us rave reviews!

  • This Christmas, I bought all my gifts from Helping Hands.  There is something for every family member! I was even able to request a special drawing, which was made into cards for someone in my family.  I can truly say that everyone loved their presents! ​              The teachers in the program are amazing and so are the artists. The positive environment created by teachers, artists and volunteers all working together yields the most beautiful art. Helping Hands is AWESOME!

            J.Behan  (Volunteer since 2012)                                 January 2016                                                        

  • Thank you for supporting Sarah's artistic endeavors and allowing her the freedom to express herself through her art. Art will always be part of Sarah's life, and YOU have given us confidence that Sarah has a future with her art.

             P. Redding                                                                       May 2015

  • Thank You So Much for all that you do! Johnny loves going to Helping Hands every Saturday. He was so proud of his last picture when he presented it to me. Because of you, he is more focused on his work. You truly are a blessing!

             B. Covello                                                                       May 2015

  • I don't know what Dylan would have done without this program. We appreciate you Colleen for giving these gifted young adults a chance in life when no one else would.  As talented as these autistic adults are, there was no one who helped them to continue to keep learning about art.  You have given my grandson hope and have encouraged him to pursue his love for the arts and that someone does care.  Without you and this program I don't know where we would be right now. Thank you so much. Know that Dylan and I appreciate you and all the volunteers who help them.
     M.  White                                                                         May 2015

  • Mrs. Hordichuk is a wonderful and talented teacher who encourages her students to explore their artistic abilities.

              K. Doherty                                                                      May 2015

  • ​What an inspiration Colleen is to all of our kids. Giving up your Saturday mornings to offer this program is such a gift to us all. Allyson loves coming to Helping Hands and I know she will for a long time.

            K. Sharp                                                                           May 2015

  • Thomas has been attending Helping Hands Art since the inception of the program.  He looks forward to going to Helping Hands Art and really enjoys each session.  Helping Hands Art has helped Thomas discover his artistic talents, interact better with his peers and make new friends.  The instructors do a great job and the student volunteers are quite helpful.  Also, the addition of the exercise segment to the program was a great idea.  In summary, it’s a wonderful program run by knowledgeable and caring instructors.

            K. Doherty                                                              October 2014

  • My son graduated his world of high school; transitioning to continued education environment while Helping Hands Art & More is remaining consistent to part of our realm. We are  fortunate in being part of this very meaningful curriculum.


            C. Schear                                                               October 2014


  • Glen has always been a joy and an inspiration for me. Such innocence in a very deep thinker. He certainly has his times, but most of the time he is smiling and has the purest of hearts. I give my daughter so much credit, as well as his educators that helped him be all he can be. He always spoke so highly of his teachers in his art class. I know how proud he felt when his family went to look at his art projects! I have the greatest respect for the work that you all do !  

​              ​L. Kramerman Keller                                                             Sept 2014                        



  • My name is Marvin Schulman my wife and I have visited your Helping Hands Art class twice in the past few months. What we saw was several autistic children busy creating something that has meaning to them and feeling proud of what they have accomplished. Our Grandson Robert Schear was beaming he was so happy to show us what he had done. We just wish to say thank you! Robert takes pride in what he does and truthfully so do we. You and the others in your group have done this for him and we cannot say thank you often enough. Please continue in you efforts as they do bear a very sweet fruit. 

           Renee and Marv. Schulman, Grandparents of Robert Schear "Artist"                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                    June 2012

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Everyone deserves to be healthy. Exercise helps keep people fit and reduces stress.  We created an easy-to-follow 30 minute DVD for people of all ages and abilities.  

Autism Scarves,  hand cut and packaged by adults with Autism, is just one of the products for sale in our store.  

Proceeds from sales benefit individuals with Unique Needs. 

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 Original art GREETING CARDS.   ​

This year, give a holiday gift from the heart! 

We have many original art products, unique stocking stuffers and Hanukkah gifts available. Check out our line of greeting cards, suitable for not only the holidays but every occasion during the year.  Stock up for yourself, or give as a thoughtful gift.  The brand new 2018 calendar is not to be missed!  Gift bags and more!

Saturday, Nov. 18th, 2017 between 6-8pm

at the Howell PAL Building

This holiday, your gift from the heart will warm their hearts.  

Support artists with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Peer Mentor Volunteers Wanted

We are always looking for peer volunteers who have patience and a smile.

If you are interested in working with teens and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, please contact us.  It is an invaluable experience that will make a positive difference in both your life and someone else's.

All Classes held on Saturday 10am - 12 noon

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