how we began
In 2000, two sets of parents from the Quad Cities agreed that they wanted their children, Tessa and Peter, to have the same opportunities for fun and learning as typically developing children. They decided to start by offering a one week summer camp for children with disabilities, where they could enjoy a full camp experience.
The first year of Camp Hand in Hand was so successful, our co-founders knew they had created something really special for parents and participants. This special program is still going strong today
and we serve about 60 campers each year. Hand in Hand's building is named Tessa's place in honor of Tessa Steil and continues to operate there 21 years later.
What We Do
Over the last 20 years, our programs have expanded from one summer camp in July, to over 15 year round programs. We focus on creating fun, inclusive learning and recreational opportunities for children and adults, which give their primary caregivers respite from their caregiving duties.
In addition to being fun, our programs also lead to some great outcomes for our participants, such as increased independence and social skills, improved mental health and self-esteem, and reaching health and fitness goals.
We firmly believe in supporting the well-being of the whole family by giving parents and primary caregivers respite from their caregiving duties. According to a recent survey of parents, 75% of parents/caregivers say their work or home life has improved since their child began attending Hand-in-Hand programs.
Angie Kendall, CEO
Kayla Hartz, Director of
Molly Steil Rowland,
Director of Waiver Care and
Director of Dayhab
Director of Recreation and Volunteers
Director of Development & Marketing
Office Assistant &
Board of Directors
Heather Hartley, President - Rhoda Meyer, Vice President - John Nagle, Treasurer - Kelly Kreiter Penning, Secretary
Beth Beverlin - James Field - Doug Jasper - Frank Klipsch IV -
John Leinart - Chris Martin - Angie McCombs - Sarah Troutwine
Joanie Steil - Dave Steil - Mark Smith - Vinnie Smith