Allyson's Story

I started out working at Hand-in-Hand as a caregiver in our school age respite program many years ago. Throughout my time here I have bounced around to many different positions and eventually ended up landing as the assistant director. I fell in love right away with this organization and the kids that we serve. They light this place up with their many different qualities and each day is a new adventure (our building is seriously such a fun place to be).


I wish I could put into words how much each and every single one of them has taught me but that would take a lifetime. I'm starting my career as a teacher soon, and I will take one important thing with me on my new journey, and that is to never be afraid of who you are. These children and young adults have showed me that it is okay to be loud, to be scared, to be mad, to be happy, to cry when you want to cry, and most importantly to speak your mind. Every person that walks through Hand-in-Hand's doors, whether that be a staff member, a child, a parent, or a volunteer, is embraced for who they are and that is what makes this place so very special to me. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of

this wonderful organization. The love and support throughout the building for these participants is undeniable. If ever you are looking for a place to fit in, this is it.


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Hand in Hand
3860 Middle Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Website updates funded by

Scott County Regional Authority

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