Hand-in-Hand has been a part of my life for a long time. My family got involved with Hand-in-Hand because of my older sister Selah. Selah was in class with Tessa Steil (who was part of the inspiration for Hand-in-Hand) and was involved in activities since the beginning. Selah has always enjoyed coming to Hand-in-Hand to socialize with her friends, do crafts, go to camp and especially to just be herself!
To me, Hand-in-Hand is a place where people of all abilities can come and be who they are in a judgment free zone. So many people limit the opportunities that they give to people with disabilities, but Hand-in-Hand doesn’t do that. The programs are made to be similar to those in the community for typically developing peers, but are accommodated for everyone. The programs are made for the kids to enjoy their time and make new friends, but also to teach them new skills along the way. I love talking about Hand-in-Hand because I get to share the amazing things the participants get to do, the amount that they grow, and the joy that they bring to everyone around them.
Hand-in-Hand has become a big part of my life. I have worked at Hand-in-Hand for two summers and volunteered there while I was in high school. I love working at Hand-in-Hand
because I get to be a role model for the participants and teach them new things along the way. Working at Hand-in-Hand made me realize that the kids teach me more than I could ever teach them. I have learned so much from all of the participants, and I would not be the same person I am today without these experiences! The kids at Hand-in-Hand are absolutely amazing and I love spending my time with them! Whether it be sliding down an inflatable waterslide, helping someone eat lunch, or even just reading a book, the time spent and adventures had at Hand-in-Hand are always worth it!
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