Hand in Hand's evening and weekend programs give participants a chance to be themselves and enjoy positive experiences with others their age. Programs include exercise and fitness, cooking, art, and teen and young adult activities. We even have a weekend sleepover for a fun overnight experience!
Evening and weekend programs can greatly benefit our participants by increasing social skills and independence, and helping them reach their health and fitness goals. They also offer the benefit of respite to parents and/or primary caregivers, giving them time to spend with other family members, grab a coffee or go grocery shopping alone, or go to work with peace of mind about their child's care.
From learning to cook to refining art skills, there's plenty of opportunities to learn new skills at our programs. In addition to exploring hobbies and finding their strengths, participants regularly report increased social/life skills and independence.
Evening and weekend programs provide a chance for participants to have fun with friends. To ensure that our participants experience a wide variety of activities, we regularly rotate activities, change things up depending on the season, and add new programs that are suggested by participants.
Participants get to socialize, engage in teamwork, and have fun with their peers in a safe, inclusive environment. Social opportunities for individuals with disabilities can be hard to come by, but everyone, no matter their abilities or needs, is welcomed with open arms here!
Food, Friends and Fun (all ages welcome!)
Allows teen and young adult participants to practice their cooking skills with their friends. Everyone learns as we prepare a meal, eat, and share clean-up duties. Funded by Regional Development Authority, the Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust, and United Way of the Quad Cities
Get Fit (13+ years)
Team up with your Hand-in-Hand buddies for some physical activity and fun! Swimming, yoga, kickball, and walking are just some of the activities offered through this program. Funded by Regional Development Authority, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, the Rauch Family Foundation and United Way of the Quad Cities
Zumba (all ages welcome!)
Get your body moving and active by dancing the night away! Hand-in-Hand has partnered up with Bettendorf Life Fitness Center once monthly to learn new dances and enjoy fun music. Funded by United Way of the Quad Cities
Inspiration Studio (artists of all ages)
This art class, led by local art professionals, encourages participants who like art to develop new skills and create unique masterpieces. Funded by St. Vincent Home Corporation, the Junior Board of Rock Island, The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund , the Nell C. Brennan Foundation Fund, and QC Arts.
Movies & Popcorn (all ages welcome!)
Unwind after a long week with movies, snacks and your friends at Hand-in-Hand. We offer two movie options each night to appeal to older and younger participants. All movies are rated PG or PG-13. Funded by the Sevigny Family in memory of Kristina Sevigny
Weekend Sleepover (all ages welcome!)
Enjoy a sleepover with friends at Hand-in-Hand! Everyone is welcome to come each month, but guys and girls will sleep in separate spaces. Funded by Regional Development Authority, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, the Rauch Family Foundation and United Way of the Quad Cities
Teen Night (13+)
Stay up late with some fun activities designed with teens in mind! Teen night is all about music, laughter, snacks, group activities and making friendships. Let the fun begin! Funded by Regional Development Authority, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, the Rauch Family Foundation and United Way of the Quad Cities
Young Adult Events (15+)
These activities are designed to provide fun and age appropriate social experiences for teens and young adults. All activities are community-based and meeting places/activity fees vary. Activities include dinner and a movie, Red Carpet Affair, dinner and bowling, and dinner and mall walking. Funded by Regional Development Authority, the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, the Rauch Family Foundation and United Way of the Quad Cities
Winter Bowling (bowlers of all ages)
This seasonal program is offered from January-March each year for anyone who enjoys bowling. Volunteers and participants have a blast beating the cold together during this program. Funded by Davenport Morning Optimist Club, Big River Bowling, Davenport Noon Optimist Club, Scott County Regional Authority and the Kiwanis Club of Davenport.
Hand in Hand Prom (teens and young adults)
Offered every May, Hand-in-Hand Prom offers a chance for participants to look their best and dance the night away! Funded by Scott County Regional Authority, the Moline Foundation, and St. Vincent's Home Corporation
Seasonal Adaptive Dekhockey League (all ages welcome)
Offered in the spring and fall, we partner with QC Dekhockey to provide an adaptive dekhockey league for all ages. Funded by the Doris and Victor Day Foundation
Adaptive Taekwondo (all ages welcome)
This brand new program is offered once a month and is an adaptive program that teaches the five tenants of Taekwondo including courtesy, integrating, perseverance, self-control, and spirit. Funded by UnityPoint Health- Trinity.