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A volunteer about to get dunked at the 2017 Crossroads Carnival.

The end of September means something special in Muscatine–the Crossroads Carnival will return for another year of family fun. An event full of games, food, and fond memories, residents of all ages will enjoy the day and help Crossroads continue its mission to help people with disabilities lead dignified, productive lives.
Jim Hayes, the Executive Director of Crossroads, explains that the organization runs many programs to help people with disabilities overcome their challenges and live up to their full potential. For some individuals, Crossroads helps place them at local companies and provides support to help them succeed. Hayes says, “We do work for a lot of the big companies.  We do have a role in the community and we do help these businesses. We place [workers] in the community in a job with a job coach, with a staff member of ours, who will support them and help them lead a more normal life and feel a part of the community.”
For people with skill sets better suited to working in smaller, more structured environments, Crossroads runs a document shredding service staffed by the people they serve. Hayes explains the process Crossroads uses to ensure local businesses’ documents get disposed of properly. “We do shredding for seventy businesses around town that have confidential documents to destroy. We go around to those businesses, pick up their shred bins, bring them back, destroy them, and give them certificates to prove they were destroyed.” This service creates a win-win situation for everyone involved, giving those with disabilities work they can take ownership of and helping people around Muscatine get rid of their sensitive documents safely.
Finally, for those with the most specific needs, Crossroads provides an onsite workshop, day habilitation services, and supported community living opportunities. People working with Crossroads can do a combination of workshop work and day habilitation services, which include going on field trips and attending community events. For those participating in community living, they get to experience the independence of living in a free-standing house with several roommates, while still having professional staff available to assist them with whatever special needs they have.
To support these many worthy programs, Crossroads hosts a fall carnival every year. “The carnival is our big fundraiser,” emphasizes Hayes. “There are all kinds of games and all kinds of things out there—there’s prizes, there’s a dunk tank, there’s all kinds of stuff!” Crossroads will hold its carnival on Saturday, September 29th, and looks forward to hosting a large crowd.
Whether having fun on a beautiful fall day, spending time with family or friends, or helping a good cause motivates you most, you should make a point of attending the Crossroads Carnival. Your generous support of Crossroads will help ensure those with disabilities in our community feel accepted and have meaningful work they can proudly take ownership of.

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