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    Crossroads grows integrated work opportunities through Collaboration 1

    Margaret Stadtwald
    Margaret Stadtwaldhttps://discovermuscatine.com
    Margaret Stadtwald works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

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    MUSCATINE, Iowa–Kraig Reed, a Muscatine native and familiar face to many who work in human services, recently accepted the position of Collaboration 1 director for Crossroads, a non-profit organization that provides services to people with disabilities. Through his experience and dedication to helping people with disabilities find meaningful work in their communities, Reed looks to grow Crossroads’ integrated work opportunities.

    Since Crossroads first opened their doors, the organization has provided work for people with disabilities. Through the creation of Collaboration 1, Reed hopes to expand the number of integrated work opportunities available in Muscatine County. “Crossroads has been around since the 70s, and they’ve been a part of the community and helping integrate people into the workforce,” he explained. “Collaboration 1 is a new project we’re trying to initiate at Crossroads that is similar to what we’ve done in the past; we’ve always been a program that helps integrate people into the workforce.”

    Collaboration 1 specializes in training and supervising assembly and packaging work for a variety of industries. A flexible operation, Collaboration 1 can complete this type of work for local companies (such as HNI, which already takes advantage of their services) either in Crossroads’ facilities or on site at the company. “We can do whatever the employer wants us to do,” stressed Reed.

    Along with these services, Collaboration 1 will continue to provide secure document shredding services. Through these different types of work, Reed believes that more of the people who come to Crossroads for job assistance can find meaningful careers. “It’s just great giving those individuals the chance to do something they didn’t think they could do,” he said.

    Though new to Crossroads and Collaboration 1, Reed has extensive human services experience in Muscatine. Previously, Reed worked with a number of local organizations, including Goodwill of the Heartland, New Choices, and Optimae, overseeing both supported community living and integrated employment. Reed then went on to work for the regional organization, Amerigroup, before returning to Muscatine with his wife to raise his family here. “Muscatine and the community in general are a great place to raise children,” Reed stated.

    As Reed begins his new work expanding Crossroads job training and work opportunities through Collaboration 1, he looks forward to reconnecting with the community and to helping give back to it wherever he can. “I think that one of the greatest parts of my job is getting to give back to the community,” he emphasized.

    Reed welcomes new partnerships between Collaboration 1 and any business seeking help with assembly, packaging, and shredding. He encourages interested employers to contact him by calling (563) 263-3545 or visiting Crossroads’ website.

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