Penny brings over 30 years of experience in Program Management and direct work with families in over seven counties, also working with families to break down barriers in order to leave the welfare system. During the 2008 flood, Penny coordinated all of the volunteer efforts and donations for the city of Palo, as well as working directly with flood impacted families in Palo and Cedar Rapids. Penny has been with the Survivors Program for over seven years, and is now the Program Coordinator/Homicide and Violent Crime Specialist.
April McIntire, a former 911 Dispatcher and Emergency Medical Technician for fifteen years, is used to multi-tasking in traumatic situations. April continues as a volunteer EMS and Crisis Responder in the Benton County area. She is certified as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate and in Critical Incident Stress Management. Her passion lies in helping children and families in crisis, assisting them in developing a new normal, and taking back control of their lives.