Our 2023 Annual Report is Here!

See how you made a difference in 2023, for the people we support.

Give Today. Support Tomorrow.

Donate today, to help us meet the increased needs of our rapidly aging community.

Join Us for Our Annual Spring Breakfast!

There is no charge for this event. We encourage you to bring your loved ones. Please register by April 8.

Cooks in the Kitchen

No special culinary skills required. Just come and have fun!

Become a Monthly Donor!

Will you be someone we can count on every month? Join the Alvina Angels monthly donor club. 

Find a Purposeful Career.

Come find your passion and make a difference in the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities.

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Ready to Volunteer?

Are you looking to get involved? Click here to check out all our volunteer opportunities.

Family, extended.

Hammer & NER’s mission is to provide people with intellectual and other disabilities the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We fulfill our mission daily by helping the people we support live meaningful and self-directed lives. In partnership with you, we will continue to open doors and unlock possibilities for the people we serve in our homes, apartments, and with our case management and care coordination services.

Look for Ralph!
As you explore our services and opportunities, just look for Ralph to help guide you!

Learn more about Hammer & NER’s history

Join Our Team!

Join us and find purpose in your career by helping people with developmental and other disabilities live life to its fullest. Check out all our rewarding job opportunities today!

Join us—there is a place for YOU in our community!

We are always focused on meeting the needs of the people we serve. With support from staff, volunteers, donors, and families, the people who live in our homes and apartments are given the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!


Our extended family of donors make a world of difference in the quality of life we can provide the people we serve. Your gift of support stays right here in our community.


Many of the people we serve would love a friend to take a walk with, bake cookies, get a pedicure, or share a love of reading. An hour here and there can make a BIG difference in someone’s life.


Our easy-to-use Advocacy Alert portal helps you email local legislators to encourage them to act on issues important to people with disabilities and those who care for them.

Supporting People in Homes & Apartments

Hammer & NER have provided housing and supportive services to people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities for a combined 150 years. We are proud of this legacy and remain committed to living out our mission to providing the people we serve the opportunity to live life to its fullest.

Read the latest stories in our blog

Inside you’ll find news, updates, and stories: from the people we serve and the families we work with; of the people who work and volunteer here; of our long, rich history and our vision for the future.

Walking Side by Side Through the Seasons of Change

Walking Side by Side Through the Seasons of Change

Spring Appeal: Many people who live in our apartment programs and are used to living more independently are now “dancing a bit slower” as they age. When their health needs become more complex, the reality is that they will need to move to a group home where they can receive a higher level of care including assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, and mobility from trained professionals who can care for their medical needs, too.

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Disability Services Day at the Capitol

Disability Services Day at the Capitol

We had a GREAT day during Disability Services Day at the Capitol on Tuesday. About 100 people from Hammer & NER were in attendance including those we support, their staff, family members, Board members, and volunteers. We really know how to represent!

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Showcasing Our Homes–Lakeside

Showcasing Our Homes–Lakeside

Each of our Hammer & NER homes is unique because of the people who live and work there. The “Showcasing Our Homes” profiles celebrate our homes (and apartment programs), the people who live there, and the staff who support them. Let’s learn about the Lakeside home in Minnetonka! The Lakeside home is staffed by Program Manager Emma Handeland and Direct Support Professionals Christine Tokpah and Huda Jama.

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