Summer Discoveries

Read all our inspirational stories and how you made a difference in the lives of the people we support!

Reach for Ralph

Thank you for helping us Care for the Heart!

Cooks in the Kitchen

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

Give Today. Support Tomorrow.

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

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 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.

Investing in Tomorrow

Investing in Tomorrow

My relationship with Hammer Residences began 15 years ago, when a colleague at Allina Health invited me to sit with him on the Human Rights Committee as a volunteer pharmacist reviewing cases each month. He, like me, has a child with a developmental disability.

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Aging Gracefully with James

Aging Gracefully with James

James and I have known each other for seven years. It’s safe to say that I have aged with James just as much as he’s aged with me. We both have had to adjust in ways that we could never have imagined. Reflecting on how James has impacted me, he has taught me so much about living life; that even in the darkest times there is always a reason to smile.

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Advocating for Disability Rights

Advocating for Disability Rights

Rich Stoebe joined the Hammer & NER Board of Directors in January. He says participating on the Board, Program Committee, and Advocacy Committee comes with a learning curve, however, not without wonderful support from other volunteers and staff members. The Hammer & NER Vision and Strategic Plan is inspiring, he says, and he is thoughtfully looking for ways to support this essential work.

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