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.

Cooks in the Kitchen

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

Ralph Statue Welcomed to White Bear Lake!

Ribbon cutting event in White Bear Lake welcomes our beloved Ralph statue.

Winter Discoveries: Careers Edition

Read stories about staff who found their passions and made their lifetime career at Hammer & NER.

Let's Stay in Touch!

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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 is opening doors and creating opportunities for people with disabilities. As one of the largest disability services providers in Minnesota, we are living our mission of enabling people with disabilities to live meaningful, self-directed lives. With your continued support, we continue to open doors and unlock possibilities for the people we support.

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.

Stock Gifts Are A Win-Win!

Stock Gifts Are A Win-Win!

You and Hammer & NER both win when you donate appreciated stock. You may get a tax deduction (consult your tax accountant first) for the full value of...

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The Marvelous Mary Anne

The Marvelous Mary Anne

Mary Anne came to NER in 1997 from Pine City where she lived with her mom. Mary Anne was raised on a farm and staff quickly learned that meant waking up early. If you were the overnight staff, you would often wake up with the sense of someone watching over you. Yes, this was Mary Anne who would wait patiently until 6 a.m. to wake you up. Mary Anne really knows how to make early mornings not so painful. She always has a smile, positive attitude, and something nice to say about you. 

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Anne’s Journey with Hammer

Anne’s Journey with Hammer

August 18, 1972, was a very important day in the lives of my sister, Anne, and our family. That was the day, 51 years ago, that Anne moved into Hammer Residences. At that time, Hammer was located on a single campus in Wayzata with a large dormitory. Anne moved into one of the rooms on the women’s floor in the dormitory and began her life as part of the Hammer family.

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