Reach for Ralph

Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with music, food, drinks, laughter, and fun!

2023 Annual Report

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.

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.

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’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!

 In-person, walk-in interviews are being held at our east and west offices on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stop by and apply today!

Join us and find purpose in your career by helping people with developmental and other disabilities live life to its fullest.

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.

Nurses Make the Difference!

Nurses Make the Difference!

Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12 and we are grateful to our hard working, talented, and dedicated nursing team that does so much for those we support. Our nurses oversee the medical care for each of our 360 individuals and manage the special needs of those with diabetes and other serious or chronic conditions.

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Showcasing Our Homes–Gramsie

Showcasing Our Homes–Gramsie

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 Gramsie home in Shoreview!

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Community Partner Award: Mary Bradley

Community Partner Award: Mary Bradley

The Community Partner Award honors those who make significant contributions to Hammer & NER through their time, talent, and treasure. Over the years, we’ve recognized 83 Community Partners who serve as role models of compassion and service. One of this year’s recipients is Mary Bradley. Here is her story . . .

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