Contact: Barbara Brandt
Director of Communication
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 6, 2016, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Hennepin County approached Hammer to open a group home to meet the needs of four children in crisis with developmental disabilities and behavioral health conditions. Although the moratorium on opening new group homes still remains, this new home is an exception deemed necessary by County and State officials because of the shortage of available services for children. The children served in this home have been living out of state, away from their families, to receive the support they need. With the opening of Lisbeth Place, the children are closer to their families, and can be part of their daily lives. Hammer has deep roots in supporting children; the founder Alvina Hammer started the Hammer School in 1923, and history has come full-circle.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve these four children at our Lisbeth Place home,” said John Estrem, Hammer’s CEO. Alvina Hammer started supporting children in 1923, and we are honored to be a part of helping them receive the support they need to flourish and live a full life.
The house was redecorated and renovated to accommodate the needs of each child, and each child chose the theme and color of their room to make it their own space. Qualified staff and a nurse were hired to provide daily support for the children as needed. The staff is highly trained and accessibility options are also in place to accommodate the some of the children’s mobility challenges.
The new children’s home was named in honor of Lisbeth Vest Armstrong, former Chief Program Officer, who retired in 2015 after more than 30 years of dedicated service. Hammer currently has 37 group homes and 10 apartment programs for people with developmental disabilities throughout Hennepin County.
About Hammer Residences, Inc. Since opening its doors in 1923, Hammer has helped thousands of adults and children with intellectual disabilities experience life to its fullest. Founder Alvina Hammer believed that individuals with disabilities had the right to lead full lives in a loving atmosphere where they would feel secure and develop self-confidence. Hammer was one of only two Minnesota organizations at that time to offer people with disabilities the opportunity to thrive in a school and home setting. Today, Hammer Residences, Inc. provides residential and customized support services, including In-Home Support; Support Planning; Case Management; and Healthcare Coordination (SNBC) to more than 1,300 people throughout the state. To learn more about Hammer visit hammer.org.
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