Community Partner Awards 2017

Hammer Residences Names 2017 Community Partner Award Recipients

Hammer Residences is pleased to announce its Community Partner Awards for 2017. Each year Hammer Residences, a supportive community for children and adults living with disabilities, selects—from its outstanding team of volunteers—five individuals, families, or community organizations for its Community Partner Awards.  More than 500 dedicated volunteers offer their time and gifts to support Hammer’s mission.

Hammer’s Awards Committee chooses Community Partner recipients based on the number of years of service, and number of volunteer hours and financial contributions to Hammer and the people it supports. The six winners of the 2017 Community Partner Awards are the Scheller Family: Cindy, Michael, and kids, Claire and Rob Alber, Paige Goedderez, The Klug Family: Chris, Peggy, and Tracy, The Bailey Family, and Andrew Ervine. You can read more about each winner below.

The winners will be honored at Hammer’s Annual Spring Breakfast on Saturday, April 29 at the Sheraton Hotel in Minnetonka.

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Contact: Barbara Brandt
Director of Communication

Scheller Family: Cindy, Michael, and Kids

Cindy Scheller is a member of Hammer’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. She has logged over 1,000 hours of service.  To be exact, she has logged 1,965 hours of her time in her nineteen years at Hammer. Most of that time was spent with someone who, it’s safe to say, has now become a member of the Scheller family. That lucky guy is Kelly.

Cindy is a Direct Service Volunteer (DSV).  As a DSV, she spends individual time with Kelly and then take him out to socialize or spend time at her home for family holidays and meals. Sometimes Kelly spends as much as a week with the Scheller family.  The bond is tight. These are the kind of Community Partners Hammer needs and hopes to find in its volunteers. Thank you, Cindy and family.

Clair and Rob Alber
Claire and Rob Alber have 1,192 combined hours of volunteer service between the two them. They have volunteered in various capacities at Hammer, from support service roles at special events to their current role as Direct Service Volunteers (DSV) with Ted.

Ted really enjoys their company and looks forward to their monthly outings, which consist of going out to Ted’s favorite restaurants.  Sometimes, Claire and Rob come to Ted’s home and cook a delicious meal for Ted and his housemates so they can all enjoy a meal together. It is very clear that because of Claire and Rob’s service and commitment to their role as volunteers and Hammer, Ted is experiencing a fuller, more social life. Thank you, Claire and Rob.

Paige Goedderez

Paige Goedderez started volunteering with Hammer in 2013 when she was a freshman at Wayzata High School. She wanted to become involved in her community and to make a difference. According to then Rockford Program Manager Regan McGowan, she succeeded. “Carla’s volunteer, Paige, has been awesome. She really tunes into what Carla likes to do. They have gone to the movies, for walks with her dog, out to breakfast, fishing, ice-skating, and craft-making.”

Paige’s favorite memory is going to Carla’s Special Olympics swim meets with the rest of the Rockford ladies, and watching Carla’s happiness grow. Paige has said that by volunteering she has not only made a difference in Carla’s life, but in her own as well. “It doesn’t feel like volunteering. It is a friendship. It has made me a better and happier person.”

This December, Paige and two of her National Honor Society friends hosted Holiday parties for the ladies and Black Oaks and Unity. Crafts, carols, food and fun were had by all. Since starting with Hammer, Paige has accrued over 166 volunteer hours. Quite a feat for a busy high school student.

Klug Family: Chris, Peggy, and Tracy

Chris and Peggy Klug have been active volunteers with Hammer since 2005. Chris began volunteering as a Thursday night Softball coach. He found it to be a wonderful experience and wanted to do more. For the last six years, both Chris and Peggy have been volunteering with Bruce at Jordan. But Chris wouldn’t call it volunteering. Chris says, “Bruce and I have a friendship. He is like family to me. My favorite memory was the first-time Bruce called me his friend.” Program Manger Theo Nah agrees. “Chris and Peggy consider Bruce a part of their family. They never missed a scheduled activity.

Bruce spends each Thanksgiving at the Klug home for a family get together and dinner. During the Christmas holidays, Chris and Peggy will work with Bruce to get and wrap all of Bruce’s gifts, just to make Bruce happy.” Between them, they have given over 892 hours of service. Before leaving the nest, their daughter Tracy also volunteered and accrued over 68 hours of service. That equals 960 hours for the entire Klug family.

Bailey Family

Anne Bailey has been served by Hammer Residences for more than forty years. Through the years, her family has worked with Hammer to provide Anne with a loving, caring, supportive and educational environment. Anne came to Hammer as a teenager needing to learn many life skill and with the help and support of Hammer caregivers, she has grown into an independent, mature adult able to live independently at Stone Creek apartments, hold down a job, maintain significant relationships and participate in community, social and church events. Anne is supported and encouraged by her family to learn and grow to her full potential.

Leigh and Linda love and care for Anne, and have a deep sense of responsibility for Anne’s physical and emotional welfare. They have never thought of Anne as being less deserving of the same opportunities they both have in whatever form that takes. Supporting Hammer through board service and financial gifts is a demonstration of the Bailey family’s gratitude and gives them a way to help Hammer provide Anne with the chance to live life to its fullest.

Andrew Ervine

Andrew’s Human Services career has spanned over the last thirthy-seven years, in a variety of roles with both Hennepin and Washington Counties. He was a Program Manager with Hennepin County from 2007 to March 2017, when he worked in partnership with Hammer Residences. During the last seven years of his career, his main focus was on Developmental Disabilities case management and annual assessment work. During his time at Hennepin County, he was also a member of the Long-Term Services & Supports Management Team.

During his career, Andrew led a team of experienced and dedicated supervisors during a period of rapid change. He played an important role in supporting the expansion of housing and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Andrew’s work was also focused around the development of residential opportunities for individuals coming out of institutional care and with extraordinary behavioral and/or medical needs. Because his work encompassed a variety areas, Andrew worked with many different providers, one of which was Hammer Residences.

Andrew played a significant role in implementation and analysis of the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS), and he learned a tremendous amount about the various challenges and opportunities linked to DWRS. This knowledge led to the development of strong working relationships with many providers, including Hammer Residences. “My time working with Hennepin County was enriched by my relationships with individuals and families and service providers such as Hammer Residences,” said Andrew

About Hammer Residences, Inc. Since opening its doors in 1923, Hammer has helped thousands of adults and children with developmental 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 1,500 people throughout the state. To learn more about Hammer visit

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