Quality of Life Fund Makes Gabe’s Birthday Extra Special

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts The Quality of Life Fund is used to enhance the lives of those served by Hammer. Oftentimes it’s for something big, like medical needs not covered by insurance, and sometimes small but necessary things like a new pair of...

Beloved Volunteer’s Impact Will Never Be Forgotten

By Cari Sheley, Donor Services Coordinator at Hammer Residences On March 20, 2021 the world lost a wonderful person: Claire Hinrichs. She was a volunteer for Hammer for many, many years, always eager to help with her husband Don, and then after Don’s passing, with her...

It’s All About Joy!

World Down Syndrome Day is a special holiday in the Martinka household. Along with the daily hugs, their daughter Joy also shares her many gifts with her family. They have learned how to be more patient, more compassionate, more silly, more tolerant, more loyal, more...

Chan’s Story

By Peggy & Chris Klug, Chan’s Mom & Dad It takes people like us to make Hammer a special place. In 1993, we adopted a beautiful baby boy from Korea through Children’s Home Society. This was back in the day when the babies were brought over to us, when we...

A Lifetime of Smiles Through Music

By Donny Gromek, Family Member and DJ It has been my greatest honor to bring music to the people at Hammer Residences throughout the years.  In Hammer’s early years, I watched kids grow into teeny boppers, and then as they grew into adults. They are so excited to...

When Talent & Life Merge

By Joe Cullen, Communications Specialist After working for over 20 years as a reporter and producer in the cable television industry, I was looking for a career change. I knew that I wanted to stay in communications creating media. I also was especially keen on...

It’s All About Relationships

By Ken Harper, Program Director My journey to Hammer started over 29 years ago, when I moved to Minnesota from Louisiana with the plan of getting a job at Hazelden. My background is in chemical dependency treatment, and I thought I would continue on that path in...

Transitioning with Joy

By Ann Martinka, Hammer Travel Customer Relations My name is Ann Martinka and I have been employed by Hammer Travel, for almost ten years. My husband Bob and I have three children and our middle child, Joy, was born with Down Syndrome. Being the only girl, Joy was...

DSP Appreciation Week

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts One of my favorite things about working at Hammer is the people. Honestly, the best people work at Hammer! In my role in the development department, I often share stories of those we serve and their caregivers. In typical...