Happy Thanksgiving!

This season of “thanks giving” reminds us of all that we can be thankful for. We’ve stood side by side to bring one another through some dark and challenging days. Many of us have lost family and friends. Life has changed in so many ways. But finally, the last few months have...

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Jennie’s Big Trip to the Big Apple

Her Smile Lit Up Times Square! By Joanne Heller Our daughter, Jennie, who recently turned 47, has resided at the (east metro) Cedarwood home for 24 years. Throughout her life, Jennie, who was born with Down syndrome, has struggled but persevered. When she was starting to crawl and grabbing things,...

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Volunteer Spotlight–Kim Hoffman

Each year, we present Community Partner Awards to individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on the lives of those we serve, or whose efforts have greatly supported our work. Since 1993, we’ve recognized 70 nominees who serve as role models of compassion and service as well as...

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Election Day is November 8!

Make sure your vote counts! This year, all of our statewide offices are up for re-election. We’ve also had redistricting this year, which means big changes in many districts. Legislators who are re-elected will get to know new districts, and Hammer and NER will have upwards of 50+ new...

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It’s the Leafliest Time of the Year!

Join Us for Our Fall Breakfast! Everyone is gearing up for our Fall Breakfast this Saturday at the North Metro Event Center! A BIG thanks to our talented crafters for creating the decor. Thanks to Tony, Adam, and Matt from our 14th Ave home; Carla, Cindi, Stefanie, and Amy from our Rockford home;...

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My Hammer Story & Why I Give Back

Dan Bottiger is Director of Information Systems for Hammer Residences and our sister organization, Northeast Residence. Dan got his start at Hammer working part time while in high school. His 32-year Hammerversary is coming up, so we decided to talk with him about his Hammer experience.   How were...

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Two Places to Call Home: Willie’s Story

by Nate Reed, NER Development, Fundraising Manager I had the opportunity to sit down with Kelly and Theresa Daily at the Allen home in Little Canada as they prepared to pick up their son, Willie, for his daily visit to their home. “While we love having him come home daily,” Theresa says, “we know...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lacey Anderson

We recently presented our annual Community Partner Awards to individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on the lives of those we serve, or whose efforts have greatly supported our work. Since 1993, we’ve recognized 70 nominees who serve as role models of compassion and service...

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Johnetta’s Journey

HAMMER’S EDUCATION GRANTS SUPPORT CAREER DEVELOPMENT by Jennifer L. Hipple, Communications Specialist When Johnetta Sumo was just 8 years old, she wanted to be a doctor. Growing up in Liberia, she saw her mother pass away at a very young age. “They weren’t able to help her,” Johnetta...

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Momo’s Story—Pursuit of a PhD

EDUCATION GRANTS HELP HAMMER EMPLOYEES SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY by Jennifer L. Hipple, Communications Specialist To know Momo Johnson is to be inspired by him. Momo has worked at Hammer for 18 years. He is a fulltime Direct Support Professional (DSP) at our Jersey home and also picks up shifts at our...

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Cooks in the Kitchen!

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TO LEND A HELPING HAND by Cathy Thoma, Director of Volunteer Resources Do you have a small team of friends, family, or coworkers who like to cook and are interested in a fun, quick, and easy volunteer opportunity? We have just the thing for you! Our new Cooks in the...

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