You’ve Got a Friend in Me

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Kevin was initially drawn to Lamarr because he liked his hairstyle. Now, over a year later, their relationship has evolved and they are close friends! Lamarr first found his job at Hammer because his fiancée used to work at...

Volunteer of the Month: Cindy Staples

The Volunteer of the Month for March is Cindy Staples! Cindy first found Hammer in 2002, when she was looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone else. Cindy is passionate about health and wellness, and when she saw that Gretchen was looking...

Volunteer of the Month: Cliff Miatech

The February Volunteer of the Month is Cliff Miatech! Cliff has been a Hammer volunteer since 2017. He first heard about Hammer from his brother, Joey, who is also a volunteer. Based on Joey’s recommendation, he thought we would be a good volunteer fit. Cliff was...

Working Together

By Tim Eshelman, Director of Environmental Services As Hammer’s Director of Environmental Services for many years, a lot has changed since I started in 1990. As I have grown older (and wiser!) so have the individuals served and supported by Hammer – and their...

A Friend For Life

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist There are many dynamic duos in the world: Batman and Robin, Bert and Ernie, peanut butter and jelly, and at Hammer’s Lancaster home, it’s Chris and Vance. Chris and Vance were instantly friends when they met. The duo bonded...

Volunteer of the Month: Andy Hemmer

Congratulations to our January Volunteer of the Month, Andy Hemmer! Andy discovered Hammer one year ago, after searching for volunteer opportunities on Google. He wanted to find a way to help out in the community and grow personally. The opportunity that Hammer...

Wreath of Hope

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist As Jamey Price hung up her Christmas wreath this year, she was taken on a trip down memory lane. The wreath, which was made by the individuals at the Hammer School in the early 1970s, was her mother’s, prior to her passing in...

Jeanne Celebrates 45 Years at Opportunity Partners

Jeanne celebrated 45 years of service at Opportunity Partners last week! She was honored during a pin ceremony in front of her friends, co-workers, and staff. A proud employee, Jeanne said she is grateful for her time at Opportunity Partners. She said the time has...

Tickets for Good

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist George Emerson has been involved with sports at the University of Minnesota since he was a teenager. He has ushered several games and still goes to many sporting events today. He even has season tickets to the Gopher men’s...

Mamma Mia, What a Night!

By Emily Lavalier, Direct Support Professional This past summer, Gina, who lives in one of Hammer’s group homes, had the chance to go see Mamma Mia at the Ordway in St. Paul. Gina is a huge Mamma Mia fan and knows all of the songs. She has the movie and it is...