Mind and Body Connection

by Julia Christianson, Community Life Coordinator The third and final blog for Mental Health Awareness month focuses on the Mind and Body connection. The mind-body connection is by no means a new theory. For thousands of years, medicine has focused on this connection between what we do with our...

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Mental Health & COVID-19

Over the past year, more than ever we have learned the importance of physical and mental health, and how these are truly intertwined in our everyday lives. We have been truly amazed by our staff and individuals who have gone above and beyond to keep each other safe, healthy and engaged. We need to...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Now more than ever, the day-to-day stress of life can lead to mental health issues. As the pandemic continues to alter our lives, it is important to find new and innovative ways to stay connected with each other. During these stressful times, we need to stay connected and be there for each other...

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Ramadan

By Malik Mohamud, Program Manager at Hammer Residences There are more than 1.9 billion people in the world that identify as Muslim, and the blessed month of Ramadan means different things to each and every one of them! In the month of Ramadan, we refrain from food and drink and sexual pleasure in...

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Beloved Volunteer Not 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 sister Betty. She reached...

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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 see me; their faces light up...

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My Family Day Picnic Experience

By Mark Hansen, Database and Annual Fund Manager This was my second Family Day Picnic I’ve been able to attend. My first was the first year I worked here, so my main focus was just to sit back and watch. This year, I was fortunate enough to have a job with Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major...

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Meet Andy

By Hannah Thibodeau, Communication Specialist Andy moved to Hammer as a 10-year-old boy in 1978. He lived on the Boys floor, where he created many friendships he still treasures today. As a kid on the Boys floor, Andy enjoyed doing several activities. Each year, the floor would go on a camping...

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Love of Music

By Hannah Thibodeau, Communication Specialist Tim Eshelman loves music. When he isn’t working as Hammer’s Director of Environmental Services, you can find him pursuing one of his favorite hobbies, playing in his band, The Elements. Inspired by musical groups such as the Eagles and Doobie Brothers,...

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Help – It’s Not Just a Four-Letter Word

By Brittney Severson, Program Manager I’m curious, have you ever heard this from a friend, loved one, co-worker or supervisor, “let me know if you need anything”? I bet you have. Maybe during a difficult time in your life, someone reached out to you to let you know they are there to help…”if you...

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