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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Geritom Medical: Our Essential Partner

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts Geritom Medical is a family-owned, independent pharmacy focused on those with special needs, with over 8,000 customers and 1,000 facilities served. Geritom works closely with our nursing team to provide pharmacy and medical supply services to the...

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A Day in the Life of a Hammer Intern

By Elizabeth Muench and Nicole Dardis Elizabeth: My name is Elizabeth Muench and I’m a junior in the St. Kate’s University/University of St. Thomas joint social work program. I started interning at Hammer Residences in September 2018. As the school year is wrapping up, so is my time at Hammer....

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Moms On A Mission

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts Hammer Residences was founded in 1923 by Alvina Hammer, a courageous and creative woman who believed that individuals living with developmental disabilities had the right to lead lives as normal as possible. She believed that in a loving and supported...

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A Friend to All

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Every community needs someone who brings people together. At Vicksburg, that person is Meg. Meg moved in to her apartment in January 2018. She has acclimated quickly to her new community in that short amount of time and is now thriving. Meg is a social...

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Reach for Ralph Sponsor Highlight: Twin City Heating and Air

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts Hammer Residences is excited to welcome Twin City Heating and Air as a new sponsor of Hammer’s Reach for Ralph event. There’s a family connection between Hammer and Twin City Heating and Air. Business owner Wymond Wong’s wife, Julie Wesley-Wong, is a...

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Meet Robin

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Robin was one of the first individuals to move in at our Zealand apartment program when it opened in 1999. In the 20 years she has lived at Zealand, she has grown substantially, becoming increasingly more independent. Program Manager, Craig Raymond, has...

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Beautiful Souls

by Pam Borum, Individualized Community Services DSP  When I started at Hammer seven years ago, I already knew that I enjoyed working with people. What I did not realize is that I would experience so many pure souls. I have seen many stages of life, from the excitement when an individual comes...

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A Visit to Grandmother’s New Home

By Jan Hopper, First Ave Program Manager Tristan lives at Hammer First Ave, but his family lives in Lynden, Washington. He misses his family very much and would like to see them more often. A trip home to see his grandmother’s new home was made possible by YOU our generous donors who gave to...

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Hammer Support: It Takes a Village

by Ashley Emerson, Program Manager at Hammer’s Emery Home At Hammer, each individual has the support of an entire village. It starts with the staff team, supporting the individual on a day-to-day basis and making the house a home. Some of the support includes positive behavior modification,...

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Technology: Staying Relevant in Changing Times

By Jessica Hammer, Instructional Designer and Tech Specialist I have a confession to make. I’m a millennial. There, I said it. Whew. Now that that’s over with I have another confession. I love reading real books. Listen, I know eBooks are so convenient and instant and you can take a whole library...

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