A Sister’s Point of View

My name is Pat Peterson and my youngest brother Kelly was moved to a state institution when he was very young. That happened in the 1960s to some people with developmental disabilities who could not be cared for by their family. Kelly was born with Down syndrome, and was not very healthy when he...

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Get Ready to Vote!

By: Terriann Thommes, Director of Advocacy and Volunteer Resources It’s that time of year… a time to get informed, exercise our rights and to encourage our sisters, brothers, daughters, sons and people we serve and volunteer with to VOTE!  Of course, it is neither ethical nor our place to sway or...

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Warner’s Stellian: Joyful Givers

Pictured above: Left to Right, Back Row: Jim Warner, Bill Forga, Nonna Forga, Allison Warner, Bob Warner Left to Right Front Row: Sandy Warner, Nonie and Jim Warner, Carla Warner By: Barbara Tuckner Every year, the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul would make the trek to Warner’s Stellian...

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“Hammer Time” with Alex and Leo : Life to the Max

Watch the story of Alex and Leo, brothers and Special Olympics Unified Doubles Tennis Partners. Together, they have won the Special Olympics Minnesota State Tournament twice in a row, and are on track for a third gold this year. Leo lives in a Hammer home, and lives a full life revolving around...

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ARRM Cares Award Winner Alex Kriz

The four people in the house where Alex works, live almost exclusively with physical disabilities and are sometimes a little more reluctant to participate in activities. Circumstances such as weather, prep time, transportation, and accessibility all make getting out of the house difficult,...

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Hammer Idol, A Judge’s Perspective

Hammer Idol, A Judge’s Perspective Written by Angela Bernhardt, Director of major gifts, and Hammer Idol judge. The excitement was high, with individuals supported by Hammer, staff members, and even members of the Board of Directors gathered at the central office for the second annual Hammer...

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Gaining a Grasp on Grief

Hammer is a unique company that supports their employees’ passions, and I’ve been privileged to take advantage of that support.  Let me explain. My name is Maggie Bauer. Along with being the assistant Program Manager in one of Hammer’s apartment programs I am also a Certified Grief Recovery...

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The Person Centered Planning Process – What is Our Role?

Betsy Gadbois – Director of Person Centered Practices Owakihi Betsy will be presenting at the Hammer Family Education Forum on Thursday, May 5th. Sign up to attend the Family Education Forum here. Person Centered Planning is a term used to describe a variety of approaches used to help a...

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