Support our Direct Support Professionals

Every Fall we celebrate National DSP Appreciation Week. You can still make a gift to honor a caregiver. We raised $30,000 in donations from 53 donors so far!! Along with the gifts came these very kind words for our caregiving team. Thank you Sam for making sure the guys of First Avenue have good...

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Joe Esposito. Hammer’s Own Rock Star

There are people who make a lasting impression on their first impression. If you have met Joe Esposito, you would remember him, and he would have definitely made an impression on you. His famous phrase “Hey, how you doin?” has rung through the central office and many Hammer homes and apartments...

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Volunteer of the Month

Hammer’s Volunteer of the Month for October is Whitney Blasko. Whitney began volunteering with Heidi eight years ago. She became interested in volunteering at Hammer after meeting Ellen Timmerman-Borer at the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce. Volunteering has always been...

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Tony’s Haunted House

By Hannah Thibodeau, Communication Specialist Halloween has always held a special place in Tony’s heart. Supported by Hammer Residences since 2006, both staff and the other individuals at the apartment program noticed Tony’s love of Halloween right away. When Halloween came around during Tony’s...

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Volunteer of the Month: Andrew Pollock

The Volunteer of the Month for August is Andrew Pollock! Andrew became a volunteer with Hammer in March of 2018 after another friend and volunteer recommended us to him. Matched with Ryan at Eden Place, Andrew’s favorite memory so far is taking Ryan to the Minnesota State Fair last...

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Volunteer of the Month: Penny Halcomb and Maxwell

The Volunteers of the Month for June are Penny Halcomb and Maxwell! Penny was looking for an opportunity to volunteer with her dog, Maxwell, back in 2017. That is when she found Hammer and met Patty at our Zachary home. Over 62 hours of volunteer service later and the three are inseparable....

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Volunteer of the Month: Church of the Open Door

The Church of the Open Door has been selected as the Volunteer of the Month for May!   For the past several years, the Church of the Open Door has partnered with Hammer by having their youth group volunteer at our Rockford, Royal Oaks, and Zealand locations. The church’s Service Learning...

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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 the organization. She told him...

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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 for a fitness coach, it...

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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 interested in becoming a...

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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 Hammer homes. Keeping our 36...

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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 over their love of video games...

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