Warming Up the Holiday Season

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Safety and comfort are top priorities at Hammer Residences. Because of generous donors, we are able to ensure each of those standards are met in our everyday care. Recently, the 25-year-old furnace at our Queensland home was showing signs of aging. With...

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Building Relationships

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts The deck before renovation. In August of 2016, we received an email from Spencer Agnew who had recently took on a new position managing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program at Hennepin County. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one...

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Make a Friend, Be a Friend: Volunteer

By Cathy Thoma, Director of Volunteer Resources Bob and his late wife, Judith. There are many paths and reasons that bring volunteers to Hammer. There are some who stay for a short while, others who stay for many years, and yet others who need to leave and then return. Bob Ziegeweid starting...

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An Evening with Gaelynn Lea

By: Samantha Cantrall, Communications Specialist Are you aware of the violinist, Gaelynn Lea? If not, you should be. This woman is a professional musician, expert conversationalist, and motivational speaker all wrapped into one. She hails from Duluth, Minnesota, and she happens to live with a...

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The Heart of “Can Do” Collaboration

By Cate Saracen Peters, Director of Training and Education “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” -Mattie Stepanek At Hammer we often talk about the heart of the matter. What exactly, is at the heart of what we are trying...

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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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Hammer Family Education Forum 2016

In Its Third Year: HAMMER’S FAMILY EDUCATION FORUM GETS A FACE LIFT! Thursday, May 5th 5:30p to 8:30p Click to RSVP by Monday, April 25th. What’s New? 2016 Brings about engaging ways for you to connect and contribute at Hammer’s May 5th Family Education Forum. After a light dinner, join us...

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A Brother’s Experience with Special Olympics

The following is a guest article written by Special Olympics Board Member and brother, Jamie Spencer. Have you ever witnessed a stranger perform a gesture so simple yet impactful that it left a lasting impression on you? I’d like to introduce you to “Johnny the Bagger” and his story. Why is such a...

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