Appreciating the Differences

By Danny Ngo, Program Manager, Holdridge Respecting Abilities. Reaching for Opportunities. Realizing Dreams. Hammer’s motto provides the ideology that inspires every department, program, and staff member to offer the best service possible to our diverse population. At the heart of this philosophy...

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“We saw the need…”

by Jan Hopper, Program Manager Written on the wall outside the training room at our main building there is a quote from one of the founders of Hammer Residences. “We saw the need and we went ahead and did it.” This simple sentence is so powerful. It must have taken a great deal of bravery and...

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My Friend Jon, a (Brush) Stroke of Genius

by Owen Davison-Edwards As you all know, we as a community are going to be celebrating National Disability Awareness Month throughout October and in light of this, I want to share with you a story about my dear friend Jon Leverentz. Jon is an outgoing and talented individual who lives at...

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Do You See What I See?

by Suzanne Wanous I know it is WAY too early for this classical holiday song, but the phrase comes to mind while I am shopping. I find myself people-watching while I am out. I love to see the variety of individuals that make up my community. I watch families with young children navigate the toy...

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The Intriguing Intangibles of Volunteering

by Terriann Matejcek Tell me something I don’t already know… Everybody knows that volunteering is needed by agencies, communities, churches and cities – just to name a few – because funding is always tight and often falls short. There are always jobs or tasks that no one really wants...

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Behind the Lens: Reflections of a Hammer Intern

by Eric Duffert After coming fresh off of an amazing four-month study abroad and internship experience in Florence, Italy, I thought no matter what summer job or internship I ended up landing back in my home state, it would be a massive disappointment by comparison. But then I discovered Hammer....

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Hammer: Providing Hope Around the World

by Melissa Diamond, Public Affairs Intern It sounds counter-intuitive to say that my work with Hammer has led me around the world, but it’s true. I began volunteering at Hammer in high school and began to work at the Day Program immediately after graduation. Even when I am away at college in...

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Living Healthy Starts With Attitude

by Melissa Hutchins “True change takes place in the imagination” – Thomas Moore I exercise all the time. I eat healthy. I almost never drink pop. I am losing weight. I am strong. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables.  I am healthy.  I hear these statements every day from the...

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The Importance of Storytelling

by Tom Gillespie “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”  ― Philip Pullman Storytelling is as old as human interaction. Stories help us interact and understand each other. They help us grow as individuals on a smaller level, and cultures and...

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Hammer Travel: A Social Enterprise

by Josh Senso Hammer Travel (providing customized travel services for people with developmental disabilities), a subsidiary of Hammer Residences (a residential service provider for people with developmental disabilities), is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA). I recently attended a...

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Living in the Moment

by Elspeth Allsopp I don’t know about you, but I have grown tired of a certain conversation that many of us participate in daily. It goes something like this: “Hi, how are you?” “Fine, thanks. And you?” “Fine.” I doubt that most of us are honestly fine when we tell our peers that we are. We all...

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