One Family’s Story Behind the Masks

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts When the pandemic began, Sue Pretzel called the hospital in Aitken, Minnesota to see how she could help.  A lifelong quilter, she was sent a pattern for face masks and got to work at her home on Big Sandy Lake in McGregor using her vast supply of fabric...

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I See You

By Regan Vanevenhoven, Lead Care Coordinator Just over 3 years ago, I transitioned from the program side of Hammer into the Care Coordination Department which is located within the Customized Support Services, or what we like to call Hammer West. For those of you who may not know, Hammer West is...

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The True Meaning of Family

By Samantha Young, Assistant Program Manager at Hammer Residences I have supported Jeanne, who lives at our Queensland home, since the day I started working at Hammer. Like everyone, holidays are also really important to the individuals we support. Jeanne usually spent the holidays with one of her...

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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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My Family Day Picnic Experience

By Mark Hansen, Database and Annual Fund Manager This was my second Family Day Picnic I’ve been able to attend. My first was the first year I worked here, so my main focus was just to sit back and watch. This year, I was fortunate enough to have a job with Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major...

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Meet Andy

By Hannah Thibodeau, Communication Specialist Andy moved to Hammer as a 10-year-old boy in 1978. He lived on the Boys floor, where he created many friendships he still treasures today. As a kid on the Boys floor, Andy enjoyed doing several activities. Each year, the floor would go on a camping...

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Love of Music

By Hannah Thibodeau, Communication Specialist Tim Eshelman loves music. When he isn’t working as Hammer’s Director of Environmental Services, you can find him pursuing one of his favorite hobbies, playing in his band, The Elements. Inspired by musical groups such as the Eagles and Doobie Brothers,...

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