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Volunteer Spotlight: Marshall and Dru Anderson

We wish to congratulate and celebrate two of our long-time volunteers, Marshall and Dru Anderson, as they retire from over 20 years of volunteer service with Hammer Residences. The Andersons say it was Hammer’s former CEO, Tim Nelson, who recruited them as volunteers. Marshall’s son (Dru’s...

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Disability Services Day at the Capitol 2022!

Tuesday, March 8 is Disability Services Day at the Capitol It’s time once again for the annual Disability Services Day at the Capitol! Like last year, the event is completely virtual. You can join the virtual “Rally in the Rotunda” on March 8 at 10 a.m.  After that, there are many...

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Jon is Thriving Because of You!

Thanks to Donors Like YOU Jon is Doing Well. The past two years have been tough for many people. For my brother, Jon, it was particularly devastating. In March, 2020, Vonnie Olson, our mom, had a heart attack and died. 79 days later Pastor Orville Olson, our father, died of Covid. Jon was stunned...

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Congratulations to our Hammer Graduates!

By Cate Saracen Peters, Director of Workforce Development at Hammer For the past two years we’ve had the opportunity to send Hammer’s emerging leaders, (current and newer managers), to ARRM’s Leadership Institute.  Graduates this year from Hammer are Chelsey Lavold, JoMarie Williams, Abdul Qayyumi...

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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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Caregivers are the Heart and Soul of Hammer!

Can you imagine a world without Hammer? You know what? I can’t. If you can believe it, I started working at Hammer on the weekends when I was a college student finishing up my social work degree. That was 44 years ago.  I never planned to stay so long, but I fell in love with the people. Hammer...

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Pride Month

By Ashley Emerson (pronouns: she/her), Hammer Case Manager From the bottom of my heart and from the DEI Council, Happy Pride Month! This flag was designed by Daniel Quasar and includes the Trans Flag colors and Black and Brown stripes included to show support of the Black and Brown trans women who...

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Mind and Body Connection

by Julia Christianson, Community Life Coordinator The third and final blog for Mental Health Awareness month focuses on the Mind and Body connection. The mind-body connection is by no means a new theory. For thousands of years, medicine has focused on this connection between what we do with our...

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Mental Health & COVID-19

Over the past year, more than ever we have learned the importance of physical and mental health, and how these are truly intertwined in our everyday lives. We have been truly amazed by our staff and individuals who have gone above and beyond to keep each other safe, healthy and engaged. We need to...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Now more than ever, the day-to-day stress of life can lead to mental health issues. As the pandemic continues to alter our lives, it is important to find new and innovative ways to stay connected with each other. During these stressful times, we need to stay connected and be there for each other...

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Ramadan

By Malik Mohamud, Program Manager at Hammer Residences There are more than 1.9 billion people in the world that identify as Muslim, and the blessed month of Ramadan means different things to each and every one of them! In the month of Ramadan, we refrain from food and drink and sexual pleasure in...

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Beloved Volunteer Not Forgotten

By Cari Sheley, Donor Services Coordinator at Hammer Residences On March 20, 2021 the world lost a wonderful person: Claire Hinrichs. She was a volunteer for Hammer for many, many years, always eager to help with her husband Don, and then after Don’s passing, with her sister Betty. She reached...

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