Wreath of Hope

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist As Jamey Price hung up her Christmas wreath this year, she was taken on a trip down memory lane. The wreath, which was made by the individuals at the Hammer School in the early 1970s, was her mother’s, prior to her passing in...

Jeanne Celebrates 45 Years at Opportunity Partners

Jeanne celebrated 45 years of service at Opportunity Partners last week! She was honored during a pin ceremony in front of her friends, co-workers, and staff. A proud employee, Jeanne said she is grateful for her time at Opportunity Partners. She said the time has...

Tickets for Good

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist George Emerson has been involved with sports at the University of Minnesota since he was a teenager. He has ushered several games and still goes to many sporting events today. He even has season tickets to the Gopher men’s...

Mamma Mia, What a Night!

By Emily Lavalier, Direct Support Professional This past summer, Gina, who lives in one of Hammer’s group homes, had the chance to go see Mamma Mia at the Ordway in St. Paul. Gina is a huge Mamma Mia fan and knows all of the songs. She has the movie and it is...

Volunteer of the Month: Bethany Collins

The Volunteer of the Month for November is Bethany Collins! Bethany began as a pet therapy volunteer with Hammer in 2008, and has been volunteering ever since! Bethany was looking for a place to volunteer with her wonderful new puppy, Chase. He is a miniature...

Volunteer of the Month: Andy Bleck

Hammer’s Volunteer of the Month for October is Andy Bleck! Andy first heard about Hammer in 2012, through one of the individuals we support who worked at the Byerly’s in Minnetonka. This individual has a magnetic and funny personality, and would talk a lot about the...

“Hey Jacqi!”

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Jacqi loves Boy George and his band, Culture Club. She has been a fan for many years and has attended his shows every time one of his tours stops in Minnesota. For one of the concerts, Jacqi even purchased a VIP experience...

A Confident Smile

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Oral hygiene is a key part of living a healthy and happy lifestyle. Individuals living with developmental disabilities often have more frequent and more severe oral health problems than the general population. Most...

Volunteer of the Month: Raga Rachuru

Hammer’s Volunteer of the Month for September is Raga Rachuru! Raga is a Wayzata High School student who first heard about Hammer through the school’s Youth Extending Service volunteer organization. She has been volunteering in Hammer’s Advocacy department over the...

Another Life Lesson

By Ellen Timmerman-Borer, Chief Development Officer So many years of Hammer (35 to be exact!) and I wonder why I am so fortunate to be in this place for so long, feeling satisfied and humbled with our work. Then, a poignant reminder of the why emerges in an unexpected...