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 one of her favorites to watch...

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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 Australian shepherd who is very smart...

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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 positive impact Hammer has had...

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“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 and met him. Boy George and...

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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 individuals served by Hammer are on...

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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 summer and has been a critical...

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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 place.  At Reach for...

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Volunteer of the Month: Alexandra DeMarais

Hammer’s Volunteer of the Month for August is Alexandra DeMarais! Alex started as a Hammer volunteer in 2014 while she was still a student at the University of St. Thomas and the Vice President of the Health and Human Performance Club. She was looking to enhance her resume by volunteering with...

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Volunteer of the Month: Mike Stokes

Our July Volunteer of the Month is Mike Stokes, who is also celebrating his one year volunteer Hammerversary! Mike joined us last year after finding Hammer volunteer opportunities on the JustServ app. Based on mutual interests, Mike was matched with Kevin, who lives at one of our homes. Mike’s...

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A Culture of Giving: Geritom Medical

Hammer Residences and Geritom Medical began as partners in 2014. Geritom supports Hammer in the field and financially, working closely to provide pharmacy and medical supply services to the individuals we support. Each year Geritom purchases a sponsored table at Reach for Ralph and sponsors...

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Volunteer of the Month: Abbie Hadley

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month, Abbie Hadley! Abbie discovered Hammer through the United Health Care company volunteer website. Having worked with individuals with special needs since elementary school, she knew she wanted to continue to be involved with our community when she moved...

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Volunteer of the Month: Jim Clesas

Congratulations to Hammer’s Volunteer of the Month, Jim Clesas! Jim Clesas joined Hammer’s volunteer corps after he heard about opportunities through State Farm’s “Neighborhood of Good” campaign. Jim wanted to find a volunteer opportunity that gave him the chance to directly impact someone’s...

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A Sense of Community

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist The sense of community is one of the most important things to Frankie’s Chicago Style restaurant. Located in New Hope, they aim to be involved in the community, whether that’s by attending charity events, or just getting to know all of their regular...

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They Came Today

Blog by Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist, Poem by Matteo Musso Hammer had the privilege of welcoming Matteo Musso and his mother, Annette Musso, to our most recent all-staff meeting. Matteo presented his journey to communication after 12 years of silence. Matteo is a 14-year-old with...

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A Passion for Sports

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Sports are what make Leah tick. From the time she was a young child to now, they have always been her passion. Her first love was dance, which she got involved in through her foster sister. Leah immediately loved dance because of the creativity it brought...

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Sarah: An Above and Beyond Citizen

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Sarah moved to a Hammer-supported apartment at the end of summer in 2017. Even though she has only been there a short amount of time, she is already thriving in her community. Recently, she won the “Above & Beyond Award” at her apartment building. The...

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Hammer’s Own “Minneapolis Miracle”

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Deb is a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. Every Sunday that the Vikings play, she specifically plans her day around game time. She has been a huge fan since she was a small child. Deb is the first person to support them – win or lose. Deb is such a big fan...

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