Running Through Disney

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Everyone has goals. Sometimes they are easily attainable and other times they are lofty. Ally Lawrence, Program Manager at Welcome Place, decided she wanted to participate in the Walt Disney Marathon Weekend. The Walt Disney Marathon Weekend is a four-day...

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Warming Up the Holiday Season

By Hannah Barnes, Communication Specialist Safety and comfort are top priorities at Hammer Residences. Because of generous donors, we are able to ensure each of those standards are met in our everyday care. Recently, the 25-year-old furnace at our Queensland home was showing signs of aging. With...

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Building Relationships

By Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts The deck before renovation. In August of 2016, we received an email from Spencer Agnew who had recently took on a new position managing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program at Hennepin County. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one...

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Make a Friend, Be a Friend: Volunteer

By Cathy Thoma, Director of Volunteer Resources Bob and his late wife, Judith. There are many paths and reasons that bring volunteers to Hammer. There are some who stay for a short while, others who stay for many years, and yet others who need to leave and then return. Bob Ziegeweid starting...

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Volunteer of the Month

Hammer’s Volunteer of the Month is Terry Martin! Terry Martin began as a pet therapy volunteer with Hammer starting in January 2017. Since then he and his dog Sunny have volunteered each week with Stacy at Welcome Place. Terry was recently trained on how to use a lift van, which opened up the many...

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Beautiful Souls

by Pam Borum, Individualized Community Services DSP  When I started at Hammer seven years ago, I already knew that I enjoyed working with people. What I did not realize is that I would experience so many pure souls. I have seen many stages of life, from the excitement when an individual comes...

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A Visit to Grandmother’s New Home

By Jan Hopper, First Ave Program Manager Tristan lives at Hammer First Ave, but his family lives in Lynden, Washington. He misses his family very much and would like to see them more often. A trip home to see his grandmother’s new home was made possible by YOU our generous donors who gave to...

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Hammer Support: It Takes a Village

by Ashley Emerson, Program Manager at Hammer’s Emery Home At Hammer, each individual has the support of an entire village. It starts with the staff team, supporting the individual on a day-to-day basis and making the house a home. Some of the support includes positive behavior modification,...

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Technology: Staying Relevant in Changing Times

By Jessica Hammer, Instructional Designer and Tech Specialist I have a confession to make. I’m a millennial. There, I said it. Whew. Now that that’s over with I have another confession. I love reading real books. Listen, I know eBooks are so convenient and instant and you can take a whole library...

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Phone-Banking to Save Medicaid

Written by: Frances Matejcek, Hammer Advocacy intern, Macalester College student Francis joined other volunteers from the “This Is Medicaid” campaign to call voters in key states to preserve Medicaid and oppose the proposed Medicaid cuts in the healthcare bill. The bill has since...

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When Life Comes Around Full Circle

Have you ever experienced arriving back where you first began? It’s ironic how life’s experiences can bring you full circle and then you realize how much you have really learned throughout the process. John Coy, now a local award-winning author recently journeyed back to his caregiver roots. He...

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Community Partner Awards 2017

Every year, Hammer awards special families, donors, volunteers, or friends of Hammer with a Community Partner Award. These awards are presented at Hammer’s Annual Spring Breakfast. Take a look at the 2017 Community Partner Award winners, and join us in thanking them for their contribution to...

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A Baseball Fan’s Dream Come True

By: Samantha Cantrall, Communication Specialist at Hammer When Kris went to Twins Fest with her Hammer staff Katie, she had one goal in mind – meet Joe Mauer. There are many Minnesota Twins fans who have a special place in their heart for Joe Mauer, but Kris is an especially big fan. She has...

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An Evening with Gaelynn Lea

By: Samantha Cantrall, Communications Specialist Are you aware of the violinist, Gaelynn Lea? If not, you should be. This woman is a professional musician, expert conversationalist, and motivational speaker all wrapped into one. She hails from Duluth, Minnesota, and she happens to live with a...

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