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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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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Hammer Home Run 2017

By: Michelle Ryan, Program Manager at Zachary Baseball in January you might ask? …well our answer is YES! Baseball is usually considered a summertime sport, but this year, during one of the coldest days in January, Hammer held its 4th Annual Hammer Home Run event in the Wayzata Middle School dome....

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A Sister’s Point of View

My name is Pat Peterson and my youngest brother Kelly was moved to a state institution when he was very young. That happened in the 1960s to some people with developmental disabilities who could not be cared for by their family. Kelly was born with Down syndrome, and was not very healthy when he...

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“Hammer Time” with Alex and Leo : Life to the Max

Watch the story of Alex and Leo, brothers and Special Olympics Unified Doubles Tennis Partners. Together, they have won the Special Olympics Minnesota State Tournament twice in a row, and are on track for a third gold this year. Leo lives in a Hammer home, and lives a full life revolving around...

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ARRM Cares Award Winner Alex Kriz

The four people in the house where Alex works, live almost exclusively with physical disabilities and are sometimes a little more reluctant to participate in activities. Circumstances such as weather, prep time, transportation, and accessibility all make getting out of the house difficult,...

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Gaining a Grasp on Grief

Hammer is a unique company that supports their employees’ passions, and I’ve been privileged to take advantage of that support.  Let me explain. My name is Maggie Bauer. Along with being the assistant Program Manager in one of Hammer’s apartment programs I am also a Certified Grief Recovery...

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Hammer Family Education Forum 2016

In Its Third Year: HAMMER’S FAMILY EDUCATION FORUM GETS A FACE LIFT! Thursday, May 5th 5:30p to 8:30p Click to RSVP by Monday, April 25th. What’s New? 2016 Brings about engaging ways for you to connect and contribute at Hammer’s May 5th Family Education Forum. After a light dinner, join us...

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A Brother’s Experience with Special Olympics

The following is a guest article written by Special Olympics Board Member and brother, Jamie Spencer. Have you ever witnessed a stranger perform a gesture so simple yet impactful that it left a lasting impression on you? I’d like to introduce you to “Johnny the Bagger” and his story. Why is such a...

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