Two Places to Call Home: Willie’s Story

by Nate Reed, NER Development, Fundraising Manager I had the opportunity to sit down with Kelly and Theresa Daily at the Allen home in Little Canada as they prepared to pick up their son, Willie, for his daily visit to their home. “While we love having him come home daily,” Theresa says, “we know...

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Johnetta’s Journey

HAMMER’S EDUCATION GRANTS SUPPORT CAREER DEVELOPMENT by Jennifer L. Hipple, Communications Specialist When Johnetta Sumo was just 8 years old, she wanted to be a doctor. Growing up in Liberia, she saw her mother pass away at a very young age. “They weren’t able to help her,” Johnetta...

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Momo’s Story—Pursuit of a PhD

EDUCATION GRANTS HELP HAMMER EMPLOYEES SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY by Jennifer L. Hipple, Communications Specialist To know Momo Johnson is to be inspired by him. Momo has worked at Hammer for 18 years. He is a fulltime Direct Support Professional (DSP) at our Jersey home and also picks up shifts at our...

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Cooks in the Kitchen!

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TO LEND A HELPING HAND by Cathy Thoma, Director of Volunteer Resources Do you have a small team of friends, family, or coworkers who like to cook and are interested in a fun, quick, and easy volunteer opportunity? We have just the thing for you! Our new Cooks in the...

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Meet the Artist — Josh Buell

Painting is an outlet for this creative soul By Jennifer L. Hipple, Communications Specialist Josh Buell loves to paint and he’s pretty creative! The walls of Hammer’s Jersey home in Golden Valley, where Josh has resided for the past year-and-a-half, are decorated with his work. Being an artist...

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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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“Hammer Declares 2016 the Year of the Smile!”

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“Hammer Declares 2016 the Year of the Smile!” Hammer has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. The grant funds will be used to purchase electric toothbrushes, power flossers, and anti-cavity rinses to fight germs that cause gum disease help the...

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