Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions we receive from potential job seekers. If you have unanswered questions that this list does not cover or would like to discuss a position, contact our recruiter, Katie Berg at 952-345-8555 or email at katie.berg@hammer.org.

Where are your programs located?

Hammer Residences operates 46 residential programs throughout the west metro of the Twin Cities. Check out our map for more details.

What does a DSP (Direct Support Professional) do?

DSPs work directly with the adults served by Hammer Residences, assisting them with anything they need to do in their day-to-day lives. The assistance required depends on each individual, and may include assisting with personal cares, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and driving people around the Twin Cities for errands, appointments, and social activities. 

What are the requirements for employment?

You must be eligible to work in the U.S. and have a valid driver’s license. We require our DSPs to have personal vehicles with working seat belts and possess current auto insurance. 

Do you hire PCAs and CNAs?

We hire Direct Support Professionals, and many employees have experience as a PCA or hold a current CNA license, but we do not require it and do not pay more for those credentials. 

Information for CNAs and students seeking patient care hours
At Hammer, we hire for the position of Direct Support Professional (DSP). Many of our applicants and employees have experience as a PCA or CNA, but Hammer does not require licensure and we do not compensate more for those that hold current licenses. Our Human Resources Department is happy to fill out the Nursing Assistant Registry Update Form for CNAs who are maintaining their license. Our DSPs perform nursing assistant functions, therefore your hours worked at Hammer should qualify for the renewal of your CNA license. Since Hammer is not a nursing home or certified home health agency, you must also submit a copy of your job description from Hammer along with your Update Form.
 
Hammer provides paid training to all incoming direct care staff, including CPR, First Aid, medication administration, activities of daily living including personal cares, lifting/transferring, providing person-centered service and more. 
 
Students who are pursuing post-secondary education in the field of healthcare may have requirements for patient care hours. The experience you get at Hammer Residences can help you gain valuable experience and skills. In addition to medical skills such as learning about medications, helping individuals at their medical appointments, and assisting with feedings or daily therapies, you will gain experience with “bedside manner” and providing person-centered care. 
 
Feel free to contact our Human Resources Department if you have additional questions: katie.berg@hammer.org or 952-345-8555
 
What kind of shifts are available?

Afternoons/evenings (2pm – 10pm for example), overnights (awake and asleep), and all hours on weekends are available. Since Hammer provides residential services, most of the people we support go to work or day program during the weekdays, so we rarely have weekday hours available.

If I am not available on weekends, can I still work for Hammer?

It’s possible, but it’s less likely. Most of our positions, both full-time and part-time, include at least one weekend shift or shifts every other weekend.

What is the dress code for DSPs?

Casual and comfortable is fine. Staff need to be able to perform all necessary job duties, while being appropriately covered and safe. No scrubs, please.

What are the training requirements for a DSP?

All new hires are required to go through one week of orientation at our central office. We hold orientation twice per month. It is always Monday through Friday. Typically the 2nd week of the month orientation is held from 12:30pm-7pm each day, and the 4th week of the month orientation is held from 8:30am-3pm each day. We may be able to split up orientation for new hires—contact the recruiter to discuss. We can accept valid CPR and CPI certifications, but we do not accept medication administration certificates from other organizations. Following orientation, direct care staff will have additional training at their home base program.

What other careers does Hammer offer?


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