Hammer Leadership Team


2016 is ‘The Year of the Smile’

Hammer has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Grant funds will help the people Hammer serves to overcome the systemic barriers that keep many individuals with developmental disabilities from attaining good oral health. The grant provides money for electronic toothbrushes, power flossers, and anti-cavity rinses to fight germs that cause gum disease, helping everyone we serve be confident in their beautiful smiles!

smiles“Damaging oral habits can be a problem for individuals with developmental disabilities, partnered with limited funds for dental visits per calendar year.” said Cathie Wood, Director of Health Services at Hammer. “The individuals we serve may also have mobility or cognitive challenges, and electric toothbrushes and flossers will help simplify their oral health routine.”

Hammer declared 2016 the Year of the Smile, because we believe each person we serve should have access to the resources to achieve a healthy and bright smile that comes from consistent daily oral health. The combination of efforts will result in a healthier mouth, healthier eating habits, avoidance of tooth pain and tooth loss, and the confidence to feel good about themselves and smile!

Thank You for Your Give to the Max Day Support

Because of you, we met our fundraising goal of $70,000 on Give to the Max Day! Thank you to all who supported Hammer financially during this important day of giving. It is thanks to the generosity of you, our supporters that Hammer can continue to help people with developmental disabilities live life to the fullest.

Please enjoy this video that highlights the people Hammer serves- the people that will directly benefit from your financial support. Thank You!


2015 Fall Appeal

Click here to read the story of Nathan Schofield who, at age 32, is living his dream of independence. Nathan lives on his own in a Hammer apartment in Eden Prairie, supported by our staff and works on an organic farm, getting help when and how he needs it.

Twice a year we share a story about an individual we serve to help family members, volunteers, and the greater community, connect with our mission and ask for your financial support. Hammer’s direct mail appeals are an integral part of our efforts to fundraise $1M in 2015. You can make a difference! Donate Here



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It happened again … For the sixth straight year we were named a Star Tribune “Top Workplace”! Hammer is one of only 13 organizations statewide that has won in all six years of the award’s history. Our mission, to provide adults and children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience life to its fullest is not easy work, but it is invaluable, life-changing work. Receiving this award is clear confirmation that our organization believes in what we do.



Experience Life to its Fullest

Since opening our doors in 1923, we have stayed true to our mission to provide adults and children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live life to its fullest.

Respecting Abilities. Reaching for Opportunities. Realizing Dreams.