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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Inspiration from an Old Red Barn

By Karen Trygstad, Training and Education Coordinator Shortly after I began working at Hammer, I stumbled across a YouTube video of Jon Leverentz, that was filmed in his basement art studio in his Hammer home, talking about his love of art. Something about that video...