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Future OT gathers skills, experience, friendships in multiple ACR roles

October 5, 2020

Erika Froiland was an undergrad at the University of Minnesota when she first joined ACR Homes as a direct care professional several years ago. She went on to enroll in the company’s internship program and graduate from the U with a degree in psychology. Now, she’s serving in an emergency float position with ACR to…

DCP training at ACR Homes: We make sure you’re ready and able

October 1, 2020

Maybe you’re considering applying with us for a DCP job, but you’re worried that you lack the skills needed to work productively with the residents. While that’s understandable, you should know that you’ll undergo thorough training before you ever start interacting with our clients. State law dictates that all DCPs receive 30 to 60 hours of…

Alumni Spotlight- From Arthur’s Senior Care to Medical School

September 30, 2020

Name: Amy Parkinson ACR Home: Arthur’s Senior Care on Alta Vista and Emmert Undergrad: BS in Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul Schooling/Career: I am a second year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School on the Twin Cities Campus. I am staying involved in the field of geriatrics and…

What can ACR Homes do for your medical career? Learn from these students

September 29, 2020

At ACR Homes, we’ve worked with many amazing individuals over the years. Whether they arrived as ambitious college students with dreams of becoming a doctor or were still searching for the right career path, they are all quick to give credit to ACR Homes for playing an important role in their success. Here’s a sampler…

Intern Spotlight: Sabeena Jagdeo

September 28, 2020

ACR interns have the capability to do incredible things during their time at ACR. While working direct care is impactful in itself, interns have the opportunity to tie their direct care experience together with self-guided, independent research. Interns have done such projects as creating exercise plans, modifying menus, working with doctors and nurses to change…

ACR Homes – The Spirit of ACR Homes: Meet Our Residents #1

September 25, 2020

Ever wonder what life is like at ACR Homes and what great people you’ll meet? We recently caught up with Jen, one of our wonderful residents, to shed a little light. One important thing to know about Jen is that she’s pretty darn nice and she has quite a knack for connecting with others. “Jen…

Reality check: What personality traits are most important in a DCP?

September 25, 2020

If you’re thinking of becoming a direct care provider, you may worry that you don’t have the right personality to work effectively with people who have disabilities. Perhaps you’ve never really interacted with differently abled people, and as a result have no idea how you’d do working with them as an assistant, caretaker and companion. Chances…

The Great MN Get-Together– ACR’s Virtual State Fair Week

September 8, 2020

Once again COVID-19 tried to rain on our parade by cancelling the Minnesota State Fair, but a group of creative employees took matters into their own hands! We’re doing everything possible to keep our residents happy, entertained and connected even as we take precautions to prevent their physical exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota…

ACR’s Response to Black Lives Matter

June 3, 2020

When new employees start at ACR Homes, we ask them to embrace ACR’s long-standing Core Value statement that all human life is intrinsically valuable—that it is worthy of dignity and respect. For decades, ACR employees have gone above and beyond in doing just that. We are saddened and horrified at the death of George Floyd and…

30 years of building ACR Homes: “Not a day goes by I’m not filled with gratitude”

May 21, 2020

In an age when the average American switches jobs 10 to 15 times over the course of a lifetime, Director of Development Deb Nygaard has been a dedicated ACR Homes employee for longer than 30 years. Once she was hand-picked by CEO Jim Nelson to leave her restaurant management job and join the organization, she…

Activities galore: ACR residents entertained on-site during COVID-19

May 13, 2020

During this social isolation interval, we miss seeing our loved ones, but rest assured, we are having as much fun as we can! We’re doing everything possible to keep our residents happy, entertained and connected even as we take precautions to prevent their physical exposure to the outside world. After all, mental health experts say…

Giving back: Volunteer service by ACR employees knows no bounds

May 5, 2020

Because we go to great lengths to identify and hire people who are compassionate and altruistic, we find that many of our employees volunteer for other organizations when they’re not working. Recognizing these efforts to give back, we also regularly promote community events, some of which are focused on volunteering and serving others. Our team…