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Tim Harriger, Full-Time Direct Care Staff of the Year

December 28, 2016

Tim Harriger is an all-star player at ACR. His leadership and teamwork with co-workers as well as his relational skills and advocacy with residents are AMAZING. Another amazing thing about Tim is that his commitment as a full-time direct care professional at ACR goes back 20 years! During that time, he’s made a habit of keeping…

Direct Care Staff: Like Daughter, Like Mother

December 26, 2016

Lexi Wolfe has been a direct care staff at ACR Homes for over three years. She started during the fall of her freshman year at the University of Minnesota. Her mother Jean recently joined the ACR team and now works full-time doing direct care at ACR’s sister company, Arthur’s Residential Care. How they both ended…

Top To-Do Item for Winter Break

December 26, 2016

This is the time of year when students have finished their finals, and are possibly taking a few days of R & R before looking ahead to that next semester. If that’s you (or someone near and dear to you), pay attention. Winter break will be gone before you know it, and you don’t want…

Develop An Internship To Set Your Resume Apart

December 14, 2016

Want an internship that will set your resume apart?  ACR has helped over a hundred employees develop internships to do just that!  ACR interns can design an internship around a topic of interest.  The resulting projects typically exceed everyone’s expectations.  Even better, they frequently make a difference in the lives of the people with disabilities who…

Direct Care Prepared Me for Med School

December 7, 2016

Cory applied to be a direct care professional at ACR as part of his preparation for medical school. After a year on the job, his residential supervisor had the honor of writing a letter of recommendation to go with his medical school applications.  About his direct care work she wrote, “Cory’s quick-thinking and his advocacy stand out the most. Both…

ACR Offers Opportunities for Learning Life Skills

November 30, 2016

Gwyn Callaghan started at ACR as a live-in supervisor back in 1993 and ACR’s COO Gene Leistico was one of the staff she supervised. Thanks to Gwyn, he stayed!  Gene said of Gwyn that she “instantly made me feel that I was important to her.  Important to her as an employee who would help fill the…

Working Full-Time While Pursuing a Passion for the Music Industry

November 22, 2016

When Tyler Smith moved to the Twin Cities in 2013, he needed a job. A friend of a friend recommended working at ACR.  Though he didn’t have any previous experience in this line of work, Tyler realizes now that he was in the right place at the right time.  ACR turned out to be just…

Full-Time Work Keeps Student Loans Manageable

November 9, 2016

UW River Falls student Jessie Adams was not looking for a job when she ran into ACR recruiter Phil Baumgarn at an on-campus Career Fair two years ago. She was looking for an internship related to her field of study—agricultural engineering technology. Fast forward two years and Jessie is now in her last year of college…

Health Insurance for $134 per month, $750 Annual Deductible

November 1, 2016

“Brace for turbulence” is the headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as open enrollment gets underway today  for people who buy their own health insurance.  “Shopping promises to be stressful given big premium hikes and tight rules on the doctors and hospitals that subscribers can visit. Most insurers have capped enrollment on plans to control costs,…

Working Full-Time at ACR Leads to Nursing Career

November 1, 2016

Alison Schlosser knew she wanted a career in the medical field.  She just wasn’t sure what specific career path to pursue.  As she was graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2013 she was trying to decide between becoming a physician’s assistant or pursuing a nursing career. She wanted to do some shadowing to see…

Turning a Meaningful Part-Time Job into a Full-Time Career

October 26, 2016

I started at ACR Homes as a Direct Care Professional during my junior year of college. I had previously worked in retail and customer service, and I wanted to find a part-time job with more purpose. After hearing from a friend about her job at ACR, I decided to apply. I was hired and placed…

Health Benefits: A Great Reason to Work Full-Time at ACR

October 18, 2016

Did you know that Minnesotans who rely on MinnesotaCare for health benefits could be facing premium increases of 50-67% for 2017?  In response to this sobering news, last week Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable” for many Americans. These dramatic increases in the individual health care market also have some top…