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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…

Working with ACR Residents Changed my RN Career

October 12, 2016

Renae Sloth began her healthcare career 13 years ago as a DCP (Direct Care Professional) at ACR. Her initial goal was to get the direct care hours she needed to maintain her CNA certification.  Little did she know this would lead her to a full-time RN career with ACR. In short order she became an RN, and then a…

Programs like the SAFE Fund make ACR Homes the #1 Workplace

October 11, 2016

Gabe works at an ACR group home that supports four very active people who have developmental and behavioral disabilities. He’s on a “go with the flow” team of staff with high energy and a huge sense of humor.  He’s also a college student at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.  He would typically drive…

My Pre-PA Internship at ACR was Invaluable

October 6, 2016

Late in my fall semester of senior year I made up my mind to officially apply to physician assistant school. I researched many programs and saw that most required large amounts of hands-on patient care experience in order to apply. ACR Homes immediately came to mind. I had seen many flyers around campus and had even stopped…

Can you do this with your IQ?

October 4, 2016

“Nice” and “smart” are key attributes ACR looks for in applicants.  In addition to that, since all of our positions include driving, employees also need a reliable form of transportation.  We noticed that was a problem for some.  Especially employees who are students at the University of Minnesota where a parking spot  can run from…

Becoming a Confident Advocate for People with Disabilities

September 28, 2016

Jordan Crosser Buckellew has been a direct care professional at the ACR Home on Dale Court since 2011. She came from Clear Lake, Iowa,  to attend the University of Minnesota and discovered ACR Homes during her freshman year.  Her work at ACR brought her to the realization that she enjoyed being an advocate for people with disabilities. In fact,…

Being a Supervisor at ACR: the Ultimate Experience for Patient Care Hours

September 22, 2016

As a pre-med student at the University of Minnesota,  I wanted a part-time job where I could gain those much needed patient care hours that every medical school requires.  I saw an ACR flyer posted in the health sciences building on campus, so I applied.  I was hired as a part-time direct care staff at a group…

Why Your College Student Should Have a Job

September 19, 2016

I just finished launching my youngest child. She has a degree, a job, and now her own apartment. Whatever comes next, I know she’s got the basic life skills to succeed, thanks in large part to job experience she gained in high school and college. Academic skills are essential, but that alone is not enough…

Liberal Arts Majors: Pursue Your Passion and Still Pay the Bills

September 9, 2016

As a recent graduate with a degree in theatre, I’m learning that pursuing my passion for theatre is not as simple as I pictured it when I was a college freshman.  Most liberal arts majors don’t all of a sudden make it big and successfully steer their lives into a full-time pursuit of their passion.  So they have to decide…

Healthcare Internship at ACR Makes an Impact

September 7, 2016

As an undergraduate at the U of M, I explored healthcare fields that would match my personality and my goals. While discussing this with a friend, she told me about her position with a company that provides in-home medical care and support to individuals with a wide range of  health needs, from medical and physical to behavioral…

Top 10 State Fair Favorites for People with Disabilities

September 2, 2016

 We have a knack for fun at ACR.  It follows that we would have expertise with an event that bills itself as “Twelve Days of Fun Ending Labor Day!”  That would be the Minnesota State Fair–the largest state fair in the US, with an average annual attendance of about 2 million people.  “The Great Minnesota Get-Together.”   Here’s a quick…