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Art Therapy Internship Leads to an Art Show

August 25, 2017

Over a span of five weeks this summer, Bre Wallace led an art class for thirteen ACR residents as part of her art therapy internship. Participants in the class explored different materials and worked on communicating and expressing emotions through art. At the end of the class they were excited to show off their work…

ACR Voted One of the Top 5 Workplaces in Minnesota

July 13, 2017

ACR was named one of the top five large companies in Minnesota once again in the StarTribune’s 2017 Top Workplace survey. This is the fourth year ACR employees have participated in the survey, and all four years ACR has been one of the top five large companies as voted by employees. ACR also received a…

Top 9 Reasons to Love Being a Direct Care Float

July 6, 2017

What direct care position offers a $5,000 bonus for 3 months’ work? That would be the Emergency Direct Care Float position at ACR during the months of September to November. The main objective of the E-Float position is to fill in wherever needed to assist the people we support with medical needs, personal care, and…

Patient Care Experience as an Emergency Float Staff

June 16, 2017

The emergency float position at ACR is a great way to get the patient care experience needed for application requirements for medical school and PA school, according to Alex Mangan. After graduating last year with a BS in biochem and a minor in Spanish, he was taking a gap year. He had heard that ACR…

Direct Care and a Unique Gift for Music

May 30, 2017

“Ricky D” uses a wheelchair, but that’s not the most important thing about him, according to Maria Madison who is a direct care staff at the ACR Home where Rick lives. The most important thing about Rick is his unique gift for music. His musical interests range from classical to oldies, to country music. He…

From Capstone Project to MA in Social Work at ACR

May 1, 2017

Samantha Dunbar was a Family Social Science major at the University of Minnesota when she first heard a classroom presentation about ACR Homes. She realized that the hours required for her senior capstone project could be met through her work at ACR, so she applied and got hired  in October 2013. After finishing undergrad studies,…

Long-Term Direct Care Staff is Making a Difference

April 12, 2017

Jon Hess has been a long-term direct care staff at the ACR Home on Fox Run Bay since 2002. His long-term commitment to the residents at Fox Run Bay has made a huge impact on the residents he’s served throughout those years, and naturally, they’ve had a huge impact on him, too. With almost 15 years…

Gap Year Experience at ACR

March 10, 2017

As a recent college graduate, Payton Gilreath has been asked many times why she’s taking a gap year to work at ACR before applying to grad school to become a physician’s assistant. She writes about the value of her gap year experience at ACR. Direct Patient Care Hours I’d like to explain why I am…

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Gap Year Here at ACR

February 9, 2017

Gabriella O’Bryan finds ACR is the perfect place to do both a gap year and an internship before applying to graduate school. She began working for ACR while in the undergrad psych program at the University of Minnesota. Her work at ACR offered access to a wide range of opportunity and experience. Gabby writes, I’m…

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Great Patient Care Experience and Flexibility

January 17, 2017

Mitch Tiedke heard about ACR two years ago when he switched to a pre-PA program in his junior year at the University of Minnesota. He had a friend who worked for ACR and it sounded like a good opportunity to gain patient care experience, so he applied at ACR and got hired. PA schools generally…

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…