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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…

I’m Thrilled with my Daughter’s Work Experience at ACR

August 29, 2016

My daughter transferred to the University of Minnesota in her junior year of college to major in child psychology. Her long-term goal is to go to graduate school to study occupational therapy to help kids with special needs. She was looking for work experience in her field and ACR’s ads around campus caught her eye. Working…

Patient Care Hours at ACR an Asset for PA School

August 24, 2016

I worked for ACR for three years during my undergrad years.  After that, I took a gap year and worked full-time for ACR before starting PA school. I’m now a physician’s assistant in gastroenterology. I can tell you that most PA programs require patient care hours just to be eligible for interview. I also found…

Beyond Flexible Hours & Competitive Pay:  Top Reasons to Love Awake Night Shifts

August 20, 2016

What position at ACR offers flexible hours and competitive pay, as well as time to pursue a few dreams? That would be the awake night shift. Obviously, the main objective on awake night shifts is to ensure the residents’ well-being and manage household duties. After all, there’s a reason we need someone to stay awake!…

Health Care Experience: A Day in the Life of an ACR Staff

August 17, 2016

Katie is a part-time direct-care staff at an ACR group home for four people who have disabilities.  She and 15 other staff provide 24-hour care, including assisting with activities of daily living, appointments, and every-day life.  The individuals they are supporting are non-verbal and have disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, and seizure disorders. Two of…

Patient Care Hours at ACR for Premed Students

August 15, 2016

  “Get yourself hired at ACR Homes!”  That’s Dr. Bruce Simat’s standard advice to incoming students who are interested in pursuing a premed program and need patient care hours. Dr. Simat is a professor of  biochemistry and human physiology at Northwestern University in Arden Hills, Minnesota. He has over 20 years of teaching experience and…

The Most Meaningful Job of My Life

August 9, 2016

I worked my way through the last two years of college doing direct care at an ACR Home in Woodbury.  I loved every minute of my job, but I wasn’t planning on making a career of it. The first time my ACR residential supervisor (RS) asked me if I would be interested in becoming a…

ACR Voted Top Workplace AGAIN!

August 8, 2016

The word is out: ACR was the top large company in Minnesota in the StarTribune’s 2016 Top Workplace survey. This is the third year ACR employees have participated in this survey. In those three years ACR has been named the top large company in Minnesota twice! “I work for the best company in Minnesota” When we hear news…