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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…

Gap Year Here

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…


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! Since starting at ACR in 1996, he’s made…

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…