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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…

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…