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Working Full-Time While Pursuing a Passion for the Music Industry

November 22, 2016

When Tyler Smith moved to the Twin Cities in 2013, he needed a job. A friend of a friend recommended working at ACR.  Though he didn’t have any previous experience in this line of work, Tyler realizes now that he was in the right place at the right time.  ACR turned out to be just…

Full-Time Work Keeps Student Loans Manageable

November 9, 2016

UW River Falls student Jessie Adams was not looking for a job when she ran into ACR recruiter Phil Baumgarn at an on-campus Career Fair two years ago. She was looking for an internship related to her field of study—agricultural engineering technology. Fast forward two years and Jessie is now in her last year of college…

Health Insurance for $134 per month, $750 Annual Deductible

November 1, 2016

“Brace for turbulence” is the headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as open enrollment gets underway today  for people who buy their own health insurance.  “Shopping promises to be stressful given big premium hikes and tight rules on the doctors and hospitals that subscribers can visit. Most insurers have capped enrollment on plans to control costs,…

Working Full-Time at ACR Leads to Nursing Career

November 1, 2016

Alison Schlosser knew she wanted a career in the medical field.  She just wasn’t sure what specific career path to pursue.  As she was graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2013 she was trying to decide between becoming a physician’s assistant or pursuing a nursing career. She wanted to do some shadowing to see…

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…