Greetings from Northeast Residence,
To work in this field, we must be ready for anything. No two days are ever the same. However, we had never given much thought to a worldwide pandemic. It seemed unlikely that we would ever have to face that. Yet here we are. 2020 has become the year of the pandemic, where almost everything we do had to be adjusted and changed.
Words like “protocol” and “sanitize” became daily mantras of our staff. We had to figure out how to help the people we support have meaningful lives without jobs and day programs, without Special Olympics and outings into the community. We all stayed home. We learned to play games, zoom connect with our friends and celebrate drive by birthdays in the front lawn. We learned that family really is bigger than biology and that it is possible to have fun without always going somewhere. Staff stepped up in amazing ways. Many worked extra hours and brought their passion to our homes. We were reminded every day how generous and creative our staff are.
Last Fall, we approached Hammer Residences, another provider that works in the west metro and shares the passion and values of NER. We believed that we could both be better if we joined forces. After months of meetings and sharing who we were, we both agreed.
On January 1, 2021, NER was acquired by Hammer Residences, and we began to work together. While continuing to operate separately (for now), we share much daily.
We remain so grateful to our staff, donors, volunteers, families, and community members. We have shown once again that NER is a remarkable place. We are humbled to be part of the family and grateful that you are as well.
We look forward to staying in touch with you.
John Estrem, CEO, Northeast Residence and Hammer Residences
Blaine Stephens, 2021 Board Chair, Northeast Residence