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Volunteer Hours as Part of an Internship at ACR [VIDEO]

February 26, 2019

  Remember how the Cat in the Hat could balance a cake on his head while holding a fish bowl on an umbrella in one hand and a stack of books in the other, all while jumping on a ball? And how he made it look easy?   Life sometimes feels like that kind of…

Top 5 Reasons for Students to Get a Job

November 1, 2018

Does working while going to school enhance or distract from your studies? There’s quite a bit of evidence that holding a job actually improves your academic outcome. Here are the top 5 reasons for students to get a job: Build your resume. Remember your first job application where you had to write down previous work…

ACR Mentor Program: You’ve Got a Friend

August 27, 2018

A box of Dunkin’ Donuts and two big smiles is a pretty good sign that an ACR mentor and a new employee are getting together. That was how I met Nik and Luke at the ACR office recently. Nik has been working at ACR for just over two years, and he and a half dozen…

The Power of Work Experience for High School Students

August 16, 2018

Work experience for high school students can be a powerful career planning tool. More than one in four high school students age 16 and older work, according to data from the U.S. Census, and that number seems to be rising. Many teens are making the calculation that work experience is just what they need to…

What’s Next After High School? Making an Informed Decision

August 7, 2018

Like many high school seniors, Linse was frequently asked the question: “What are your plans after high school?” She was just not 100% sure that going straight into college was right for her. That’s what led her to pause and to fill out an application at ACR. Turns out that a gap year isn’t just for college grads any…

Celebrating Everyday Heroes at Employee Appreciation Day

August 6, 2018

It’s no secret that ACR’s homes are staffed by everyday heroes. They don’t always wear capes, but they do make awesome happen on a regular basis. So, how do you celebrate Employee Appreciation Day for 900+ everyday heroes? Well, let me tell you! Celebrating Everyday Heroes The sun was shining brightly for Employee Appreciation Day…

ACR Homes Wins Top Award for Ethics and Values

June 27, 2018

For the fifth year in a row, employee feedback through the 2018 Star Tribune Top Workplace survey resulted in ACR Homes being named one of the top five large workplaces in Minnesota. In addition, ACR received a special award for Ethics & Values. Employees of Arthur’s Senior Care, which is staffed by ACR Homes, were…

Spotlight on Occupational Therapy Experience at ACR Homes

June 26, 2018

While ACR Homes attracts many employees who are nursing and PA students, there are other medical fields that benefit greatly from direct care experience at ACR Homes. Lauren, a direct care professional at the ACR Home on Dawn and a recent graduate of a master’s program in occupational therapy, gives valuable information about her occupational…

Pre-Nursing Internship Results in Salon Day

June 11, 2018

The fragrance of beauty permeated the air. A soft scent of hair products wove through the smell of nail polish as dozens of enthusiastic ladies received a pampering session. It was the Salon Day hosted by ACR Homes, a special event for the female residents of ACR’s homes that took place recently at J. Arthur’s…

Exceptional Patient Care can Lead to Your Dream Vocation

June 6, 2018

A world of tantalizing possibility opens when life twists suddenly, putting you on an entirely different path than you had anticipated. At ACR Homes, the exceptional patient care and experience with people with disabilities can jar a staff into a new dream and new career destination. Emily is one of those staff, who began as…

Homecoming Week at ACR Homes – Making Special Happen

April 30, 2018

For the second year in a row, ACR Homes hosted Homecoming Week for the residents of ACR. The now-annual Homecoming Week gives our residents an opportunity to experience something they otherwise may not have the chance to experience. This is all made possible by our hardworking staff, who also get to enjoy the week with…

ACR LPN: Day in the Life – Feeling Valued

April 24, 2018

Miriam Bawden is an LPN nurse who is enthusiastic about working for ACR Homes. We asked her to share some insights into what it is that she likes so much at ACR and how it compares to her prior work experience as a nurse. Miriam’s quick response was, “Thanks for asking me about my experience…