Houston Family Gives to Hammer
Fund Ensures Future Services for Those in Need
When Pat and Michael Houston began creating a legacy, they knew they wanted to include Hammer in their plans.
The Houstons recognized Hammer as being a very important part of their lives, especially in the life of their daughter and only child, Kerry. They knew that leaving their estate directly to Kerry wasn't an option. Receiving a significant inheritance would disqualify her from the benefits that make it possible for her to be supported by Hammer.
They wanted to express their gratitude and appreciation for the services and support Hammer has provided to Kerry and many others who live with disabilities. After heartfelt reflection and discussion, Pat and Michael chose to establish the Patricia and Michael Houston Home Accessibility Fund as part of their estate plan.
"Hammer has provided innovative services that go above and beyond the basic needs provided by government funding, which is not a guaranteed resource and often inconsistent," Pat says. "We know that Hammer needs financial resources to plan for and ensure future services for those who need and deserve quality care."
Since Kerry moved to Hammer's Carlson home in 1995, she has developed independence and gained self-confidence with the support of her staff team. She feels empowered to advocate for herself. The Carlson staff has encouraged Kerry to explore her own interests. She enjoys music, attending theater and musical productions and sporting events. Kerry loves participating in a bowling league and exercising at the YMCA.
"This gift is intended to benefit all individuals supported by Hammer. It will help sustain the future of Hammer and enhance their ability to serve people with disabilities, especially the challenges that face adults as they age," Michael says.
If you would like to learn more about how you can leave a gift to Hammer in your will or estate plan, please contact Ellen Timmerman-Borer at (952) 277-2433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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