Determined to keep their children out of institutional care in 1984, a group of concerned parents initiated a grass-roots effort to keep their children with disabilities in private homes and in community settings. Building on that foundation of assisting all individuals in their right to dignified, independent lives in the community, Access continues to grow and offer innovative and caring programs for individuals with a variety of disabilities. With the caring staff at Access, we offer a lifetime of impact.
The goal of each person we serve is directed by values which include daily interaction with other community members, making informed choices, taking risks, and planning for the future. Access' clients continue to enjoy living independently in their own homes where they receive support from trained staff to assist them with daily living skills.
Services: | In-Home Services | Corporate Foster Care | Rule 79 Management
Once again, Access of the Red River Valley teamed up with Heritage Homes to build a handicapped accessible duplex. Our new home is located at 3601-3603 11th Ave. S. in Moorhead. It was finished in December 2013. Each side of the duplex is over 1200 square feet and each has three bedrooms.
The build is complete except for landscaping which will be completed this spring.
We had a Chamber Ribbon Cutting and are excited for the clients who get to move in!
Outside View with Siding-January 2014
Rendering of finished duplex
The Michael W. Czichotzki Learning Center located in the tri-plex is used for many of the programs and services Access offers to all of our clients. It's an ideal location for educational as well as recreational activities. The Michael W. Czichotzki Learning Center is named in honor of Michael W. Czichotzki, a client of Access who passed away Nov. 2007. He is dearly missed, but the impact he made on the lives of many will continue in The Michael W. Czichotzki Learning Center.
Michael was born November 12, 1971 in Fargo, ND to Mark and LaVerne (Wee) Czichotzki. He grew up and attended school in Moorhead, graduating in 1993. Since the age of 13, Michael received residential services from Access of the Red River Valley. Michael faced many challenges throughout his life and met them with the help and support of Access of the Red River Valley advocates and staff. He touched many lives and hearts and will be dearly missed.
A memorial has been established in his honor. Gifts and donations to The Michael W. Czichotzki Fund will be used towards the Michael W. Czichotzki Learning Center and all the services, activities and projects provided there.
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