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Access of Red River Valley: A Lifetime of Impact


About Access

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

Join The 5% Campaign

Please support The 5% Campaign.  The effort is trying to convince Governor Dayton to increase funding for Home and Community-Based services by 5%.  This is a really important increase for Minnesotans with disabilities.  To help our clients and this cause please follow their Twitter campaign and Facebook page.  The movement has made progress, but could still use your help.  Please consider mailing your story to Governor Dayton about why disability services are in need of a 5% increase.

Michael Czichotzki Learning Center (MCLC)

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.

Micheal W. Czichotzki portrait

The Michael W. Czichotzki Fund

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.