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Access Unveils New Home for Clients to Live Independently

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Access of the Red River Valley has just completed a new, universally-equipped twin home in South Moorhead.  The recently built home fills a need for handicap accessible living for adults and children with both developmental and physical disabilities. Officials at Access say it provides a home for up to six clients where they can live independently, with dignity.

Access of the Red River Valley held a celebration and ribbon cutting for the new home on Monday. Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, Senator Kent Eken and Representative Ben Lien were all there to help commemorate the new project.

The home features kitchens with easy access to cupboards and appliances, and there is also extra storage space throughout the homes for the extra tools the folks in the home use for daily living.  Access says the new home will also help teach valuable independence skills to its clients. 

"For some individuals it's a transition point," explains Access service director Bill Smith. "They can come here help learn some life skills and stuff, or maybe they will get their own apartment. For other individuals it's a good place for them to feel like they're part of home and part of something."

Access serves more than 100 clients and employs 145 individuals. Clients live independently in their own homes where they receive support from trained staff to assist them with daily living skills.

One twin home is ready for clients to move in and access is still trying to determine which clients will occupy the other twin home. Access is in need of the following items to help furnish the units.  They are looking for new or gently used items listed below:

Kitchen:
  • Silverware (12 place settings per side)
  • Corelle Dishes (12 place settings per side)
  • Cookie sheets
  • Muffin pan
  • Casserole dishes
  • Mixing bowls
  • Silverware tray
  • Drinking glasses paper towel holder
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Water pitcher
  • Toaster
  • Dish towels and dish clothes
  • Hot pads/trivets
  • Food storage containers
  • Hand mixer
  • Rubber spatulas
  • Pizza pans

Cleaning:
  • Swiffer
  • Broom/dustpan
  • Bucket
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop
  • Plunger for bathroom

Furniture:
  • End tables/coffee table
  • Lamps
  • Twin beds
  • Nightstands
  • Dressers

Bedrooms:
  • Twin bed linens
  • Pillows
  • Pillow protectors
  • Blankets
  • Small wastebaskets
  • Bathrooms:
  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Wash clothes

Miscellaneous:
  • Telephone
  • Outdoor shovel
  • Outdoor broom

Contact Executive Director Kathy Potter with any questions at 218-233-3991 or email her at Kathy.potter@accessrrv.org

Access started in 1984 by a group of concerned parents who were determined to keep their children out of institutional care and instead allow them to live in private homes and in community settings.

Access continues to grow and offer innovative and caring programs for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Access says the goal of each person they serve is directed by values which include daily interaction with other community members, making informed choices, taking risks, and planning for the future.
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