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OFFICES LOCATED IN: HIBBING - DULUTH - BRAINERD


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Access North recognizes that our employees are our greatest strengths. As our company continues to grow, we understand the importance of building a skilled, dedicated and compassionate team of people that truly want to make a difference in the lives of those living with disabilities.

Visit our Career page to see the latest positions available in all of our service areas!

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We are excited to announce that we are adding 4 new Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). By adding these new services, we will reach more consumers and have the ability to assist them to remain in their home and to also be a support for them while engaging in the community. HCBS are services provided to a person who needs support to live in the home and or to engage in the community. These services are provided in the person’s own home and community, and they are directed at increasing and maintaining the person’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social functioning. Services can include assistance to develop, maintain or improve skills related to activities of daily living (ADLs). The new services that we are adding are, Individual Community Living Supports, Personal Supports, Individualized Home Support and In Home Family Supports Services.

If you need more information on these services or would like to refer someone to Access North for these or other services, please reach out to referral@accessnorth.net. You can download our referral form below.

ACCESS NORTH REFERRAL FORM

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL NOMINATION

In honor of DSP week September 8-14, 2024, Access North is proud to announce that we will be awarding $500 dollars to 5 outstanding DSPs!

A committee of Access North staff will review nominations and score them based on the following criteria:

• Establishes outstanding relationships with the consumers they support
• Has compassion and understanding with the consumers they support
• Goes above and beyond to improve skills to better support their consumers
• Encourages their consumer to make their own choices and decisions
• Advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and/or the elderly

* Consumers can nominate their staff, or DSPs can self nominate. Staff must have an active consumer that they are currently working with to be eligible. Nonimations must be in by August 31, 2024.

The Hibbing office will host an awards ceremony during the second week of September to recognize National Direct Support Professionals Week. During the ceremony, the professionals will receive their awards.

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL NOMINATION FORM

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS NOTICE

Our offices are now observing the following schedule Monday through Friday: Hibbing 8:00 am – Noon and Duluth Noon- 4:30 p.m. After these hours, please use the dropbox provided. If you have an appointment, please ring the bell and you will be let in.

Our Independent Living Coordinators and Qualified Professionals remain available to you Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.! Please call or email your support professional to set up an appointment if needed. You can reach us at our toll free number 1-800-390-3681.

Please visit our website www.accessnorth.net to find your staff member’s email if you wish to reach them that way or use info@accessnorth.net. Please continue to observe the recommended practices for maintaining good health.

PLEASE SEE OUR COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN BELOW WHICH OUTLINES THE STEPS ACCESS NORTH IS TAKING TO CONTINUE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN OUR WORK ENVIRONMENT.

COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN

Access North is designated as a Covid Community Coordinator Organization

As a Covid Community Coordinator we are committed to supporting the people of northeastern Minnesota to get updated information on information related to Covid-19, especially people with disabilities, seniors and other vulnerable populations.

Our staff are here to support you in identifying where and when vaccination, and directly supporting you in online registration for vaccinations and testing. This pandemic has impacted people in so many different ways. The loss of jobs, the social isolation and the challenges faced with educating our children safely are only a few of the numerous challenges we all face. We are also your resource if you have questions on unemployment insurance, housing issues, food access, transportation, testing, vaccinations or general questions on Covid-19. If we don’t have an answer, we will get you to someone that does!

Just one example: here is a very informative video explaining the origins of the vaccines.



Visit our blog for many, many informative videos concerning Covid-19:
Access North Covid Community Resources and Announcements Blog


Please reach out to us for support on all things Covid at: Covidinfo@accessnorth.net or call us at (800) 390-3681.

Covid-19 Vaccine Information

If you are wondering where you can get the latest vaccine, you can log onto the Connector website from the State of Minnesota.

There is also a phone number to call if questions at the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector hotline (833) 431-2053.
Use the Find My Vaccine map to easily find the closest vaccination provider in your area.

FIND MY VACCINE LOCATION MAP

Current Events

NOTICE: If you are in need of some essential items, WE NOW HAVE FREE PANTRIES IN HIBBING AND BRAINERD OFFICES!!!!

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Stocked weekly until further notice. Please take only what you need and leave the rest for others in need! You are welcome to return, but we ask that you limit your visits to once per week.

Corporal Jon Schneider's Story

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Please listen to disabled U.S. Marine Corporal Jon Schneider's story of homelessness and his struggle to transition to civilian life following his honorable discharge after 10 years of service.

Steve Backholm (Independent Living Specialist in our Walker office) helped Jon find an apartment, furniture, pots/pans, furniture, learn to cook and other items he needed to establish a fresh start. Please click the link below to hear his story in his own words...

STORY TRANSCRIPTION

For other stories like Corporal Jon Schneider's, please use the link below to navigate to our Consumer Stories pages:

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Access North relies on the generosity of our friends, neighbors and community members. You can now donate to Access North through the secure PayPal method!

You may also donate In Person/By Mail.

Please make checks payable to Access North and send to:

1309 East 40th Street
Hibbing, MN 55746

If you are in need of a service and/or information and cannot find it - please, ask us. We will do our best to answer any questions and provide you with the information you need.

Regarding services - we will refer you if there is an existing service that you do not know about. If there is no service to meet your needs, we will do our best to try and assist you.

We look forward to helping you.
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