40 years ago Accessible Space, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in Minnesota. ASI was founded by Steve Wiggins in response to his good friend's (Mike "Hondo" Pesch) quadriplegic accident in 1975. With a mighty assist from Chuck Berg, Steve's college roommate, their conceptual honors project at Macalester became a reality when ASI's five accessible, affordable homes serving 30 very-low individuals with physical disabilities including Hondo opened in September of 1980.
Thanks to the incredible commitment so many kind souls over the last 40 years, ASI has been able to extend Wigs' and Chuck's compassionate mission to serve thousands of others across the country in need of accessible, affordable "housing with care."® As part of this journey ASI also expanded its services in 1992 to provide comprehensive, neuro-behavioral day treatment and rehabilitation services in Nevada through its exemplary Nevada Community Enrichment Program (NCEP). Initiatives for Individuals with brain injuries (1984), seniors (1999) and veterans (2015) were also developed with Patriot Place Apartments, ASI’s first accessible, affordable apartment setting to serve veterans, soon celebrating with an Open House/Dedication Ceremony on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
From the compassionate care for a friend in need, ASI has grown to serve over 4,000 extremely and very low-income individuals with disabilities, seniors and/or veterans in 159 unique settings in 31 states. Over 600 dedicated colleagues working with ASI have also helped forward the mission by providing this accessible, affordable housing and for many ASI residents access to 24/7/365 care through ASI’s shared services which are driven by choice.