This fall, Twin Cities Community Voice Mail officially became Open Access Connections. Along with the new name, we have a new logo and website, but we still offer the same great support you’ve come to know and expect. Thanks to everyone who helped make this new site a reality.
Why did we change our name? After 16 years of providing voice mail numbers to people who are homeless and low-income, it became obvious that we had outgrown the name that we picked when we started in 1994. We no longer just serve the Twin Cities area. We provide voice mail numbers across the state of Minnesota in cooperation with our greater Minnesota partner agencies. Even the “voice mail” in our name isn’t entirely accurate, either. We have kept up with the rapidly changing world of technology we all live in. We have investigated the viability of providing cell phones to users of voice mail, run two cell phone demonstration projects for selected groups of our participants, advocated for cell phones to be offered in Minnesota as part of the federal Lifeline program, and are seeking ways to provide free internet access for low-income people. The new name, Open Access Connections, more accurately reflects the sense of ownership and involvement that our participants have in the organization.