Our mission and organizational goals at the DAC are simple, and hold true more than 50 years after they were written:

“To Support Each Individual to Achieve the Highest Level of Independence”

The Lake County Developmental Achievement Center, located in Two Harbors, Minnesota, is a non-profit organization supported by the local community. Support includes both monetary donations as well as donations of time and talent.


Our thanks to the following funders for their generous support of DAC programming:

  • Cooperative Light & Power – Operation Round Up
  • G. Kendall Smith Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • Lake County
  • MN Department of Human Services
  • Northland Foundation
  • Two Harbors Area Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • Cliffs Foundation
  • Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation
  • Louisiana Pacific Foundation
  • Community Opportunity Fund and the Ruth H. Richards Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
  • Richard Smach Estate

Our Mission is to support individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities access their community in a positive manner.

We continually assess the needs of our those we serve and make changes in our programming as needed. We enter into contracts with county agencies to provide the services needed, and in conjunction with the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Labor, provide jobs and services that will assist the individuals we serve to reach their maximum potential.

Showing dignity and respect at all times is our constant and abiding goal when working with people with developmental disabilities. We know that each individual person is unique. We know that each individual has their own style of learning, communication, and conduct their own behaviors. So each person is given opportunities to make choices in their daily lives in order to determine their own individual destiny.

Programming through the DAC not only provides individuals with needed life skills training, it provides them a safe place to grow and to be part of something bigger than themselves. It provides them a safe and accepting place in their world where they can learn to become who they really are, to maximize their potential, and to go at their own pace.

Through the process of program development, we strive to promote the principles of community inclusion and natural supports. We utilize individualized programming to meet each person’s unique capabilities and strengths.

Referral and employment information is available by contacting our administrative team:

Michelle McDonald – Executive Director

George Hyland – Human Resource Manager

Tina Walker – Program Director

Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 3 pm

Lake County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.

626 Second Avenue
Two Harbors, Minnesota 55616

Phone: (218) 834-5767
Fax: (218) 834-5474

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