Category Archives: Client Stories

Tyanne’s Story

“It was an eye opener!” Tyanne says of one of her first meetings with Innovative Changes going over her bank statements, “having me sit down and see things in writing allowed me to see where I could really make a … Continue reading

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AngeLeah’s Story

AngeLeah first heard about IC$ while participating in Bradley Angle’s Making Cent$ program. Interested in pursuing homeownership, she was eager to raise her credit score in order to qualify for assistance through Proud Ground, a community land trust that specializes … Continue reading

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Dan’s Story

Dan came to Innovative Changes by way of Mercy Corps’ Reentry Transition Center (RTC). Readjusting to life outside of prison, he was searching for the right support to get keep his life on track. Facing barriers to employment, a post … Continue reading

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Katie’s Notes From the Field: Lessons From Our Clients

On a Tuesday evening in early October, six Innovative Changes’ coaching clients gathered for a dinner discussion. In the coming months, IC$ plans to grow its coaching program by engaging our clients and other volunteers as coaches, so we wanted to … Continue reading

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Sally’s Story: The Importance of Communication

Sally came to IC$ to pay off debt and clean up her credit report.  All seemed well when she was planning out fitting our loan payments into her budget since she had a steady job. But, a few weeks after … Continue reading

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah attended our winter Financial Household Resiliency workshop series and was hungry for more information. After class she approached one of our facilitators wondering what else she could do to continue tackling her financial issues. She wasn’t available during the … Continue reading

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Richard’s Story

When Richard heard about Innovative Changes at a vocational rehabilitation networking group, his ears perked up. “I was having financial difficulties and needed help that wasn’t available anywhere. After the meeting I looked at the IC$ website and felt like … Continue reading

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Christina’s Story

Christina has lived on a tight budget for as long as she can remember. She raised her kids by pinching pennies and says that “controlling my spending has never been an issue but the money coming in never seemed to … Continue reading

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Carolyn’s Story

Carolyn says that she’s struggled to save and manage money her whole life. Family members would bail her out from time to time, but since her mother died a couple years ago, she realized that she needed to get in … Continue reading

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Sonja’s Story

At first, Innovative Changes was a detour on Sonja’s route to homeownership. Sonja was working with the Portland Housing Center to become a homeowner when she had some costly medical expenses not covered by her insurance. Savings and a work … Continue reading

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