Category Archives: Client Stories

Client Spotlight: Nicole!

Nicole got involved with Innovative Changes after she was referred to our coaching program by MIPO and their business Individual Development Account (IDA) program. She began meeting with her coach earlier this year after she had taken our Financial Household Resiliency workshop series. … Continue reading

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Fidel’s Story

In 2010, Fidel emigrated from Cuba. Before coming to the US, Fidel was studying to become a dentist and was one year away from having his degree. When his family got to Portland they connected with Hacienda CDC and from … Continue reading

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Patricia’s Story

“It seems too good to be true,” Patricia exclaimed when she first heard about our Individual Development Account (IDA) program. This is quite common reaction; a match of $3 for every $1 you save is not a deal you see … Continue reading

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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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