Category Archives: Client Stories

Client Spotlight: Ruth

By Alanna Hoyman-Browe Ruth was very skeptical when a co-worker referred her to Innovative Changes for an Individual Development Account (IDA). As someone who moved here years ago from the Philippines, she had learned the hard way that things that … Continue reading

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Client Spotlight: Nicole

By Alanna Hoyman-Browe For many people, losing their job can throw their family into a real financial emergency. And if it hadn’t been for the Women’s Leadership Peer Group this might have been the case for Nicole and her family. … Continue reading

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Client Spotlight: Sonia

by Andrea Kerwin “At 35 years old, I began to seek out financial resources to face my fears about finances. As a young single mom I was “behind” so-to-speak about financial maturity. I didn’t know how to build my credit … Continue reading

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Partner and Client Spotlight: Heidi Whitehouse

How did you first hear about and get involved with IC$? I heard about IC$ through my supervisor at Friends of the Children (FOTC), who is our Education Program Manager, when he discovered what an incredible opportunity the Oregon IDA … Continue reading

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Client Spotlight: Lydia!

A few months ago we received a wonderful letter in the mail from a young woman who had recently taken our Financial Household Resiliency workshop series at our office. While at the workshops she learned of our IDA program and … Continue reading

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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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