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Malinda has Meniere’s Disease, which affects her balance. She loves to go out bicycling with her son, despite the challenges it poses. She has to be extremely careful on two wheels. One day in 2019, she was caught off-guard and crashed. She realized that she needed to find a way to ride that would offerREAD MORE >


Flo learned about Northwest Access Fund when she was thinking about getting a Liberty Trike, an electric folding tricycle. She had been looking for a mobility aid that would allow her to be more active than her electric scooter. The trike seemed like a good fit, since it would allow her to move her legsREAD MORE >


Jeanine moved into senior housing in 2012 and began to take advantage of the complex’s frequent meetings and social events. She remembers that she was always asking people to repeat themselves, but she didn’t think much of it. When someone who worked at the housing building suggested that she get hearing aids in 2015, sheREAD MORE >


Christopher first came to Northwest Access Fund for financial coaching back in 2018 when he was looking to understand options for dealing with his student loan debt. Since that time, he has worked with three different financial coaches on various topics, from saving to budgeting. A financial coach helped him open an ABLE account inREAD MORE >

Beth and Elaine

Beth first learned about Northwest Access Fund when she was researching funding options for an all-terrain wheelchair, the GRIT Freedom Chair. The coronavirus lockdowns were preventing her from getting out and exercising, and her muscles were weakening. She had already applied for one grant and was in the process of applying for another, but sheREAD MORE >


Since Paula uses a scooter, she says that she “always had to depend on somebody” to get around out of her house. To drive herself around, she would need a modified van – but she was shocked when she discovered how expensive vans and brand-new lifts were. She’s on a fixed income and, when sheREAD MORE >


Bev lost many of her teeth due to a combination of prescription medications and “poor dental genes from her mother.” She desperately wanted to “get her mouth taken care of, but everybody wanted to charge something like 29% interest” on the loans she was finding. She recalls thinking, “I can’t afford that.” She considered otherREAD MORE >


When Harley tried to get an elevated seat for her wheelchair covered by Medicare, her claim was denied. She was disappointed because she needed the lift seat in order to be independent in her own home. Her bed was too tall for her to get into on her own. She had to ask for assistanceREAD MORE >


Serwa came to Northwest Access Fund because she was serious about improving her credit and starting to save. She had heard of Northwest Access Fund a decade earlier, when she participated in her first business development program. By the time Serwa started working with an Access Fund financial coach in 2018, she already had aREAD MORE >


When Sandra needed a dental implant, she thought about putting it on her credit card, but the cost exceeded her credit limit. She explored other funding options until she learned about Northwest Access Fund from a resource representative who came to her senior living community to let residents know about funding for medical, dental, andREAD MORE >