Barry Dotson relies on two things to get around: Portland’s MAX line and a scooter. So when his scooter became unreliable, he knew he needed to replace it. Having previously received a loan from Northwest Access Fund, he applied and was approved for a second loan.

Barry’s new scooter is much more dependable, making it easier for him to leave the house, complete errands, and socialize. It is also much admired: “I sit in the back of the church and there are a lot of little kids that think the scooter is really cool…Without help from Northwest Access Fund, I couldn’t do what I’m doing now. I couldn’t leave my house, get to the store, get to the doctor. It makes my life what it is.”

Photo of Barry looking at flowers in his scooter he financed through Northwest Access Fund