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Tyler’s interest in Northwest Access Fund was piqued by our Financial Capability Program. “I was always into saving, even in my early 20s,” he explains. However, after a spinal cord injury, he had more difficulty with saving. “I needed to learn how to manage my money when I couldn’t afford what I wanted to afford,”READ MORE >


Dave purchased a home in December, but he was not able to move in until he could have the house modified for wheelchair accessibility. He was paying rent on his apartment still, so he wanted the home modifications quickly. Getting a home loan had been stressful, and he had spent his savings on the house.READ MORE >


When Jill’s father’s health declined rapidly, he had to spend some time in a care home. “It was a really awful experience,” Jill recounts. “We knew we didn’t want to go that route.” But her parents’ home posed safety issues to both her father and her mother. Her dad could not use the inaccessible showerREAD MORE >


Sandy went “a couple of long years” without a scooter, during which time she “was pretty much stuck in the house.” She wanted to leave the house more often, but found that even going shopping posed a challenge. If a store had any scooters, it most likely wouldn’t have one available when she needed it,READ MORE >


Nancy wrote the following account of her experience with Northwest Access Fund: Hello, I would like to introduce myself and give you a little background about me. My name is Nancy, I live in Spokane with my 24 year-old son Jake, our 3 kitties and my parakeets. In 2006, my life changed drastically, I wentREAD MORE >


A Bright Light For years, Roxanne had been using a wheelchair due to spinal cord injuries that impact her ability to walk and stand. Although she was still able to drive, the sedan that she owned was painful to get in and out of – and  didn’t fit her wheelchair. She explains: “I pretty muchREAD MORE >


The Hearing Aids She Needed Jacqueline first heard about Northwest Access Fund during a meeting at her apartment building, when social workers shared information on organizations that offered services to seniors. At the time, she was “in dire need of hearing aids and could not afford good ones.” Jacqueline had learned the hard way thatREAD MORE >


  Before he found Northwest Access Fund in 2007, Chris was spending “day after day methodically searching for funding” that would allow him to pursue self-employment. “The Access Fund were the only ones willing” to take a chance and support him. Chris initially received a loan for a computer, though he has gone on toREAD MORE >


Tara first heard about Northwest Access Found when she was looking to purchase an adapted vehicle. She did not qualify for a loan at the time, but came back to the Access Fund several years later, when she saw that she could work with a financial coach. Tara and her financial coach, Megan, created aREAD MORE >


Megan has been hard-of-hearing her entire life and “doesn’t know what it’s like to not wear hearing aids.” Before coming to Washington for a job, she lived in a state “that didn’t have services at all,” so by the time she moved, her hearing aids were 15 years old and no longer worked. As aREAD MORE >