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  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 >


Retired as of a few years ago, Steve Hooper says his role is to support his wife and daughter. His 38-year-old daughter, Megan, uses a wheelchair, and his wife, Kathy, is “a master at finding services, programs, and funding. . . If it’s out there, Kathy usually knows about it.” But the Northwest Access FundREAD MORE >


A Van of Her Own “I thought it would be near impossible in this lifetime to have a van like this,” Chelsea says of her wheelchair accessible 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. “I never thought I could afford it on my own, being on a fixed income.” Now that she has the van, Chelsea says, “I justREAD MORE >


More adventures ahead! “Not having the use of my legs and only my arms to get around with – it was very challenging for me to go out into the community,” says Linda, “having to use my shoulders with every step I have to take. Having the new electric wheelchair, it’s not challenging anymore –READ MORE >


A Way to Come Home When Wesley lost the use of his arms and legs in his early 30s, he was not sure where his life would take him, or even if he would be able to live at home as steps up to the front door meant that he could not enter or leaveREAD MORE >


“I didn’t think I’d ever be 29 and driving a family van,” says Dayana, “but it’s given me freedom. Now I have quick and easy access to get to work, go to doctor’s appointments, shopping, or the grocery store.” Born in El Salvador and raised in California, Dayana had no symptoms when she was firstREAD MORE >

Angel and Maya

As they waited for the ambulance to arrive Angel and his wife knew they had to get a new car. At six years old, Maya was getting too big to life in and out of their car and this time her feeding tube got tangled in the seatbelt strap and was ripped out. “She was soREAD MORE >


With a loan from Northwest Access Fund, Alexandria was able to purchase a BrailleNote Touch which she uses to access the internet.