June 2014


A huge thank you to all of our supporters who joined us at our first annual fundraiser at the Peace House on May 29th. And thank you to our event sponsors Pacific Office Automation, Leslie Jones REMAX equity group, One Pacific Coast Bank, McDonald Jacobs Accountants and Murray Smith and Associates. 


We raised over $7,800 while enjoying good company and a compelling story by Landra Glover. Check out our event photos hereIf you were not able to make it to the event, you can still support our work by making a donation hereYour generous donation helps us realize our vision of a society where all people have access to safe, affordable financial products and services and the ability to use them well. Thank you!


All the best,


Nancy Yuill

Right now, in our own community, nearly 44% of our children are living in poor or low income households. Today, June 11th United Way is launching the >24 ("More than 24") campaign. >24 is about more than just one day of giving. It marks the start of a new journey to give every child a fair chance. When you give more than $24 to >24, United Way will match your donation 100%, and you'll get to vote for the nonprofit of your choice to win an unrestricted grant from the dollars raised: First place (most votes) gets $10,000. Second place gets $5,000. Third gets $2,500. Together we have the power to create lasting change.

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 there, Hacienda referred Fidel for our credit builder loan. When Fidel started his credit builder loan he said, "Buying a house is my long term goal and I need a better credit score to do that. But first and most important is just to have the possibility to be financially reliable for other companies where I apply for loans."


Fidel didn't end it with the loan. He wanted to take advantage of Innovative Changes' financial coaching in order to improve his credit as much as possible. Fidel got lucky and was matched up with one of our AmeriCorps VISTAs, Katie. He reflects, "I wanted to participate in the program because that was the only way that I could have my credit back up again. My experience has been incredible especially for the help and attention that I have received from the office and my coach. Everyone knows me now and it feels really comforting."


Continue reading about Fidel's successes!


Spotlight: Ruby Weymouth, IC$ Intern

Last month, Innovative Changes welcomed intern Ruby Weymouth to our team. Ruby was connected to our organization through our partner Work Systems Inc. and has been helping with everything from data entry to researching local resources and banking services for our clients. We interviewed Ruby on her past experience, current interests and her passions. Keep reading to learn more about Ruby!


Can you explain a little about the work experience program that you are part of?

It is a program called Work Systems that gives young people, about 17-21, internships to gain work experience based on what they're interested in. My top choice was a social service organization so they paired me with Innovative Changes.


What did you do at your past internship?

My past internship was for the GirlStrength program through the Portland Police Bureau. It is a program that teaches both verbal and physical self-defense to teenage girls. At that internship I did a lot of data entry, editing letters and invoices, and set up and tore down volunteer trainings. I also got to be a part of the learning portion of the training for future GirlStrength instructors which was very interesting.


Continue reading about Ruby here.

Upcoming Workshops & Orientations

The next Financial Household Resiliency workshops will be:


- Tuesday evenings, July 8th-29th, 5:30-7:30pm at our office in 2010 Lloyd Center Mall. You can register for the classes here.


Our next Credit Builder Orientations will be:


- Friday, June 20th 2014, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- (en espanol) Thursday, June 26th 2014, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

 All take place at our office, 2010 Lloyd Center. Register here.

Referring Partner Corner
Interested in referring clients for our loans, financial education and individual coaching sessions? Want to learn more about our programs? Attend our Referring Partner Orientation webinar. The webinar orientation will take place Thursday, July 3rd from 10:30 -11:30am. If you or your coworkers are interested in participating please register here. 
Quick Stats:
As of 6/10/14
Total disbursed: 
# repaid:
Financial Education Clients: 1,544
IDA Savers: 81
About Us
Our inter-related programs of responsible lending, credit building, financial education and savings acceleration build people's financial capabilities and put them on the path to long term financial health.  Join us in our work!

You Can Help!

You care about helping people achieve and maintain household stability. Now you can join our efforts at Innovative Changes as we expand our reach to serve more clients. Your generous donation will be put to good use!


Whatever amount you can afford, you can set it up for monthly automatic payments to ease your cash flow. If you have bill pay service with your bank you can set up Innovative Changes to receive regular monthly payments. If you prefer, we can process a monthly ACH transaction on your behalf. Contact us at contact@innovativechanges.org to set up your monthly giving program.


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