Success Stories

Over the past 35 years, NEDCO has been inspired by the thousands of people we’ve helped and their stories. Our community is rich in stories about overcoming adversity, finding hope, and creating a brighter future for themselves and their families; stories about giving back, sharing resources, and investing in our community to make it stronger for us all.

Truly, your story is our story. Please share it with us.

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Abel Poton

A Home of His Own: Abel Poton

Abel opened a door to a new beginning by accomplishing his dream of purchasing his first home in August 2011. Abel’s determination to succeed and his vision to provide a secure home of his own for his three children helped him reach his goal. “After…

Red Wagon

A Sweet Investment: Red Wagon Creamery

From a single scoop idea served from a cart hooked to the back of a car, all the way to a retail store, an active mobile component, and its fresh and local ice creams available in dozens of locations, Red Wagon Creamery has been surpassing…

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Finding a Path to Financial Stability: Nellie Martinez

Nellie moved to Eugene with the dream of a new beginning, but struggled to find a home. She was living in a garage with six children when she turned to NEDCO for help. “My mom doesn’t know, but sometimes I see her crying & praying…

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Hatching the Next Big Idea: Red Duck Ketchup

“With a kitchen and marketplace downstairs, and our office upstairs, we’re pretty excited to be here [Sprout! Regional Food Hub]. The physical space is great. But the community and network of people and shared resources is so valuable. All these light bulb moments keep happening…

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Heating Up the Dream: Leela’s Kitchen

“I had an interest for a few years and when I was ready to try something out, I happened to look on Craigslist and found Sprout! Kitchen. I always had a desire to provide a healthy option for people eating out — and a different…

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Holding on to Home: Foreclosure Intervention

“When our businesses were hit by the economic downturn, we couldn’t afford our mortgage payment. We tried not to show our stress to our kids, hoping they weren’t worried about Mom and Dad. We just wanted to enjoy each other in our home. The staff…

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Homeless to Homeowner: Tiffani Alexandar

Having had a lifetime of struggle, Tiffani reached out to NEDCO for support as she turned her life around. After completing NEDCO's Threshold Homeownership Education and Counseling series of classes, attending financial counseling sessions, and proving the ability to save on a monthly basis, Tiffani…

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Homelessness to Hopefulness: Megan Kennedy

Megan is currently the Director of Transitional Housing at the YWCA in Salem, Oregon and has just completed the purchase of her first home through Habitat for Humanity. She used the savings from her IDA account to cover the closing costs associated with the program.…

100 Mile Bakery

Kitchen Curator: 100 Mile Bakery

“After trying to talk about a half dozen people into it, I realized this was my dream. I decided to go further and open up 100 Mile Bakery, sourcing all local ingredients from this area within 100 miles and turning them into baked goods. My…

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Revitalizing our Neighborhood: Izakaya Meiji Restaurant

NEDCO has a long history of working to revitalize commercial districts and provide opportunity for local business owners to take ownership of their neighborhoods. Husband and wife restaurateurs Quinn Brown and Ayumi Kamata opened Izakaya Meiji in August 2010 in a NEDCO-owned and renovated building…

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Saving for Her Success: Christy Zollinger

As one of the first graduates from the Saver’s Alliance program, Christy entered the program at a point when she did not have access to banking services. She now maintains both checking and savings accounts. She is planning for homeownership and growing her small business,…

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Seed to Table Education: Transition Garden Project

“The Transition Garden Project (TGP) and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) have enjoyed collaboration with Sprout! and NEDCO that has allowed us to increase service to students in our district. The TGP serves students with disabilities, teaching work skills and helping students find and keep employment.…

Success Story by Renee Wick

I appreciate the people who work at NEDCO, they help me to believe in the good of people in our community. They were kind and supportive in my journey of becoming a homeowner. The classes provided an awareness and skills that I needed. This is…