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Marina’s Story

"So many beautiful things have happened in my life," says 71-year-old Marina. Smile on her face, she proudly recalls raising her 4 sons in a hut with a thatched roof in her native Peru. "For money, my husband worked as a driver while I fried chickens for my neighbors. Rain leaked through our roof," she says, "and I would pray…
Derrick
November 14, 2017
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Diane and Richard’s Story

Diane, Richard, and their family Enrolling one person in health insurance can be complicated enough, but try enrolling your whole family. "And we're a big family," explains Project Access NOW client Diane, "like multiple-mini-vans-to-take-a trip-together' big. Managing health insurance for all of us gets overwhelming fast." That's why Diane and her husband Richard started to get nervous when, after assuming…
Derrick
November 14, 2017
Client Stories

Vilma’s Story

Vilma and Carl When Vilma walked into the Legacy Good Samaritan emergency room back in 2015, her new husband Carl at her side, she recalls that she felt terrified, and it wasn't just because she was having an emergency asthma attack and couldn't breathe. "I can hear the rattle in my chest, but in my head all I'm thinking is,…
Derrick
November 14, 2017
Client Stories

Gary’s Story

Gary has seen a lot in his life and is more than happy to tell you about most of it. "I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the Toulumne Cherokee reservation. I'm Cherokee-Chickasaw. I came to Oregon fourteen years ago, following the woman I loved." Gary makes and sells beaded necklaces. He teaches Kung Fu and…
Derrick
November 14, 2017
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Caralee’s Story

Caralee, like many of our clients, came to us with a problem that had a simple solution, it just happened to be a solution that was impossible for her to access on her own. Caralee takes Coumadin, a prescription blood-thinner that keeps blood clots from forming in her body that could lead to sudden strokes, heart attacks, or other frightening…
Derrick
May 19, 2017
Client Stories

Gerardo’s Story

Gerardo with Project Access NOW employee Sasha Viches When Project Access NOW client Gerardo walked into our office to speak to us for this article, he was pleased to find an old friend waiting for him. Gerardo and Project Access NOW's own Program Implementation Specialist Sasha Viches first met in 2013, when Gerardo sought help for pain in his foot…
Derrick
May 27, 2016
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Sonji’s Story

Photo by Antonio Harris When Sonji moved to Portland in 2011, it was with the goal of turning her passion for helping others into a career as a nonprofit professional. That goal seemed to be getting closer when, in 2012 she found a temporary position working with the local chapter of a major nonprofit organization. Sonji enjoyed the satisfaction of…
Derrick
September 28, 2015
Client Stories

Elvia’s Story

Elvia and Project Acces NOW care coordinator Marisela Marquez.Photo by Soulayvanh Beisel Elvia, like many of the clients we serve, remains unable to access health insurance under the Affordable Care Act due to her undocumented legal status. She works hard to help support her family and even pays taxes but, when she learned that certain symptoms she'd been experiencing were due…
Derrick
September 28, 2015
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Noe’s Story

Noe and Kim The soreness and cramps in his groin, buttocks and legs were so debilitating for Noe, he was unable to stand up straight or to move in and out of cars as he was required to do in his job as a car salesman. So he had to stop working. With no job and no health insurance, Noe…
Fellene Gaylord
February 28, 2015
Client Stories

Monica’s Story

Monica felt ill and had so much pain after she ate she could barely walk. A visit to the Essential Health Clinic revealed her need for further testing to determine the cause. Because Monica was unable to work and lacked health insurance, Essential Health Clinic referred her to Project Access NOW for help. A Project Access NOW care coordinator arranged…
Fellene Gaylord
February 28, 2015