Jillisa Suppah first heard about the IDA program in 2013. She was interested in going back to school and wasn’t sure how she was going to pay her tuition.
Hunter Onstad opened an IDA account in 2015 with the intent to start a beef operation. Over the course of 3 years, Hunter managed to purchase a pair of cattle and a couple of show steers.
Ms. Waheneka began saving in an IDA so that she could pay for her schooling at COCC. Within six months, she had met her savings goal and had enough money to pay for her first year of school.
In February 2014, Sara Dowty opened an IDA account with the goal of buying a home for her family, including her fiancé Jacob, her four-year old daughter, and their one-year old son.
As part of WSCAT’s SuperSaver program, Jeannie was able to save $7,200, including $6,000 in State matching funds, over a 13-month period.
Using her IDA savings, Greta hired a contractor to repair the roof on her house, insulate the living room, bathroom, and laundry area, and do significant work on the bathroom flooring.
Melissa Waheneka opened her IDA account in August 2010, with the goal of repairing a home her husband Harlan and she had recently inherited from his grandmother.
With the goal of getting a degree from Oregon State University (OSU) Cascades, James opened an IDA account matched with federal funding from the Assets for Independence Initiative (AFI), and began saving his own hard-earned dollars.
In August 2010, Gordon became one of WSCAT’s first IDA clients, with the long term goal of opening an auto repair business.
I’m grateful for the IDA program because it’s giving me the opportunity to save, earn matching funds, and achieve my goals much faster than I could have expected.