Success Stories

Success stories are a compilation of staff written success stories and case studies that highlight our impact in rural communities.


  • Sew Pieceful in Lewistown, Montana

    Lewistown, Montana – In the 30 some years that Tammy Eckhardt worked as a police officer and criminal investigator, it was essential to find solace from the disheartening aspects of her job. She did this by sitting quietly and quilting. And, through the long Montana winters, she was in good company.

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  • The Story of San Miguel

    San Miguel, N. M. – Modest one-story clay homes line the single road that cuts across this community near the U.S. – Mexico border. At first blush, it would seem San Miguel, nestled in the Mesilla Valley, has stood still, or stood the test of time.

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  • Financial counseling is essential to students with debt

    In January, D. Nathan Cieszynski was teaching a course that he knew well and had offered so many times that there should have been few surprises. During his January workshop, however, a young man in the course gave him pause.

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  • Investment collaborative helps fund Native-owned business

    Zuni Indian Reservation, N.M. – Some three decades ago Darrell Tsabetsaye opened a convenience store called Major Market on the Zuni Indian Reservation on the Arizona-northern New Mexico border. Though such stores are fixtures on many street corners, Tsabetsaye’s was neither common nor convenient to establish.

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  • Operator training and testing collaboration equals an increase in certified staff

    Many organizations promote water operator training, assist with operator-in-training or certification, or help those who want to increase their operator certification level. At Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), we believe this is a very important part of our work.

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