Success Stories

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


  • Self-help housing where it’s least expected

    Prior to working as a general contractor on Bainbridge Island since 1986, Ted Francis worked in construction for 22 years in Alaska. He knows his way around a jobsite. So, how did Ted find himself building a home with the self-help housing program all these years later, now in his 70s?

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  • A week in the lives of Hawaii circuit riders

    Circuit rider programs are unique in RCAC’s world. Unlike project based technical assistance programs, the circuit rider program employs a team of locally based circuit riders that travel from community to community to target work one-on-one with local utility operators.

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  • RCAC loan helps restaurant owners realize their dream

    Hawthorne, Nev. – Western Nevada, with a desert patch landscape that gives way to bare mountain slopes for miles and miles, is known for something unique and even record-breaking.

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  • The Gateway Program helps small Planada business owner with homeownership readiness

    Antonio and Erica Rodriguez could not believe it when a friend told them that Self-Help Enterprises was building in Planada. They were excited and knew this could be their chance at homeownership, at last.

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  • Working together to preserve affordable housing

    Kalispell, Montana – By many accounts, this lush, pastoral expanse of the United States may be the country’s most stunning. Serene, picturesque Flathead Lake to the south and Glacier National Park to the north attracts tourists year-round, such that Flathead County is expanding in both population and labor force. But all of this growth has unfortunately not translated into more homes for this burgeoning population.

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