Success Stories

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


  • 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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  • Hoopa Valley Tribe helps community access healthy food

    Hoopa Valley, Calif. – Hoopa Valley residents live near pastoral landscapes, rough rivers, and dense forests teeming with an abundance of fish and game. Yet, the abundance underscores the fact that healthy food scarcity exists in places we might not expect. In Hoopa Valley for instance, residents struggled to find wholesome food.

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  • A self-help participant’s success story

    After living in Grand County, Utah for three years, my family and I made the official move to Moab, Utah in 2015. Now, it was a great challenge. We took weeks, actually months, trying to secure housing.

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  • The Puff Factory ribbon-cutting and grand opening

    In May, as Jacqueline Alexander welcomed dozens of visitors to The Puff Factory ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony, her friend Adrienne Nelson lauded Alexander’s perseverance during the last three years, when it seemed the various obstacles she faced would prevent her from success.

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  • Jones Valley’s special day

    Jones Valley, Calif. – In 2013, John Van den Bergh, who was then the Fall River Valley Community Services District general manager, got a call from a California congressman who was both discouraged and hopeful about a seemingly insoluble problem in his district.

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