Corinne's Story

Corinne was a high school senior, who wasn’t sure where she was headed. She first received assistance from FAN early in her school career, and had quietly helped other students find their way to FAN ever since. Her final year presented new challenges, and she found herself in FAN’s office again, needing connections to clothing, school supplies, and food resources. As her FAN advocate asked about her future plans, Corinne hesitated. “I really want to go to Phagans’ Beauty College,” she said, “but how can I ever afford it?”

Her advocate smiled. First, her advocate connected Corinne with the campus career counselor for assistance navigating scholarship applications, then excitedly told her about a new scholarship opportunity just for FAN clients: The Laura J. Harward Memorial Scholarship. The advocate offered to help her complete and submit the application to FAN. Corinne was amazed that in a single visit she’d gone from trade school being out of reach to taking steps to make her dream come true.

Bodie's Story

Bodie read the basketball camp flyer again, but it was no use. He knew his dad couldn’t afford the weekend camp. Plus, Bodie’s shoes—tattered things he’d found in the back of a closet—didn’t fit right and wouldn’t work for basketball. It was hopeless. He shoved the flyer into his backpack and resigned himself to missing out.

Luckily, Bodie’s dad found the flyer and asked his son about it. When he saw his son’s eyes light up, he knew he needed to do something. That evening, Bodie’s dad reached out to their school’s FAN advocate. The next day, they were connected with Trinity Episcopal Church’s K.I.D.S scholarship program, then their FAN advocate invited Bodie and his dad to the FAN office after school. There, Bodie found not only a brand new pair of basketball shoes, but also a new pair of regular shoes that actually fit. After a weekend of camp, Bodie is more excited than ever about his beloved sport. More than that, he has hope again.

Travis' Story

Travis missed his older sister. He fiddled with a deck of cards, remembering how she distracted him with games when their father was yelling in the next room. A few months ago, his mother poured her savings into escaping domestic violence. But the borrowed trailer that brought them to Central Oregon, where his mom had a stable job, was too small for five kids. Travis’s older siblings were staying elsewhere until his mom could afford an apartment.

Then winter hit. They were ill-equipped for the cold, but FAN was there to help, providing winter clothes and blankets, connecting the family to local food banks, and sending Travis home with extra snacks each week for himself and his younger siblings. FAN also assisted Travis’s mom with an application to low-income housing, and set aside funds for a portion of first-month’s rent. Weeks later she called their advocate in tears: they were approved!

With his big sister at home, things are starting to feel “normal” for Travis. He couldn’t be happier.

Leah's Story

Leah and her dad were walking to the park when their lives suddenly changed: a car speeding down her neighborhood street struck them both in the crosswalk in a hit-and-run. Leah suffered a broken arm; her father’s injuries were worse. As a single parent facing weeks out of work, he scrambled for resources between surgeries and appointments.

After hearing about the accident, Leah’s teacher reached out to tell the girl’s father about FAN. Leah listened as her dad called their FAN advocate, drumming her fingers along her pink cast. The FAN advocate connected them with a local partner for rent relief, provided immediate assistance with food and gas, and helped Leah’s dad find resources to alleviate their medical bills. Leah could see the relief on her dad’s face as he hung up and smiled at her.

Her extended family soon arrived to help. With the support of their community, both father and daughter are beginning to heal.

Corinne's Story

Corinne was a high school senior and wasn’t sure where she was headed. She first received assistance from FAN early in her school career, and had quietly helped other students find their way to FAN ever since. Her final year presented new challenges, and she found herself in FAN’s office again, needing connections to clothing, school supplies, and food resources. As her FAN advocate asked about her future plans, Corinne hesitated. “I really want to go to Phagans’ Beauty College,” she said, “but how can I ever afford it?” Her advocate smiled. First, her advocate connected Corinne with the campus career counselor for assistance navigating scholarship applications, then excitedly told her about a new scholarship opportunity just for FAN clients: The Laura J. Harward Memorial Scholarship. The advocate offered to help her complete and submit the application to FAN. Corinne was amazed that in a single visit she’d gone from trade school being out of reach to taking steps to make her dream come true.

Travis' Story

Travis missed his older sister. He fiddled with a deck of cards, remembering how she distracted him with games when their father was yelling in the next room. A few months ago, his mother poured her savings into escaping domestic violence. But the borrowed trailer that brought them to Central Oregon, where his mom had a stable job, was too small for five kids. Travis’s older siblings were staying elsewhere until his mom could afford an apartment. Then winter hit. They were ill-equipped for the cold, but FAN was there to help, providing winter clothes and blankets, connecting the family to local food banks, and sending Travis home with extra snacks each week for himself and his younger siblings. FAN also assisted Travis’s mom with an application to low-income housing, and set aside funds for a portion of first-month’s rent. Weeks later she called their advocate in tears: they were approved! With his big sister at home, things are starting to feel “normal” for Travis. He couldn’t be happier.

Bodie's Story

Bodie read the basketball camp flyer again, but it was no use. He knew his dad couldn’t afford the weekend camp. Plus, Bodie’s shoes—tattered things he’d found in the back of a closet—didn’t fit right and wouldn’t work for basketball. It was hopeless. He shoved the flyer into his backpack and resigned himself to missing out.

Luckily, Bodie’s dad found the flyer and asked his son about it. When he saw his son’s eyes light up, he knew he needed to do something. That evening, Bodie’s dad reached out to their school’s FAN advocate. The next day, they were connected with Trinity Episcopal Church’s K.I.D.S scholarship program, then their FAN advocate invited Bodie and his dad to the FAN office after school. There, Bodie found not only a brand new pair of basketball shoes, but also a new pair of regular shoes that actually fit. After a weekend of camp, Bodie is more excited than ever about his beloved sport. More than that, he has hope again.

Leah's Story

Leah and her dad were walking to the park when their lives suddenly changed: a car speeding down her neighborhood street struck them both in the crosswalk in a hit-and-run. Leah suffered a broken arm; her father’s injuries were worse. As a single parent facing weeks out of work, he scrambled for resources between surgeries and appointments.

After hearing about the accident, Leah’s teacher reached out to tell the girl’s father about FAN. Leah listened as her dad called their FAN advocate, drumming her fingers along her pink cast. The FAN advocate connected them with a local partner for rent relief, provided immediate assistance with food and gas, and helped Leah’s dad find resources to alleviate their medical bills. Leah could see the relief on her dad’s face as he hung up and smiled at her. Her extended family soon arrived to help. With the support of their community, both father and daughter are beginning to heal.

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