Total loan: $8,000


Portland, ME, United States / Services

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A loan helped take our business to the next professional level, creating more opportunity while strengthening our existing staff and membership numbers, improving our communication and efficiency, and helping us better serve our local community through fitness, health and wellness programs.

Eric's story

I am a Veteran who served 12 years in the U.S. Army as a special operations medic, and I served two tours in Iraq. I suffered many injuries and endured many hardships because of my time in the service, and from that experience, I learned how to heal myself through unconventional, but transformative, means: utilizing personal training, body work and energy work. Left with no direction in life after the army, I decided to create a business where I could bring together all those aspects of healing: that business is Optimal Self Community Health & Wellness Center. After years of working through pain from my injuries and self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, I finally found sobriety and strength in community and in helping others. I found people who could relate to my struggles, and who wanted to overall better their lives through fitness and wellness. My healing truly began when I discovered the strength of community. Serving others and performing charity work gave me a greater sense of purpose in life, and one that I wish to share with others needing a safe place, stability and focus in their lives. I’m proud to say that by creating Optimal Self, I’ve been able to continue my process of healing while helping others in my local community and in the larger community of greater Portland.