The mPower loan fund is also known as the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program.
Kim Wallace became quadriplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury in 1979. This event launched his career as an advocate for disability rights. Kim was a pioneer and the driving force to start the loan program, after he saw the difficulties people faced in getting equipment and home modifications.
Now called mPower, the loan program has been supported by two bond issues passed by Maine voters. This makes mPower the only citizen-funded type loan program in the country. Loans totaling more than $20 million have been made to individuals and businesses in the past 23 years.
Kim continued to work for Maine’s citizens with disabilities until his death in July of 2000.