Culture WIN: Vina Moses Offers Free Prom Attire… Gotta Love Corvallis

The Vina Moses Center will give second hand prom dresses and accessories to girls living or attending school in Benton County on Saturday April 13. Girls will be able to pick out free prom attire at the Center, on Garfield Ave, with a student body card.  Reserve a time by calling 541-753-1420.

The 2013 Prom Dress Giveaway is one of many free services Vina Moses provides to county residents. Their mission is to provide clothing and household items to low-income families in Benton County.

Families or individuals wishing to shop at the Center register once a year. Christine Duffney, executive director at Vina Moses, said that families can then come in to shop once a month.

“We give them two shopping bags,” she said. “They can shop around just like they were at any thrift shop and get what they want.”

Like shopping at a thrift store except there aren’t any cashiers.

“There’re no fees. No one pays for anything here,” Duffney said.

They also assist people transitioning from homeless or shelter life. “We keep a certain amount of items that are basic kitchen, linens,” she said. “Many of them don’t have anything.”

They provide other services, such as layette sets; new shoes, socks, and supplies for back to school; a Christmas program; and their FISH program, which provides financial assistance in emergencies.

Vina Moses serves about 3300 families each year. All the services are provided by less than two full-time staff and about 1000 volunteers. About 20 volunteers regularly help out at the Center on Garfield.

Most of their funding comes from private donations. The Center also gets some support from United Way, and the Cities of Corvallis and Philomath.

Vina Moses accepts donations of clean and usable household items except large furniture. Anything they can’t use is recycled, if possible, or taken to the dump.

The Vina Moses Center, located at 968 NW Garfield Ave in Corvallis, is open for donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shopping hours are 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Thank you letter to Vina Moses Center

“When I was homeless you helped me come up with enough money to move into my apartment. When I did not have a pot or pan, silverware or clothes you provided for me. Though I am no longer homeless I am still appreciative of all you do and without you I would not even have a bra. A bra!”

by Lana Jones