2014 VIDA Report:

20 participants graduated from the VIDA program. Of those, 12 saved successfully for home ownership. Of those 12, 5 became Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

One new Habitat homeowner is a single college student with a job, a young child, and a lot of sweat equity invested in her home. She said:

“It was hard to get used to the discipline of saving, but I value it now and prefer it to living paycheck to paycheck.”

8 of our 2014 grads set the goal of higher education.

One is the single mother of two children. She’s employed and studying for her masters in social work. She said:

“Participation in VIDA helped relieve a lot of financial  stress for me and my family. Further, it was a huge vote of confidence that I had a worthy goal that deserved support.”

Got goals? Learn more about VIDA.

Call 541-743-7142 or email Program Manager Colleen Stewart.

Individual Development Accounts

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For more information contact Colleen Stewart, VIDA Program Manager:



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St. Vincent de Paul participates in the Valley Individual Development Account (VIDA) Program, which helps low- to moderate-income households achieve major life and financial goals by saving money, which is then compounded by a generous match of state and federal funds. Participants also receive training and support. Since 2002, 93 participants have graduated from St. Vincent de Paul's VIDA program, successfully applying their savings to their chosen VIDA goal. Twenty people graduated in 2014.

St. Vincent de Paul VIDA Goals:

In partnership with the Matched Savings Program, St. Vincent de Paul's VIDA participants can acquire one of the following assets:

  • Home ownership
  • Home repair and rehab
  • Post-secondary education
  • Work-related specialized training, adaptive equipment, or technology

Learn more about Individual Development Accounts (IDA's) by taking the financial education course, Finding Paths to Prosperity. Financial education is required for VIDA participants. Finding Paths to Prosperity is one option, especially for those who live in rural areas of Lane County. VIDA goals vary, depending on the nonprofit provider. Referrals are available.

Spring Course Schedule

Classes are free and open to the public.

* Minimum of 4 registrants required.

Home Care & Repair

Six hours, 6-8 pm in Eugene and by popular demand in outlying communities. The course is required for the VIDA goal: Home repair and rehab. Topics include home safety, maintenance, working with a contractor and electrician, and referral to resources offering support for the cost of home repair projects.

  • Eugene: Mondays, February 23, March 2 and 9

Finding Paths to Prosperity

Ten hours, 6-8:30 pm.

  • Cottage Grove: Tuesdays, March 31; April 7, 14, 21
  • Florence: Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, and 23
  • Junction City: Thursdays, April 30; May 7, 14, 21
  • Oakridge: Tuesdays, April 28; May 5, 12, 19