Teri, a VIDA participant

Teri’s Story

When Teri heard about VIDA, she thought it was too good to be true. At the time, Teri and her cats were living in a cold, moldy rental. Everybody’s health was suffering.

Through persistence with her VIDA plan and the real estate market, Teri now owns a home in rural Lane County. She has realized her dream of having a garden and a safe place for her cats.

“I am overjoyed that my dream of owning land to grow food and ‘pay forward’ has come true,” Teri said. She is now enjoying greatly improved health and is eager to start her garden.

Contact Information:
Coleen Stewart, Program Manager
2890 Chad Drive
Eugene, OR 97408
(541) 687-5820

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