Wild Flower Boutique
opened in 2006. The Wild Flower raises revenue to support our
community-based and shelter programs, offers job training for
individuals who have no job experience or who are re-entering the job
market, and meets emergency needs for community members by providing
such necessities as clothing, household goods and furniture.
The building encompasses
7,000 square feet. The basement is used for storage and provides space for
furniture restoration work. Upstairs there is a classroom, art studio and a
space called "Mosaic World," where we take donated tiles and broken
glass pieces and turn them into artwork.
Most of the profits from
The Wild Flower are reinvested back into the store to provide job and life
skills training to staff and clients referred by Oregon Department of Human
Services and related agencies. The rest of the shop revenue -- from $30,000 to
$35,000 a year -- goes to help support the Women's Resource Center shelter --
Pacific House -- for survivors of domestic violence.
We receive donations from
the public, from businesses and from other charitable organizations. Then we
sort through everything to determine what is usable. We clean everything,
except upholstered furniture -- which we are not equipped to do -- and we
refurbish and repair things. At the end of the season, we take old coats that
didn't sell, cut them up and turn them into purses or book bags or other useful
items. We provide clothing for the homeless, for flood victims, people going
back to work or those trying to set up again after a tragedy.
Donations of furniture are
especially desired. The following items CANNOT be accepted for donation:
stuffed animals, computer components, reference books and encyclopedias and
upholstered furniture that is dirty or in disrepair.