Four times a year, for 10 days at a time, retired
mortgage broker Bev Coplin turns her living room into a
showcase for the Doncaster Collection of designer clothing.
An eastern Washington native, Coplin started in banking as a
teller, worked her way up to VP, then built her own mortgage
company. "I was the first female appointed to the Washington
Mortgage Brokers Commission," she notes. She moved her
business to Oregon when her husband took a job here in 1999.
Recently looking to scale back to part-time and try
something new, she took over a friend's Doncaster agency,
then closed her mortgage company last May. "I wanted to do
something worthwhile," says Coplin, who has partnered with
St Vinnie's to launch Ruby Tuesday's Closet, a program to
provide quality used clothing and job-finding mentorship
free of charge to women who have been on public assistance.
"We'll start with 10 women in the first quarter of '07, and
quarterly thereafter," she says. "We'll accept applications
from any non-profit that has a jobs program."
photograph and story by Paul Neevel
Eugene Weekly / 19 October