The Women’s Resource Center announced the grand opening of their new facility, Rosario’s Place, Tuesday. Rosario’s is a free children’s clothing boutique that offers gently used items such as clothes and toys to student parents on campus.
Rosario’s place was started by WRC Director Turea Erwin and WRC Program Support Specialist Kim Barrett.
Upon entering, the room was filled with a sense of welcome.
The refurbished conference room the WRC transformed is not an average children’s clothing boutique. It is now a multi-purpose room that serves the WSU community in many ways.
Erwin and Barratt designed the room.
“We wanted something that was nice and soothing with no gender base to it,” Erwin said.
The pale green wall paint and copper decorations created a chic sense of relaxation and comfort.
However, all focus was on a wardrobe positioned against the back wall. It was already filled with numerous pieces of clothing for young boys and girls.
“These items cam from WSU faculty, staff and friends of the Women’s Resource Center who live in the community,” Erwin said.
Barratt described how the facility got its name.
“Rosario is a child that had passed away,” Barratt said. “In the memory of that child, we decided to start this little boutique for student parents. They are welcome to come in and pick out things that they need. We realize that sometimes student parents, especially new parents, may need a couple of things. We carry mostly clothes, and we will have some toys, and a stroller and car seat. As donations come in we will put them out.”
For respect to Rosario and her family, no other personal information was given.
“She was a child who was very loved. This is one way of making sure that she continues to have an atmosphere of love,” Erwin said. “There are quite a few student parents at WSU and trying to go to school is very difficult on top of trying to be a parent. We all need a little help every once and a while.”
Melynda Huskey, assistant vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment, spoke before the ribbon cutting and welcomed WRC supporters.
“As you can see, we have beautiful things to share with children and babies, and we have five more boxes of things that we will continue to put out and share,” Huskey said.“We encourage you to continue to donate and know that they will be used well by babies and children all over our campus.”
After the ribbon on the wardrobe was cut, refreshments were served and the room began to buzz with excitement.
Rosario’s Place is open Tuesdays and Thursdays for shopping and donation drop-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The boutique is located in conference room 1A of Wilson-Short Hall. For more information about giving to the WRC, visit www.women.wsu.edu.