history


Purple IrisWild Iris began in 1981 with a telephone in the Bishop, California home of two founding mothers. The Women’s Services, as Wild Iris was then known, received two calls that first year. In 1983, Wild Iris merged with Toiyabe Indian Health Project’s Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP), and initiated the first such program in the Bishop schools. The following year Wild Iris incorporated as a non-profit organization, opened an office, and began training volunteers for the 24-hour crisis hotline.

Wild Iris expanded services to Mono County in 1989, and by 1998 was able to extend its services to the Coleville/Walker area in northern Mono County. That same year, Wild Iris established a Teen Assault Prevention Program (TAPP) that brought education programs into most of the schools in Inyo and Mono Counties. Beginning in the 2003-2004 school year, Wild Iris presented a new program and curriculum, known as the Youth Violence Prevention Program (YVPP). This curriculum was developed in response to the community, educators, and administrators, who were requesting updated materials and presentations.

In 2005, Wild Iris opened a Southern Inyo satellite office in Lone Pine, and just two years later in 2007, extended outreach to Tecopa/Shoshone residents.

Wild Iris receives about 2,000 calls per year on its crisis hotline, and continues to focus on crisis intervention, supporting victims, and providing violence-prevention education to adults, teens, and children in Inyo and Mono Counties in California.