Wild Iris Receives Funds From Carnival

Wild Iris supporter and organizer of the Gimme Shelter Carnival, Donna Richards, presented Susi Bains, Wild Iris Director of Programs with a check for $12,000; funds which will be used to establish a shelter program.

Words cannot express the gratitude that we feel toward the community for coming together for Gimme Shelter. The turnout for the carnival was astonishing and the support and kind words that we received each and every day of the event were so encouraging and uplifting! Thank you to all who donated your time, money and goodwill, and especially to Donna Richards...the force behind it all. Without her vision and dedication, none of this would have happened. We can say without a doubt, that we can’t wait to do it all again next year!
On behalf of our staff, our volunteers, our Board of Directors, and especially our clients, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out! You are the reason why Mammoth Lakes is such a remarkable community to live in!
Susi Bains
Director of Programs
Wild Iris

 

Christmas for CASA

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Eastern Sierra recently received a very generous donation of  toys to be distributed to children in need.   The donation came from the National CASA Association and Toy industry Foundations Partnership to Benefit Abused Children. As a result of this partnership, which began in 2013, more than 65,000 foster children have received toys.  Three toy distribution events are held each year in three areas of the country. Inyo and Mono  CASA were included in the recent Los Angeles outreach event.  We received over 2500 toy items.

In addition to toys,  this partnership also provides grant funds to recruit and train needed CASA volunteers to stand up for the needs and rights of abused and neglected children. Pictured with just a sampling of the toys in Wild Iris Executive Director Lisa Reel and CASA volunteers Kelli Brown and Sue Stoutenburg.

 

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Meet Nancy:

We are pleased to announce that Nancy Martinez Cevallos has joined Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center as  new bilingual crisis counselor in our Bishop office. Nancy was born in Mexico City but raised here in Inyo County and is the mother of two beautiful children.

 "I’m quite intrigued by the kindness and dynamics of this organization. I look forward to working with such an amazing group of ladies for such a great cause. I hope to be a great asset not only to the organization but also for the community," Nancy told us.

We are thrilled to have Nancy on our team. Make sure to stop in and say hello!

 

Feeding the Community

Julianna (left), a crisis counselor at Wild Iris, spent time in Walker this week helping deliver commodities to low income residents. She is pictured along with Karen Gulley, right, who is the volunteer who handles distributing the food once IMACA delivers it. She has been volunteering her time for about 4 years now and is looking to retire from volunteering in November. In the center is Christina Lowe who is also a dedicated volunteer at the food commodity distribution. A big thank you goes to these hardworking women! Also, we are so grateful to Robin Bolser and Great Basin Bakery in Bishop who donated scones, bagels, bread, cinnamon rolls and cookies to be delivered to those in need in Walker and Coleville. Way to go ladies!

So Long, Ali!

This month Wild Iris is saying good bye to crisis counselor Alicia Conley as she getting married and moving to Eastern Washington.

Ali told us, "I have truly enjoyed meeting and working with clients as well as members of the community. I will treasure the relationships with clients and friendships with my fellow advocates dearly. I am very proud to have been an advocate for such an amazing and powerful agency. Wild Iris has such great potential and I look forward to all that is in store for the agency."

Wild Iris is so grateful for all of Ali's work and dedication and wish her all the best!

Upcoming Trainings

Wild Iris will be hosting trainings for two different programs beginning in September.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) will be training volunteers. Volunteer training is scheduled to occur in September and October of 2014. The training format involves in-person training on Saturday, September 27th from 9am to 12 at the Wild Iris office located at 150 N. Main Street in Bishop. Then for three weeks in October, there will be a weekly webinar meeting in the evening with a final in-person training session Saturday, October 25th. Apply or Read More.

Wild Iris will also be hosting a Supervised Visitation Monitor Training at the Bishop office September 27-29, from 8am-5pm. Find out more about supervised visitation monitoring.

Wish List Updates

• Non-perishable foods

• Diapers

• Bassinet

• Check out the rest of the items on the list.

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August Self-Care Reminder

Coloring and other forms of art are great ways to relax and be mindful. Find printable coloring pages, great self-care tips, and more on our Pinterest page!

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