Transitional Housing Coming to the Eastern Sierra!

Wild Iris is thrilled to announce the launch of a transitional housing program on December 1, 2014. Wild Iris will be able to provide a safe space for survivors of domestic violence and their children to grow and gain independent living skills. This is a long awaited program and Wild Iris is so grateful to the many community partners that have made this possible.

Wild Iris will be working to provide program participants with basic necessities such as food, housing, and toiletries, but also services such as counseling, support groups, and case management. Clients may stay in the transitional housing program for up to 18 months. During their time in the program, clients will have the opportunity to work, volunteer, or go to school,receive education on topics such as parenting skills, computer literacy, financial management, credit-repair, and basic life skills. Our hope is that at the end of 18 months, clients will leave the transitional housing program as self-sufficient individuals who have the ability to successfully meet their own goals.

Housing will be provided in individual housing sites scattered throughout Inyo and Mono County to allow clients and their children to continue to work and attend school in a safe environment.  In order to furnish these individual housing units, Wild Iris is seeking donations of household items. We are in need of everything from food pantry items and small appliances to bedding, furniture, and monetary donations. (Please note, we will not have room to store larger items donated prior to Dec.1)

We are excited about being able to offer this program and related services and believe that a safe place for personal growth will be a blessing to the whole community.

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Job Opportunities

Wild Iris is recruiting for two new positions! We're looking for a Residential Services Coordinator who will provide direct services and case management to transitional housing residents who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse. We also are hiring a Crisis Counselor/Educator who will provide direct services and community education.

Read on for full job descriptions and applications.

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Bishop Vons & Wild Iris Team Up to Fight Childhood Hunger

Wild Iris has received the "Hunger Is" grant from the Safeway Foundation after recommendation from the managers at the Bishop Vons. This grant provides $1000 to purchase food for under-privileged children. This food will go to the children who will be living in our transitional housing program or are receiving other services from Wild Iris. We are so grateful to be partnering with the Safeway Foundation to help end childhood hunger! Read more.

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What Do Verizon & the NFL Have in Common?

They're helping to end violence! Verizon's Hopeline Program has donated $1000 to Wild Iris to go to direct client services for victims of domestic violence. The NFL has made a large donation to the national sexual assault prevention program that has been in turn divided among agencies in each state. Wild Iris, through the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA) has received $353 of this to use in educating the public about sexual assault in Inyo and Mono County.

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Youth Violence Prevention Back in Mono County

Thanks to the Donald M. Slager Sunrise Foundation, Wild Iris will be able to again provide youth violence prevention education to students in Mono County in 2015!

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Four New CASAs Sworn In

New Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children were sworn in in Inyo County! If you see (from L to R) Mike Johnston, Roberta Cummings, Larry Wylie, or Ginnie Bird around town, make sure to thank them for volunteering their time to advocate for abused and neglected children!

Trunk or Treat!

CASA Volunteer Coordinator/Case Manager Ginnie Bird (L) and Wild Iris Executive Director Lisa Reel handed out toys to local kids at the Bishop Trunk or Treat event this Halloween. Toys were donated to the CASA of the Eastern Sierra from the National CASA program.

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Feed a Family in Need This Christmas

The holidays are a time to reflect and be grateful for our families and friend, but for families affected by domestic violence or sexual abuse, the holidays are often not a joyful time. Wild Iris will be putting together Christmas food baskets for some of these local families to help make the holidays a little easier for them. As you use the time at Thanksgiving to appreciate the peace and security you have in your life, consider donating to help provide a bit of stability in the life of others less fortunate in our community. You can sponsor a whole family's Christmas dinner for $70, or donate a ham, turkey, or other food items. Donations in any denomination will be greatly appreciated by both Wild Iris staff and the clients who will ultimately get the chance to celebrate the holidays again.

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Domestic Violence Q&A Videos

Did you miss any of our Q&A videos from Domestic Violence Awareness Month?  You can view the videos on our website, Facebook, Youtube, or Pinterest.

 

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Wish List Updates

• FOOD for our new shelter pantry!

• Diapers

• Furniture

• Small appliances

• Financial contributions for Youth Violence Prevention and Shelter Program

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

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November Self-Care Reminder

Who we spend time with is incredibly important. Don't underestimate how powerful it is to be surrounded by positive people. Most importantly, don't surround yourself with people who are draining and negative! Find other self-care tips and more on our Pinterest page!

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