WILD IRIS TO PROVIDE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IN EASTERN SIERRA
INYO AND MONO COUNTIES, CA. – 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 through a new transitional housing program. This is a long awaited program and Wild Iris is so grateful to the many community partners that have made this possible. The Gimme Shelter Carnival, planned by Mammoth Lakes resident Donna Richards, provided the funds needed to get the process started. Wild Iris has since applied for and received a grant from the Berger North Foundation that will continue to fund the fledgling program for the next three years.
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. 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.
Housing will be provided in individual housing sites scattered throughout Inyo and Mono Counties 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. Our hope is that at the end of their stay, clients will leave the transitional housing program as self-sufficient individuals who have the ability to successfully meet their own goals.
For more information, please visit www.wild-iris.org.