CASA OF THE EASTERN SIERRA QUILTING & CRAFT RETREAT
FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT ABUSED & NEGLECTED CHILDREN
Inyo and Mono Counties, CA: Quilters and crafters are generous, giving people by nature. If you happen to be a quilter or crafter the CASA of the Eastern Sierra’s first annual Quilters’ and Crafters’ Retreat is a great opportunity for you to benefit abused and neglected children while enjoying the fellowship of like-minded friends, the beauty of the Eastern Sierra, and taking time to complete some of those projects begging to be finished.
CASA of the Eastern Sierra is a non-profit collaboration and partnership between Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center and the Superior Court of California, for the Counties of Inyo and Mono. The retreat will be Friday, August 21st through Sunday, August 23rd and is being held at the Sierra Adventure Center in Big Pine. Registration includes lodging, meals, snacks, an outdoor evening reception, beautiful hiking, quality time with friends, and classrooms to sew, craft, scrapbook, create and take photos.
Imagine being a child removed from your parents and placed in the home of a stranger. It’s likely you are confused, frightened, and uncertain as to what the future holds. The Eastern Sierra needs CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers who are trained to identify the needs of children such as these. By building a relationship with the child, as well as teachers, therapists, and others involved, CASA volunteers become a consistent and trusted adult in the child’s life. A CASA is trained to provide the child with a sense of security, as well as serving in the critical role of being an independent voice for the best interest of abused, neglected, and abandoned children in Inyo and Mono Counties.
Please join us at the 1st Annual Quilt and Craft Retreat to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Eastern Sierra. Cost for the entire weekend is $225.00. For more information or to register please call Ginnie Bird or Lisa Reel @ Wild Iris, 760-873-6601, email@example.com, or visit the Wild Iris website www.wild-iris.org to complete a registration form.
cover photo, Wild Iris Executive Director Lisa Reel
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Top Photo, Contest winner Naomi Hawkins (middle) with Wild Iris Director of Programs (L) and Wild Iris Executive Director Lisa Reel (r)Submitted by Wild Iris
In a nation where one in four teens experiences dating abuse1, teens in the Eastern Sierra are using their voices and creativity to highlight healthy relationships. For Teen Dating Violence Month teens submitted poetry and art on what a healthy, happy relationship means to them. The Wild Iris board members struggled to pick a winner out of all of the impressive entries. Finally, a powerful piece by Naomi Hawkins has been selected as the winner. Naomi earned a $200 visa gift card as the official contest winner. When asked what she was going to do with the money, Naomi replied, “I’m going to buy books.” The two runners-up, Joana Hernandez and Salma Rodriguez, also entered inspiring and creative pieces. Wild Iris’s Youth Violence Prevention team has been working with teens in Inyo and Mono Counties helping them to identify warning signs of unhealthy relationships and teaching important aspects of healthy relationships. Wild Iris is a member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and engaged teens, parents and educators in a social campaign entitled “:) #relationshipsfeel” during the month of February. Weekly themes included the need for relationships to feel supportive, respectful, trusting and fun.
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Wild Iris, a community-based non-profit agency, is committed to promoting, providing, and sustaining programs of education and prevention, crisis intervention, advocacy and support for those affected by domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Our vision is for non-violent relationships based on dignity, respect, compassion, and equality. Services are confidential and provided free of charge. Wild Iris 24- Hour Crisis Line: 877-873-7384.
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.
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