Wild Iris began in 1981 with a telephone in the home of two founding mothers of what was then known as “Women’s Services”. Two calls were received that year. The next year the phone number was listed in the phone book and an answering machine was donated to be able to respond to more calls. In 1984, we were incorporated as a non-profit organization. Our first office was opened in August of that year and we began training volunteers for a 24-hotline. By 2002, we changed our name to Wild Iris and had 15 staff members and offices in both Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. Currently, Wild Iris has four offices and reaches out to all of Inyo and Mono Counties, serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, and offering programs such as parenting and co-parenting classes, supervised visitation monitors, and court-appointed special advocates.