FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2017
Lynne Medley-Long, Executive Director
Iris Domestic Violence Center
IRIS CANCELS 2017 CHEF SHOW OFF FUNDRAISER TO REBUILD AND REORGANIZE AFTER FLOOD
Baton Rouge, LA -- The 22nd Annual Iris Chef Show Off, which was scheduled to be held on March 30, 2017 at the Belle Baton Rouge in Downtown Baton Rouge, will be cancelled due to the impacts of the recent flood. All participating sponsors, chefs, table, ticket purchasers and auction donors will be contacted and refunded upon request.
“Iris was significantly impacted by the historic flood last August. Our main shelter and one of our outreach offices were physically damaged, and simultaneously we have been experiencing a significant increase for domestic violence services. This higher than usual demand for services is anticipated to last into the long-term recovery period forcing IRIS to adjust its short-term plans and prepare for a major reorganization to respond to the increase for domestic violence services post flood. Our board and leadership agreed that an annual public event, which involves an extraordinary amount of planning and coordination, was not prudent at this time,” explained Lynne Medley-Long, Executive Director of IRIS.
Iris’ main shelter location will temporarily close for a period of 12-18 months to complete major renovations resulting from the flood. The renovation project is expected to begin March 2017. Estimated costs for Iris’ main shelter renovation is approximately $750,000. Iris has secured funding for the main shelter renovation through FEMA, SBA and the Red Cross.
“When the main shelter closes temporarily for repair, IRIS will implement a new “Virtual Domestic Violence” service model that will consist of mobile domestic violence teams and provide temporary “safe house shelters” in various locations throughout our service area. The Iris 24-hour Crisis Hotline will remain operational during this time, our contact information will remain the same and we will continue to update our website regularly,” said Long.
Iris recieves Non-Profit of Excellence Award
The Louisiana Legislative Womens Caucus (LLWC)
NEW BOARD MEMBERS - 2016
April 26, 2016
DAY AT THE CAPITOL
LSU WOMENS CENTER
Esprit de Femme Awards - 2016
Iris Adopt-A-Room Campaign 2016
Contact Amada Cowley, Associate Executive Director for More info.
225-389-3002 or email@example.com
March 18, 2016
The 1st Adopt-A-Room Project
Completed by and Special Thanks to: Kimberlee Wells and NU Image Events and Design Company Cost: $1,000.00
March 25, 2016
Walmart Easter Basket Donations
To protect and empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of Domestic Violence, their children and our communities.
Iris will be a nationally recognized, high quality, cost effective model for providing domestic violence services.
For more than 30 years, Iris Domestic Violence Center (formerly operating as CAFVIC/Battered Women's Program) has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to survivors of family violence and their children. All services are free and confidential. Services are offered to residential (in-shelter) as well as non-residential survivors. Iris Center serves the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, and East Feliciana.
If you need assistance, do not hesitate to call our 24 hour crisis line:
(225) 389-3001 or 1 (800) 541-9706