In March, IRIS celebrated it’s first birthday and reflected on the accomplishments of the last year. Looking back at the families we’ve served we are grateful to our donors and volunteers for making IRIS possible!
CRIB SOURCED AND DELIVERED BY IRIS WITHIN 48 HOURS OF LEARNING ABOUT A MOTHER IN URGENT NEED.
IRIS has been busy over the past few months working with several families. In November, IRIS responded to an urgent situation involving a family from South America who fled their country in the middle of night with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They were sleeping on the streets in Whatcom County. The IRIS team was quick to respond and in addition to providing food, clothing and other basic items, our team secured housing for this family. Thanks to the support of several donors and volunteers, we were able to furnish their apartment with basic items. IRIS is supplementing their rent and continuing to provide this family with assistance as needed. With our support this family has been able to achieve stability and they are working hard to support their children and acclimate to their community.
Recently, IRIS assisted a mother who is 7 months pregnant and has been sleeping on a hard floor in the living room of an overcrowded residence. She had been experiencing back pain and having difficulty sleeping. IRIS volunteers delivered a mattress to her as well as an infant car seat, maternity clothing, and baby supplies.
Days later, IRIS learned of another mother who is due to deliver her baby any day. She lives alone with her three other children, including a toddler. IRIS volunteers delivered baby supplies, a crib, and food to her.
Because IRIS is exclusively run by volunteers, a small donation goes a long way. We have a committed team of volunteers and provide immediate support to families. IRIS uses donations carefully and where possible obtains donated or gently used items for our recipients. Please consider donating to the ongoing needs of our current recipients. They are each in a period of temporary hardship and they need our support until they can get on their feet.