ABOUT OUR CHAPTER
The South West Riverside Chapter is a dedicated group of typical everyday citizens helping everyday citizens in traumatic crises. Our group of helpful supportive volunteers is here to serve the needs of anyone called upon requested by any first responder, hospital personnel, and paramedic or coroner’s office to bring emotional first aid to survivors, friends and family in crisis.
Our chapter currently serves all of Elsinore, Parris and Murrieta areas. While the territory is vast, our group responds 24/7 365 days per year with help compassion and professional training to bridge the emotional gap between the moments of a tragic event back to moments where a survivor can be more able to manage the needs of life in a post event existence. Whether for survivors of assault, robbery, rape burglary, fire, accident or loneliness; our chapter is here to help the distraught.
Trauma Intervention Programs of Southwest Riverside County, Inc. is a non profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. was founded in 1985 by Wayne Fortin who was associated with San Diego Mental Health. Mr. Fortin saw the need for such a program due to the numerous patients treated by his facility, though the patients had not been a primary victim.
Mr. Fortin recruited citizen volunteers and trained them to meet the emotional and practical needs of those who were experiencing stress symptoms from a traumatic event. TIP's slogan, "Citizens helping citizens in crisis" aptly captures the spirit of the program as trained volunteers respond to emergency situations 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, and arrive at the scene of an incident within 20 minutes.
In 1991, TIP was the recipient of a $100,000 Harvard University and Ford Foundation grant for earning an "Innovation in State and Local Government Award". These funds were used to introduce the TIP program to other cities and jurisdictions. There are now 14 TIP Chapters serving 100 cities throughout the United States.