In 1981, four remarkable women – Carolyn Churm, Margaret Thoreau, Anne Wright and our founding Executive Director Vivian Clecak—gave life to a dream that no women or child would be afraid in their own home.
As a leader in the field of domestic violence, we are strategically addressing the changing and growing complex needs of those affected by this issue. Human Options has established key partnerships with HOAG, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Ana and Irvine School Districts as well as four police departments (Irvine, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach). Our staff are teaching health care and law enforcement professionals how to recognize and respond to domestic violence victims.
In addition, Human Options has partnered with several high schools throughout Orange County, including the Santa Ana and Irvine school districts, supporting campus-wide activities and education about teen dating abuse and healthy relationships. We are also proud to be the only domestic violence service provider in the Strong Families, Strong Children Collaborative offering vital innovative community-based support services to military families impacted by domestic violence.
In our annual report, you’ll learn more about Human Options—what we do, and how, with your support, we are able to fulfill our mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence.
Maricela Rios-Faust, MSW, LCSW, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer | Human Options