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Breaking the Cycle of Teen Dating Violence through Leadership

The month of February was recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. This was a busy month for Human Options’ community educators as they traveled throughout Orange County to different schools, businesses and groups providing compelling teen dating violence presentations and workshops. They provided over 20 presentations, reaching approximately 674 students, faculty, and community members. The community educators focused on teaching middle and high school students, educators, and parents how to be social leaders through what is called the “Bystander Approach.” They sought to empower the most influential and involved students through their LAB workshop (Leaders as Active Bystanders). This one-of-a-kind workshop empowered over 100 Irvine High School…


Human Options is Chosen as CUCINA enoteca’s OC March Sip+Support Beneficiary

Human Options is honored to be chosen as CUCINA enoteca’s Orange County beneficiary for the Month of March Sip+Support campaign! $1 will be donated from the sale of CUCINA private label wine by the glass, carafe, and bottle at their Newport Beach and Irvine locations during the entire month of March. In addition to the modest donation, CUCINA enoteca is able to greatly increase awareness to Human Options through this cause. Every month, Urban Kitchen Group supports a local charity whose clients serve in the counties in which their restaurants operate: San Diego and Orange County.  Plan your visit today to CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach and CUCINA enoteca Irvine.  


Orange County-based Agencies Give Survivors of Domestic Violence a Voice During Impactful Multimedia Exhibit in February

Community Service Programs, Human Options, Laura’s House, Orange County Family Justice Center, A Window Between Worlds and Women’s Transitional Living Center will host VOICES, a Compelling Exhibit Featuring Women Speaking About Their Experiences with Domestic Violence WHAT: VOICES, a multimedia installation designed to immerse exhibit visitors into the world of domestic violence survivors in order to eradicate the silence surrounding this serious issue, will make its California debut Feb. 11 to Feb. 20. Orange County domestic violence agencies including Community Service Programs (CSP), a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality counseling and support services to struggling Orange County children and families at their greatest time of need, Human Options, Laura’s…

Maricela Rios-Faust Named Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends, On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am overjoyed to announce that Maricela Rios-Faust has been named Chief Executive Officer of Human Options, effective February 1, 2016. With the planned retirement of Founding CEO Vivian Clecak announced last fall, the Board conducted a comprehensive national search over the last several months, with assistance from transition consulting partner, CompassPoint. Through this process, Maricela rose above other candidates in terms of her passion for our work, industry knowledge and the respect she commands as a leader in domestic violence prevention and treatment. As Associate Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer at Human Options since 2007, she has built meaningful…


Vivian’s Farewell

By Vivian Clecak, retiring CEO and Founder of Human Options Last week I visited the resident council for our Second Step transitional housing program. As I listened to the stories of our clients, I was touched by their words – “Human Options saved my life. I do not know if I would have lived through the next beating.” “Thanks to Human Options, I can be the mother I always wanted to be. My son was always telling me, ‘Mama, I don’t want you to be sad.’ Now we both smile.” “I never knew there was a place like this. I thought shelters were scary places full of metal cots. My…


20th Anniversary of Sonenshine pro bono event

Newport Beach – When Jayna Zimmelman suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her fiancée, she managed to escape her living situation with her toddler and a garbage bag full of clothes. Destitute and distraught, Zimmelman thought she would have to fend for herself in the legal thicket of avoiding her abuser and maintaining custody of their child. Fortunately, she found shelter at Human Options, which has been operating shelters for victims of domestic violence for close to 35 years. The non-profit matched her with a pro bono lawyer from Troutman Sanders, Binh Pham. He found Human Options through an annual, legal matchmaking event known as the Sonenshine Pro Bono…

Men in Motion take a public stand against domestic violence

Thank you to everyone who joined this year’s Men in Motion campaign! You helped us raise over $60,000 to support our prevention and education programs. Click here for a full listing of donors and check out our ad in the Orange County Business Journal! For more information about how you can get involved, contact Melissa Walker at (949)737-5242 ext. 317 or   _______________________________ Thank you to this year’s Men in Motion Committee Chairs: Joe Ferrentino | Andrew Gray | Members: Chase Barr | Paul Bokota | Josh Boudreaux | Steve Churm | David Dremann | Doug Jackson | Nick Jackson | Rob Klausner | Brandon Moody | Michael Morris |…


Combating Silence: Domestic Violence in the Military

Domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women in the United States, exceeding car accidents, muggings, and household accidents combined .1 One in three women and one in four men will experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime,2 and couples in the military are no exception. Service members returning home from post-9/11 wars have undergone more frequent deployments for lengthier periods of time than any other generation of U.S. soldiers before them.3 With each deployment, soldiers and their families experience increased levels of stress; stress that occurs as a result of a soldier’s departure as well as their return. When service members return from…


Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month Recap

Love. Comfort. Safety. These are just a few words that were used by our clients and staff to describe what home meant to them. When people talk about their home, it is supposed to represent positive characteristics of family. However, in a violent household, home is no longer where the heart is. According to the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence, the occurrence of domestic violence in the home is the single most common precursor to child deaths in the United States. On average, between four and seven children pass away everyday due to child abuse and neglect. During the month of April, Human Options kicked off Child Abuse…

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