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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…

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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…

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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 mwalker@humanoptions.org.   _______________________________ 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 |…

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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…

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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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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Recap

As many celebrated the month of love this past February, Human Options had something else in mind. Although domestic violence awareness has been recently widely distributed in national media, there seems to be another aspect of the topic that is not highlighted. Domestic violence is commonly viewed as an issue that only affects adults, specifically married couples. However, teen dating violence is an issue present today. 1.5 million high school students will be physically abused by a dating partner each year. Many teen dating behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship that people often ignore potential warning signs or make excuses. February is National Teen…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Recap

1.3 million women in the United States are victimized by domestic violence every year. This issue cannot be ignored—it thrives in silence and takes a community to change. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to shed more light on an issue that has affected so many people. It is a time to mourn those who have lost their lives, celebrate those who have survived, and connect all of us to break the cycle. Human Options wanted to make a meaningful impact in October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by encouraging the community to join our movement and take a stand against domestic violence. The prevalence of domestic violence in…

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Building A Community for Social Responsibility

People often ask me how to start a non-profit. The answer is clear: Passion, clear purpose, a powerful mission, and the perseverance to reach out to many and build through tough times – a complicated but effective path. A path not unlike the one a for-profit start-up takes but with one difference. That difference is the coming together of a caring and committed community. Human Options is the product of just such a caring and committed community of individuals. In the beginning there were only a few of us sharing a passion to help build a community where no woman or child would ever be afraid in her or his…

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