Designed to empower domestic violence service providers to better serve their communities, the Blue Shield of California Foundation has awarded Human Options a $15,000 grant to support its core services.
Founded as a 24-hour crisis hotline and an emergency shelter, Human Options has grown to become a multi-service, countywide agency that provides safety and support at every stage, offering programs and services for children, teens, adults and seniors alike.
“Human Options recognizes the need to provide safety outside our shelter walls and this generous grant will allow us to continue changing the landscape of domestic violence in Orange County,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, Chief Executive Officer.
The funds will allow Human Options to respond to the ever changing needs of victims of domestic violence and their families by covering service expenses related to our 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, therapeutic counseling, legal advocacy and other essential services.
During this fiscal year, 92% of Human Options emergency shelter clients surveyed responded with an increase in their parenting skills, while 82% noted a decrease in their feelings of depression.
“Human Options is making our communities safer and healthier every single day, and we remain committed to ensuring that they – and the entire field – have the resources and adaptability to support survivors and bring us closer to ending domestic violence in California,” said Peter Long, Ph.D., President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation.