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Love Shouldn’t Hurt

As we celebrate the month of love in February, many others will experience dating violence. Unfortunately, teens are more likely to experience dating violence than any other age group. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience some form of dating violence from a romantic partner. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Human Options is empowering teens to show respect and engage in healthy relationships.  Stand against teen dating violence by participating in our “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” campaign!   This year, our campaign includes resources and information for teens, parents and educators. To download a copy of our campus campaign toolkit, click here. To download a copy of our…

The Business Case for Prevention of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence often hides in the shadows, far away from the workplace. Steve Churm, Chief Communications Officer for FivePoint and longtime Human Options supporter, makes the case that businesses are impacted financially and through lack of human capital in dealing with the devastating consequences of abusive relationships, in the latest issue of the Orange County Business Journal. Like a life-threatening disease, domestic violence is debilitating for the victim and costly for the employer. Steve’s op-ed illustrates how business often do not have programs or policies in place to assist a domestic violence victim and how organizations like Human Options can help. We are proud to recognize Steve as the 2017 Men in Motion…

Human Options Program Supervisor Named Women’s Policy Institute State Fellow

We are so pleased to congratulate, Sara Behmerwohld, our Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor, on being named to the 2016-2017 class of Women’s Policy Institute-State fellows. Run by the Women’s Foundation of California, WPI-State fellows are trained to become policy advocates and philanthropic leaders in a year-long program at our state capital. Since 2013, Sara has been the Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor at Human Options. Here, she works with legal advocates, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement and other community partners to ensure that survivors of domestic violence have access to the legal resources they need to heal from trauma. A well-versed and accomplished legal advocate, Sara first began her work in…

Human Options’ CEO Maricela Rios-Faust Receives CFRE

We are excited to congratulate Human Options’ CEO Maricela Rios-Faust on her newly awarded Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. This certification demonstrates her extensive knowledge in fundraising and her commitment to the continued growth and sustainability of Human Options. This certification adds to her already impressive credentials. From her experience as Board President for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence to serving on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Women’s Health Project and co-chairing Orange County’s Death Review Team, we are proud to watch her expand Human Options’ collaborations, create new innovative programs and continue to partner with significant foundations, corporations and government agencies. Mrs. Rios-Faust’s strategic…

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#PledgePurple

Nearly three out of four Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Will you join us this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and stand against DV? From financial and emotional to physical and sexual, domestic violence occurs in various forms and impacts our entire community. Together, we can break the cycle of abuse! It’s as easy as: 1. Wearing purple on October 20th to raise awareness for DV. Tag us on social media using hashtags #HumanOptions and #PledgePurple. 2. Requesting FREE educational presentations on domestic violence to educate your school, business or community group. 3. Downloading and sharing our printable pledge. Share our 24-hour hotline number at…

Human Options Awarded $15K Grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation

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…

Costa Mesa Family Resource Center – A Sanctuary and a Community

Seeking to provide the community with a variety of health and social services in one centralized location, the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center (FRC) opened last summer at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living in Newport Beach. Through a partnership with Hoag and Families and Communities Together (FaCT), Human Options operates as the lead agency, working alongside Children’s Bureau, Raise Foundation, MOMs Orange County and Girls Inc. Their focus? Offering the community a sanctuary with access to domestic violence and prevention, educational development, counseling services and more. “What we’ve created is a shared purpose and a different way of looking at services across the spectrum,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. To read more…

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#AbuseKnowsNoAge

One in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced abuse and neglect at the hands of a loved one, caregiver or even a stranger. From financial and emotional to physical and sexual, elder abuse is a national growing concern that will continue to affect the fastest growing age group in Orange County. Human Options’ Safe Options for Seniors (SOS) was the first program of its kind in Orange County, specifically designed to support adults age 50+ who have experienced abuse. Our SOS program provides counseling, legal advocacy, support groups and more. We’ve helped clients like Barbara escape abuse by providing her with the services and resources to take back control of her…

“Serious Fun” Raises $450,000 for Domestic Violence Programs

Thank you to everyone who attended Human Options’ Rooted with Love, An Evening of Serious Fun at the St. Regis Monarch Beach on Saturday, May 14. More than 400 guests honored our co-founder and longtime CEO Vivian Clecak with the 2016 Dove Award, all while raising $450,000! Because of you, we will be able to continue our mission of ending the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County. Attendees enjoyed a  cocktail reception, awards program, videos, gourmet dinner, live auction and an after party with music and dancing. To view photos from our exciting event, please click here. We are truly grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, all those in attendance and…

Legacy Campaign to Honor Vivian Clecak

The Legacy Campaign to Honor Vivian Clecak In 2013, the Swayne Family presented a generous matching Endowment Challenge to honor Vivian’s legacy and ensure the future of Human Options’ life changing programs. In 2015, the Bridge to the Future Fund was launched to further recognize Vivian’s significant impact and assist Human Options through a successful leadership transition. We are incredibly grateful to the following donors who have made generous and heartfelt contributions to guarantee that Human Options will continue to provide safety, healing and a way forward to families experiencing domestic violence and work towards breaking the cycle of abuse.   SWAYNE FAMILY ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP Donor Chair: Keith…

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