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“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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Turning the Tide Against Domestic Violence Through Legal Assistance

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States each year.[1] Female survivors of domestic violence lose almost 13.6 million days of productivity due to violence every year—that is over eight million days of paid work, or 32,000 full time jobs[2]. Domestic violence is a complex issue, and at Human Options we have always worked to offer a holistic range of services to our clients to encompass that complexity. Among those is our Legal Advocacy Program, which provides legal information and resources to survivors of domestic violence. A new article by Fox News is one of several recent publications indicating that…

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Good Friends of Human Options and Binh Pham Honored at OC Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

For children living at an emergency shelter, celebrating a birthday or a holiday can make them feel forgotten and sad. But that has not been the case for children staying at the Human Options emergency shelter. For 27 years Good Friends of Human Options has made sure our children get a birthday party and celebrate holidays, as well as opportunities for summer camps and picnics. In addition to birthdays and holidays, Good Friends has met many needs for our families over the years. They have funded art therapy supplies for the children’s program, provided school supplies and backpacks, and even scholarships to technical school or college for children and women wishing…

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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…

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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.  

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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…

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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…

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