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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…

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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Legacy Campaign Honoring Vivian Clecak

Join with us to Honor Vivian and Sustain her Legacy   A young social worker in Orange County in the late 1970’s, Vivian Clecak was stunned by the stories she heard of women being abused in their own homes.  Determined to make a difference, she co-founded Human Options in 1981 and has passionately led the organization for 34 years. From the earliest days, Vivian has been a pioneer in effectively responding to domestic violence issues in our community.  Accomplishments include the following: In 1984 Human Options became the first organization in Orange County to provide relationship violence prevention programs to high school students. In 1993 Human Options was first to…

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#PledgePurple This October

#PledgePurple this October to Stand Against Domestic Violence Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Often thought of as a family issue, it is really a social, business, and health priority that impacts our entire community. Join us to recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October and stand up for those who have no voice. How to #PledgePurple this October Help Us Spread the Word Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and share our posts Change your profile picture for October to this Wear purple on October 23rd and post your pictures on social media Use our…

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A Special Message From Our Founding CEO and Board President

A Special Message from Human Options Founding CEO, Vivian Clecak   Dear friends, I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring from my role as the founding CEO of Human Options on January 30, 2016. It has been my privilege to be with this organization for so long. As a young social worker, I was stunned by the stories I heard from women who were being abused in their own homes. Determined to make a difference, I worked with Carolyn Churm, Margaret Thoreau, and Anne Wright to found Human Options in 1981. Over the years, Human Options has grown into a multi-service organization that has changed…

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