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How Temporary Went to Tragic then Triumphant

It was only supposed to be temporary. Just a few months until they got back on their feet – and in the meantime, an extra pair of hands around the house would be a blessing. At least that was what Mildred initially thought when her son, his wife and their daughter came to live with her. But six months later, Mildred found herself a prisoner in her own home. Her son and his family had taken over and abused her financially, emotionally and ultimately physically. Until a concerned neighbor found Mildred with a broken arm, her plight did not catch the attention of police or other authorities. This is an…

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year Honors Vivian Clecak

She stands no taller than a glass pint of milk. But on June 4 she towered over the sold out St. Regis ballroom filled with a who’s who of corporate Orange County. As she accepted the first ever EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Social Responsibility and Non-Profits she demonstrated again why she is a remarkable leader in stature, vision and passion. In a career filled with a trophy case of accomplishments, being named one of Orange County’s true entrepreneurs was a crowning achievement. “A big night for our Founding CEO, Vivian Clecak and an equally big night for Human Options, an organization that sets the gold standard for…

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Love Is Not Supposed To Hurt

Human Option’s community educator asked the class to describe a healthy dating relationship. A girl in the second row raised her hand, “My Boyfriend lets me be me.  He likes my friends.  He gives me space when I want it.  He doesn’t put me down.  He likes me”. But some girls have a different story to tell…..  . Her name was Molly.  She was 18 years old.  She was a pretty girl, soft spoken.  She had come to my office that day to tell me her story. And even though what had happened to her had ended a year earlier, she had to stop now and then and cry.  She…

Human Options offers hope and help

Blog by Vivian Clecak, Co-Founder & CEO, Human Options “Vivian, don’t you remember me?” At least once a month I am approached in a store or restaurant by a woman whose face I do not remember immediately. She reminds me, “I was at the shelter in Laguna Beach in 1990, my name is….” And I remember, I remember her little girl hiding behind her mom. And I remember her story. Now she tells me a new story, of a new life free of violence and a daughter who is in college and doing well. And she thanks Human Options for saving and changing her life and her daughter’s life. This…

Why October means so much

Blog by Maricela Rios-Faust, Chief Operating Officer, Human Option Many are aware that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know breast cancer awareness shares October with another very important women’s health issue? That issue is domestic violence.  At Human Options, an Orange County, California non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, we witness the trauma domestic violence produces daily. We meet the very individuals and their family members that are included in these horrific national facts: Every year within the United States there are 211,000 new cases of breast cancer and 1,800,000 women are victimized by domestic violence. Nearly 33% of US female victims…

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Human Options Partners with Groupon Grassroots in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Its Day 5 of our 7 day Groupon Grassroots campaign and we are so appreciative of our supporters. We decided to partner with Groupon during the month of October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month. This partnership is a unique new way of organizing people in the community to support our cause to provide safety, healing and a way forward for families who have experienced domestic violence. We have 24 donations so far and hope you can help us reach our goal of 40 donations by Day 7.  You can  pledge support for our mission to break the cycle of domestic violence in increments of $10, with each $10 providing…

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Win 2 Tickets to Human Options Fall Luncheon featuring Dr. Drew

“GET PERSONAL WITH DR. DREW” Ever wanted to ask Dr. Drew a question? Well, here is your chance to have your questions answered! Dr. Drew is the keynote speaker at Human Options’ Fall Fundraising luncheon on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa.  The person who submits the best question related to “Domestic violence or Unhealthy relationships” will win two tickets to the event (valued at $500) and Dr. Drew will answer your question at the event!  Here’s what you do: Submit a question through the comments section of this blog (link is located left of this blog) related to the theme of…

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Dr. Drew Pinsky named keynote speaker for Human Options event

Today we are officially announcing that the keynote speaker for our 13th annual Fall Luncheon will be DR. DREW PINSKY!! We at Human Options are incredibly excited that Dr. Drew agreed to be this year’s speaker. As a practicing physician Dr. Drew has seen how abusive relationships and domestic violence has dramatically impacted the lives of his clients. We look forward to hearing about his perspectives and experiences. The luncheon will be held on October 17, 2013 at the Westin South Coast Plaza from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m with a theme of “Restoring Positive Outlooks, Rebuilding Broken Lives”. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the women and…

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What Newtown and Santa Monica Have in Common

By Vivian Clecak, Founding CEO and Cristi Dugger, Safe Options for Seniors Supervisor What common element do these two tragedies share? More than guns, both terrible killings started with elder abuse, domestic violence directed at an older family member. Both began with the shooting of a parent (in Santa Monica a parent and a brother) by a troubled adult child living in their parent’s home. In the Santa Monica case there was a clear history of psychiatric issues. In Newtown there were concerns but no documented history. What we know after twelve years of our unique Safe Options for Seniors program is that seniors living with adult dysfunctional children, especially…

The Sad Reality One in Ten Seniors Experience

By Cristi Dugger, LCSW, Safe Options for Seniors Program I was fortunate to find my passion for elders and victims of abuse early in my career. It happened when I met Lupe, a woman whose own son, his wife and child moved into her home to assist her and then physically, financially, and emotionally abused her until another family member alerted authorities. Like domestic violence and child abuse, elder abuse is most often committed by family members and in the place we all should feel the safest, at home. For the past six years I have had the honor of hearing victims’ stories of tragedy and triumph and thankfully-being a…

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