Reflecting on these times of social and political turbulence in our country makes us all the more grateful for the growing partnerships and community of support you’ve so generously given us. As we’ve seen time and time again, there are no bounds to what we can accomplish together.
Human Options is there to provide guidance and support for victims on their journey to empowerment.
Thanks to your help, Human Options responded to over 5,300 telephone calls for assistance this fiscal year. We provided safe haven for nearly 460 adults and children in our shelter and transitional housing programs and provided domestic violence services to over 1,480 people through our community-based programs.
Relationship violence impacts everyone in Orange County.
Domestic violence remains a persistent and pervasive threat to the health, safety and well-being of our community’s children and families. In fact, a startling 26 percent of women in Orange County identify as victims of domestic violence. In 2017 alone, local law enforcement responded to 8,452 domestic violence calls — nearly one call every hour of every day.
Breaking the cycle of domestic violence calls for a collective county-wide response focused on providing a safe haven for victims of abuse and their families beyond our shelter walls. As such, we began a journey to define the strategic direction for Human Options utilizing the Theory of Change (TOC). Through this collaborative strategy formation and planning process with staff and our Board of Directors, we clarified our strategic intention, organizational values, and core strategies, ultimately leading to the articulation of our new Human Options vision and mission.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to bring together research and the voices of survivors to evaluate our impact and to optimize our path to a fear-free Orange County. Grounded in the wisdom of our past, and a deep understanding of the issues impacting victims today, Human Options is setting a clear course to more effectively address domestic violence and foster community well-being in Orange County.
We seek meaningful change in the following areas:
- Individuals: Those we serve engage in healthy relationship practices.
- Families: The intergenerational cycle of violence is broken with each victim/survivor’s family.
- Community: Communities address violence as a public health/community issue.
- Networks: Cross sectional partnerships result in improved responses and support of victims/survivors of interpersonal relationship violence.
As you browse the next few pages, you may notice a change. While we are the same innovative, responsive organization you helped create, we felt it was important to have a logo that visually represents our values. Our goal is to inspire those who have little or no knowledge of what Human Options is able to offer.
Our work is made possible by your support. Thank you for helping us continue to ignite social change and make Orange County a place where every person and family experiences safe, healthy relationships and lives free of fear.
Maricela Rios-Faust, MSW, LCSW, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer