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Success Stories: John’s Story

John, age 10, arrived at our Emergency Shelter with his mother and younger sibling in November, 2021. After fleeing from an extremely dangerous and violent situation, this family received motel vouchers for two weeks through Extended Stay America and entered our Human Options Emergency Shelter. Upon arrival, John was extremely quiet, disengaged, and scared for the safety of his family. He would say he wasn’t interested in joining Children’s Program as he wasn’t interested in anything and didn’t want to leave his family alone as it was his job to protect them. Additionally, his interest in life was minimal and frequently discussed suicide with his mother. After Children’s Program was…

Success Stories: Kim’Story

Dear Human Options, My name is Kim and I had great support from Human Option in 2006 due to domestic violence. I was really in need during that time. I remember I didn’t know how to use phone in the public phone booth, I could not drive, I did not know how to use a taxi, I was not comfortable in English…and most important I did not know my rights. Until I found Human Options.   With help from a friend, I was able to find an opening in Human Options even though was living in a different county. I still vividly remember the first day that I was escorted…

Success Stories: Suzette’s Story

Suzette and the father of her children had not been together in over five years after she completed our Legal Advocacy services to seek help and get away from her ex. Moving on and into a new relationship, Suzette’s ex began stalking both Suzette and her partner threatening to kill them both. As she was heading home one night, her ex showed up with two of his friends. As she got out of her car to go into her home, she was grabbed from behind, and started getting punched her face and head. Suzette yelled for help but continued to get physically abused. Suzette’s neighbors ran out to try to…

Success Stories: Maddie’s Story

When two year old Maddie first arrived at our emergency shelter, she showed no emotions and wouldn’t talk to anyone. Spending her first two years of life in a constant state of chaos, she suffered from severe developmental, emotional and behavioral problems.   Relationship violence has a tremendous impact on brain development. From delayed verbal and motor skills, anxiety and depression, to difficulty identifying and expressing emotions, the effects of trauma can be deep rooted and long lasting in young children.   Fortunately our programs promote resilience and strengthen children’s ability to cope with their exposure to violence, improves the mother’s emotional state and her parenting skills, and enhances parent-child…

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in the United States, about 3.3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Children who grow up in homes with domestic violence are 100 times more likely to become abusers. Human Options recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Growing up in a violent home is often a traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Join us this April as we spread awareness to help prevent child abuse! You can help raise awareness by: • Wearing blue on Friday, April 6th! Individuals and organizations across the U.S. will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and helping make great…