Family Resource Center Archives - Human Options

Success Stories: Charlotte’s Story

After enduring more than six years of physical, verbal, financial and emotional domestic violence, Charlotte took the first step in her healing journey by entering Human Option’s Emergency Shelter with her two children, Sara and Evan, who were only one and three years old. The last physical aggression by her partner happened in front of her children and that gave her the strength to call law enforcement. Sara, at only 3 years old, told the officer with tears in her eyes that “daddy was being very mean to mommy, broke her phone, yelled too loud and needed to go away”. High levels of stress, anxiety and worry led Charlotte to…

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: 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…

Success Stories: Miranda’s Story

Thinking that dating after abuse was impossible, Miranda found love and hope once more. After five years of breaking free from her abusive partner, Miranda thought she and her children were finally free from all the trauma they endured and could start over. Until one night, her abusive partner showed up to Miranda’s new home, threatening to kill her and her new partner. Miranda’s way for safety was to obtain a Restraining Order.    Miranda called the South Orange County Family Resource Center seeking help from one of our Legal Advocates. In the past, Miranda had attempted to obtain a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order (DVTRO) against her ex-partner, but…

Staff Spotlight: Gisela Barroso, Legal Advocate

Gisela joined the Human Options family as a Legal Advocate in January and is a team member at Corbin Family Resource Center. Gisela quickly became an essential part of the team, helping many of our families through Legal Advocacy services. Gisela is a graduate of the University of La Verne in Criminology. She has experience in working at the OC Sheriffs Crime Lab, as a Medical Interpreter, and as a Hotline Advocate.  Gisela enjoys dancing, skating, listening to music, and hiking in her spare time.  When asked about her experience at Human Options so far, Gisela shared, “What I like most about being a Legal Advocate, is that I get…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Youth Action Council

One way Human Options engages and educates our youth on the importance of healthy relationships and teen dating violence is through our Youth Action Council (YAC). The YAC are composed of two youth groups, each representing a family resource center where Human Options is the lead agency; at the Minnie Street Family Resource Center and the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center. Both our Minnie Street and Costa Mesa Family Resource Center YAC are high school level students who are interested in learning leadership and community engagement skills. The groups are successfully coordinated in collaboration with our funded partner Melissa Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator from The Raise Foundation. Since the YAC’s inception…

Costa Mesa Family Resource Center – A Sanctuary and a Community

Seeking to provide the community with a variety of health and social services in one centralized location, the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center (FRC) opened last summer at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living in Newport Beach. Through a partnership with Hoag and Families and Communities Together (FaCT), Human Options operates as the lead agency, working alongside Children’s Bureau, Raise Foundation, MOMs Orange County and Girls Inc. Their focus? Offering the community a sanctuary with access to domestic violence and prevention, educational development, counseling services and more. “What we’ve created is a shared purpose and a different way of looking at services across the spectrum,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. To read more…