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Human Options Receives $10K Grant from Pacific Life Foundation for Second Step Program

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, received a $10,000 grant from Pacific Life Foundation. The grant will support Human Options’ Second Step transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors and their children. Second Step is a comprehensive six-month transitional housing program designed to support homeless, low-income, abused women (accompanied by their dependent children) in acquiring skills, knowledge and resources to rebuild their lives, become self-sufficient, and obtain permanent housing. Second Step provides low-cost safe interim housing and services based on each clients’ individual needs and goals, including case management, legal and supportive services, evidence-based trauma-informed treatment/therapy, children’s therapeutic programs. Second Step also…

Human Options Receives $11,500 Grant From Wells Fargo to Help Support Our Annual Fall Luncheon
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Human Options Receives $11,500 Grant From Wells Fargo to Help Support Our Annual Fall Luncheon

Human Options is honored to announce that we are the proud recipients of an $11,500 grant from Wells Fargo to support our Fall Luncheon, which takes place October 4 at The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Chamicka Pollock, Regional Banking District Manager of the Saddleback Hills District of Wells Fargo, and also a member of Human Options Board of Directors, is the Event Co-Chair for this year’s Fall Luncheon. In the past three years a team of volunteers from Wells Fargo have donated their time and talent to create purposeful centerpieces for the event that go directly to the Human Options residential programs for clients’ use. This year’s…

Human Options Statement on Sutherland Springs Tragedy

Our hearts are heavy following the news of the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As our nation mourns for loved ones lost and sends well wishes for a full recovery to those wounded in the attack, we are reminded of the impact domestic violence has on its community. According to authorities, the Sutherland Springs gunman had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church where the tragedy took place. In addition, he was court-martialed from the U.S. Air Force in 2012 on domestic violence charges against his wife and child, and later discharged for “bad conduct” in 2014. Although we may never know what caused this…

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Human Options Partners With Salon Professionals to End Domestic Violence

Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients and co-workers. Because of the intimate and nurturing nature of these relationships, salon professionals can often spot signs of domestic violence that otherwise may go unnoticed.  Human Options has partnered with The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) to empower salon professionals to break the cycle of domestic abuse in their communities through the PBA’s  CUT IT OUT®: Salons Against Domestic Abuse training. This free, interactive presentation builds DV awareness by educating and training beauty professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients, colleagues, friends and family to local resources. Research shows that most…

Human Options Appoints Dan Maas and Michele Khoury to its Board of Directors

Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, announced the addition of two new board members, Dan Maas, Owner/CEO of Hardy & Harper, and Michele I. Khoury, consultant and novelist. Dan Maas, a Dana Point resident, is the Owner and CEO of Hardy & Harper, a third generation family-owned business since 1946 that specializes in asphalt paving, Slurry Seal, Concrete and Sidewalk Grinding. Maas officially joined his father at Hardy & Harper in 2002 after graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree and used his strong business acumen to propel the company to the next level. Dan is…

Human Options Partners With Santa Ana PD to Provide Immediate, On-Site Assistance to Domestic Violence Victims

Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, is partnering with the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) to provide immediate, coordinated domestic violence assistance services to victims and their families. The SAPD received 5,947 domestic violence-related calls in 2016. As a result of this high rate of calls, the SAPD identified a need for immediate, on-site specialized assistance for domestic violence victims and their families. Human Options, a nonprofit that has been leading the way forward to ending domestic violence for 35 years, has partnered with the SAPD to establish “The Coordinated Domestic Violence Response Coalition” which will strengthen legal advocacy services offered to…

Human Options Receives $10K Grant from Bank of America for Second Step Program

Human Options, an Orange-County based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to support its Second Step transitional housing facility, which provides domestic violence victims with housing, counseling, legal advocacy, and more. Human Options’ Second Step transitional housing facility opened in 1993 and provides victims with safe housing and services for up to six months. Services provided include case management, trauma informed counseling, legal advocacy, financial coaching, a children’s program, educational groups, employment assistance, linkage to resources at partner agencies, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing. Clients are often vulnerable, generally have low incomes, and have diverse ethnic backgrounds….

Human Options Volunteers to be Recognized at 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

Recognizing exemplary volunteer service since 1976, OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards will honor Human Options volunteers on April 24th at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. “Our volunteers play an integral role in supporting the mission of our agency and we are so proud to congratulate them on receiving this special distinction,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, Chief Executive Officer. Family law attorney Melinda Gomez has been an integral member of our Pro Bono Committee, bringing two new volunteer attorneys into the fold who now conduct their own family law and immigration clinics on behalf of our clients. Each month she continues to provide free advice and counseling sessions to our legal advocacy…

Human Options Program Supervisor Named Women’s Policy Institute State Fellow

We are so pleased to congratulate, Sara Behmerwohld, our Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor, on being named to the 2016-2017 class of Women’s Policy Institute-State fellows. Run by the Women’s Foundation of California, WPI-State fellows are trained to become policy advocates and philanthropic leaders in a year-long program at our state capital. Since 2013, Sara has been the Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor at Human Options. Here, she works with legal advocates, pro bono attorneys, law enforcement and other community partners to ensure that survivors of domestic violence have access to the legal resources they need to heal from trauma. A well-versed and accomplished legal advocate, Sara first began her work in…