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Human Options Receives 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, is pleased to announce it received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Approximately only a quarter of rated charities received this top distinction demonstrating the nonprofit’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. “It is such an honor to receive Charity Navigator’s four-star recognition for Human Options’ strong financial health, and our commitment to accountability and transparency,” said Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options. “Our Board of Directors and employees are dedicated to creating an organizational culture that is efficient as possible to accomplish our mission to end…

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Orange County-based Agencies Give Survivors of Domestic Violence a Voice During Impactful Multimedia Exhibit in February

Community Service Programs, Human Options, Laura’s House, Orange County Family Justice Center, A Window Between Worlds and Women’s Transitional Living Center will host VOICES, a Compelling Exhibit Featuring Women Speaking About Their Experiences with Domestic Violence WHAT: VOICES, a multimedia installation designed to immerse exhibit visitors into the world of domestic violence survivors in order to eradicate the silence surrounding this serious issue, will make its California debut Feb. 11 to Feb. 20. Orange County domestic violence agencies including Community Service Programs (CSP), a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality counseling and support services to struggling Orange County children and families at their greatest time of need, Human Options, Laura’s…

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Vivian’s Farewell

By Vivian Clecak, retiring CEO and Founder of Human Options Last week I visited the resident council for our Second Step transitional housing program. As I listened to the stories of our clients, I was touched by their words – “Human Options saved my life. I do not know if I would have lived through the next beating.” “Thanks to Human Options, I can be the mother I always wanted to be. My son was always telling me, ‘Mama, I don’t want you to be sad.’ Now we both smile.” “I never knew there was a place like this. I thought shelters were scary places full of metal cots. My…

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20th Anniversary of Sonenshine pro bono event

Newport Beach – When Jayna Zimmelman suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her fiancée, she managed to escape her living situation with her toddler and a garbage bag full of clothes. Destitute and distraught, Zimmelman thought she would have to fend for herself in the legal thicket of avoiding her abuser and maintaining custody of their child. Fortunately, she found shelter at Human Options, which has been operating shelters for victims of domestic violence for close to 35 years. The non-profit matched her with a pro bono lawyer from Troutman Sanders, Binh Pham. He found Human Options through an annual, legal matchmaking event known as the Sonenshine Pro Bono…

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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…

Serious Fun Nets Over $300,000 & Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg

Newport Beach, Calif. – It was an evening of “Serious Fun” as Human Options’ Mint Julep themed fundraiser cleared an estimated $305,000 and honored philanthropists and legal advocates Nancy W. Dahan and her mother Elaine Weinberg with the 2012 Dove Award.  Held on May 3 at the Balboa Bay Resort, all event proceeds benefit the Irvine-based nonprofit working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County for over 30 years. Attendees donned big hats and seer sucker suits that tied into the next day’s Kentucky Derby.  Cocktail hour took place at an expansive poolside silent auction and guests gathered later in the ballroom for gourmet dinner, live auction,…

Human Options Serious Fun Honors Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg

For Immediate Release March 28, 2013 Human Options Serious Fun Fundraiser Honors Domestic Violence Legal Advocates Nancy Dahan and Elaine Weinberg Newport Beach, Calif. – Community leaders, philanthropists and legal advocates Nancy Dahan and her mother Elaine Weinberg will be honored with the 2012 Dove Award at Human Options annual Serious Fun fundraiser on Friday, May 3 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. All event proceeds benefit the Irvine-based nonprofit working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Orange County for over 30 years. Dahan grew up in a family dedicated to social justice and started advocacy programs for girls and women in her early teens. All…