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“Behind the Donations”: Meet Mark Cleveland

The pandemic has left many of our clients struggling to meet their most basic needs. Through our partnerships, we have been leveraging as many resources as possible to provide basic items such as food, diapers, cleaning supplies, and more. Many members of our community have recognized these increased needs and have stepped up to make their unique contributions, like Mark Cleveland of Avanti Café. When the pandemic hit, he decided to bake loaves of bread for folks in need and was referred to Human Options by a friend. We had the chance to connect with Mark, to learn and share about his support to Human Options.   Human Options: Q: Can you…

We are honored to welcome our new Board Member – Amy Hytowitz

We are honored to welcome Amy Hytowitz  as a new addition to our Board of Directors! Amy Hytowitz is currently a Senior Director of Global Communications for Edwards Lifesciences. In this capacity she is focused on strategic communications activities across the company and will lend her expertise and experience to help further our mission. Learn more about our new Board Member, Amy Hytowitz below.  HUMAN OPTIONS APPOINTS AMY HYTOWITZ TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, recently announced a new addition to its Board of Directors, Amy Hytowitz, senior director of global communications for Edwards Lifesciences. Hytowitz brings…

Staff Spotlight: Meet Erwin Cox

Join us in welcoming one of our newest staff members, Erwin Cox. We are excited to have Erwin join us as the new Program Supervisor for the Minnie Street Family Resource Center.  Erwin Cox was born and raised in Guatemala and moved to California in 2009. He has worked in the social services/mental health field for 20 years. Erwin has worked with children, youth and adults in various capacities such as arts and culture, health education and prevention, case management and program supervision. Erwin has worked in the FaCT Family Resource Center network for over two years. Erwin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He speaks four languages. Erwin is an…

Self-Care Tips for this Summer

  We understand that the recent re-closures are stressful for everyone. It is important to make sure to take time for self-care. Here are some self-care tips from our therapists that everyone can try this summer.   Self-care is a process and it may look different for everyone. Before you start or jump into a new self-care journey, it can be helpful to know where you’re at right now. Evaluating what you’re currently doing can help you identify the areas that may need a bit more attention.   When it comes to taking care of yourself, consistency is key. Focus on activities that you can participate in regularly. Even if…

Human Options in the News – NBCLA’s Today in L.A.

We are grateful for the opportunity to join NBCLA’s Today in L.A. to share insight on teen dating violence during the pandemic as well as resources available for parents and victims.   Click here to watch the live interview.                Looking for additional resources on teen dating violence? Click here to access our teen tool kit or call our emergency hotline at 877-854-3594. 

A Message From Human Options’ CEO, We Are Here With You

Dear Human Options Family,   Over the last couple of weeks, we have watched individuals come together across the US, triggered by the tragic and inexcusable death of George Floyd. Our hearts are heavy with the understanding of the fear, pain, and sense of hopelessness caused by violence.   Human Options is committed to ensuring that every person lives free from fear regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We believe that dignity is a basic human right and we condemn all acts of violence, discrimination and hate.    We recognize that disparities in communities of color create barriers to survivors’ safety. We will continue to advocate for racial equity by listening, learning…

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)- KABC7 Features Human Options Presenting on Relationship Violence Prevention at Santa Ana High School

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)  During the month of TDVAM, Human Options and Santa Ana High School partnered together to teach Santa Ana High School students on relationship violence prevention. Santa Ana teacher, Tom Erikson, opened up his Criminal Justice Class to Human Options’ staff member, Marissa Presley, to teach students about relationship violence, the warning signs, and what healthy relationships look like. With 1 in 3 teens experiencing some type of dating abuse, adolescents are at a higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence than any other age group. Research has shown that dating violence is predictive of more serious physical abuse in future relationships and…

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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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Legacy Campaign Honoring Vivian Clecak

Join with us to Honor Vivian and Sustain her Legacy   A young social worker in Orange County in the late 1970’s, Vivian Clecak was stunned by the stories she heard of women being abused in their own homes.  Determined to make a difference, she co-founded Human Options in 1981 and has passionately led the organization for 34 years. From the earliest days, Vivian has been a pioneer in effectively responding to domestic violence issues in our community.  Accomplishments include the following: In 1984 Human Options became the first organization in Orange County to provide relationship violence prevention programs to high school students. In 1993 Human Options was first to…

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