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Success Stories: Mariah’s Story

Mariah worked as a successful insurance agent and the primary provider for her and her two children. Mariah was very social and outgoing. She played softball for a league in her community, with lots of support from her family and friends, mainly her mom, who was an Air-Force Veteran. Mariah had previously left her abusive partner and was living in her own apartment, but reconciled with him just prior to the pandemic. Although Mariah was able to recognize the cycle of abuse she was experiencing with her partner, she had reconciled in hopes her partner had changed and the abuse never happen again. During the pandemic, Mariah lost her job,…

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…

Success Stories: Jessica’s Story

Jessica, mother of two, was fleeing a physically and emotionally abusive aggressor – her children’s father. Jessica’s aggressor would target their son with his frustrations, typically blaming either him or Jessica for any problems. This type of behavior modeled to their children led to their son mirroring some of these behaviors when upset. Due to the extreme domestic and child abuse in the home, and in order to keep herself and children safe, Jessica called Human Options Hotline. Jessica and her children entered the Emergency Shelter the same day. While at Emergency Shelter, Jessica focused on supporting her children and their new stability. The Children’s Advocate provided parent coaching for…

Spectrum News 1 – Prevention Education at Santa Ana High School 2.21.20

Spectrum News 1 – Prevention Education at Santa Ana High School 2.21.20 A study from the American Psychological Association revealed that one in three teens ages 14 to 20 have experienced dating abuse, and about the same number say they’ve committed dating abuse themselves. To reverse this trend and experience healthy relationships, it’s vital that teens (and their parents) understand how to communicate, respect boundaries, practice self-care and appreciate their partners. Human Options is sharing its Countdown to #HealthyLove campaign to start conversations about healthy relationships by educating teens at our local high schools. During the month of TDVAM, Human Options and Santa Ana High School partnered together to educate Santa…

CEO, Maricela Rios-Faust, on KTLA discussing Teen Dating Violence 2.23.20

Human Options CEO, Maricela Rios-Faust, on KTLA discussing Teen Dating Violence 2.23.20 1 in 3 teens experience some type of dating abuse, adolescents are at a higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence than any other age group. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) and we are working to ignite social change by educating and empowering others. Watch our Chief Executive Officer, Maricela Rios-Faust, on KTLA as she talks about talks about Teen Dating Violence! Click here!   

Success Stories: Ellie’s Story

Thirty-six year old Ellie endured a traumatic three-year relationship with the father of her youngest child. Ellie experienced brutal physical and verbal abuse along with the destruction of her property from time to time. Ellie and her children were able to escape and ready to transition into the next step for safety. Ellie and her four children came to Second Step in hopes to create stability and safety for her and her children. When Ellie started Second Step, she was on medical leave from her job as a case manager at a medical company. Her disability resulted from her relationship. Shortly after starting the Second Step program, Ellie had to…

Staff Spotlight: Claudia Medina, AMFT, Therapist

Claudia Medina is one of Human Options’ dedicated therapists.  She provides vital mental health services at one of our 8 Family Resource Centers, the Corbin Center located in Santa Ana. Claudia has worked with youth through partnerships with our local schools in the City of Santa Ana and also serves adults and seniors in the community. Claudia a bilingual clinician who specializes in working with survivors of domestic violence and facilitates a variety of groups throughout the year . When reflecting on her work, Claudia shared, “I enjoy working with our clients and providing individual therapy. Knowing that with one single session I can touch a client’s life is very…

Honoring the Selfless During Social Work Month: 5 Tips for Self-Care

March is Social Work Month, and now more than ever, the theme “social workers are essential” takes on a new meaning. Each day at Human Options our advocates work to meet the constant need for help—at our overwhelmed family resource centers and shelters,— all while enduring the impact of the pandemic. Despite the support we provide each other, our clients, and their family members, it is important for professionals whose mission it is to stabilize those in crisis, to care for their own mental and physical health—to practice as much self-care as possible.   Providing compassionate, life-saving support, calls for a deep investment of mental and emotional capacity. Social workers…

Meet Our New Board Member!

Robert Farzad is the managing partner of Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP. The firm, as the name reflects, exclusively practices family law. The firm handles contested and complex family law cases including divorce or parentage cases with complex financial issues, estates, and/or child custody issues. Mr. Farzad has been a licensed California attorney since 1996. Mr. Farzad and Farzad & Ochoa possess an unwavering commitment to helping domestic violence victims become domestic violence survivors so they can make positive, forward progress in their lives and that of their children. Mr. Farzad’s work is featured in Orange County Lawyer Magazine, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Parenting, Los Angeles Times, and…