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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…


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…

Men in Motion take a public stand against domestic violence

Thank you to everyone who joined this year’s Men in Motion campaign! You helped us raise over $60,000 to support our prevention and education programs. Click here for a full listing of donors and check out our ad in the Orange County Business Journal! For more information about how you can get involved, contact Melissa Walker at (949)737-5242 ext. 317 or [email protected]   _______________________________ Thank you to this year’s Men in Motion Committee Chairs: Joe Ferrentino | Andrew Gray | Members: Chase Barr | Paul Bokota | Josh Boudreaux | Steve Churm | David Dremann | Doug Jackson | Nick Jackson | Rob Klausner | Brandon Moody | Michael Morris |…


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…


#PledgePurple This October

#PledgePurple this October to Stand Against Domestic Violence Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Often thought of as a family issue, it is really a social, business, and health priority that impacts our entire community. Join us to recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October and stand up for those who have no voice. How to #PledgePurple this October Help Us Spread the Word Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn and share our posts Change your profile picture for October to this Wear purple on October 23rd and post your pictures on social media Use our…


A Special Message From Our Founding CEO and Board President

A Special Message from Human Options Founding CEO, Vivian Clecak   Dear friends, I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring from my role as the founding CEO of Human Options on January 30, 2016. It has been my privilege to be with this organization for so long. As a young social worker, I was stunned by the stories I heard from women who were being abused in their own homes. Determined to make a difference, I worked with Carolyn Churm, Margaret Thoreau, and Anne Wright to found Human Options in 1981. Over the years, Human Options has grown into a multi-service organization that has changed…


Combating Silence: Domestic Violence in the Military

Domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women in the United States, exceeding car accidents, muggings, and household accidents combined .1 One in three women and one in four men will experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime,2 and couples in the military are no exception. Service members returning home from post-9/11 wars have undergone more frequent deployments for lengthier periods of time than any other generation of U.S. soldiers before them.3 With each deployment, soldiers and their families experience increased levels of stress; stress that occurs as a result of a soldier’s departure as well as their return. When service members return from…


Young Men Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

For women and children who escaped abuse perpetrated mostly by males, it was an oddity to see twenty adolescent boys standing in the middle of our shelter on a sunny Saturday in March. The shelter is in a confidential location and isn’t visited by very many people, but for three days straight we welcomed an influx of young men and construction workers who generously donated their time and all of the supplies to make one outdated unit feel like a real home. The National League of Young Men (NLYM) is comprised of young men in grades 9-12 and allows mothers to promote leadership development through community service with their sons….


Breaking the Silence

Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence (DV). Often thought of as a family issue, it is really a social, business and health priority that impacts our entire community. To break the cycle, we must end the stigma associated with DV and help communities learn to identify and support victims. Human Options has been an innovative leader in this area since 1984 when we began working in high schools to educate teens. Peer culture is powerful. Giving teens the knowledge & ability to stand against DV is the first step in shifting our culture of silence. Last October we…