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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…

Margaret’s Journey of Empowerment

Margaret was first introduced to Human Options after a friend recommend she attend some classes offered through the Community Health Enrichment Collaborative (CHEC) Family Resource Center. Through her participation in the Personal Empowerment Program, parenting classes, and individual counseling, Margaret was able to identify that the abuse in her relationship was not her fault. She thought of leaving several times in the past but was hesitant because she wanted a family for her children. During the quarantine, the abuse severally escalated. The pandemic had caused Margaret’s husband to lose several jobs – which he in turn, blamed Margaret. As his stress rose with the continuous job loss and financial strain,…

Staff Spotlight- Susana Sosa

Meet Susana Sosa, our new Program Supervisor for Newport Mesa Family Resource Center! Susana has a passion in helping others access supportive services that have a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities.  Her passion guided her to pursue a Master’s in Counseling as well as to pursue positions that have given her the opportunity to coordinate various programs, services, and events that have supported vulnerable populations.  She also has taught several courses at Santa Ana College and enjoys mentoring and supporting others on their professional/career journey.   She is excited about being part of the Human Options team and looks forward in working together to support and empower our community…

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…

Letters of Hope

Human Options’ Safe Options for Seniors  (SOS) program provides services to seniors in Orange County who have experienced abuse. During this scary and uncertain time, some seniors are experiencing feelings of anxiety and loneliness. Our incredible Teen Ambassadors were there to help! They wrote letters of encouragement and support to the seniors in our SOS program to let them know that they are here for them.  Hello, I have been a Human Options Teen Ambassador for about 3 years now. I am currently in my first year college. I know with times like this, uncertainty comes in, but I am here to let you know that I hear you, I…

We Are Here for Victims of Relationship Violence Who Aren’t Safer at Home

We Are Here for Victims of Relationship Violence Who Aren’t Safer at Home As COVID-19 restrictions tighten, it’s creating the perfect storm for incidents of relationship violence to surge. Stay-at-home mandates, unemployment, school closures and other factors are adding to the overwhelming stress and volatility of already abusive relationships. Staying home for victims of relationship violence can be just as dangerous. What do you do if you’re trapped in the most terrifying place — your own home? As abusive partners feel more justified to escalate their isolation tactics, it becomes harder for victims to report it. Victims generally wait to be alone before they seek help. They wait for their…