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Volunteer Spotlight: Hotline Advocate

Each year, Human Options receives thousands of calls to our 24-hour hotline from people affected by relationship violence. The hotline provides a live person to talk to for validation and support, and at times may be a person’s only chance to seek help. “Giving back makes me happy,” says Michele Skoropad, who has been a Human Options hotline volunteer for the past three years. “It provides a sense of accomplishment, and I love contributing to a cause that I care about. I feel it’s a part of my mission on earth to do what I’m doing.” Hotline volunteers assist shelter clients in meeting basic needs and support hotline staff in…

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Human Options Receives $10K Grant from Pacific Life Foundation for Second Step Program

Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of relationship violence, received a $10,000 grant from Pacific Life Foundation. The grant will support Human Options’ Second Step transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors and their children. Second Step is a comprehensive six-month transitional housing program designed to support homeless, low-income, abused women (accompanied by their dependent children) in acquiring skills, knowledge and resources to rebuild their lives, become self-sufficient, and obtain permanent housing. Second Step provides low-cost safe interim housing and services based on each clients’ individual needs and goals, including case management, legal and supportive services, evidence-based trauma-informed treatment/therapy, children’s therapeutic programs. Second Step also…

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Introducing Our New Board President

Since 1981, Human Options has been working to end domestic violence and foster healthy relationships in Orange County. Our mission is boldly lived out thanks in part to our passionate board of directors, led by newly appointed Board President Diane W. Biagianti. Diane is also Vice President, Chief Responsibility Officer at Edwards Lifesciences LLC. “I was drawn to support Human Options because it is unique in that it not only provides emergency shelter, but also helps the family by surrounding them with comprehensive services– through counseling, advocacy and partnerships within the community, over extended periods of time,” Diane says. “Surrounding the family with these resources provides them with a significantly…

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Thank You Marriot For Giving Back!

Looking to give back to our community in a meaningful way, 21 Marriott hotel employees from across Orange County volunteered at our emergency shelter on Saturday, February 23rd to take care of some much needed repairs, maintenance, and beautification! They graciously donated their time and skills on various projects which included:  * Sanding, patching, and painting all chipped drywall * Sanding, patching, and painting two ceilings where we had leaks from the recent rain. * Deep cleaning of House 3 and House 5 kitchen * Repainting the shelter’s front door * Repainting the handrails and Family Healing Center front door * Replacement of all A/C filters * Conversion of lights…

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Love Shouldn’t Hurt

As we celebrate the month of love in February, many others will experience dating violence. Unfortunately, teens are more likely to experience dating violence than any other age group. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience some form of dating violence from a romantic partner. Take action and show Orange County teens that love shouldn’t hurt this February in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). What is teen dating violence? Teen dating violence (TDV) is a pattern of behavior that includes physical, verbal, emotional and digital abuse, in a dating relationship. TDV is an issue that impacts us all. Together, we can raise awareness and promote safe,…

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Making the Holidays Brighter for Our Client Families

When Janyne and her two girls came into the shelter, they arrived with not much more than the clothes on their backs. They soon transitioned into our Second Step program where they were adopted by a donor for the holidays through our Adopt-a-Family program. Janyne filled out a wish list for herself and her girls not expecting to receive much but was overwhelmed to find that the donor had fulfilled the family’s entire list. She said it made them feel like they were important enough for someone to care about whether they had what they needed. Now, having rebuilt her life, Janyne wanted to give back by adopting a family this…

Human Options Receives $11,500 Grant From Wells Fargo to Help Support Our Annual Fall Luncheon
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Human Options Receives $11,500 Grant From Wells Fargo to Help Support Our Annual Fall Luncheon

Human Options is honored to announce that we are the proud recipients of an $11,500 grant from Wells Fargo to support our Fall Luncheon, which takes place October 4 at The Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Chamicka Pollock, Regional Banking District Manager of the Saddleback Hills District of Wells Fargo, and also a member of Human Options Board of Directors, is the Event Co-Chair for this year’s Fall Luncheon. In the past three years a team of volunteers from Wells Fargo have donated their time and talent to create purposeful centerpieces for the event that go directly to the Human Options residential programs for clients’ use. This year’s…

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in the United States, about 3.3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Children who grow up in homes with domestic violence are 100 times more likely to become abusers. Human Options recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Growing up in a violent home is often a traumatic experience that can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Join us this April as we spread awareness to help prevent child abuse! You can help raise awareness by: • Wearing blue on Friday, April 6th! Individuals and organizations across the U.S. will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and helping make great…

Human Options Statement on Sutherland Springs Tragedy

Our hearts are heavy following the news of the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As our nation mourns for loved ones lost and sends well wishes for a full recovery to those wounded in the attack, we are reminded of the impact domestic violence has on its community. According to authorities, the Sutherland Springs gunman had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church where the tragedy took place. In addition, he was court-martialed from the U.S. Air Force in 2012 on domestic violence charges against his wife and child, and later discharged for “bad conduct” in 2014. Although we may never know what caused this…