Dear Human Options Family,

We hope you are all doing well as we are navigating this “new normal”. Over the past month, our team has continued to work tirelessly to adjust our services so that we can safely serve victims of relationship violence. We are seeing i ncreased incidents of relationship violence happening around the globe. Sheltering in place in an already volatile home combined with economic and job uncertainty can be the perfect storm for relationship violence. Locally, hotlines and law enforcement are seeing a 25% increase in calls for help.

During this global pandemic, we have more of a responsibility now than ever to reach out to those who may need our help. As a community, we need to be more alert to our friends and loved ones who we know or believe may be experiencing relationship violence.

While resources during the outbreak may be limited, we remain open and ready to serve all who need it.


Warm Regards,
Maricela Rios-Faust, MSW, LCSW, CFRE
Chief Executive Officer
Join us for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th
Did you know Giving Tuesday has launched #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th as an emergency response to COVID-19?

During thi s global pandemic, we have more of a responsibility now than ever to reach out to those who ma y need our help. We can’t do it alone, and invite you to help us Keep Our Neighbors Safe at Home on #GivingTuesdayNow! Join our Board of Directors on May 5th and help us raise funds to Keep Our Neighbors Safe at Home!
Human Options in the News
The OC Register recently featured an article from Maricela on the impact COVID-19 is having on victims of Relationship Violence and how Human Options is responding. Click here to read more!
We Are Here for Victims of Relationship Violence Who Aren’t Safer at Home
24/7 Hotline

Loren Sedano, our Residential Hotline Supervisor, shares how we are supporting victims of relationship violence during this difficult time. Our hotline remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In addition to finding emergency shelter, our hotline is assisting callers find basic needs like food and rental assistance along with giving emotional support and safety planning.


If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call our hotline number at 877-854-3594.
Residential

Our shelter and transitional housing remain open and we continue to offer a safe place for families to stay. Our case managers, therapists, and legal advocates continue to safely provide support to families.

With your support, our residential program was able to assist four families into permanent housing this past week!

Our doors remain open and we are here to help!
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. Click here to read the letters of hope.
Save The Date
Join us for some Serious Fun
We can’t wait until this pandemic is behind us and we can see you again! We hope you will be able to join us for our NEW date for Serious Fun, October 17, 2020 . Click here to read more about Serious Fun.
We are live on Facebook
Join us for our Facebook Live sessions @HumanOptions on Wednesday’s at 3:00pm with Marissa Presley who will be doing an overview of our Personal Empowerment Programs.
Sisterhood is going virtual
Join us for our Sisterhood event on April 29th at 5:30pm ! Our Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor, Sara Behmerwohld, will be sharing how the legal system has been impacted by COVID-19 and how we are there to help. Email Amy Tran to RSVP today.