Season of Gratitude Newsletter 2019
During this season of gratitude, Human Options would like to express our gratitude  by sharing some highlights  YOU   made  possible this past quarter.
Ways You Can Get Involved This 
H oliday Season!
Looking for ways to continue to celebrate this season of gratitude? Here's how  YOU can get involved this holiday season:
  • Host an essential or gift card drive for families in our residential program.
  • Help us continue to help over 2,000 children and adults live violence free in 2020 by making a gift today.
  • Join our community by checking out our volunteer opportunities and other ways you can get involved here
Annual Fall Luncheon Recap
We are grateful to our generous donors who joined us and helped us raise over $220,000 at our Annual Fall Luncheon hosted on October 10th at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum. We were also honored to have the opportunity to announce that Human Options was the recipient of the Bank of America 2019 Neighborhood Builders award. 
October is Domestic Violence 
Awareness Month
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? We are grateful for all of the ways our community partners helped us raise awareness to  #EndTheCycle of abuse and support survivors :  
Purple Thursday
We would like to thank our community partners who joined us and wore purple on Purple Thursday! A special shout out to our local  Starbucks @JefferyTrabuco  for turning purple with us and shining light on relationship violence! 
Click  here  to watch our recent Cut it Out training on KNBC4!
Thank you  Santa Ana High School, Godinez Fundamental High School, Magnolia High School, Valley High School and Sage Hill School  for wearing purple socks during October Football games to help us raise awareness on relationship violence. 

Click  here  to read Santa Ana High School's Criminal Justice Teacher,  Tom Erikson,  speak on why teaching youth the importance of healthy relationships is important to him. Thank you for your partnership, Mr. Erikson! 
Sisterhood Gives Thanksgiving Meals

We are grateful for those that joined our Sisterhood Thanksgiving event last week and helped us assemble over 50 Thanksgiving meal boxes! Your generosity will provide families in our residential programs a Thanksgiving meal they can enjoy together as a family.  Join us for our next Sisterhood event!  Click  here  to learn more. 
We Are Grateful For You! 
Finally, we are grateful for YOU for transforming the lives of families like Barbara's. 

Barbara faced years of physical and verbal abuse from her husband, often broken up by her four year old son, Jose. When her son started modeling her husband's aggressive behaviors, hitting her and calling her derogatory names when he was angry, Barbara knew it was time to leave.

"My son is such a good boy and I wanted to prevent him from continuing to witness abuse. I feared if we stayed, Jose would never know life without violence."

Barbara turned to Human Options and found safety in our emergency shelter. Jose was introduced to our Children's Program, which focuses on preventative interventions that are designed to support children's social-emotional and developmental skills, help lessen the effects of abuse, and build positive coping strategies. 

After just three weeks in our Children's Program, Jose significantly changed his behavior. He began sharing toys with others instead of hitting and stepping away to cool down when he felt like he was getting upset. It brought tears to Barbara's eyes when instead of hitting her when he got upset, he asked for a hug.

Today, Barbara and Jose are happily living in their own home. Jose continues to excel in school and create healthy relationships with others.