Winter Newsletter 2020
February is Teen Dating Violence 
Awareness Month! 
Did you know that teens are most susceptible to experience dating violence than any other age group? Join us during the month of February by showing teens that Love Shouldn't Hurt! Here are some ways you  can take action:
Join us for our 5th annual free family conference for middle school and high school teens and their parents/caring adults to stand against teen dating violence! Click  here  for more information or sign-up today! 

Saturday, February 8th
Love Shouldn't Hurt Teen Conference
Early College High School, 2990 Mesa Verde Dr. East, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
10:00a.m.-2:30p.m. 
(check-in & continental breakfast at 9:30a.m.) 
Wear Orange! 
Help us spread awareness by wearing  orange  on  February 11th , Wear Orange Day.  Share your orange proudly by snapping a photo and tagging us at
#Humanoptions #LoveIsOC #TDVAM

Donate  any amount on February 12th to 
#LoveIsOC Giving Day , to financially support our healthy teen curriculum. On this special day, 12 organizations are coming together to support healthy teen relationships! 
Don't miss out! 

Follow our social media!
In honor of teen dating violence awareness month, our teen ambassadors will be taking over Human Options social media platforms to raise awareness for TDVAM, provide resources, and speak about why this month is important to them. Click the video here to hear a message from our ambassadors.  
Participate in our Serious Fun Gala 2020!
Join us on May 16, 2020 at the Balboa Bay Club for a Whimsical Evening in the Enchanted Forest at our Serious Fun Gala! 

Celebrate our  DOVE Award Honorees, Michele and Abdo Khoury and our first ever,  Safe Place Award Honoree, National Charity League, Newport

Serious Fun 2020 sponsorships are now available! 

For more information, please contact Katie Szymczak at 
949-737-5242, ext. 317 or Katiesz@humanoptions.org.
Thank You Pacific Life! 
We are extremely humbled to announce that Human Options has been selected as this year's recipient of Pacific Life Foundation's Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award and a $100,000 grant from the Pacific Life Foundation! 

This
prestigious honor stands as a commendation to the late Walter B. Gerkin, Pacific Life Chairman and CEO, and to Pacific Life's dedication to the spirit of community involvement and betterment of society. Annually, Pacific Life Foundation selects one non-profit organization that exemplifies the their commitment and we are honored to have been selected. Click here to read more about the incredible impact Pacific Life is making in the community. 

We are so grateful for Pacific Life's nearly 30 year partnership helping us create a community in which every person and family experiences safe, healthy relationships and lives free from fear. 
YOU Make Stories Like Susie's Possible!
Susie knew her parents fought a lot. She would hear them yell, and watch her father give her mother an allowance each week for groceries. After attending a Human Options "Safe Dates for Teens" program at school, she quickly realized that what was happening in her home was relationship violence. 

She decided to talk to her mother about what she had learned, and the services and support available through Human Options. With her daughter's support, Susie's mother gained the courage to engage Human Options. Today, Susie and her mother are discovering safety and healing. 

Thanks to the support of our community partners like you, children like Susie and their families have more access to programs that will keep them safe from relationship violence. 

"Our goal is to educate our youth early, increase protection from abusers and decrease any risk for future abuse," said Judith Rose, Chief Program Officer. 

Through this valuable program, Susie was able to break the cycle of abuse in her family by learning about the warning signs. Thank you for making this possible!