We can’t thank you enough for all of your support in helping us raise funds on  #GivingTuesdayNow to support our initiative to Keep Our Neighbors Safe at Home. With your support, we are 72% to our goal of raising $250,000!

Although #GivingTuesdayNow is over, our work here is not done! We will continue to advocate for victims of relationship violence, providing children and adults a safe place to stay and vital program services they need now more than ever.

Now until the end of June, you can continue to support our initiative to Keep Our Neighbors Safe at Home during this pandemic!
Human Options in the News
The Daily Pilot recently featured an article from CEO, Maricela Rios-Faust, on the impact the court closures have on victims and survivors of relationship violence. Click here to read more!
Legal Advocacy: How We Are Here to Help
The court closures have caused a back log of over 8,000 family law cases and are creating a tremendous barrier for victims of relationship violence. With limited access to court resources online and English only materials without translation, it is extremely difficult for families to access potentially life-saving restraining orders.
 
How is Human Options Responding?

  • Our bilingual legal advocates have transitioned to virtual appointments to navigate through these barriers with our clients to receive much needed legal services. 

  • Our pro bono volunteers provide 11 free Legal Clinics a month through a virtual platform to provide families legal advice on topics such as family law and immigration. 

  • Our Legal Team continues to partner with law enforcement to advocate for victims and survivors.

Our legal advocates and incredible volunteers are needed now more than ever to help continue to support families during this time.

If you are interested i n learning more about our Legal Advocacy Services or becoming a pro bono partner, contact Sara Behmerwohld at sbehmerwohld@humanoptions.org .
Your Support Keeps Families Like Annie's Safe
Annie came to our shelter desperately looking for help. Two weeks prior, her partner made false allegations about Annie having a substance abuse problem and her 22 month old daughter, Mia, was detained by CPS. Annie was highly traumatized by the separation and worried for her daughters' safety being in the system.
 
Determined to get her daughter back, Annie found strength and pushed through. Working with our Legal Advocacy Team, she was able to meet all the court's requirements. She participated in therapy, parenting classes, and the Personal Empowerment Program; she maintained employment, as well as secured affordable housing with the support of partner agencies.
 
As the court proceedings continued, they saw all that Annie had accomplished and that she was 100% substance free. The courts granted her custody back and Allie and Mia were reunited. Annie is forever grateful to have her daughter back and a safe place for them to stay. She has learned a great deal about herself, why she stayed in an abusive relationship and what her values and needs are moving forward.  
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