In 1981, four remarkable women founded Human Options and gave life to a vision that no woman or child would ever be afraid in their own home. Forty years later, the organization leads the way at the center of a collective county-wide response in service of those threatened by abuse in Orange County. Since opening their doors, Human Options has impacted the lives of more than 500,000 individuals affected by relationship violence.
Human Option’s emergency shelter is for any individual or family in a domestic violence situation seeking shelter. In 2018, their shelter served 343 adults and children.
Each family has their own room and women without children may share a room. Women and their children are provided the opportunity to receive individual counseling from a skilled therapist, participate in group counseling and therapeutic sessions, and work with a case manager to navigate available services in route to discovering a way forward. Legal advocacy services are also available. Children of all ages participate in the children’s program where they receive age-appropriate counseling and therapeutic activities.
Women and their children who have completed a domestic violence shelter program can apply for Second Step, their transitional housing program. There, women regain their independence by participating in educational and job skill building activities as well as continuing counseling and case management sessions. Children can participate in the children’s programs and have access to after school tutoring. In 2018, 94% of transitional clients gained permanent housing and 80% increased their income.
Vision: Human Options is committed to a future in which every person and family in Orange County experiences safe, healthy relationships and lives free of fear.
Mission: Human Options ignites social change by educating Orange County to recognize relationship violence as an issue that threatens everyone, advocating for those affected by abuse, extending a safe place for victims and empowering survivors on their journey of healing.
Counseling /Supportive Services/Personal Empowerment Program (PEP)
Their counseling and supportive services provide intervention for men, women, and children who are survivors of domestic violence or who are currently in an abusive relationship. Any individual affected by domestic violence in Orange County, or the surrounding area may have access to counseling, legal advocacy, education, or support groups.