Over 2,000 women and children have received shelter and support.
The inception of Laura’s House was inspired by a true story about a woman called Laura from Orange County who was a victim of domestic violence. Unfortunately the end of her particular story is a very tragic one….her life was cut short with her untimely death at age 38.
In 1991, a few local women formed the South Orange County Domestic Violence Action Committee with the dream of building a shelter for battered women in South County. After being contacted by Laura’s mother and hearing that Laura had nowhere to turn to for resources to help her, the women were committed to making their dreams become a reality. In 1994, local residents, including co-founders, Sandy Condello and Helen Kendall, called a town meeting and asked for the community to embrace their vision of Laura’s House. There was an overwhelming response from the community with support and funding. It was then decided that the agency would be named in memory of Laura.
Since 1994, Laura’s House has continued to grow and offer a multitude of programs and services which provide vital support and education aimed at avoiding such tragic circumstances from ever occurring again.
Laura's House provides unduplicated domestic violence-related services to the 915,000 residents of Orange County, California and beyond. Over the past eighteen years, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 3,488 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 40,305 persons
Today, Laura's House continues to be the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in South Orange County. Annually, Laura's House provides residential shelter services, counseling and legal services to hundreds of women and children. Thousands of crisis calls come in each year on our Crisis Hotline.
Our target population is families experiencing the effects of domestic violence in need of emergency shelter, support, education and counseling. Laura's House operates on the philosophy that domestic violence is multi-dimensional and often cyclical in nature and must be addressed through a range of interventions. Our goal is to provide supportive service programs that will prepare our clients and their children to live independent and violence free lives.
7,000 children have received child care services.
Influenced by the growing social needs of the community in which it works, Laura's House has responded by developing innovative residential and outreach programs to meet the unique needs of population groups such as Hispanic families, at-risk teens and preschool children, each coping with the effects of domestic violence. Our success as an agency relies on our commitment to constantly appraise our services, review our results and search for opportunities to improve and expand.