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History

  • 1994

    Led by Sandy Condello and Helen Kendall, a group of concerned citizens gather together to create Laura's House - in honor of Laura who died at age 38 at the hands of her abuser. Laura's House Walk-In Center opens in San Clemente, offering resources, referrals and support groups to victims of domestic violence.

  • 1995

    Laura's House Emergency Shelter opened at an undisclosed location in South Orange County. There was tremendous community support from organizations like South Orange County Community Services, San Clemente Junior Women's Club as well as many other local civic service groups.

    Laura's House of Treasures Thrift Store opens in San Clemente, CA to help raise much needed funds to support the programs and services that Laura's House provides.

  • 1997

    Laura's House began legal restraining order services including a monthly legal clinic in collaboration with the OC Bar Association.

  • 1999

    PEP (Personal Empowerment Program) workshop for clients created in partnership with the other 3 domestic violence shelters in Orange County and was copyrighted the very next year.

  • 2001

    Margaret Bayston takes the role of CEO/Executive Director of the agency.

    Purchased the property next door to the shelter and began 'Step Ahead' offering up to 3 months residential services for graduating clients of the emergency shelter.

  • 2005

    Laura's House launches the H.E.A.R.T. program, (Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships Today) conducting education and prevention workshops at local high schools.

  • 2007

    Laura's House Corporate Offices and Counseling & Resource Center moves to 999 Corporate Drive, Ste 225, Ladera Ranch.

  • 2008

    Laura's House launches a Community Engagement program to strategically provide outreach, resources and information to influencers in the community. A Speakers Bureau was formed to assist with various presentations and speaking opportunities.

  • 2009

    Laura's House was gifted $2 million in seed funding from The Douglas Trust to begin the Cornerstone Capital Campaign.

    Laura's House Resale Store moves to Lake Forest and opens on El Toro Rd.

  • 2010

    Laura's House launches the Cornerstone Capital Campaign to raise $4.5million to rebuild the Emergency Shelter and establish a Transitional Facility Program.

    Laura's House launches Social Media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  • 2011

    The newly rebuilt Emergency Shelter opens in December and is a 10 bedroom residence able to house up to55 women and children. The Cornerstone Capital Campaign is a great success.

    A newly revamped, Laura's House website was launched (available in Spanish, as well), creating a comprehensive resource for victims of domestic violence as well as the general public offering resources, information and offering the community ways to get involved, attend special events and volunteer, www.laurashouse.org

  • 2012

    The Laura's House Transitional Program opens in March serving up to 25 individuals at a time.

    Laura's House hosts its inaugural Teens Together to End Dating Violence Candlelight Vigil in honor of Jacquie Villagomez, at El Toro High school with over 100 people in attendance.

  • 2013

    The Laura's House Teen Website was launched and funded by Verizon, offering an interactive and contemporary platform for teens, parents and teachers to learn about healthy dating relationships, red flags and dating abuse, offered in both English and Spanish, www.laurashouse.org/lhteen

    With the leadership of a dedicated agency Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers totaled a record 11,420 Hours & 501 individuals

  • 2014

    Laura's House celebrates our 20th Anniversary, serving over 45,000 individuals since our inception through our 24 Hour Hotline, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Program, Counseling & Resource Center and Legal Advocacy.

    Laura's House legal advocates expand the reach of the legal program by conducting intakes with new clients at the courthouse one day per week. In just one month, this new program doubled the number of new legal clients seen and service units provided to legal clients increased by 169%.

    Laura's House joins Instagram and LinkedIn to complete the expansion of our Social Media networking.

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