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The 2nd Annual Ladera Derby Day

Posted on February 18, 2016

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Live Kentucky Derby Race and Bidding Benefiting Laura's House

Live Kentucky Derby Race & Bidding benefitting Laura’s House – Southern Buffet, beer, wine, mint juleps, live horseracing, lawn game tournament, & a hat contest! In person tickets can be purchased at E. Madison in Ladera Ranch for a discounted rate!

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Brighter Futures Luncheon 2016

Posted on February 17, 2016

Brighter Futures Luncheon and Laura's House

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first "Brighter Futures" Luncheon Friday on April 29, 2016 at 11am at the Balboa Bay Resort. The event promises to be a beautiful gathering highlighting the vital work that is being done in our community to assist survivors of domestic violence. The event will feature a reception, luncheon and exclusive opportunity drawing. Table Hostesses will have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their tables to showcase their talents and prominent local designers will participate in showcasing their unique designs. During our program we will be presenting our first Brighter Futures Award, honoring a very special young woman, who has demonstrated great leadership at the age of 12, spreading awareness about domestic violence and serving as a wonderful ambassador for Laura’s House.

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Orange County Based Agencies Give Survivors of Domestic Violence a Voice During Impactful Multimedia Exhibit in February

Posted on February 2, 2016

Voices flyer at Randy Higbee Gallery



Community Service Programs, Human Options, Laura’s House, Orange County Family Justice Center, A Window Between Worlds and Women’s Transitional Living Center will host VOICES, a Compelling Exhibit Featuring Women Speaking About Their Experiences with Domestic Violence

WHAT: VOICES, a multimedia installation designed to immerse exhibit visitors into the world of domestic violence survivors in order to eradicate the silence surrounding this serious issue, will make its California debut Feb. 11 to Feb. 20. Orange County domestic violence agencies including Community Service Programs (CSP), a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality counseling and support services to struggling Orange County children and families at their greatest time of need, Human Options, Laura’s House, Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation, A Window Between Worlds and Women’s Transitional Living Center are coming together to host VOICES, which was developed by filmmaker and artist Cat Del Buono.

Sponsored by the Randy Higbee Gallery, Orange County Community Foundation and Orange County United Way, this event will aim to spread community-wide awareness on the extent and impact of domestic violence including verbal and psychological abuse, intimate partner violence, date abuse and elder abuse. The exhibit will also showcase community programs that are working to educate and prevent violence and abuse. 

Del Buono filmed survivors and is sharing their personal stories in cities across the United States, including in Miami, New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. A row of 26 small monitors displays only the mouths of each woman and creates a symphony of unrecognizable words from afar. Not until viewers come closer to focus on an individual screen to hear an anonymous subject’s story do they realize the installation topic. Del Buono intended the necessity of this movement on the part of viewers to serve as a metaphor: Only when one comes close do they learn of individuals’ traumatic experiences in their own words.

WHERE: Randy Higbee Gallery, 102 Kalmus Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Higbee is donating the use of his gallery to support domestic violence awareness efforts in Orange County.

WHEN: The invitation-only opening night reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 and includes a panel discussion about domestic violence. Orange County United Way President and Chief Executive Officer Max Gardner will moderate the panel, which includes Del Buono; Vivian Clecak, founder of Human Options; an Orange County resident with a family member affected; and Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada. Media RSVP is required.

The free exhibit will be open to the public Feb. 11-20. The gallery is open between 9 a.m. on 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

WHY: VOICES is intended to remind audiences that real human beings are behind the shocking statistics about domestic violence, and to break down the stigmas surrounding the issue. Domestic violence is not just a family issue; it is a society issue. The organizations hosting the discussion panel and exhibition are convening to showcase Orange County-based community programs working to educate and prevent violence and abuse. As a group, the goal is to collaborate and bring this unique event to Orange County to continue to raise awareness about domestic violence and the resources available to assist survivors.


Voices by Filmmaker and Artist Cat Del Buono at Randy Higbee Gallery



  • Interview with the artist, Cat Del Buono
  • Interviews with panelists and organizers who will share information about efforts underway to destigmatize domestic violence in Orange County as well as the availability of services for individuals and families affected by abuse; including Margaret R. Bayston, CEO of Laura’s House; Ronnetta Johnson, executive director of Community Service Programs; Vivian Clecak, founder and retiring CEO of Human Options; Maricela Rios-Faust, associate executive director/chief operations officer of Human Options; Gigi Tsontos, executive director of Women’s Transitional Living Center.
  • Interviews with a local survivor
  • Visuals of the gallery installation, including two walls covered by painted hearts and the words, “What love is… .” Attendees will be encouraged to write responses to complete this statement; installation also will include artwork created by struggling youth from several of the nonprofits involved
  • Visuals of the exhibit, panel discussion, wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, and attendees coming together to halt the domestic violence epidemic in Orange County and eradicate the silence surrounding the issue.


Media Contact
Emilie Perkins
Reveille, Inc.

About Community Service Programs

Community Service Programs (CSP) is a nonprofit agency committed to serving children, adults and families living in Orange County who are involved with or at risk of involvement with the justice system. CSP’s model programs assist over 111,000 community members annually, including abused children, struggling families, acting out adolescents, victims of crime, and those in need of mediation services. For more information on CSP and its programs, visit

About Women’s Transitional Living Center

With a vision of ending the cycle of violence and exploitation, Women’s Transitional Living Center’s (WTLC) mission is to help individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation. To do so, WTLC provides the tools and resources to build self-esteem and empower people for independent living. WTLC is the oldest domestic violence shelter in Orange County, and is celebrating 40 years of service in 2016. For more information, visit

About A Window Between Worlds

A Window Between Worlds is a nonprofit using art as a healing tool to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma. We envision a world where safety, healing and hope replace violence, silence and shame; where art is a catalyst to release trauma, build resilience and ignite social change to end domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and intimate partner violence. For more information, visit

About Laura’s House

The mission of Laura’s House is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space to empower individuals and families affected by abuse. For more than 20 years, Laura’s House has served those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Over the past two decades, Laura’s House has provided shelter and support services to more than 4,000 battered women and children and counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to nearly 50,000 people. Connect with Laura’s House on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Human Options

Human Options provides safe haven and life changing programs to help abused women, their children and families rebuild their lives, while working with the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. Human Options provides a full continuum of services to stop the violence – from a 24-hour hotline, emergency and transitional living programs, education and prevention presentations and trainings in the community, and low/no cost services including counseling, legal advocacy, children’s therapies, and empowerment classes, offered in six locations in the county. Individuals seeking help can call 877-854-3594. For further information about Human Options, call 949.737.5242, ext. 211 or visit

About Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation

The Orange County Family Justice Center (OCFJC) is a collaborative of 16 nonprofits and government agencies that serve victims of child abuse, domestic violence, elder adult abuse and sexual assault in Orange County. The OCFJC facilitates access to the services these victims need to protect themselves and their families from further violence. An OCFJC partner, the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide direct victim assistance, empowerment and prevention resources. The OCFJC Foundation strives to transform victims into survivors and break the cycle of violence.






Orange County Real Estate Agents’ Gift Drive Brings Holiday Spirit to Local Shelter

Posted on January 25, 2016

Gift Drive Donations at Laura's House

The holiday season was a bit brighter for the women and their children at Laura’s House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, thanks to the efforts of Orange County real estate agents from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

The agents organized a toy drive on the shelter’s behalf after hearing a speaker at a charity event describe the heartbreaking story of a young resident who had suffered at the hands of his abusive father.

"Our agents set up collection boxes at our nine Orange County offices, and donated the contents so Laura’s House residents could have some semblance of a traditional holiday season," said Wayne Woodyard, San Clemente and Monarch Beach branch manager, and Orange County resource manager for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

"Within a very short time, they collected an enormous amount of gift cards, household items, toys, women’s items, books, and electronics. It took two full carloads to transport it all, and it was worth it to see the look on the recipients’ faces when we delivered everything to them."

"We are so grateful for the generosity of the many Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties agents and staff who participated in this holiday gift drive," said Andrea McCallister, director of development and communications for Ladera Ranch-based Laura’s House. "Their wonderful spirit of philanthropy allowed us to share the spirit of the season and bring joy to so many."

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties proudly supports nearly 3,000 sales associates in 60 offices spanning the Central Coast to San Diego. In 2014, our expert agents assisted more than 12,000 customers in selling or buying a home, with a total closed volume of almost $12 billion.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., and a member of HSF Affiliates, LLC. For more information, visit To learn about career opportunities, call 858-523-4940. 

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Yogasmoga Fashion Island

Posted on November 24, 2015


An evening of giving at Yogasmoga Fashion Island
Tuesday November 24th 6-8pm
20% of sales benefiting Laura's House




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