Human Options honors Laguna resident, honorable Sheila Prell Sonenshine, at 2016 Annual Luncheon

The nonprofit organization Human Options honored those who work to stop domestic violence and provide aid to victims at their annual luncheon on Dec 1 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. 

The event enabled invited guests, supporters of Human Options, and local civic leaders from around Southern California to join the nonprofit in recognizing individuals and companies who have made an impact for their work in advocating for domestic violence victims. 

The honorable Sheila Prell Sonenshine (ret.), a Laguna Beach resident, was one of those honored at the luncheon for her involvement with Human Options since the organization’s start in 1981. 

Justice Sonenshine has played a critical role in defining the legal advocacy system now available at all domestic violence programs in Orange County. In 1995, she created the Annual Sheila Prell Sonenshine Pro Bono Reception to connect new lawyers with non-profit organizations like Human Options.

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Stephanie Argyros, the Honorable Sheila Prell Sonenshine (ret.) and Julia Argyros at the Human Options 2016 Annual Meeting

Aliso Viejo-based Lennar Homes was honored for their long time involvement and commitment to the Human Options emergency shelter – the first “built-for-purpose” domestic violence shelter in the State of California. Lennar was one of four Orange County homebuilders to partner with HomeAid Orange County to build the Human Options Emergency Shelter.  

In addition, Human Options’ CEO Maricela Rios-Faust shared a State of the Agency update with attendees.

Human Options recently celebrated their 35th anniversary in leading the way against domestic violence. To date, they have counseled and sheltered over 32,000 affected individuals, responded to more than 70,000 hotline callers and crises, and educated more than 328,000 individuals in their prevention programs.

For further information about Human Options call 949.737.5242, ext. 211 or visit

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