Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) has chosen Option House, Inc. as the 2023 Nonprofit of the Year for the 23rd Senate District.
“Violence has many serious effects beyond physical scars. I am proud to support organizations like Option House that work directly with victims to protect and promote change,” said Senator Ochoa Bogh. “Through their advocacy, education, and emergency sheltering, Option House has proven to be a strong pillar of hope in our community for families experiencing family violence. I am honored to name them the 2023 Nonprofit of the Year for the 23rd Senate District.”
Option House was the initial provider of domestic violence services in San Bernardino County. They serve the community by providing a 24-hour crisis intervention shelter, transitional housing, outreach, legal services, information, education, and awareness to family violence victims. Through Option House, survivors and their families are partnered with experienced advocates to receive vital services to get them back on their feet.
“Thank you for your kind words and for honoring our organization, Option House Inc., with the ‘Senate District 23 Nonprofit of the Year’ award. We are thrilled to receive this recognition and appreciate the opportunity to bring awareness to the critical issue of domestic violence,” said Lisa A Lemon, Executive Director. “Our organization is committed to supporting survivors and providing them with the resources they need to heal and move forward. We could not do this important work without the dedication and support of our staff, volunteers, and community partners. We share this award with them and all the survivors we have had the privilege to serve. Thank you again for this recognition and for your continued support of our mission.”
Operating under the Central Valley Mental Health Association, the original shelter opened in September 1977 in Colton, CA. In June 1983, Option House moved to its current site, a 5000 square foot building, the first building built specifically to house battered women and their children in the state, the second in the nation.
This recognition was part of a larger celebration of CalNonprofits’ “California Nonprofits Day”. The recognition as a Nonprofit of the Year brings deserved attention to outstanding nonprofits while illustrating the remarkable diversity and vibrancy of California's nonprofit community. For more information about California Nonprofits Day, click here.