Sandy Condello recently received the Rainbow of Hope award by HomeAid Orange County, a nonprofit group that provides shelter for the temporarily homeless.
Officials said the award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership in serving the county's homeless.
Condello is the co-founder and executive director of Laura's House, a San Clemente-based walk-in center and emergency shelter with programs and services for victims of domestic violence.
She also has served on several county organizations dealing with rape and domestic violence.
Laura's House has helped thousands of victims since its founding four years ago.