Together we can find hope, reduce trauma and restore justice……Friends Outside has provided support to the incarcerated, their family members, and those recently released for over thirty years in Santa Cruz County.
Our goal is to help reduce the trauma of incarceration for inmates and their families, to provide information that can lead to positive changes, and to assist post-release clients with their re-entry into the community. Friends Outside acts as a liaison with concerned individuals, agencies, and the criminal justice system.
We provide a wide variety of support services for pre- and post released individuals. Learn more about our programs to support clients with community re-entry.
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Drawing Us Together Art Reception Dec 6 from 5-8PM -Community members are invited to our opening reception as we host a client art show at the County Government building (701 Ocean Street). Attendees will have the opportunity to view art displays created by current and former incarcerated, meet the artists, talk with experts in the field of social justice, and learn about fellow social change programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of incarceration. The art will remain on display throughout the month of December.
Friends Outside Volunteer Orientation- 1st Tuesday of Every Month @ 10AM- Join Friends Outside staff at the Volunteer Center to learn how you can help individuals and families in the transition from incarceration to back to the community. Friends Outside volunteers are making huge strides in reducing the recidivism rate and you can too. Email: fovolunteer@scvolunteercenter.
Santa Cruz Volunteer Center
1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Watsonville Volunteer Center
12 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076