Friends Outside


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.



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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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Fo_client_artDrawing Us Together Art Show -Community members are invited to the Friends Outside client art show at The Abbey Coffee, Art & Music Lounge (350 Mission St., Santa Cruz). Attendees will have the opportunity to view art displays created by current and former incarcerated and learn about social change programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of incarceration. The art will remain on display throughout the month of April.


HumanRace_Logo_VerySmallHuman Race - May 10, 2014- The Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofits and schools. The 5 mile course goes along West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park. Enjoy festive live music throughout the morning and bring the entire family to help raise money for Friends Outside!


volunteeringFriends 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: to learn more or RSVP.


fo-lightbulbLife Skills Workshops- Last Tuesday of Every Month @4PM- Friends Outside holds a monthly Life Skills Workshop to help clients and community members better reach their full potential. Professionals facilitate workshops on a variety of topics geared towards guiding participants on their journey to self-sufficiency. Email: to learn more about this month’s topic or to sign-up to facilitate a future workshop.

Contact Us:

Deanna Adams
Program Director
Phone: 831-427-5078

Santa Cruz Volunteer Center
1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070

Watsonville Volunteer Center
12 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-722-6708

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One response to “Friends Outside”

  1. Richard G. Martin

    Each time I use the resources it is a relief and help for both me and my family. As a person within these trying times we as a people are not always looking for a hand out but a hand up to be a person within our community. The goal is to make a smooth transition into the community as a citizen. It is my belief that Friends to Outside is a help to the community. Thank you and God bless

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