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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Second Annual YOGAthon, March 21, 2-4PM @ Luma Yoga - Pledge Sun Salutes for a good cause! How it works: pledge $0.50 per San Salute. Once you have donated your desired amount, you can end your flow (ex. you can do 36 Sun Salutes and donate $18). Last year’s YOGAthon was a huge success and over 2,400 San Salutes were pledged! Join us March 21 from 2 to 4PM at Luma Yoga, located at 1010 Center Street in Downtown Santa Cruz.
Client Achievement Ceremony, March 27 @ 6PM, at Twin Lakes Church - Join us at our 6th Client Recognition Ceremony, held at Twin Lakes Church Monschke Hall. This event recognizes the dynamic changes that individuals are making towards a positive reentry to our community. All are welcomed to help us celebrate honorees and show that the Santa Cruz community is supporting them as they make such a crucial journey.
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.
Life 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: fovolunteer@scvolunteercenter.
Santa Cruz Volunteer Center
1740 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Watsonville Volunteer Center
12 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076