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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Client Recognition Ceremony- March 28, 2014 at Twin Lakes Church @6PM - Each day at Friends Outside, we witness growth in our client’s lives as they take on the work necessary to manifest their goals and transform their circumstances. Twice a year, Friends Outside staff, volunteers and community members join clients and their families in recognizing the progress they have made in their lives. We are always glad to see our clients connected to their communities, their families and their futures. Join us in celebrating!
Drawing 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.
Human 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!
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