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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CalFresh Awareness Month, May 2015 - Help Friends Outside spread the word about the CalFresh food assistance program! During the month of May, we will hold a series of events to enroll more families and individuals in CalFresh, including a BBQ for program participants. New laws allow most low-income persons with a criminal history to receive financial support leading to food security. For more information, give us a call!
Book to Action – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Santa Cruz Public Library is sponsoring a series of events fostering community dialog and civic engagement with the ideas presented in the best-seller, The New Jim Crow. Highlights include a tour of the Santa Cruz County Jail, book discussion groups, and it ends with a roundtable resource fair. Join Friends Outside on Saturday, April 25, at 4PM as we host a book discussion group. For a list of all events, click here.
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