To end domestic violence in the moment and for all time.
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence seeks "to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time."
Next Door Solutions creates paths for women to achieve safety, stability and self-sufficiency. To achieve its goals, Next Door provides innovative prevention and intervention services to adults, teens, and children from diverse ethnic and low-income families in Santa Clara County, California.
Next Door's programs and activities:
These past two fiscal years Next Door helped rebuild the lives of victims of domestic violence with services that include: A 24-hour emergency hotline and shelter for victims and their children; 48 transitional housing units at the HomeSafes for victims and children; Legal advocacy and assistance with restraining orders; Services for immigrant victims; Dating violence education and support groups for teens; Children's programming for rebuilding self-esteem; Advocacy teams for victims at the Family Violence Center; Community outreach and education at schools, local businesses, and faith congregations.
I volunteered at the transitional shelter in Santa Clara from 2002 to 2006. I started volunteering there because I wanted something that was a few hours once a week in the evenings. They have evening childcare programs that need volunteers, and it fit perfectly into my schedule. I stayed there for four years, until I moved, because I loved working with the kids so much. Because it is transitional housing and not emergency housing, you see these kids every week for up to three years. Showing up every week gives them much-needed consistency in their lives, and they greet you with their hugs and smiles. Most of the kids are preschool age, but ages can range from babies to high school. After a stressful day of work, it was always so much fun to play with the kids. I think I got more out of it than any of the kids! The staff is dedicated, but overworked, so they appreciate someone who brings their energy and ideas. I urge you to contact them even if they don't have any active postings!