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Friends Outside has provided support to the incarcerated, their family members, and those recently released for more than thirty years in Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to engage volunteers to restore justice, provide hope, and support change for those impacted by incarceration. We work closely with community partners to provide a continuum of services from custody to community re-entry. Our services are open to anyone who has been in jail or prison within the past 6 months from the date of intake, or has a referral from Probation.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the COVID we have limited hours for in person drop-in services. We can provide phone or email support outside of these hours.

Current Open Hours: 
Drop-In: Monday and Thursday from 1 -4 PM.
Phone:   831-427-5078 | Email: friendsoutside@scvolunteercenter.org

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Take part in building a safer, stronger community by volunteering. Check out our featured volunteers, view our latest opportunities, or grab a few volunteer resources.

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Learn More About What We Do

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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Contact Us

Do you want to know more about our what we provide and how you or family can access our services? Call us at 831-427-5078 or email us to learn more.

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