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Silicon Valley Quilts for Kids delivers 32 quilts to Next Door

Next Door is very grateful to everyone at Silicon Valley Quilts for Kids for making and delivering 32 beautiful quilts to our shelter. Bonnie Stearns, the founder of Silicon Valley Quilts for Kids describes what happened.

“When we arrived at the shelter, we met Tricia Nanez, the shelter manager, several mothers and their kids. With the help of little hands we piled the kitchen table with quilts and allowed the children to chose their favorite. We gave quilts for five babies and toddlers and three young boys today. All the older kids in the shelter today are boys and the sports themes and motorcycles were an instant hit. A little girl had a one-word request for her quilt: “Pink”. No problem filling that order! Some of our time was spent re-rolling and tying those ribbons again because the kids wanted their quilts to look like new presents after we left. They know they will have something new that is their very own to cuddle with when they watch TV tonight. They loved knowing that someone made a quilt just for them and they liked seeing that person’s name on the label. Look for the kids’ little fingers (and toes) in the photos. Twenty-four more quilts are awaiting future children who need a cuddle. That made it a wonderful 32-quilt day. Hard to say who enjoyed it more — the moms, their kids, the Next Door family 0r yours truly.

The children had such fun today receiving a gift made with love and care just for them and the moms enjoyed seeing their kids be happy with their quilts. They should sleep well tonight.”

Cycling to Break the Cycle

I’m Natalie Cayer.  If someone told me 4 years ago that I would be riding a bicycle for 95 miles along the Pacific coast, I would have laughed. Not because I wasn’t strong enough physically to do that, but because embarking on this kind of adventure would entail leaving the house for many hours, and that’s something I could not do.

4 years ago I was trapped in an abusive marriage where my ex-husband was monitoring every step I took.

I could not ride a bicycle. I could not spend time with friends. I could not even go for a walk. If I attempted to do anything on my own, my abusive ex would immediately throw a fit and suspect me of either trying to leave him or cheating on him, so it wasn’t even worth a try. My life could have still been like this if I hadn’t found out about Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.

When you are in a domestic violence situation, you do need someone else to tell you things are not right and that you can and need to get yourself out of that. Next Door played that role for me – through support groups, counseling and legal help with restraining orders and divorce, the amazing staff members and volunteers of this organization helped me see how strong I was and that there was no reason for me to stay with my ex.

My life has been free from violence for the past 4 years, and I will be forever grateful to Next Door for helping me take the first – and the hardest – step towards my freedom. As part of me giving back, I have pledged to raise $3,000 for this organization, so they can help other women like me break the cycle of abuse. I will ride a very challenging 95-mile route through Half Moon Bay, as part of the Echelon Palo Alto Gran Fodo. The ride includes a category 2 climb on Tunitas Creek, and overall will be the most difficult ride I have done in my life to date.

Please support my fundraising efforts by donating any amount here.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation helps fund Next Door’s support groups

For the second year in a row, The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has granted Next Door with a grant of $10,000 to help fund Next Door’s domestic violence support group program, including our newest support group at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Mountain View. Next Door facilitates the support groups on site and provides outreach and information to Palo Alto Medical Foundation doctors and nurses who help refer patients to the group and other Next Door services. With the support of this grant, Next Door’s support groups can continue to help women and men impacted by domestic violence with services that help them overcome the challenges created by that abuse. On behalf of those women and men that we serve, we are thankful to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for their support.

Next Door is looking for a Social Media and Communications intern

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is looking for a social media and communications intern that is versed in use of the Internet, social networks, PSAs, and other communications vehicles.

Next Door is the premier agency in San Jose and Santa Clara County serving the needs of low income women and children impacted by domestic violence. In order to support its Development and Marketing Department, the Communications Intern will be responsible for the following:

  • Updating and Monitoring Next Door’s Twitter and Facebook pages
  • Researching partner blogs and updating Next Door’s blog
  • Writing Press Releases and Public Service Announcements
  • Updating and Monitoring website content and traffic
  • Overall, increasing an online awareness of Next Door
  • Support the writing of newsletter
  • Support needs of Marketing Committee members
  • Other communications / marketing projects as they arise

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Well spoken and an effective communicator
  • Solid writing skills
  • Internet and Facebook Savvy
  • Available to work 20-30 hours/week
  • Sense of humor

To apply, please attach your resume with a writing sample and a cover letter that speaks to why you are applying to Next Door and specifically details how your past experiences may align with the qualifications and essential functions described above. Please send your application to bkohlbrenner@nextdoor.org and indicate Communications Intern in the subject line.

This is a paid position and may qualify for school credit for certain university programs.

Next Door is committed to equal opportunity employment.

Next Door receives grant from Adobe

Adobe awarded Next Door a generous grant of $25,000 in support of our Youth Leadership Forum – Next Door’s primary violence prevention program that seeks to stop the violence before it starts by changing the perception of Teen Dating Violence from acceptable and inevitable, to preventable and avoidable. Next Door uses a combination of social media and peer outreach at local schools and sports teams to promote gender equity and safety among teens. The Youth Leadership Forum is a critical component in our mission to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time and the Adobe grant makes it possible for Next Door to sustain it’s efforts towards education and violence prevention among local youth.

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