What other agency started in a garage?  Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence!

In 1971, Bea Robinson and Latina activists concerned about violence they and others experienced joined together to start a hotline and refuge for victims of domestic violence and their children. This refuge, the Shelter Next Door, began in a garage in San Jose. It was the second domestic violence shelter program in California and was the first domestic violence shelter offering bilingual English-Spanish services in the nation.

In that garage began Next Door’s 24-hour crisis hotline (the number of which has not changed since 1971).

Since 1974, Next Door has provided prevention and intervention services to women, men, children and teens in Santa Clara County and has grown into Santa Clara County’s most comprehensive domestic violence service agency.

Since that time, Next Door has helped build the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and now serves over 12,000 people annually at many locations with services that include: shelter, food, clothing, long term affordable housing, crisis counseling, case management, legal advocacy, support groups, as well as teen and children’s programs.

2016 marked Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence’s 45th year of service to Santa Clara County.  Since 1971, we have grown from an Emergency Hotline housed in a garage to a full service agency offering comprehensive and compassionate services for the survivors of domestic violence and their children. We look forward to sharing our history and stories throughout the year!

45th Anniversary Interviews

In honor of our 45th Anniversary, we are highlighted the voices of key people who were a part of Next Door Solutions’ history. We are grateful to the students from San Jose State University’s DBH Communications for their help in making this vision possible.

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