Thank you to West Valley College Small Group Communication class who came to our Community Office on Friday, April 25, for hours of spring cleaning! They cleaned and disinfected our Kid’s Club and our play areas for children…a task that was definitely overdue! This was a daunting task and they did it with a smile. They also made their t-shirts…the red hand print on the shoulder represents a “hand to tell someone you care when you don’t have the words”. We are truly grateful for their generous act of service…and for spreading the word about ending domestic violence in our community!
Pictured are: Ashley Pourroy, Andrea Boales, Sherry Ta and Priscilla Barrera.
When a woman is in crisis, it can be hard to stay calm and analyze all the options. Our Crisis Intervention Advocates present walk-in clients with safety plans, resources and referrals, and coordinate emergency services our clients need as well as other non-crisis community services that address hunger, homelessness, and health needs and allow them to rebuild their lives in a sustainable way.
Next Door has one of the only walk-in crisis counseling services in the County. A trained counselor will help sort out the most pressing issues. Does she need a safe place to stay that night? Counselors might refer her to one of many shelters and safe-houses in the region. Is her life in danger? Next Door staff will help navigate the legal system, including getting restraining orders. Our counselors can also provide transportation to safety. Women are connected to a range of services, including children’s services, healthcare, legal advice and food stamps. Our clients come away with an action plan based on their immediate needs. Many of our counselors are from San Jose State University’s counseling Master’s program and are trained by our professional staff.
Our program serves over 1000 women every year with bilingual Spanish/English counseling. If you want to learn more, call Next Door’s hotline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 408-279-2962.
Kathleen Krenek, Next Door’s Executive Director, was contacted by ABC’s David Louie to get her take on President Obama’s approach to sexual violence on campus. Click here to see the story and the video.
Next Door has just created a new page about victim rights.
Learn about victim legal rights in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
The page also has information about the 2014 laws around domestic violence and landlord evictions.
NPR has published an article about SB612 – a bill that Next Door’s own Virginia Ballantyne worked on during her participation in the Women’s Policy Institute, a project of the Women’s Foundation of California. You can listen and read the story HERE!
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence Receives eBay Foundation Grant for Shelter and 24-Hour Hotline
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEXT DOOR SOLUTIONS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RECEIVES EBAY FOUNDATION GRANT FOR SHELTER AND 24-HOUR HOTLINE
(SAN JOSE, CA/2013) – Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, an organization committed to ending domestic violence in the moment and for all time, announced today that it has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant was recommended by eBay Foundation’s employee-volunteer led San Jose Bay Area GIVE Team. Funds will be used to provide 24-hour Shelter clients with safety plans, case management, resources and referrals, and coordinate emergency services clients need as well as other non-crisis Next Door and community services that address hunger, homelessness, and health needs and allow them to rebuild their lives in a sustainable way.
The Shelter at Next Door is a 24-hour emergency shelter that provides safe housing and crisis counseling for more than 250 victims and their children annually in San Jose. Sometimes women and their children come to the Next Door Shelter with nothing but clothes on their backs. Addressing this sudden and abrupt departure, the Next Door Shelter seeks to create a safe place for women and their children by providing confidential shelter and supportive services that allow them to make informed decision about their future. Next Door’s 24-Hour Hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides crisis counseling, information and referrals in English and Spanish. Last fiscal year the Hotline answered over 18,000 calls. The funds received from the eBay Foundation will allow the staff and volunteers of Next Door’s Shelter to continue to provide women and children with immediate safety when their lives are threatened by an abuser.
“Our Staff, volunteers and clients are so thankful for this grant from the eBay Foundation,” said Kathleen Krenek, Executive Director at Next Door Solutions. “We’ve provided a safe haven for women who have fled abusive relationships for the past 42 years and this grant will go a long way in helping us serve the growing needs of Santa Clara County.”
The Shelter and 24-hour Crisis Hotline were made possible in part through eBay Foundation’s GIVE Team, program, which empowers employees of eBay Inc. to support their communities through volunteerism and employee sponsored grants. In 2012 alone, GIVE Teams worldwide recommended 200 nonprofits to receive grants totaling more than $863,000.
“eBay Foundation was established to reach beyond the boundaries of eBay’s virtual village to develop strong communities that bring people together,” said Lauren Moore, President of eBay Foundation. “Through our GIVE Team, we’ve been able to identify and support a wide variety of outstanding programs, that feed families in the San Francisco Bay Area, educate children in India, assist seniors in Germany, mentor at-risk youth in Omaha, and serve the homeless in Austin – to name only a few. We couldn’t be happier to add to our list of beneficiaries by supporting Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence in its efforts to promote safety for battered women and their children.
ABOUT NEXT DOOR SOLUTIONS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic and religious boundaries and affects every part of the lives damaged by it. Although the problem is complex, Next Door believes the solutions must be client-centered; community based, and engage diverse groups of community leaders, volunteers, donors, advocates and clients in order to create real solutions that eradicate domestic violence for good. Next Door believes in peace and social justice for all and operates every day knowing that peace in the community begins with peace in the home. Next Door provides innovative prevention and intervention services to diverse ethnic and low-income families in Santa Clara County, California, the majority of them coming from San Jose. Next Door sees the issue of domestic violence as an intergenerational cycle of transmission–some children of victims and batterers tend to exhibit high-risk behaviors that enable the transmission of self-destruction and violence to continue. By addressing domestic violence from this perspective, Next Door both helps rebuilds the lives affected by present traumas while preventing further violence for future generations.
ABOUT EBAY FOUNDATION
eBay Foundation was established by eBay, Inc. in 1998 and, reflecting eBay innovation, was the first corporate foundation to be endowed with pre-IPO stock. Since inception, the Foundation has contributed more than $25 million to nonprofit organizations worldwide. The Foundation engages eBay Inc. employees and supports their pursuit of charitable giving and volunteerism through its GIVE Team program. In addition, using a unique combination of foundation funding, employee volunteerism, and other resources, eBay Foundation has created The Opportunity Project to extend the company’s commitment to global citizenship. By scaling social innovations that create economic opportunity, The Opportunity Project gives people in need the chance to participate in the global economy, provide for their families, and build stronger communities. For more information: www.theopportunityproject.org. eBay Foundation GIVE Team grants are awarded by the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
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Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
Mr. Jono Marcus
This generous two-year grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation will help ensure that Next Door can continue to provide high quality programming to survivors of domestic violence and their children. This is the 7th year that the Foundation has provided general operating funds. These funds are vital to the survival of Next Door, as unrestricted money allows the agency maximum flexibility in meeting its obligations. Next Door is deeply grateful to the David & Lucile Packard Foundation for its continued essential support of our programming and operations.
A valued financial and in-kind supporter of Next Door for several years, Latham & Watkins, LLP continues to provide countless hours of pro bono assistance to Next Door clients. Latham & Watkin’s $5,000 grant this year will help ensure that our clients can access necessary legal services including restraining orders, court accompaniment, and language translation. Thank you very much Latham & Watkins for all the many ways you help Next Door and its clients.
For the eighth year in a row, the TJX Foundation’s gracious gifts have helped families recovering from domestic violence find hope and build new lives through Next Door’s HomeSafes and Self-Sufficiency programs. Families can stay at the HomeSafes while receiving supportive services such as counseling, case management and children’s services. The Self-Sufficiency program provides basic skills needed to find jobs and manage money. Next Door thanks the TJX Foundation for its $5,000 grant and its ongoing program support.