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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention

Mission: Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence’s mission is “to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time” by creating paths for survivors through crisis to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.

Results: In 1971, a group of local Latinas led by Bea Robinson Mendez – who themselves had experienced domestic abuse - established a crisis hotline, taking turns answering the calls. They also set up a shelter – in a garage – for those fleeing abuse – often with their children in tow. These women had no formal training, no funds to support their work, no strategic plan - what they did have was the vision for a better outcome for battered women and the willingness to do whatever it took to create hope and change. And with these simple acts they created the second IPV shelter in California and the first in the nation to offer bilingual services. Over the decades, Next Door Solutions has assisted thousands of IPV survivors address barriers to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency. In example, on average: • 90% of clients engaged in shelter services achieve one or more needs identified on the Needs Assessment by the time of discharge • 92% clients engaged in crisis counseling are able to identify at least one strategy to increase their and their children’s safety • 85% of clients engaged in legal advocacy services have a greater understanding of their legal rights and the legal process • 85% of clients engaged in support groups are better able to manage stress with it occurs • 75% of clients engaged in self-sufficiency case management are able to maintain or increase their level of self-sufficiency • 93% of clients engaged in housing services continued to be housed one-year after program exit • NDS is the longest-established IPV agency in Santa Clara County and the only one solely focused on IPV • NDS is a recognized thought leader on key efforts to address IPV, advocating for survivors and ensure that the system’s response to IPV keeps victims and their families safe - and holds perpetrators accountable • Next Door Solutions’ vision is to decrease the number of women and girls in Santa Clara County who will experience an abusive intimate partner relationship in their lifetime. • Commitment is the foundation for our work and dedication on behalf of the communities we serve. Safety is a priority; it is a basic need – central to what we do. It is multifaceted, personal and global, individualized and generalized. No one who is not safe can be expected to reach their true potential.

Target demographics: To help those impacted by intimate partner violence through one-on-one support and the provision of a range of intervention services that address crisis, safety, stability, and self-sufficiency; and prevention services and initiatives aimed at preventing future abuse – at the individual and the community level.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Next Door Solutions engages more than 2,300 adults and children, each year, via Survivor-Defined services that support survivors and their families through all stages of their recovery.

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County

Programs: Next Door Solutions programs and services: • Shelter & Housing Services: 24/7 Crisis Hotline; Shelter Next Door (hoteling for male survivors, including those with children); and Domestic Violence Housing First Program – the focus of this request • Community & Systems Advocacy: walk-in crisis counseling; legal advocacy, assistance with filing restraining orders, and no-cost attorney consultations and limited scope representation; client financial assistance (urgent need); information and referrals to NDS and other provider services; and access to a pantry and computer lab • Support Services: 1). Self-Sufficiency (SS) Case Management focusing on life domains of Food, Housing, Employment, Education, Income, Healthcare, Wellness, and Domestic Violence (abuse/safety); client financial assistance; and SS Support Groups and workshops/classes (ESL, computer literacy, GED, financial literacy); 2). Support Groups in English and Spanish, including groups for male survivors, teens, and LGBTQAIP; 3). Therapeutic counseling for the survivors, their children, and/or as a family; 4). Parenting workshop; and 5). Kids Club positive play for youth Community Partnerships: NDS continues to advance promising initiatives that focus on addressing systemic issues and community norms that perpetuate intimate partner abuse and violence: • Domestic Violence and Healthcare Partnership - outreach and education of IPV’s impact on health and well-being; promoting the practice of providing universal education to all patients who come to healthcare providers, beyond just screening for disclosure; and recruitment and training of community member volunteers as Promotores (community health workers) and advocates (Peacemakers) • Promotores (community health workers) and community peacemakers – initiating community dialogues and increasing knowledge pf IPV’s impact to the individual, family, and community • Men, Boys, & Gender-based Violence: targets males as victims (Support Group), as perpetrators (Families for Peace), and as allies (Coaching Boys Into Men - high male athletes/coaches, and Athletes As Leaders - high school female athletes and their coaches • Advancing Children’s Services to address trauma from exposure to violence

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Next Door Solutions is an incredible organization providing critical services to families in crisis. Next Door getting these people into safe and stable situations is lifechanging. Having worked with Next Door for the past two years, I can personally attest to the expert leadership of their executive team, and to the level of care and commitment that the staff provides to their clients. It is amazing what this team is able to accomplish on such a tight annual budget. The ultimate proof is in the countless success stories told by the women and children who have been helped by Next Door.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The strength of Next Door Solutions lies in the employees. They are listeners, advocates and organizers for persons who are encountering violence in a relationship. There are no simple answers to provide. Next Door employees have the experience and the desire to help the someones who show up on a phone call in for help or a drop in with the kids to try to get an answer. The answer, of course, has to come from the person looking for help - who may decide to leave for good and get help in the leaving or stay and bring about change using resources and tools provided by Next Door advocates.

Diane Mawer J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in a violent relationship in the 1960's in Arizona and there was no place to go or anyone to help. Fortunately after seven years my son and I got out. When I found out about Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence I vowed to do everything that I could to help them. This organization is amazing in all that they do and they can't make it any easier to get help. I only wish that there had been a place like this for my son and me. Next Door Solutions you rock!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence saved my life and the lives of my 2 daughters. When my ex-husband became increasingly abusive and threatened to kill us all, a Next Door Solutions advocate helped me create a safety plan. When his violence escalated, they helped me get a restraining order. I attended a Next Door Solutions women's support group for 3 years, to recover and learn how to rebuild our lives and form healthy relationships. All of these services were free and everyone who helped us was caring and supportive. Because of Next Door Solutions, all 3 of us are alive today and pursuing our dreams.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Next Door is an extraordinary organization. I have been on the board for well over a decade and have had the privilege of hearing stories from many of the community members that we serve. Next Door's work is exceptional, the staff is unbelievable, and they make a difference in the lives of people every single day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is a very good organization.They have done many helpful and good things for the community and it's people. I was sent over to the organization through Heald College to gain experience in the field that I am working in and will continue to work in. They have the friendliest staff who know exactly what they are there to do and that is help every single client that walks through the door.When I first came to Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence to help in the office, I knew nothing about the organization and as time went on I was able to pick up really quick on what the organization does. They provide many services for the community that make a big difference in their lives, as well as their families.I feel that Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is heaven sent and I know that all these services can amount to a lot of money, but looking past all cost you can not put a price on a child, mother, father, student or family that is being helped to better themselves, so that they may make a better future not only for themsleves but the people that also surround them. Working at Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is such a rewarding job that not all the money in the world can replace what the people at Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence do. So if you feel like you would like to put your money somewhere where people can put it to good use and really help and make a difference with it, please feel free to donate to Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. You and your friends are always welcomed!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We all know someone, a co-worker, a family member, a neighbor, who is experiencing domestic violence at this time. Next Door gives us a place to ask questions, refer someone for a safe haven, or to find a resource for prevention. NEXT DOOR Solutions for Domestic Violence is such a critical part of our community and we recognize them especially as we move into October, Domestic Violence Awareness month. Without Next Door, many affected by Domestic Violence would have absolutely no where to turn. Please support Next Door in their mission to end Domestic Violence - through your financial support or volunteering of your time. You may also donate items for the Holiday Boutique where hundreds of children and their moms have an opportunity, sometimes the only one they will have at the season, to give a gift to one another - a symbol of their love and commitment through these tough times.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Next Door solutions for over one year as a volunteer. I have had the pleasure of working with their staff on the Kid's Club program and newsletter. Kid's Club provides free child care for clients while they attend support groups at Next Door. Kid's club provides a safe, fun and educational environment for children and covers new topics each month. Topics like feelings, friendship, communication, self-esteem and many others are covered. I have seen first hand what a positive influence that Next Door solutions has on their clients, clients children and the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Next Door Solutions is a very good orginization in the community, it not only deals with domestic violence it works with other agencys and professional to understand the behavior before it can get started. This orginization has help everyone that come through there doors and has a great continues relationship with the clients after they have left the program. I say job well done and keep up the great work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Next Door, started in 1974, is the oldest and most comprehensive agency in Santa Clara County dedicated to helping domestic violence victims. Its emergency shelter was the first bilingual shelter in the country. I became involved as a board member 4+ years ago and have been impressed every day since. Programs for kids and teens are outstanding. Multi-lingual victims approaching the court system couldn't get a better advocate and guide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is an impressive organization. They are changing the way the general population views Domestic Violence. Not only are they helping victims in the moment, but they are making great strides in educating the public about D.V., which will go a long way towards ending the cycle for all time.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with many non-profits through the years. What strikes me most about Next Door is the organization's devotion to their cause - to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time. Having served as a board member for five years, I'm continally amazed at the dedication and selflessness that all members (employees and volunteers) of NextDoor give to the victims of domestic violence. Leading and working for a non-profit presents constant challenges. This organization consistently rises to the challenge to best serve the community. I would encourage any one interested in this cause to learn more about NextDoor. I'm sure glad I did. Chris

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I was five years old my mom had an ex- boyfriend that decided if he couldn't have her know one could. He broke into our house in the middle of the night and proceeded to beat her to death. He ended up braking her nose, eardrum, and knocked out all most all her teeth. Then called back and she answered the phone and said he was coming back to finish the job. He got one year sentence. I wanted to give to this cause and found this group called Next Door Solutions on the internet and have been a donor for several years now. The group of people that work there are outstanding. I am so proud to be a small part of what it is they are doing to help these woman and children.