People often ask “Why does she stay with him?”

Those reasons are always complex but there are commonalities. Many women have been out of the workforce, discouraged from working or engaging in educational and career opportunities. That creates the dominant environment where women become dependent on their abusers. The Self-Sufficiency program is committed to helping victims of domestic violence empower themselves so they may become self-resilient. It provides guidance and direction in job readiness, financial foundation and fundamentals, budgeting, personal organization, and life enrichment for survivors of domestic violence.

Self Sufficiency Support

Throughout the year, workshops are offered addressing options for furthering education, financial education, and career development. Our community network extends our capabilities, with partners providing their expertise for the curriculum, and we offer a computer lab for survivors so they have access to online resources. Individualized case management around client-defined goals is available, and survivors are also supported through a weekly “self-sufficiency group” which meets Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There, we discuss self-care and personal development.

Support Groups and Kids Clubs

NDS Support Groups build resilience and self-esteem while helping to minimize the damaging long-term effects that prevent people from living healthy, productive lives.  

Women, Men, LGBTQ – in English, Spanish, and translation services, Daytime and Evening! Our Community Office and locations offer varied groups for the right fit for you. Drop ins are welcome. First time attendees, arrive early to complete some paperwork. 


  • Reduce domestic violence survivors likelihood of participating in an abusive relationship in the future
  • Reduce the risk of children perpetuating the cycle of domestic violence
  • Develop self-esteem and emotional resiliency
  • Cultivate parenting, coping, and communication skills

Quilting Support Group

Supported by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association, you need no sewing or quilting experience to join.  Materials are provided free!  Open to NDS clients (and their children 12 yrs and older accompanied by the parent). 

Self-Sufficiency Support Groups

Group sessions focus on tools to strengthen self-resilience, self-care, self-esteem and personal growth. The group encourages and supports survivors to achieve goals, problem solve and be independent in their own lives.  Topics covered in Self-Sufficiency Groups include:

    • Domestic Violence 101
    • Healthcare/Health Insurance
    • Employment/Job Search/Resume Writing
    • Income/Budgeting
    • Housing
    • Education
    • Food and Nutrition

Kids Club

Thoughtful, engaging, and fun activities for children of women residing at the two HomeSafe sites or while attending Support Groups at the Community Office.  We offer engaging individual and group activities in a safe, inviting, and consistent environment that promotes positive play. Activities and subjects vary by site and can include art, reading and storytelling, homework help, health and nutrition, creative play, and fun – so that a kid can just be a kid.  (view calendar for Kids Clubs that run concurrently with Adult Support Groups)

  • Next Door Solutions Community Office
    234 E. Gish Road, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95112

  • Family Resource Center
    San Miguel Elementary School
    777 San Miguel Ave., Rooms K3, K5, K6
    Sunnyvale, CA 95085

  • Los Gatos – please call (408) 501-7546 for information

  • Somos Mayfair FRC
    Cesar Chavez Elementary
    2000 Kammerer Ave., Room 20
    San Jose, CA 95116

  • Amigos de Guadalupe
    1897 Alum Rock Ave #35
    San Jose, CA 95116

  • PAMF: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    701 E. El Camino Real, Room 2SE
    Mountain View, CA 94040

View Support Group Calendar