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Walnut Avenue Family and Women's Center

Organization Mission

The mission of Walnut Avenue is to end cycles of trauma, support lifelong learning, and promote healthy relationships with oneself and others.

Walnut Avenue is a strength-based family center, that for 90 years has provided services aimed to improve quality of life for women, children, and families in Santa Cruz County. Our programs include an Early Education Center, Services for Children & Youth, Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Family Support Services, and Community Engagement. Many of our participants are from underserved populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, lack of stable housing, and/or domestic violence.

The Big Idea 2024:
Safe temporary accommodations for those fleeing from harm

Approximately 20 domestic violence incidents happen DAILY in Santa Cruz County. For 2024 Walnut Avenue hopes to expand capacity for immediate need of safe overnight accommodations for those fleeing from intimate partner violence in our community.

Walnut Avenue offers multiple services and advocacy for survivors, but the need is currently greater than our budget allows. No one should have to return to a violent home for lack of a safe place to go. Please help us keep families safe and sound while we assist them in getting the resources they need to move forward.

If you ask what Walnut Avenue Women's Center means to me, it means that my life is mine again. I feel like myself again. I feel free, I feel safe, I feel strong, I feel loved.