As February came to a close, mothers and daughters from Notre Dame High School partnered with Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence to make a difference in the lives of local women and children escaping abuse.
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is the premier agency in Santa Clara County entirely dedicated to meeting the needs of women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Next Door Solutions, celebrating their 45th anniversary, provides comprehensive services to accompany any woman and her family on the path from crisis to stability.
Event chairs Linda Berger and Larry Soares said, “Our paramount goal was to help Next Door create a comforting, home-like environment and leave them with something that ‘lives’ after we are gone.”
Over eighty-five participants convened on the headquarters of Next Door Solutions to take on a variety of beautification projects, ranging from gardening, painting and maintenance of outdoor spaces to installing indoor art galleries for children and even a kitchen remodel. In addition, the Notre Dame community donated supplies for the Next Door Solutions emergency supply pantry and left notes of encouragement and appreciation for every Next Door staff member.
At the close of the event, participants learned more about the realities of domestic violence in San Jose from Bernadette White, development and communications officer of Next Door Solutions. Students Astrid Dominguez ’19 and Nadia Truong ’19 remarked, “Among the many lessons, we learned that many people may not even know that they are victims of domestic violence. Next Door Solutions can be a support. Overall this opportunity was a life-changing experience.”
Kathleen Quiazon, director of mission and ministry for Notre Dame, said, “In this Year of Mercy, this event enabled our Notre Dame mothers and daughters to extend compassion and care to those women and families who are vulnerable among us. Empowerment of women and children is part of our Notre Dame mission and in this 45th anniversary for Next Door Solutions, we are proud to contribute to their good work. With mercy, there is real impact for our neighbors.”