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Dear Community Members,

Friends Outside is committed to being proactive in the fight to reduce further spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the well-being of our staff, partners and members of our community. As such, we are adopting practices in line with San Joaquin Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beginning March 20, 2020 the Friends Outside office located at 7272 Murray Dr., Stockton, CA 95210 will be closed to the public until further notice. All programs will be fully operational and staff will be available to provide services to clients using best practices for limiting exposure or contraction of COVID19. Should you need any assistance please call the office at (209) 955-0701; you will be routed to staff who will be able to assist you with any questions.

We ask that all members of our community keep their personal health, the health of their families, and the community as whole in mind by taking the recommended measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth!
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of 6ft from other individuals.
  • Stay home if you are sick!
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, through the tissue away, then wash your hand immediately.
  • Wear a mask if you are sick.
  • Avoid large groups! No more than ten, while still practicing social distancing.

We understand that these are unprecedented times, however, if we all do our part to minimize the spread of the virus we will get through this time and emerge as a safer, healthier, and stronger community.

Gretchen Newby, MA
Executive Director


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  • On any given day, there are an estimated 2 million children in America with at least one parent in prison or jail.
  • 1 in every 100 adults in America is in jail or prison.
  • An estimated 2.7 million children in California have a parent currently in California’s adult criminal justice system, including approximately 195,000 who have parents in a state prison.
  • For over 60 years, Friends Outside has been providing services to incarcerated and reentering people, their families and communities.


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