Making a Difference,

One at a Time


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. "

-Margaret Mead

About Friends Outside

Mother with daughter and son

Since 1955, Friends Outside has been a visionary, pro-active child and family advocate helping families, children and incarcerated individuals cope with the trauma of arrest and incarceration, find a new direction, and move forward with their lives. 

Our numerous years of experience working with adults and young people involved in the criminal justice system have provided us with the necessary tools to address the special needs of families and children.  

We are a nonprofit, community-based organization governed by a Board of Directors to ensure our programs and services are aligned with our mission, vision and values, and that the highest standards of stewardship are maintained.

Father and son sitting near water.
Our Mission

Improve the quality of life of families, children and communities impacted by incarceration, and to assist with successful community reentry and family reunification for those transitioning from
confinement to freedom

Our Vision

All those impacted by incarceration live with dignity as contributing members
of our communities

Our Values

Advocacy.  We actively support the rights of those we serve and bring about change by influencing attitudes, laws, policies and practices

Collaboration.  We believe that our success requires working together with others toward a shared mission and goals

Commitment to Excellence.  We strive for the highest level of quality in everything that we do

Empowerment.  We promote independence, resourcefulness and personal responsibility in those we serve

Inclusiveness.  We believe that there is strength in diversity and appreciate all individuals for their differences in characteristics, styles, backgrounds, motivations, values, and aspirations

Respect.  We respect the individual worth, dignity and rights of those we serve

Social Justice.  We hold that all persons have the right to benefit equally from the resources afforded by       society and the environment  and deserve equal treatment under the law regardless of class, gender, race, religion, citizenship, age or sexual orientation

Stewardship.  We promote public trust by using our resources wisely, by holding ourselves to the highest standards and by being transparent in terms of our financial affairs and actions