At The Second Step, we rely on our community to help survivors of domestic violence reach safety, stability, and well-being. Your contribution to this effort is critical.

Your gift in any amount has tremendous impact on the life-changing work we do at The Second Step. Your generosity helps hundreds of adults and children move from abuse to safety, stability, and well-being.

The Second Step is a designated 501(c)3 organization (Tax ID 22-2868513).

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Community Meals

Nourish families living in our Transitional Living Program with the gift of a Community Meal.

Every Tuesday, the adults and children living in our residences gather at dinnertime to check in with each other and with our staff. It’s a time for sharing experiences, for building community and supporting each other on their path to a life of safety, health and independence. We are inviting individuals, families and groups (organizations, clubs, school groups and more) to participate in our Community Meals Program. You can provide a full dinner or just a dessert. You can even skip the kitchen and send us a DoorDash gift card to order delivery! All prepared meals should be dropped off at the office to be brought by staff to the community meeting. Simply click through to our form and let us know how and when you’d like to participate. Sign up now!

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  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • TJ Maxx
  • Amazon
  • Star Market
  • Stop & Shop
  • Market Basket
  • Gas Stations
Holiday Gift Card Drive

The Second Step is collecting Gift Cards to provide local survivors of domestic violence the opportunity to choose what is best for their family and bring a sense of dignity and empowerment—a huge step in healing. For further information, please send an email to Michaela Estes at

Email an Electronic Gift Card:

Mail a Physical Gift Card:
The Second Step, P.O. Box 600213, Newtonville, MA 02460

Top Requested Gift Cards (in $25, $50, $100)

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Contributions from individuals like you are critical to the success of our programs and the survivors they serve. Your gift supports a range of needs, from staffing of critical programs, to providing food for survivors, to helping just to keep the lights and heat on.

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Call us at 617-965-2538