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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. Scroll down to learn about opportunities to make an impact in the lives of those around you.

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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.

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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.

Wish Lists & Gift Drives

Holiday Wish Lists

During the winter holidays we run several gift drives. If you are looking to “sponsor” a certain number of individuals, we ask that you spend $150 per adult and $100 per child (age 0-13).

Below is a “menu” of the needs of our community. Feel free to “shop” any of the wish lists or to select gift cards from one of our preferred stores.

Steps to Justice Legal Services – STJ provides free legal services, including family law issues, restraining orders, and immigration petitions. Almost every survivor of domestic violence will need to interact with the legal system as they seek to safely extricate themselves from connections to their abusers. Our clients have asked for Target gift cards for 14 adults and 11+ children (a newborn expected in February).

Housing & Stabilization – we provide homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing and individualized supportive services. Our efforts connect survivors to permanent housing. Click here to view and purchase items to help us build “Welcome Home” baskets for clients as they take this important step to independence.

Community Services – we work with survivors living in the community, at various stages of their journey to healing. Our team offers safety planning, case management and emotional support. Our greatest priority is for gift cards to Target, TJX and Marshalls, supermarkets (Market Basket, Stop & Shop), Walmart, and gas cards which can be purchased at local retail stores. Click here to purchase items and additional gift cards from our Amazon wish list. At this time of year, our families living in community have a need for coats, hats, boots and other winter gear. Click here to shop our Winter Clothing List.

Residential Services – we operate two shelters for survivors and their children. While in residence with us, survivors are connected with resources and participate in life skills, educational and support groups. Click here to shop our wish list for women and children in our shelters.

Please note that you will need to select the gift registry address under “shipping” when you order from an Amazon wish list.

Contact our Director of Advancement Marisa Rowe at for more information on how to run a gift drive or how to access a wish list for The Second Step.