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There's always something happening at The Second Step. Whether it's in the news or out in the community, it's happening here. Join us!

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Celebrating Success is now Celebrating Our Community (Virtual Event)

 We hope you can join us on September 24th for a re-imagined Celebrating Success event, “Celebrating our Community.” This virtual event is an evening to celebrate and thank our community of supporters, and to share the impact of your support. Our community has truly come together during this challenging time. Please join us for a 30-minute virtual program,...

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COVID-19 Update: Survivor Services

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The Second Step shares your concern about COVID-19, and we remain committed to serving our community during the crisis.  To minimize the risk of virus transmission we have temporarily closed our administrative offices effective March 18th. However, all services remain available for survivors of domestic violence. Community and Legal services will be provided remotely via...

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Domestic Violence In the News

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Survivors of domestic violence are facing greater challenges than ever before, including increased risk of abuse, increased isolation and difficulty escaping danger. Many are also experiencing loss of wages and the inability to meet their family’s basic needs. We are moved to see conversations about domestic violence, these challenges, and the organizations that meet survivors’...

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Join The Second Step for White Ribbon Night

What is White Ribbon Night? The White Ribbon Campaign was created by men in response to one man’s massacre of fourteen women. The campaign urged men to speak out against violence against women. Jane Doe Inc. led the establishment of the annual White Ribbon Day Campaign in Massachusetts in 2007, an intentional effort to connect men...

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Introducing Our 2020 Celebrating Success Honoree: Alexandra Simes

We are proud to honor Alexandra Simes for her extraordinary contributions to The Second Step. Alexandra has passionately served the organization as a remarkable volunteer providing leadership, vision, and mentoring over the past decade as a board member, supporter and ambassador of The Second Step. Through years of selfless dedication of time and energy, Alexandra has truly made a...

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Step Up with Tyler & Ashley Ott and Our Board of Directors to Give the Gift of Safety

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Ashley Ott, member of The Second Step’s Board of Directors, and Tyler Ott, Long Snapper for the Seattle Seahawks, have generously partnered with local artist Julianne Strom Brill to decorate Tyler’s cleats on behalf of The Second Step. As part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats fundraiser, Ott will auction his cleats and all proceeds will go to...

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Step Up to the Plate – November 2, 2019

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The Second Step’s premier fall event – Step Up to the Plate – is an intimate dinner event with 12 concurrent dinner parties on the evening of Saturday, November 2, 2019. Located in the private homes of our gracious hosts in Newton and surrounding towns, each dinner features a gourmet meal, engaging dinner companions, and a local luminary...

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Julie Lima joins The Second Step!

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The Second Step is thrilled to announce that Julie Lima, MSW, most recently of the YMCA of Greater Boston and Cradles to Crayons, will be leading TSS as its next Executive Director. Julie will take over from Matthew Swoveland, who leaves TSS after five years to be closer to family out west. Julie brings a...

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Executive Director Transition

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After five years at The Second Step, Matthew Swoveland, Executive Director, is relocating to the west to be closer to family. He will be transitioning out of his role at TSS late this summer. All of us at TSS are truly grateful to Matt for his steady yet visionary leadership, which has rejuvenated the agency’s...

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Celebrating Success Gala

PURCHASE TICKETS, SPONSOR, OR DONATE NOW! THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH 2019 NEWTON MARRIOTT 6:00pm Cocktails & Silent Auction with Mobile Bidding 7:15pm Dinner Program   EMCEE:  JOYCE KULHAWIK, EMMY-AWARD WINNING ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CRITIC/JOYCESCHOICES.COM Celebrating Success is a powerful and inspirational evening, bringing together over 300 individuals and businesses from Greater Boston to support survivors of...

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