John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington

Adult Programs

Community Aftercare

Many offenders are unable to live successfully in the community because of their inability to recognize problem areas in their lives or find legitimate ways of meeting their needs. Community Aftercare is a supportive counselling service that focuses on helping offenders to assess their needs, to access community resources and to develop a realistic plan of action to attain their goals.

Funded by: United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries and the United Way Community Services of Guelph and Wellington.

Record Suspensions

Having a criminal record can be a barrier for individuals in terms of finding employment, entering educational programs, travel, acquiring citizenship and volunteering. Through the Record Suspension process a person can seal their criminal record. This process can be complex and involves several steps. Our program assists clients with determining their eligibility and guiding them through the application process. We offer assistance by having a free initial consultation; providing confidential, personal and individualized service and appointments to suit the client’s schedule.

This is a fee for service program based on a sliding scale according to income

Community Service Order Program

This is a court ordered program in which selected offenders are required to complete a designated number of hours of volunteer work for non-profit, community based organizations. Participation in a volunteer role allows offenders to make amends and contribute to the community in a positive and meaningful way.

Funded by: Province of Ontario

Domestic Violence
Partner Assault Response Program (PAR)

This program is a specialized educational / counselling program for individuals who have been physically violent and/or emotionally abusive or controlling towards a spouse or intimate partner.

In Ontario, PAR Programs are part of the Domestic Violence Court Program. This initiative provides a coordinated criminal justice system response to domestic violence. Following a guilty plea or a finding of guilt, a Judge may order the offender (male or female) to attend counselling as a condition of Probation, Bail or other court order. This is a fee for service program, however, no one will be refused entry due to inability to pay.

Court mandated referrals are funded by: Ontario Victim Services Secretariat and
Province of Ontario

Funding also received from: United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area.

Partners for Healthy Relationships

This is a multi-couple treatment group for couples who have experienced domestic abuse or violence. It is offered collaboratively with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region.

Over the course of 12 weeks, couples aim to improve communication skills, develop strategies for conflict management, create an environment where couples can openly share feelings and concerns and build respect for individual needs.

Male participants must have completed the Partner Assault Response Program and female participants should have completed a counselling support group or a Partner Assault Response Program for women in order to be eligible for group.

Funded by: Province of Ontario

Caring Dads

This program is a specialized educational / counselling program to help fathers improve their relationships with their children. It is offered collaboratively with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region.

Over the course of 12 weeks, fathers will develop skills to cope in healthy ways with frustrating siutations. This program assists fathers to understand how different fathering strategies and choices affect children and will provide them with strategies to strengthen the father-child relationship.

Funded by: Province of Ontario

Direct Accountability Program

This program provides adults (18 years and older) who have been charged with a minor criminal offence, an alternative to the normal court process while still being held accountable for their charges. The Crown Attorney must approve all program referrals. All participants are required to complete appropriate sanctions, which might include a letter of apology, completion of a relevant program, a charitable donation, volunteer work or some other agreed upon sanctions. Other sanctions may include referral to educational workshops relating to Anger Management, Substance Abuse, Problem Solving and Stop Shoptheft.

Funded by: Province of Ontario

Adult Diversion Program (for Federal Offences)

This program provides adults (18 years and older) who have been charged with a minor federal criminal offence, as an alternative to the normal court process while still being held accountable for their charges. Referrals may also be received directly from the Police (pre-charge). If post charge, the Crown Attorney must approve all program referrals. All participants are required to complete appropriate sanctions, which might include a letter of apology, completion of a relevant program, volunteer work or some other agreed upon sanction.

This is a fee for service program based on a sliding scale according to income

Back on Track

This is a mandatory remedial program for individuals convicted of an impaired driving offence or second and subsequent roadside suspensions in the Warn Range. Under Ontario Ministry of Transport legislation, all such drivers are required to successfully complete the program. The program is designed to help participants make lasting changes in both their behaviour and in their attitudes towards impaired driving.

This province wide initiative is contracted through the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. In order to cover the costs of the program, participants are required to pay a fee payable to Back on Track.

The full Back on Track Program has three parts: the assessment, the education or treatment program and the six-month follow-up. To avoid delays in getting your license back, register for the program has soon as possible.

Warn Range suspension drivers require the one day education or two day treatment workshop only.

For complete details about this program or to register:
Please go to the Back on Track website at www.remedial.net or
Email info@remedial.net or
Call 416-595-6593 in Toronto; or Ontario toll free 1-888-814-5831.

Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

This program supports individuals on bail who do not have a surety but can be managed in the community with supports. As such, our BVSP helps accused persons assess their needs, access community resources, and develop a realistic plan of action to maintain bail terms. Program staff regularly check in with clients, provide coaching and support to them, and connect clients to needed services such as health care, income support and others.