John Howard Society of Durham Region


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The John Howard Society of Durham Region (JHS) is a non-profit, social service agency in Ontario Canada. We are dedicated to serving individuals and families, youth and adults with programs in areas such as counselling, employment, literacy, housing, parenting, addictions, and more.  Most of our services are free.

For those which do have a fee, here is our Agency fee schedule


JAN 17th 2022

  • All JHS Durham offices are closed today due to the significant accumulation and on-going snowfall. Our teams will continue to provide services through online resources. Please connect with our staff through your worker’s e-mail or direct dial number as listed Here in the staff and program directory

Operation throughout COVID-19 Conditions

The John Howard Society of Durham Region is continuing to provide services to our community.

Project X –Change will CONTINUE to have office hours in the Oshawa, Whitby and Bowmanville locations. Hours for each location have been modified and are available by calling the office you choose to visit. Mobile outreach will continue across the region from Monday to Friday 6 pm to 10 pm. Please call:

Project X-Change Outreach:           905-440-5410

During any Provincial Emergency lockdown status, we are unable to provide on-site service, except for our essential services of Harm Reduction, and Housing Services (by appointment only for Housing).

Here is a staff and program directory that provides the contact information you need to reach our program staff.

A list of FREE income tax clinics throughout Durham Region is available at this link from the Region of Durham –>

If you are looking for information about Emergency benefits or free online training opportunities, check out our developing list of quality resources here.

If you are seeking services for the first time or have not been in to see us for six months, please click on the link to the program you are seeking on this page.