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

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Important Service Hours Notices

  • The offices of JHS Durham will be closed Monday Oct 2nd in recognition of National Truth & Reconciliation Day.
  • The OSHAWA office (only) will be closed Friday Oct. 6th due to plumbing replacement work that requires the building’s water to be shut off for that repair work
  • The offices of JHS Durham will be closed Monday Oct. 9th in recognition of Thanksgiving.


Tuesday September 19th 2023 – Our apologies; our Oshawa office is closed this afternoon due to a plumbing issue. The location will re-open at 8am Wednesday morning.

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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.