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 men and women, 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



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

May 27-2020 important note – INCOME TAX.  The tax program has been put on hold due to the high response. Please watch our website to see when we can offer the supports once again. Accepting TAX FORMS will END on Friday May 29th. A list of other 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.

If you are currently involved in our services, here is a staff and program directory that provides the contact information you need to reach our program staff.

Our local offices are currently closed to the public. This includes our Employment and Housing Resource Centres. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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