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


JHS Offices will be closed for a brief period of 11:30am-2:30pm on Thursday August 18th.  We apologize for the time gap, will have regular services running in the hours before and after that period on that day.

International Overdose Awareness Day – Wednesday August 31st, 2022 from 10am-2pm. JOIN US at Memorial Park in Oshawa as we together, we reflect, educate and share in the discussions of how addiction impacts our communities. JHS is organizing a series of amazing community partners, each bringing their expertise and talents for you to connect with directly.

If you are an agency that would like to be part of this exceptionally important day at Memorial Park with us, please contact for details and to get your FREE table spot for the day!



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 any of 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.