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A Different Street Supportive Housing Program

Ottawa | Youth | Housing

A Different Street (ADS) Supportive Housing provides affordable accommodation and support to homeless or unstably housed young men, ages 16 to 24, who are justice-involved or at risk of being so. The John Howard Society of Ottawa and youturn youth support services are partners in this program.
ADS provides male youth an opportunity to access safe accommodations and utilize on-site supports to assist with their life goals. Through these on-site supports, youth are assisted in actively addressing their specific personal, social, vocational, and health-related needs. As well, they are supported in developing the resources, including skills and attitudes, necessary for a successful transition to adulthood.

Individuals who live at ADS will have the responsibility of rent. All units at ADS are self-contained bachelor units.
Services provided:
• Comprehensive assessment
• Collaborative case planning
• Individual counselling and support
• Practical assistance
• Monitoring of court conditions
• Referral to other community resources.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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AAA (Attitudes, Associates and Alternatives)

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

This is a Correctional Service of Canada program offered in partnership with the Ottawa parole office twice per year. It is open to male federal parolees in the Ottawa area. The goals of the program are to challenge and replace pro-criminal thinking and behaviours, develop problem solving skills, provide relapse prevention, goal setting and risk reduction. Clients are referred by the Program Officer at the Ottawa parole office and are assessed by the John Howard Society Program Facilitator. There is no fee to participate and the program is offered at JHS’ main site. This group program runs twice per week for 30 hours and clients must complete all of the sessions. Bus tickets are provided and light refreshments are available. Clients are mandated to attend. Funding is provided by the Correctional Service of Canada.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Active Parenting

Durham Region / Adult / Family

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Active Parenting

Durham Region | Adult | Family

Provides two different group sessions, one for parents with children aged 5-12, and the other for parents of teens. Sessions are ongoing and run from September to June each year. Each group session is eight weeks long and runs for 2.5 hours. Parents in this program have the opportunity to enhance their parenting skills and learn best practices for establishing effective communication skills, while helping to teach self-reliance and responsibility to their children. Goals include replacing power struggles with cooperative family decisions. Video-based content is included along with the provision of workbooks for each participant. A certificate of completion is provided at the end of the program. Funding is provided by the United Way.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

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Adult Anger Management Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Community Services

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Adult Anger Management Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Community Services

Utilizes an educational treatment approach to educate individuals in skills needed to manage anger and other emotions associated with the occurrence of aggression and anti-social behaviour. Based on the coginitive behavioural approach to anger reduction and consists of ten two-hour group sessions. This is a fee for service program.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Adult Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Simcoe and Muskoka / Adult / Justice Services

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Adult Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Simcoe and Muskoka | Adult | Justice Services

This program is offered on site at our Barrie and Orillia offices, 35 hours each week. This program is operated by JHS for the following Probation and Parole Offices: Barrie, Alliston, Collingwood, Orillia, Midland, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and Huntsville. It is open to men and women, ages 18 and up, on probation with a condition to complete Community Service Hours. The goal of the program is to provide a meaningful and appropriate placement opportunity for the participant so that s/he and the agency can benefit from the community service work completed. All participants complete an intake assessment prior to being placed. All services are provided on a one to one basis and all participants are mandated by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Probation and Parole Services. Funding for this program is provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services on an annual basis.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Orillia Branch Office
17 Colborne Street E
Orillia, ON
L3V 3L3

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Adult Diversion – Federal

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Justice Services

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Adult Diversion – Federal

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Justice Services

Referrals come through the federal prosecutor and the program is an alternative to the normal court process. The program deals with offences of 30g of marijuana possession or less. Sanctions include restitution, charitable donations, and a letter of apology.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Adult Diversion Program

Niagara / Adult / Justice Services

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Adult Diversion Program

Niagara | Adult | Justice Services

This program addresses needs identified by JHS and the local office of the Federal Crown Attorney. It is provided on a fee-for-service basis which is paid by the client and based on a sliding scale. The program has been running for 12 years. It is open to individuals 18 years of age and older who have been criminally charged for the first time or who have been charged in the past with minor offences only. The main goals of the program are to reduce the number of individuals remanded to court, to reduce court costs for trial dates, and to give clients the opportunity to have their charges withdrawn. Initial intakes are completed at the St. Catharines courthouse or at the JHS office.

Case management services are offered through this program which runs for 35 hours per week. Participants are required to complete a certain number of community service work hours if this is the option chosen or if mandated by the courts. Other options include charitable donations or letters of apology and restitution. The Federal Crown Attorney’s office does the screening for each client prior to their first court date and prior to referring them to JHS. Though clients are referred by the courts, individuals may choose whether or not to participate in the program. Funding is provided only by the service fees collected from participants.

St. Catherines Courthouse
59 Church St.
St. Catharines, ON
L2R7N8

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Adult Diversion, Waterloo Region – Federal Court and Pre-Charge Referrals

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Justice Services

This program allows adults who have been referred by policy (pre-charge) or charged with minor criminal offences in Federal Court an opportunity to repair harm and address root causes of their crime. Participants meet with the JHSWW Coordinator to establish a plan of action that will allow the person to be accountable for their actions and find pro-social ways to meet their needs.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Adult Housing: Kirkpatrick House (KH)

Ottawa | Adult | Housing

In response to an identified need for a community residential facility for adult males released from federal penitentiaries in the Ottawa area, Kirkpatrick House opened in December 1978. The facility assists men in their quest for pro-social re-integration and living positive lifestyles via employment/school, and community programs at both JHS and local parole offices. Other goals include assisting residents to become self-sufficient. There are 22 beds (8 double rooms and 6 single rooms) and several years ago, rental payments were abolished while per diem costs to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) were increased. This allows for the residents to save funds to use upon their release from the halfway house towards their own residence in the community. A JHS Case Management Team provides support for each resident. Assessments are completed prior to their admission. Staff are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some residents are simply finishing their sentence; others are on long term supervision orders, or maybe on statutory releases with a residency condition to reside in a specific place.

Residents must complete their conditional release before moving out into the community by securing their full parole, reaching their statutory release dates, or until the expiration of their warrant (end of their actual sentence). There is a weekly Community Assessment team that reviews applicants who are applying to reside in Ottawa. The CRF directors, police, community liaison representatives, a supervisor, and the parole officer in charge attend weekly meetings and provide input on the eligibility/candidacy of each applicant for release into the community. This group may accept, deny, or defer a case based on the information available. There is a cook in the house who makes the evening meals Monday through Friday. Foodstuffs are provided for “off” times and on the weekends and residents are encouraged to purchase their own specialty foods/snacks.
The residents who reside at Kirkpatrick House are mandated by CSC. On occasion voluntary clients who want to come to the CRF for a period of stability prior to living on their own in the community are permitted.
Kirkpatrick House prides itself on providing a homelike environment for its residents. There are no in-house programs available but there is an excellent case management system and link to the Ottawa parole office. Funding is provided by CSC through an annual contract, per diem rate per facility, per fiscal year. The funding contracts are renewed annually.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Adult Transitional Housing

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Housing

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Adult Transitional Housing

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Housing

Offered to individuals transitioning into permanent housing. All residents must complete a program plan that is tailored to their individual needs as they work towards sustainable permanent housing.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Advocacy Service

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Community Services

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Advocacy Service

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Community Services

This service has been provided since the agency’s inception in 1949 and is currently offered when time permits on an ad hoc basis. Available to all members of the community as a preventive program, though generally utilized by former prisoners and/or their families, it allows for staff at JHS to provide their expertise and resources to advocate on a clients’ behalf. Individuals are assisted to meet their immediate needs and to be supported in accessing their rights as community members. This is a non-funded program.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Affidavit Assistance

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Community Services

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Affidavit Assistance

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Community Services

This ad hoc service is open to JHS’ clients as well as members of the general community. This service allows for the provision of a sworn affidavit (with photograph) to be used as partial identification. This identification can assist with applications for welfare and similar services, as well as for visitation in the Sarnia Jail. This is not a funded service.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Aggression Management Program

Hamilton Area / Youth / Community Services

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Aggression Management Program

Hamilton Area | Youth | Community Services

Cognitive skills based program for youth 12-17 years who have interpersonal problems as a result of their aggressive behaviour. The program consists of eighty 90 minute sessions designed to help youth identify their personal aggression patterms, explore alternatives, and develop a plan of action to improve how the young person responds to stressful situations. The program is divided into the five components of anger, communication, triggers, choice points, and problem solving.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Aggression Prevention

Ottawa / Adult / Community Services

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Aggression Prevention

Ottawa | Adult | Community Services

The JHS Aggression Prevention program is an eight session program that assists adult male participants to explore the causes of their aggressive behavior and to identify and challenge the underlying beliefs and thinking patterns that lead to aggression. This program runs approximately six times per year. Please note that this program is not suitable for individuals who are currently dealing with the court system and/or being currently charged with domestic violence. For individuals requiring taking this program for Children’s Aid Society (CAS), a direct referral from CAS is required.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Anger Management

Niagara / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management

Niagara | Adult | Community Services

This program is a 10 week cognitive and evidence based program. It runs weekly for 10 one hour sessions in a closed, confidential group environment. Goals are to use positive coping mechanisms; use appropriate communication styles; respond to anger responsibly; control immediate responses of anger; and identify different anger styles through activities, open discussion and power point

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Anger Management

Ottawa / Adult / Justice Services

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Anger Management

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

This free program is based on The Anger Solutions Program by Julie Christenson and the Lifestyles Programs by Dr. Barbara Armstrong. It is offered at JHS’ main site and is open to ex-prisoners who have been deemed to be at medium- to high-risk of re-offending. It assists clients to recognize, challenge, and replace aggressive responses to their anger with pro-social expressions of anger. Each participant completes an initial one hour intake assessment. The program runs twice a week for two hours for 10 sessions. Clients can make-up up to 3 missed sessions after which they will be asked to leave the program. At this point, they may put their name on a wait list for the next group to begin in order to take the entire program again at another time. Bus tickets are available and participants are both voluntary and mandated. Letters of completion are provided for Children’s Aid Society, probation, court, and the JHS Bail Program. The program is being run on a pilot basis and at this time there is no specific funding for it though it will be re-evaluated in March of 2009.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Anger Management

Peterborough / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management

Peterborough | Adult | Community Services

Anger Management is an 8 week course that specifically focuses on strategies to manage anger in a healthy way. This group is held on Tuesday, from 1 pm to 3 pm, and is open to both men and women. The fee to attend this program is $80.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Anger Management

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Community Services

Anger Management Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programming is offered both individually and within a group setting. The program is an intensive, structured, ten week program. This is a fee for service program.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Anger Management

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Community Services

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Anger Management (Adult)

Durham Region / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management (Adult)

Durham Region | Adult | Community Services

These fee-for-service programs (based on a sliding fee scale to accommodate the financial situation of each individual) are operated as two separate groups: one for adults, and one for youth. Both are run for a ten week period for 2.5 hours each week, on site at one of the four JHS Durham offices in Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa or Clarington. Each week builds on the previous week’s content. Program foci include identifying anger triggers, developing coping skills, recognizing alternate methods of expressing frustration and emotions to avoid physical outbursts, harm to relationships and self and/or legal complications. Each participant receives a workbook. Upon successful completion of the program, they receive a certificate. Funding for this program is ongoing and provided by the United Way of Durham Region.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Clarington Office and Firehouse Youth Centre
132 Church St.
Bowmanville, ON
L1C 1T5

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Anger Management (Youth)

Belleville and District / Youth / Community Services

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Anger Management (Youth)

Belleville and District | Youth | Community Services

In this six-week program participants gain a better understanding of their anger, learn effective ways to deal with conflicts and develop positive thinking, effective communication and problem solving skills. The purpose of this program is to examine what anger is, healthy versus unhealthy anger, as well as the different styles of anger and how they pertain to the students in the class. Further, this program examines how anger affects us, where anger comes from, considers new, healthier reactions to feelings of anger, develop effective communication techniques, and ways in which one can resolve confrontations successfully. Funded by private donations.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Anger Management (Youth)

Durham Region / Youth / Community Services

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Anger Management (Youth)

Durham Region | Youth | Community Services

Anger Management is a 10-week, 2.5 hour (per session) group program that assists individuals to identify triggers and develop effective coping skills allowing for individuals to resolve conflict in a positive way. Anger Management is a skill to be developed and the group process allows individuals to experience new approaches to resolve their anger effectively. Separate groups are run for youth and adults. Funding is provided by United Way Durham Region.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Clarington Office and Firehouse Youth Centre
132 Church St.
Bowmanville, ON
L1C 1T5

Anger Management Professional Training

Toronto / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management Professional Training

Toronto | Adult | Community Services

JHS-T is recognized for its history of delivering Anger Management Programs. Having been approached by local organizations such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as well as various private companies in the community, this program was developed to meet the needs of professional agencies and corporations to deliver professional Anger Management training to their staff members. The program benefits the service users and enhances health and wellbeing within the workplaces that participants represent. Fees for this program, offered at the main office location or at the organization/company requesting the training, are negotiable. Generally, the training is provided for large group audiences and the length of each session is determined by the expressed need of the agency or company. Refreshments are provided and participation is encouraged by the employer. The program is funded only by the fees that are charged for the training.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Anger Management Program

Sudbury / Youth / Community Services

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Anger Management Program

Sudbury | Youth | Community Services

The Anger Management program includes cognitive behavioural sessions on anger, stress, communication and conflict resolution. The program was developed by the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System. This program focuses on providing participants with greater motivation and rationale for wanting to express anger constructively and incorporates a strong cognitive component in the group sessions. This is achieved by increasing skills training on interpersonal problem/conflict resolution and shifting the emphasis from traditional classroom approaches to learning through activities. It is a family based program. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Anger Management Program

Toronto / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management Program

Toronto | Adult | Community Services

This program has been operating for approximately 20 years. It is offered on site at JHS’ main office and at various community agencies upon request. It is open to adult men who have been charged with assault or who recognize their need for help with managing their anger by assisting them to learn how to express this emotion in a healthy, positive manner. Assertiveness training and stress management interventions are introduced throughout the program. Program fees are negotiable and based on a sliding scale. Both counselling and Case Management services are available through this program which is offered weekly in a closed group for 4 weeks. Each group is 2 hours in length. Participants must attend nine of the ten sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. An assessment is completed with each participant prior to beginning the group. Bus tickets are provided in some cases and light refreshments are available. Participants are both mandated (usually referred by probation) and voluntary. There is no significant funding source available for this program other than the fees paid by participants in the groups. Funding for this program is provided in part by the United Way and supplemented by income generated from the Anger Management Professional Training sessions.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Anger Management Program

York Region / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management Program

York Region | Adult | Community Services

The John Howard Society of York Region Anger Management Program is comprised of eight (8) educational and therapeutic sessions. The program utilizes techniques based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and aims to support each participant’s unique goals. Overall, the objective is to increase an individual’s capacity to understand and manage his anger. The program is currently available for men only. However, referrals are provided to external organizations for women seeking to attend similar programming.

John Howard Society of York Region: Main Office
6600 Bayview Avenue – Unit 306
Newmarket, ON
L3X 1Z9

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Anger Management Program (Adults)

Belleville and District / Adult / Community Services

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Anger Management Program (Adults)

Belleville and District | Adult | Community Services

Group workshops are available for providing anger management training over a period of eight sessions. The program is offered on a fee for service basis. An intake session must be completed to determine suitability prior to an individual beginning the program. Curriculum includes examining “the anger model,” identifying triggers, developing coping skills, identifying ways of thinking that get us into trouble, discussing styles of anger, communication skills and more. Individuals must attend 7 of 8 sessions and pay for the program to receive a certificate.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Anger Management Substance Abuse Community Justice Program (ASAP)

Toronto | Adult | Community Services

Offered on-site at the JHS main office, this program serves men and women who have been referred by the courts for Community Justice Intervention (formerly diversion) after having engaged in behaviours which indicate a need for anger management and/or substance use counselling/education. This program will positively impact the participant, their family and friends. The goal of the program is to assist individuals to understand the effects that aggression and substance abuse can have on their lives. They learn positive coping mechanisms to deal with anger and stress which have previously led to heavy drug or alcohol use and aggression. Both group and one on one services (in some specialized cases only) are provided by this program. The participants, who complete an intake assessment, must attend all 2 of the group sessions (offered once per week for 2 hours). Bus tickets are available in some cases. All clients are mandated through the court’s Community Justice Program.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Anti-Theft Program (Adults)

Belleville and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Anti-Theft Program (Adults)

Belleville and District | Adult | Justice Services

The purpose of this three-session program is to determine what shoplifting is, why people steal, how theft can be prevented and the consequences of shoplifting. The group will brainstorm who is affected by theft/shoplifting. Handouts regarding case studies and police statistics on theft will be presented. The group will learn decision making skills and set strategies to identify and resolve high risk situations. This is a fee for service programs.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Anti-Theft Program (Youth)

Belleville and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Anti-Theft Program (Youth)

Belleville and District | Youth | Justice Services

The purpose of this three-session program is to determine what shoplifting is, why people steal, and how theft can be prevented. Additionally, the consequences of shoplifting will be reviewed. Further the group will brainstorm who is affected by theft/shoplifting. Handouts regarding case studies and police statistics on theft will be presented. The group will learn decision making skills and how to counter peer pressure. Funded by private donations.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Aspire

Peterborough / Youth / Education and Employment

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Aspire

Peterborough | Youth | Education and Employment

Aspire is a new Mentoring Program in partnership with Employment Planning and Counselling Peterborough (EPC) and the Trent Valley Literacy Association (TVLA). Utilizing volunteer mentors Aspire aims to work with young adults (16 – 25 yrs.) with a focus on supporting them in the workforce, training or educational attainment. Volunteers may provide support and mentoring individually or facilitate a small group session about their own career and a “day in the life.”

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Attendance Centre

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Youth / Justice Services

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Attendance Centre

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Youth | Justice Services

Alternative sentencing option under the YCJA. Youth on an active Probation Order are referred to the Centre to receive Psycho-Educational, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Reality Therapy based programming and counselling. The program is intended for moderate to high risk youth in conflict with the law who require intervention in multiple criminogenic need areas. Goals include reducing recidivism, promoting accountability, and encouraging skill development through evidence-based interventions. Attendance is based on risks and needs, and youth also have the option to participate in workshops, leisure/recreation activities, crisis management, and family programming.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Youth Centre
370 Kent Street – Unit 18
Lindsay, ON
K9V 3L9

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Attendance Centre Program

Sarnia Lambton / Youth / Justice Services

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Attendance Centre Program

Sarnia Lambton | Youth | Justice Services

The Non-Residential Attendance Centre Program is an alternative to custody servicing medium to high risk youth in the Sarnia Lambton Community. The program operates on literature-principles based of cognitive intervention, the development of positive relationships, and engagement of youth.
In brief, the program accepts all referrals emanating from the Youth Court and Probation Services. Clients are mentored one on one and receive programming tailored to their individual needs. Programming is varied and addresses numerous relevant topics including, but not limited to, anger management, positive communication skills, relationships, peers, general social development, addictions and substance abuse, etc. The curriculum also includes Aboriginal-specific programming dealing with cultural and other issues of significance to First Nations youth. Professionally developed materials and resources are used as the basis for programming, as are ones that are developed in-house. Parent participation, involvement and interest are strongly encouraged. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Youth Justice Services.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Attendance Centre Program

Waterloo and Wellington / Youth / Justice Services

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Attendance Centre Program

Waterloo and Wellington | Youth | Justice Services

This program is intended for 12 to 17 year old youth as an alternative to a term of custody. The program focuses on the development of cognitive skills that reinforce positive values and promote responsible behaviour. Youth develop stronger problem solving skills and learn to apply critical reasoning and consequential thinking in their everyday lives. A variety of components are available for the youth to attend. These may include Smart Choices, Substance Awareness, Employment Readiness, Life Management Skills and Surviving School (Study Skills). Youth may be referred directly from the courts or from a Probation Officer. This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth.

As part of the Attendance Centre program, staff draw upon the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Program. SNAP is an e based learning tool available to youth justice staff to assist them in teaching emotion regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills. Currently being piloted with males involved in the youth justice system, this 12 module program is a, highly interactive, technology based program to teach youth how to stop and think in the moment” and explore strategies and skills for making positive choices.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Awareness to Wellness

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Justice Services

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Awareness to Wellness

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Justice Services

This program is an alternative sentencing option directed by the Crown Prosecutor for illegal substance possession charges. This program provides drug abuse awareness and prevention in the form of written materials and self-exploratory exercises. Participants are asked to apply the topics and questions discussed to their own drug use to gain a greater self-awareness of their substance use issues. This is a fee for service program.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Back on Track

Waterloo and Wellington / Adult / Justice Services

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Back on Track

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Justice Services

This fee for service program is overseen by the Ministry of Transportation and is managed throughout the province by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. CAMH contracts with local service providers, such as JHSWW, to provide assessment, programming and follow-up for people who have lost their license due to an impaired driving offence. The program focuses on attitudinal and behavioural change with the goal of eliminating drinking and driving together. It has two streams: one is a 16 hour treatment group, and the other is an 8 hour educational group. The treatment group is offered once a month in Kitchener and the educational group is provided monthly in both Kitchener and Guelph.
Participants undergo an assessment interview to determine which group they will attend. In addition to the assessment interview and the group intervention, clients are also required to participate in a follow-up telephone interview that is conducted six months following the group session. Participation in the program is entirely voluntary and is not related to any criminal procedures. Criminal charges are dealt with through the court process and have separate consequences. However, completion of the program is a compulsory condition for reinstatement of one’s driver’s license through the Ministry of Transportation. This program is funded by user fees.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Guelph Branch Office
85 Westmount Rd.
Guelph, ON
N1H 5J2

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Bail Program

Peel Region and Area / Adult / Justice Services

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Bail Program

Peel Region and Area | Adult | Justice Services

The Bail Program is open to males and females over the age of 16, who appear before the courts with outstanding allegations. The goal of the program is to provide an option to the court for those who are candidates for release but who do not have a suitable surety available. In these cases, JHS is able to provide neutral and verified information to the court which would assist in the decision for the release of an accused. Applicants to the program are interviewed and a verification process is completed which includes collecting information to confirm eligibility, based on primary grounds (i.e. ties to the community, history of non-compliance with court orders, ability to comprehend the expectations of bail program, and a willingness to abide by the condition(s) for reporting). In Peel, the verification process operates 365 days per year, weekend and statutory holiday (WASH) court includes services to those who would normally appear before the courts in Orangeville. In both Orangeville and Milton courts, staff are available Monday to Friday to conduct the verification process.
The Supervision component of the program is delivered at locations in Brampton, Mississauga, Milton and Orangeville and includes Case Management based on an assessment of risk and need. All service is provided on a one to one, confidential basis. Participation in Bail Program is mandated through a Recognizance of Bail, failure to comply with the Recognizance can result in a Breach of the Order. In support of case management and meeting reporting requirements, supervision is available Monday to Friday, and on specific evenings each week, at all locations. In the Region of Peel a partnership agreement with the Canadian Mental Health Association provides a collaborative model of case management for those with a mental health diagnosis to develop a criminal diversion plan. In addition, designated staff are assigned to the mental health court twice each week to aid in facilitating plans of community release for those found eligible by the court.
Additional supports such as transportation assistance can be made available to ensure attendance at court. In Peel, Halton and Dufferin court offices, a small supply of clothing is kept to assist those who are released from the court after having been in an institution and released in clothing that may be inappropriate (e.g. prison issue jumpsuit, shorts and T-shirts in the winter, etc.). Clients reporting to the Brampton and Mississauga locations also have access to the Needle Exchange program while all locations make condoms available to clients. Bail Program participants are referred internally to other in-house programs and supports. Funding for this program is provided by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Milton Branch Office
193 Main Street East
Milton, ON
L9T 1N7

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

Bail supervision offered to accused persons who cannot afford a surety. Prospective clients are interviewed in holding cells at the courthouse to determine eligibility according to criteria set by the Ministry of the Attorney General. Once eligible, and if the release is approved by the court, the individual is supervised on a weekly basis until disposition of the offence.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

Niagara | Adult | Justice Services

Open to individuals 16+ who are involved in the justice system. The mail goals of the program are to provide community support for the courts and to assist participants to address issues related to their charges. There is a case management component to the program available 35 hours per week. Initially, clients are required to attend weekly appointments, then the supervision schedule can be adjusted based on need and individual circumstances. Eligibility is based on the outcome of an initial meeting between the JHS bail worker and the client prior to the bail hearing. All services and supports are offered on a one on one basis.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Bail & Community Justice Programs
4300 Drummond Rd.
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E6C3

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

This program, in operation since May of 2005, responds to a need identified by the provincial government to reduce the remand population at the local Detention Centre and to increase the court appearance rate. It is open to individuals 16 years of age and older who are facing outstanding charges in the Ottawa Criminal Court with minimal financial or social supports. The two main goals of the program are to increase the court appearance rate, and to ensure comprehension of court ordered conditions. In addition, individuals may be referred to other community service agencies to address additional issues such as addictions, employment, and educational upgrading. The program is delivered at four locations: The Ottawa Courthouse, JHS’ main office, Cornwall Courthouse, and JHS’ satellite office in Cornwall satellite office. Supervision appointments are scheduled until the individual’s court matters are resolved. Initially, following an assessment, clients are required to attend weekly appointments but the supervision schedule can later be adjusted. Eligibility is based on the number of prior criminal convictions for failure to comply with conditions. Bus tickets are provided to attend supervision appointments. Clients are mandated by the Court to participate in the program. This program is funded on an ongoing basis by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

Belleville and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

Belleville and District | Adult | Justice Services

The Bail Verification and Supervision program supervises individuals, 16 years and older, in the community who have been charged with a criminal offence, but do not have the social ties or finances to meet bail conditions.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Justice Services

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Justice Services

Pre-trial services program that assists both the Court and accused persons in the assignment and fulfillment of bail conditions. In certain cases of financial hardship, a reporting requirement to the Bail Program may replace the condition for a cash or surety bail.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Youth | Justice Services

This program serves all people, ages 16 and up, accused of criminal offences and required to attend bail court. It provides information to the courts to speed up the court process. For those who qualify for bail, without the resources or support to meet bail conditions, we also offer supervision to those released while awaiting trial. Eligibility is determined by the JHS Court Worker. The program supports the reduction of delays in criminal court and represents a cost-effective alternative to remand in jail, by enabling the release of accused individuals. An assessment is completed upon release. The results of the assessment help the client and the Bail Supervisor in developing a case plan to address areas of concern that may have contributed to the alleged offence and/or be causing difficulty in a person’s life. Referrals are provided to other community agencies and resources to aid the client in reaching their goals. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

Thunder Bay | Adult | Justice Services

The Bail Verification and Supervision Program serves men and women aged 16 years or older who are accused of criminal offences and who are not deemed to be a threat to the community that qualify for bail, but do not have the finances or social ties to meet bail conditions. The Bail Program serves two principles upon which our democratic Justice system is based: the presumption of innocence before conviction and the fair equitable treatment of all people regardless of social and economic background.
The program aims to reduce the high numbers of people remanded into correctional facilities while awaiting trial. The services are delivered in partnership with local social service providers to address the non-criminal issues facing the accused such as addiction, mental and physical health, homelessness and unemployment.
The three major functions of the program are:
1. To identify the availability of a surety;
2. To provide verified neutral and factual information about an accused person at judicial interim release proceedings and to assist the court in selecting suitable candidates for bail and bail supervision;
3. To provide supervisory and referral services for people who are released from custody by the courts. An assessment is completed upon release. The result of the assessment is to help the client and the bail supervision counsellor in developing a case plan that can begin to address areas of concern that may have contributed to the alleged conduct.

John Howard Society of Thunder Bay: Main Office
315 S. Syndicate Ave.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 1E2

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

Windsor and Essex County / Youth / Justice Services

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

Windsor and Essex County | Youth | Justice Services

The Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP) is an alternative to incarceration for those awaiting a court disposition. Individuals over the age of 16 who are in custody, awaiting a bail review, and who do not have a surety may qualify for the BVSP. Individuals released to this program will be required to attend the Windsor Main Office or Chatham satellite locations for mandatory supervision appointments and case management. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County: Main Office
275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

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Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

The Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP) is an alternative to incarceration for those awaiting a court disposition. Individuals over the age of 16 who are in custody, awaiting a bail review, and who do not have a surety may qualify for the BVSP. Individuals released to this program will be required to attend the Windsor Main Office or Chatham satellite locations for mandatory supervision appointments and case management. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.


425 Grand Ave. W
Chatham, ON
M7M 6M8

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Boullee Huron Kipps Lane Program

London and District / Youth / Community Services

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Boullee Huron Kipps Lane Program

London and District | Youth | Community Services

Offers counselling, advocacy, and referrals to other agencies for children, youth, and families who reside in three subsidized housing projects. The communities house newcomers, many of whom are vulnerable and in poverty. High risk behaviours are identified to develop an effective intervention plan to ensure youth are able to complete school successfully and graduate to an apprenticeship, college, university, or emplyment.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Bridging the Gap

Hamilton Area / Adult / Family

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Bridging the Gap

Hamilton Area | Adult | Family

Support service for families impacted by incarceration. Works to identify and address the specific needs of those who have an incarcerated loved one. Programming topics incude income stability, budgeting and financial planning, dealing with stigma and isolation, coping strategies, visiting strategies, talking to friends and family about incarceration, nutrition, and health and wellness.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Caring Dads

Peterborough / Adult / Family

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Caring Dads

Peterborough | Adult | Family

Caring Dads is a 17 week intervention program for fathers (including biological, step, common-law) who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviours. The group component of Caring Dads combines elements of parenting, fathering, issues of abuse and child protection practice to enhance the safety and well-being of children. Program principles emphasize the need to enhance men’s motivation, promote child-centred fathering, address men’s ability to engage in respectful, non-abusive co-parenting with children’s mothers, recognize that children’s experience of trauma will impact the rate of possible change, and work collaboratively with other service providers to ensure that children benefit (and are not unintentionally harmed) as a result of father’s participation in intervention. Referrals are primarily made through Children’s Aid Society and Probation and Parole. The Caring Dads program is funded through The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Caring Dads

Waterloo and Wellington / Adult / Family

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Caring Dads

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Family

This program is open to fathers, most of which have been involved with Family and Children’s Services. It provides an opportunity for them to gain the tools to heal and build relationships with their children with a child-centred focus. Delivered in Kitchener and Cambridge, Caring Dads is offered in partnership with Family and Children’s Services and provides group and individual counselling pursuant to the certification standards of the Caring Dads Program (caringdads.org). Each participant completes an intake assessment to determine their suitability for the group. All participation is voluntary. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Cambridge Branch Office
40 Ainslie St S
Cambridge, ON
N1R 3K1

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Changes

Niagara / Youth / Education and Employment

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Changes

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

Changes focuses on students enrolled in Bridge Classrooms, Section 23 classes and high risk students in regular Elementary and Secondary classes across Niagara. Changes program delivers financial support for programs to assist you with learning disabilities and/or behaviour problems that will help them develop self-confidence, social skills and more effective problem solving/decision making skills necessary for them to be successful in school and society at large.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Children’s Groups

London and District / Youth / Community Services

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Children’s Groups

London and District | Youth | Community Services

One group for girls and one for boys in the Huron subsidized housing project. Through weekly group involvement, the children explore other cultures, racism, bullying, healthy relationships, family violence, and safety planning. Activities include cooking, arts and crafts, sports, games, science experiments, and drama. Staff and volunteers are positive role models for the children and educate them about healthy communication and relationship skills.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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CHOICES School-Based Prevention Program

Ottawa / Youth / Education and Employment

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CHOICES School-Based Prevention Program

Ottawa | Youth | Education and Employment

This project is in partnership with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and is funded in part from our community partners: Community Foundation of Ottawa and Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa. This program began as a two-year pilot project, funded through Crime Prevention Ottawa. Due to the program’s continued success, Choices has expanded into our fifth year of implementation and now services two inner city Ottawa schools.
Recognizing the importance of education in supporting a young person away from potential involvement in the justice system, this program takes place on school property. Programming for both males and females at the junior and senior levels of high school supports their learning and development in three distinct areas: attitudes, values and beliefs; peers and relationships; and social skills.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Choices: Cognitive Skills for Youth at Risk

Hamilton Area / Youth / Community Services

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Choices: Cognitive Skills for Youth at Risk

Hamilton Area | Youth | Community Services

An interactive eight 90 minute session program designed for youth 12-17. The program is offered on a weekly basis with the goal of providing youth with practical skills that will assist them in making better choices at home, school, and with their peers.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Cognitive Programming Initiative

Hamilton Area / Youth / Community Services

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Cognitive Programming Initiative

Hamilton Area | Youth | Community Services

A youth worker from JHS is assigned to the HWDSB to provide support to staff and management, collaboration with other community agencies regarding delivery of cognitive behavioural programs, provide cognitive skill development facilitation and individual work, provide direct behavioural interventions as required, and provide 9 hours of direct service a week in the classroom.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Collaborative Problem Solving Parent Group Therapy

Ottawa | Youth | Family

Our partner agency, youturn, provides Collaborative Problem Solving Parent Group Therapy, an 8 week program supporting parents in improving the parent/child relationship and decreasing challenging behaviour. Through the provision of targeted parental support, sustainable changes within the family lead to a reduction of future criminal involvement of the children in the family home.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Collective Impact

Belleville and District / Youth / Education and Employment

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Collective Impact

Belleville and District | Youth | Education and Employment

The Hastings County Youth Collective Impact project is led by the John Howard Society of Belleville and is aimed at improving graduation rates for youth in Hastings County for:
-Youth at risk of not receiving their high school diploma, and
– Youth who have already left school without a diploma.

Our project is focused specifically on understanding the needs of three subgroups of youth:
– Youth in Care
– Indigenous Youth
– Youth living in rural areas, specifically North Hastings

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Community Aftercare

Waterloo and Wellington / Adult / Community Services

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Community Aftercare

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Community Services

This program is offered at JHSWW Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph offices. It provides assistance to people wishing to re-integrate into the community successfully. The aftercare program provides referrals to community resources such as social assistance, employment services, housing registries, food banks, mental health services and addiction treatment programs. The JHSWW Aftercare Coordinator provides one to one counselling, utilizing a cognitive-behavioural approach to alleviate criminogenic thinking and support clients with pro-social goals. Participation is voluntary. Funding is provided by local United Ways. The Program also includes assistant with records suspensions and US Waivers for a fee.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Community Alternative for School Suspension

Durham Region / Youth / Education and Employment

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Community Alternative for School Suspension

Durham Region | Youth | Education and Employment

Part of a Safe Schools initiative to provide programming for suspended and expelled students in Clarington to effectively utilize their time to participate in academics, community involvement and life skills development. School Boards provide teaching staff to ensure academic progress while programming staff deliver life skills workshops and community involvement initiatives that help to address some of the barriers to promote a successful return to school. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Clarington Office and Firehouse Youth Centre
132 Church St.
Bowmanville, ON
L1C 1T5

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Community Based Youth Justice Section 23 (CBYJ)

Niagara | Youth | Justice Services

Grade 6-8 students who have demonstrated emerging behaviours in the classroom and/or community that require Youth Justice involvement. Students demonstrate one of the following: Severe behaviour resulting in school exclusion, history of severe childhood trauma, single to multiple learning challenges and single to multiple mental health challenges with the trauma.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Community Education

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Education and Employment

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Community Education

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Education and Employment

Since its inception in 1949, JHS has provided the community with an understanding of the work of the Society and its philosophy by sharing information in schools, at local community agencies, to citizen groups (e.g. service clubs), to the media, etc. This service is offered on an ad hoc basis and upon invitation from various groups. This is not a funded service.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Community Education

Simcoe and Muskoka / Adult / Education and Employment

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Community Education

Simcoe and Muskoka | Adult | Education and Employment

Since its inception in 1998, JHS has provided the community with an understanding of the work of the Society and its philosophy by sharing information in schools, at local community agencies, to citizen groups (e.g. service clubs), to the media, etc. This service is offered on an ad hoc basis and upon invitation from various groups. This is not a funded service.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Main Office
80 Bradford St. – Unit 336
Barrie, ON
L4N 6S7

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Community Education / Public Speaking

Toronto / Adult / Education and Employment

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Community Education / Public Speaking

Toronto | Adult | Education and Employment

This service is provided to the community as requested to provide education and information on the Criminal Justice system. This service assists to demystify the Justice System, debunk myths, educate the community on the facts about crime and its causes, to advocate on behalf of, and minimize fear associated with the JHS client group, and to provide information on the programs and services required to increase community safety. This service is provided in a variety of professional settings throughout the City of Toronto, including schools and businesses. This program is not specifically funded.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Community Education Program

London and District / Adult / Education and Employment

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Community Education Program

London and District | Adult | Education and Employment

Working with many community groups and coalitions to provide education and understanding of the social justice issues affecting JHS clients. The program provides information and workshops about the criminal justice system and its impact on society. Speakers are provided in schools, churchers, service clubs, and community organizations.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Community Education Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Education and Employment

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Community Education Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Education and Employment

Provides the community with a balanced approach to information regarding crime, crime trends, and statistics, and the impact of crime on Hamilton and its citizens. The agency presents a realistic view of crime and its impact through appearances at seminars, speaking engagements, presentations, and various media contacts.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Community Employment Resource Centre

Ottawa / Youth / Education and Employment

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Community Employment Resource Centre

Ottawa | Youth | Education and Employment

The Community Employment Resource Centre, through the Employment Service program, assists individuals to access training, and prepare for, find and maintain employment, as well as providing assistance to employers to find and hire qualified employees. The Resource room offers a welcoming environment for individuals providing information, resources and 11 computers available for public use.
Services provided:
• The Employment Service offers a range of services, tailored to meet individual needs, including: Information and Resource Services, employment planning and preparation, and job search and placement support.Services for Job Seekers:
• Individual employment counselling
• Access to subsidized placement
• Career interest assessments
• Interview preparation and job search support
• Résumé development
• Workshops
• Job Fairs
• Summer jobs for students (April to end of August).
Available resources include:
• Job postings
• State of the art computers with high speed Internet access
• Fax machines and printers
• Telephones
• Business directories, newspapers and journals
• Training opportunities and labour market information
• Apprenticeship, education and career information
• Information on a wide variety of community resources.
Employer services:
• Pre-screening and referring candidates for hire
• Posting job openings
• Providing training subsidies for eligible new hires
• Hosting Hiring and Job Fairs
• Subsidies for hiring summer students.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Community Integration

Windsor and Essex County / Adult / Community Services

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Community Integration

Windsor and Essex County | Adult | Community Services

Staff will provide clients with counselling and a range of support and referral services upon their release from provincial and federal institutions.

John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County: Main Office
275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

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Community Justice

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Justice

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This program is offered at two court sites: 1000 Finch Ave. (at Dufferin) and 2201 Finch Ave. (Arrow Rd.), and is open to all clients who have been determined to be eligible for “diversion” by the court. The goal is to allow participants to complete reasonable sanctions as an alternative to the regular court process. Some case management services are available through this program which operates daily at both locations, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Bus tickets are made available in some circumstances and all participation is mandated by the court.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Community Maintenance Program

Ottawa / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Maintenance Program

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

This is a Correctional Service of Canada Core Program. Its focus is on relapse prevention and it is offered in a group setting in partnership with the Ottawa Parole Office and JHS. It is open to male federal parolees in the Ottawa area in order to provide a continuum of service, from the institution to the community, for those who have completed a core CSC program while incarcerated. Offered at the main site of JHS, it consists of one session offered for 2 hours each week. Generally the program runs for 12 weeks, though it can be reduced to 6 sessions in total for lower risk/needs clients. Participants can take up to 16 hours of programming. Eligibility is based on CSC programs taken while incarcerated. Bus tickets are provided and light refreshments are available. Participation is mandatory. Funding for this program is provided by the Correctional Service of Canada.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Community Maintenance Program – Multi Target

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Maintenance Program – Multi Target

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

Group program for federally released parolees consisting of 12 sessions. It is designed to reduce the risk of reoffending by teaching individuals to apply skills learned in the main program to real-life situations. Referrals only accepted from CSC.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Community Presentations and Education

Sudbury / Adult / Education and Employment

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Community Presentations and Education

Sudbury | Adult | Education and Employment

This service includes the provision of JHS speakers to elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, institutions, service clubs and church groups. Topics vary in accordance with the specific needs and interests of the audience.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Community Reintegration: Crisis Intervention

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

The purpose of this program is to connect individuals at various stages of reintegration with needed supports and services. The program assists those in conflict with the law, or at risk of coming into conflict with the law, as well as any members of the community who find themselves in a crisis situation. The program helps clients address financial, housing, treatment, and employment needs; and, provides advocacy and support in crisis situations through referral and follow-up with social services, shelters, landlords, employment and training programs, and treatment resources.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Community Response Program (CRP)

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Response Program (CRP)

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This is an intensive case management program for men either in our Domestic Violence program or to provide supports prior to admission to our PAR program. It is enhanced case management support for Domestic Violence. Though most individuals are referred internally some are referred by Police as it is identified they require additional supports while waiting admission to a PAR program. This individual counselling service increases and individual’s ability to succeed in our Domestic Violence program, thereby, reducing risk of harm to their partners. The counselling provided includes: housing; mental health supports; and crisis intervention.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Niagara | Adult | Justice Services

Open to individuals 18+ who are sentenced to complete community service hours as a condition to their probation order. The main goals are to successfully complete a specified number of community service hours as mandated by the courts and to match each client with a work placement to ensure a positive outcome. Case management services are also offered through this program which runs 35 hours per week. Minimum requirements are specified on each client’s probation order. All services and supports are provided on a one to one basis and all participation is mandated by the Court.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Bail & Community Justice Programs
4300 Drummond Rd.
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E6C3

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Justice Services

This program is open to adults in Lambton County who have been sentenced by the Court to perform community service hours. The program strives to provide a safe and considerate environment with proper supervision and motivation to aid clients in completing their sentence requirements. Placement facilities are located throughout the City of Sarnia and Lambton County, including First Nations Territories, and in partnership with numerous community partners who provide both placement opportunities as well as supervision. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Justice Services

This program responds to a need for alternative sentencing options for those charged with non-violent offences. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 who have been ordered to perform community service hours by the courts. The intent of the program is to provide an opportunity to repair the damage, while allowing participants to enhance their skills, through participating in work placements at non-profit agencies. Alternative community-based projects may be considered and approved by the JHS staff to accommodate a client’s needs while promoting the successful completion of the program. JHS staff also provide participants with referrals to other organizations, when needed for short-term counselling, as it pertains to their successful placement with an agency. This program is funded by the Ministry of Solicitor General.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

This program assists adult men and women who receive community service as a disposition from the courts to complete hours mandated by the court. The program operates at JHS’ main office site for 16.5 hours per week. Each participant completes an intake assessment and services are provided on a one on one basis. Placement organizations are located in the City of Greater Sudbury and include non-profit agencies, individuals who are older adults or physically challenged, and charitable groups such as churches. The JHS coordinator works with and supervises the client to insure that s/he completes their hours in a placement that is suitable and provides the participant and the agency with a meaningful experience. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Thunder Bay / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Thunder Bay | Adult | Justice Services

The Community Service Order Program (CSO) is a community based sentencing alternative that allows individuals to make a positive contribution to the community by performing volunteer community work, at a non-profit organization

John Howard Society of Thunder Bay: Main Office
315 S. Syndicate Ave.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 1E2

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Waterloo and Wellington / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Justice Services

As a probation order or as a conditional sentence, judges may order individuals to perform a specified number of hours of volunteer work in the community, at charitable organizations. JHSWW oversees the completion of these community work orders by setting up work placements, providing support to participating community agencies, and by verifying that the work order has been completed satisfactorily. JHSWW provides this program in both Kitchener and Cambridge. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Cambridge Branch Office
40 Ainslie St S
Cambridge, ON
N1R 3K1

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Justice Services

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Community Service Order Program (CSO)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Justice Services

Provides opportunities for adults who have been convicted of a crime and ordered by a judge to complete community service hours. Clients are seen on an ongoing basis for the duration that the CSO is outstanding.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Community Services

Peel Region and Area / Youth / Community Services

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Community Services

Peel Region and Area | Youth | Community Services

The Community Services program is voluntary and open to both males and females, adults and youth, who are in crisis and facing on-going challenges with housing, poverty, addiction, mental health, criminal justice, relationships or self-management. The program’s goal is to provide counselling, support, advocacy and referrals to assist clients in achieving their identified personal goals. There is no wait list; however, clients are encouraged to make and keep appointments although they may be seen on a first come, first served basis. Services are available Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. All individuals seeking services are provided with a confidential interview whether by scheduled appointment or by “walking-in.” Collect phone calls from institutions are accepted but not for the purposes of third party calls. The Program is delivered out of locations in Brampton, Milton, and Orangeville.
Community Services interventions, for all locations, may include transportation assistance, housing help, life skills programming, income tax supports and free access to computers, phones, and fax machines. In Peel, the funding for Community Services is provided by the Peel United Way, which is renewed annually. Both Brampton and Mississauga locations, in partnership with the Region of Peel, act as Needle Exchange sites, plus both Peel locations have available to clients the Voice Mail Program. Community Services in Halton are funded in part by Milton United Way. The Halton location offers a Substance Use Prevention Program (for youth).
Dufferin also makes available the Dufferin Housing Help Center which maintains a housing registry to assist individuals in securing affordable accommodation that exists in the private rental market. Housing search resource area with internet, telephone and fax is provided. Counsellors are available to support clients through the process. Landlords are provided with free listing service to post rental vacancies and to connect to suitable tenants. This service is available on-line at dufferinhousinghelp.com or by contacting the Orangeville location.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Brampton Branch Office
44 Queen St. E.
Brampton, ON
L6V 1A2

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Community Services

Kingston and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Community Services

Kingston and District | Youth | Justice Services

Intake/outreach program responds to the pre-release planning and post-release needs of ex-prisoners as they re-enter the community after a period of imprisonment. Seeks to address the impact of poverty, isolation, and criminalization through a variety of assistance. Supports include: reintegration counselling, practial support, referrals, assistance with OW and access to emergency shelters, meal programs, food banks, clothing, bedding, furniture, and other items of daily living.

John Howard Society of Kingston & District: Main Office
771 Montreal Street
Kingston, ON
K7K 3J4

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Core Services

Belleville and District / Adult / Community Services

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Core Services

Belleville and District | Adult | Community Services

The agency offers one-on-one counselling, case management, advocacy, and referrals. The services are available to adults who are involved in the criminal justice system and who require assistance to realize their personal goals. One hour sessions are provided as needed, following the completion of an initial intake assessment. Participation is voluntary, though some are directed by an Ontario Works worker or probation officer to attend. It is offered as a core service and funded by donations.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Counselling

Belleville and District / Adult / Community Services

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Counselling

Belleville and District | Adult | Community Services

Short-term solution focused counselling and court assistance is available to youth and adults.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Counselling (Youth)

Belleville and District / Youth / Community Services

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Counselling (Youth)

Belleville and District | Youth | Community Services

Short-term solution focused counselling and court assistance is available to youth and adults.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Counselling Services (Youth)

Durham Region / Youth / Community Services

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Counselling Services (Youth)

Durham Region | Youth | Community Services

Continuous intake is provided for individual support counselling in the areas of stress, conflict, communication, parenting, substance use, relationships, grief and loss. Services are available at all of our office locations in Durham, accessible by an initial phone call to schedule an intake appointment. Funding is provided by United Way Durham Region.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

County Outreach Program

London and District / Youth / Community Services

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County Outreach Program

London and District | Youth | Community Services

Offers counselling to youth and their families residing in West Middlesex County. Social workers attend secondary schools and receive referrals of high risk youth from educators, parents, probation officers, police, CAS, and other social agencies. Social workers address the high risk behaviours through counselling in the context of school, family, and community. Parents are offered counselling when appropriate.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Crime Prevention Program

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Crime Prevention Program

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

A short term intervention designed to create greater awareness in participants of the costs of criminal behaviour to their community as well as their responsibility to alter their own actions to create positive change. The program teaches youth 12-17 how to constructively respond to problem situations through exercises focusing on self-control, conflict, responsiblity, stealing, the law, decision making, and leisure time.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Crisis Intervention

Ottawa / Adult / Justice Services

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Crisis Intervention

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

In response to a need identified by JHS to provide crisis intervention services for those being released from custody without support, this service, offered daily (8:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday), is open to anyone in the Ottawa area that is in crisis. However, the majority of the clients served have been involved with the criminal justice system and face housing, addiction, and mental health issues. The goals of the program are to respond directly to the client’s presenting need (i.e. food, shelter, transportation, financial, housing, mental health, emotional needs), supporting them through their crisis and then motivating them to address identified core issues through treatment or other interventions on an individual basis. In some cases, bus tickets and taxi chits are issued. Light refreshments are also available and clients are both voluntary and mandated. In addition, condoms are available as are referrals to other community programs or services and advocacy with the Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works when needed. This program is funded by United Way and is renewed annually. It has been running for 8 years and it is anticipated to continue.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Crisis Intervention & Reintegration Services

Hamilton Area / Adult / Justice Services

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Crisis Intervention & Reintegration Services

Hamilton Area | Adult | Justice Services

Provides short and long term crisis intervention to any community member having issues related to the criminal justice system/youth justice system. Reintegration services are provided to individuals released from federal or provincial correctional centres who receive ongoing support and counselling related to their identified needs.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Crossroads Day Reporting Centre (CDRC)

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and St. Leonard’s Society of Toronto have a partnership through the development of the Crossroads Day Reporting Centre (CDRC). The CDRC represents a critical component in the continuum of care within the context of community based corrections consistent with objectives related to a safer community and enhanced offender reintegration. The CDRC targets higher risk/need offenders in the community by delivering a program that is proactive and integrates evidence-based components resulting from up to date research in community corrections and offenders rehabilitation.
The primary objective of the CDRC is to work within the guideline of CSC, the National Parole Board, and its parole offices, while honoring the needs of the local community. We contribute to enhanced community safety and decreased victimization through the facilitation of the higher risk offender’s successful reintegration. The CDRC can help meet the challenges of community supervision (i.e. parole) by accepting high risk offenders, utilizing the most updated evidence-based risk/need assessment instruments and developing and implementing an individualized case management plan that targets services and community resources to offenders’ needs. Counseling is done one-to-one and the frequency of reporting as well as the types of needs addressed vary for each offender.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Crossroads Program

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Crossroads Program

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

Walter Huculak House – known as the Crossroads Program – is a community residential facility for federally sentenced adult males on a supervised release from a federal institution. The paramount goal of this program is to increase public safety by assisting with the successful reintegration of these clients. Crossroads’ staff works in collaboration with Correctional Services Canada (CSC) to effectively manage risk by addressing “need areas” that assist clients stabilize in the community and lead productive pro-social lives.

The following program areas are provided to all clients:
• Individual Counselling
• Graduated Leave System
• Employment/ Vocational/ Educational Programs
• Financial Program
• Leisure/Recreational/Social Programs
• Substance Abuse Programs
• Community Involvement Program

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Dads Aiming for Direction and Support (D.A.D.S.)

Durham Region | Adult | Family

A 25 hour facilitated, educational and peer supported program for dads experiencing separation or divorce to expand their support network, strengthen relationships with their children, and develop healthy interpersonal, parenting and co-operative parenting skills. Clients talk to our program support staff for pre-screening followed by an appointment with a counselor for assessment and goal setting. Clients are referred by various community services such as: lawyers, courts, probation, employers, child protection workers, medical and social service workers, mental health workers, self, family or friends. Funding is provided by the United Way.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

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Direct Accountability

Niagara / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability

Niagara | Adult | Justice Services

The Direct Accountability program is an alternative to prosecution for eligible individuals 18 year or older who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through community-based sanctions. Some of the sanctions available through the DAP include: restitution, an apology letter, volunteer work, charitable donations, peace bond, and forfeiture of sized property. The accused may also be sanctioned to attend an educational program at JHSoN, such as Anger Manager, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, or Stop Shop Theft. The main goals of the program are to reduce the number of individuals remanded to court, to reduce court costs for trial dates, and to give clients the opportunity to have their charges withdrawn. Initial intakes are completed at the St. Catharines or Welland courthouses or at the JHS office. The Crown Attorney’s office does the screening for each client prior to their first court date and prior to referring them to JHS. Though clients are referred by the courts, individuals may choose whether or not to participate in the program. Funding is provided only by the service fees collected from participants. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Welland Branch Office
225 E Main St.
Welland, ON
L3B3W7

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Direct Accountability

Durham Region / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability

Durham Region | Adult | Justice Services

The Direct Accountability runs out of the Oshawa Courthouse and is an alternative to formal prosecution for adults 18 and over who have been charged with a minor criminal offence. Individuals willing to accept responsibility for the actions that lead to the charge complete an assigned sanction within an agreed upon time period. Sanctions may include restitution, community service work, charitable donations, attending a program, writing a letter of apology or agreeing to a peace bond. Programming options include Anger and Substance Abuse Prevention and Stop-Shop-Theft programs. Funding is provided by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

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Direct Accountability

Hamilton Area / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability

Hamilton Area | Adult | Justice Services

Includes two service components: Community Justice Worker and Programming Options. The CJW works with the Crown and the offender to determine, implement, and monitor alternative sanctions. Programming Options are educational and informative in nature adn include: Alcohol and drug awareness, Anger management, and Stop Shop Theft

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Direct Accountability

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Justice Services

Alternative to prosecution for those eligible 19+ charged with minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through community-based sanctions. These include restitution, apology, volunteer work, charitable donation, and attending a program or presentation.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Direct Accountability Program

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability Program

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

Offers groups in anger management, shoplifting, and substance abuse for low risk offenders who are diverted from court.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Direct Accountability Program

The direct accountability program is an alternative to prosecution for eligible individuals over the age of 18 who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through community-based sanctions. Individuals referred to the direct accountability programming options have been assessed as being able to benefit from an opportunity to address the problematic thinking, feelings and behaviour that has led to their involvement with the criminal justice system.
Participants must have been screened by the Crown as eligible to participate in the direct accountability program, and have been assessed as appropriate for one of the program options by the Direct Accountability Worker at the court. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Halton Office
193 Main St. E.
Milton, ON
L9T 1N7

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Justice Services

This is a diversion program that reduces court time and criminal records for adults. The Crown reviews the charge, screens it for the program, and notifies the accused during court. The accused then meets with a JHS Worker who explains the program, discusses a sanction, and determines eligibility. To be considered for the program an individual must be willing to •accept responsibility for actions that led to the charge; •make amends for their offence through an assigned sanction; •complete an agreement, which outlines the sanctions to be met. If the person successfully completes the assigned sanction, the person will not have a criminal conviction registered. Sanctions can include community service; restitution; charitable donations; or attendance at our Anger and Substance Awareness Program. This program explores anger and substances, their effects on the mind and body, the costs/benefits of substance use, the benefits of change, and treatment options. The program is funded by MAG.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Sudbury / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

The Crown Attorney will notify the accused on, or before, their first court appearance if they are considered eligible. The accused then meets with the Direct Accountability Coordinator who explains the details of the program and the sanction(s) assigned by the Crown and determines if the individual meets the requirements of the program.
Individuals can also ask their Counsel or Duty Counsel about their eligibility. Participants should ask for legal advice from Counsel about their rights, the benefits of the program and the legal implications of their participation in the program. To be considered for the program an individual must:
• Be willing to accept responsibility for actions that led to the charge;
• Be willing to make amends for their offence through an assigned task or “sanction”;
• Complete an agreement, which outlines the terms of sanctions to be met.

The Direct Accountability Coordinator will meet with the individual to determine their ability and willingness to make reparation for the offence and their suitability and motivation to complete the assigned sanction(s). The Direct Accountability Coordinator will set a time limit for the completion of the agreed upon sanction(s). Funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Thunder Bay / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Thunder Bay | Adult | Justice Services

The Direct Accountability Program is an alternative to prosecution for adults 18 years and older who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through relevant and meaningful community based sanctions.

John Howard Society of Thunder Bay: Main Office
315 S. Syndicate Ave.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 1E2

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Belleville and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Belleville and District | Adult | Justice Services

For adults 18 years and older. DAP is an alternative to prosecution for eligible individuals who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The person needs to accept responsibility and complete a community-based sanction. The Stop, Shop Theft program is offered as a possible sanction and delivered six times a year. The program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Waterloo and Wellington / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Justice Services

This program allows adults charged with minor criminal offences in Provincial Court an opportunity to repair harm and address root causes of their crime. Upon successful completion, the charges are withdrawn. Unsuccessful cases go through the normal court process. This program clears court time by diverting those charges with minor offences and by reducing the number of court appearances. All referrals must be approved by the Crown Attorney.
Participants meet with the JHSWW Coordinator to establish a plan of action that will allow the person to be accountable for their actions without appearing before a judge. Examples of suitable plans might be to make a donation to a charity, complete volunteer service hours or attend counselling, treatment or a workshop to gain skills and information that will reduce the likelihood of the person engaging in the behaviour again. Workshops JHSWW provides for the Direct Accountability program are: Substance Use Awareness (Kitchener), Anger Management (Kitchener), Anger & Substance Awareness (Guelph), and Stop Shop Theft (Guelph). Funding is provided by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Guelph Branch Office
85 Westmount Rd.
Guelph, ON
N1H 5J2

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

York Region / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Accountability Program (DAP)

York Region | Adult | Justice Services

The John Howard Society Direct Accountability Program is an alternative to prosecution for adults 18 years and older who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through relevant and meaningful community based sanctions. Eligibility for the program is determined by the Crown Attorney’s office. Sanctions available through the Direct Accountability Program include restitution, a letter of apology, volunteer work, a charitable donation, attending a program or presentation or entering into a Peace Bond. Program options are currently provided by the Family Services of York Region and include a Shoplifting Prevention Program, Anger Management and Alcohol and Drug Education Workshops. By successfully completing the sanction imposed, individuals can be held accountable for their behaviour and have the charge(s) withdrawn by the courts. Participation in the program is voluntary. Individuals who are not accepted into the program or who do not successfully complete the program will be returned to the formal court process. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of York Region: Main Office
6600 Bayview Avenue – Unit 306
Newmarket, ON
L3X 1Z9

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Direct Service

Sudbury / Adult / Justice Services

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Direct Service

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

Since its inception in 1960, JHS has been offering this core service. It is open to individuals who are or who have been in conflict with the law. Support is also available to family members, friends and loved ones who have been impacted by their loved one’s criminal justice system involvement. This program is offered on site at the JHS office (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm and some evenings) and provides support and counselling services. Each participant completes an intake assessment at their first meeting. All participation is voluntary and sometimes transportation assistance maybe available for those needing to conduct employment searches. Funding for the program is provided by the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts, through Bingo fundraisers and financial donations from individuals, community businesses and private foundations.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Diversion Progrraming

Ottawa / Youth / Justice Services

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Diversion Progrraming

Ottawa | Youth | Justice Services

This programming is provided in partnership with the Ottawa Community Youth Diversion Program, operated through the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Gender-specific groups and individual counselling focusing on peer influences and healthy relationships, and the role of thoughts and thinking in risky and criminal behaviour, support youth ages 12 to 17 in being accountable for actions that have brought them to the attention of police and the courts.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Domestic Violence program

Sudbury / Adult / Community Services

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Domestic Violence program

Sudbury | Adult | Community Services

This program is a joint partnership, led by the John Howard Society of Sudbury. The partners are the Sudbury Counselling Centre, Sudbury Women’s Centre, Sudbury and Area Victim Services, Sudbury-Manitoulin Children’s Aid Society and the Greater Sudbury Police Services. This service includes group and individual counselling for the perpetrators of domestic violence as well as ongoing follow up support for the adult victims of domestic violence. The perpetrators can enter the program at any stage of the criminal justice continuum. It is not a PAR [Partner Assault Response] program. Funding for the program is provided by the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts, the John Howard Society of Sudbury and associated partners.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

Belleville and District / Youth / Community Services

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Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program

Belleville and District | Youth | Community Services

This three-session program provides individual intervention for both drug and alcohol issues for high school students under suspension for problems in these areas. The first session involves an initial risk assessment on the background of the student as well as on the action, which brought the student under suspension. The second session focuses on the consequences related to the usage of drugs. Further, the last session highlights the psychological and physiological impact of certain drugs, as well as the effects of alcohol use. Homework is assigned to students as an additional component of the program. Funded by private donations.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Educational Presentations and Programs

Windsor and Essex County / Youth / Education and Employment

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Educational Presentations and Programs

Windsor and Essex County | Youth | Education and Employment

Group programs and presentations are offered to elementary and secondary schools in the Windsor-Essex area which address anger management, domestic violence, shoplifting, bullying-R.E.V.I.S.E. (Reduce Violence in the School Environment), drugs and alcohol, and vandalism -R.E.C.A.P. (Reducing Crime Against Property).

John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County: Main Office
275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

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Educational Workshops to Newcomers

London and District / Adult / Education and Employment

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Educational Workshops to Newcomers

London and District | Adult | Education and Employment

Workshops to newcomers and refugees to provide education on justice and protection services as well as rights and responsibilities under Canadian law.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Employment

Niagara / Adult / Education and Employment

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Employment

Niagara | Adult | Education and Employment

Employment Ontario Services funded through Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Assistance offered is Resource and Information, Client Service Planning and Coordinator, Job Matching and Placement Incentives, Second Career, Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, Ontario Works – Kitchen Prep, Canada-Ontario Job Grant, and Ontario Works –Starting towards Employment Program.
We offer seminars, skill building workshops, training, certification opportunities and job search expertise to people of all ages, at no cost. Participants are provided with several provincially recognized certifications including Food Safety, Smart Serve, Service Excellence, and Worker health and Safety Awareness. This also includes training on jobs searching employer expectations and job maintenance.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Employment

Ottawa / Adult / Education and Employment

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Employment

Ottawa | Adult | Education and Employment

Our Employment Programs provide individuals with assistance to prepare for, find, and keep employment. Both the Community Employment Resource Centre and Hire Power programs offer individualized, goal-oriented assistance along with workshops on various topics, including resume writing, job search/networking, interview skills, shining on the job, apprenticeship, and trades. Smart Serve and WHMIS workshops provide certification, and are also available on-line. Workshops are offered in the community, schools and on-site. In addition, employers are assisted with their hiring needs throughout the year with job fairs, pre-screening of applicants, access to training incentives and one on one support to job seeker and employer.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Employment Ontario – Employement Services

Niagara / Youth / Education and Employment

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Employment Ontario – Employement Services

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

Our highly trained and skilled staff offers valuable assistance to those looking to expand their skills or wanting to improve their employment prospects. We offer seminars, skill building workshops, training, and certification opportunities.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Welland Branch Office
225 E Main St.
Welland, ON
L3B3W7

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Employment Resource Centre

Durham Region / Youth / Education and Employment

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Employment Resource Centre

Durham Region | Youth | Education and Employment

Resource and Information services are open to the community at large regardless of employment status.
• A current Job Board with various employment opportunities
• Computers Access with Hi-speed Internet and Wi-Fi
• Fax, Printer and Photocopier Services
• Telephone Service
• Access to Current Labour Market Information
• Virtual Job Board

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Whitby Branch Office
114 Dundas Street East – Unit #200
Whitby, ON
L1N 2H7

Employment Services

Peel Region and Area / Adult / Education and Employment

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Employment Services

Peel Region and Area | Adult | Education and Employment

This free program, operating out of the Brampton JHSPHD office at 134 Main Street North, provides employment assistance to all persons who are unemployed or underemployed. Hours of operation are: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with extended hours on Wednesday evenings (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm). The Employment Program provides a range of services and supports ranging from self-directed use of the Resource Centre, to individual, customized employment counselling and supports including subsidized and monitored employment placements. Second Career applications comprise a significant part of the service activity. A component of the program is to work with employers in facilitating the matching with job seekers and with successful job maintenance.
Summer Job Services, a separate component of Employment Services, connects youth returning to school (15 to 24 years of age) with finding summer jobs. It is a subsidized wage program whereby employers receive subsidies to provide summer work to students. Employers and students are matched through the program to maximize the learning and the available funding. Transportation and other financial supports may be provided through this program based on identified individual need. All participation is voluntary. Funding for employment services is provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Brampton Branch Office
44 Queen St. E.
Brampton, ON
L6V 1A2

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Employment Services

Waterloo and Wellington / Youth / Education and Employment

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Employment Services

Waterloo and Wellington | Youth | Education and Employment

Our Employment Resource Centre is an Employment Ontario funded site that provides general community access to employment and community supports to all ages in Cambridge and North Dumfries. As an Employment Ontario site for Cambridge and North Dumfries, community members can access more direct supports beyond those offered in our Employment Resource Centre. Clients requiring more intensive services register with us and have access to one-on-one service with an Employment Counsellor or Job Developer as well as job coaching support services. We will ensure that clients have an attractive and effective résumé for self-marketing and, in some instances, will make the approach to employers on the client’s behalf. We have limited funds to subsidize the training period of some clients as well as money to assist some clients with limited expenses to begin their employment. We also have occasional specialized programs to assist specific populations. For example, Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connection – Summer and Youth Job Link, programs assisting youth with a continuum of capacities in securing employment.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Employment Services (ES) and Employment Resource Centre

Kingston and District / Youth / Education and Employment

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Employment Services (ES) and Employment Resource Centre

Kingston and District | Youth | Education and Employment

Offers a wide range of voluntary no fee services designed to help youth and adults find and keep jobs. Provides: individual employment counselling, assistance with resume and cover letter writing, aid in addressing pre-employment barriers, interview instruction and practice, referrals to job training and education, employer referrals, development and commitment to an employment action plan, specialized blue collar job search strategies, career counselling, no fee access to computers/internet and job search sites, access to newspapers, fax, and photocopiers.

John Howard Society of Kingston & District: Restart Employment Services
900 Montreal St
Kingston, ON
K7K 3J9

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Extrajudicial Measures

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Measures

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Youth | Justice Services

Mandated alternative to traditional court proceedings for youth who have committed minor offences. Youth are assigned meaningful consequences through projects or work in the community. The goal is to assist youth through a pre-charge diversion program while holding them accountable for their actions.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Youth Centre
370 Kent Street – Unit 18
Lindsay, ON
K9V 3L9

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Extrajudicial Measures (EJM)

Peterborough / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Measures (EJM)

Peterborough | Youth | Justice Services

Measures are imposed on a young person (12 to 17 years old) as a pre-charge with the hope of addressing their issues before they have a criminal record. We work closely with officers from the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Services and the Peterborough County OPP. The young person must take responsibility for their actions which may include: Theft under $5000, mischief, possession of narcotics, shoplifting, and minor assault. The young person is referred to the agency by a police officer, who then meets with one of our youth workers to determine the outcome. Outcomes may include: counseling, attending a workshop (shoplifting, Anger Management), a letter of apology, or other work (project/presentation) related to the crime. We also refer to other agencies as necessary. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Branch.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Extrajudicial Measures (EJM)

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Measures (EJM)

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Youth | Justice Services

Low-risk youth 12 to 17 years old (referred by police) who have committed an offence are referred by City Police. After discussing the incident with a counsellor, the youth chooses an appropriate meaningful consequence and within a few weeks reports and verifies its completion. If the youth shows signs of being at higher risk of re-offending, referrals are made to appropriate community resources. We believe in the prevention of crime by providing intervention for individuals who are at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. The Extra Judicial Measures program allows us to assess the youth for risk factors, then provide or refer them to appropriate community services. There is no funding for this program.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Extrajudicial Measures (EJM)

Sudbury / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Measures (EJM)

Sudbury | Youth | Justice Services

This program provides community-based pre-charge measures, where a young person can be adequately dealt with by police warning, caution, or referral to a community program. Young persons (ages 12 to 17) are eligible if in the following situations:
• Young persons alleged to have committed an offence, who accept responsibility for participation or involvement in the commission of the offence;
• Young persons who have been informed of their rights and consent to participate in an Extrajudicial Measure;
• There is sufficient evidence in the opinion of the police officer to proceed with charge(s) against the young person for the offence, and the prosecution is not in any way barred by law.
Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Extrajudicial Measures and Sanctions (EJM/EJS)

Waterloo and Wellington / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Measures and Sanctions (EJM/EJS)

Waterloo and Wellington | Youth | Justice Services

This program provides an opportunity for youth who have committed minor offences to take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the community. Some youth are required to meet with a community panel to develop a contract that may include such things as restitution, letters of apology, essays, attending special programs and performing volunteer work. Others are referred directly to one or more educational workshops on: Preventing Property Crimes, Understanding Anger, Get Connected, and Drug and Alcohol Awareness. These workshops educate youth about making good choices and thinking before acting. They also stress the development of decision-making skills, moral reasoning, victim empathy and dealing with negative peer pressure.

Youth are referred to Extrajudicial Measures program by police (pre-charge) or to Extrajudicial Sanctions by the Crown Attorney (Post-charge). The latter are seen by Youth Justice Committees, which are comprised of community volunteers who have been trained under principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Extrajudicial Measures Program

Durham Region / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Measures Program

Durham Region | Youth | Justice Services

The Extrajudicial Measures Program is designed for youth aged 12-17. Clients attend either four-session anti-theft or anger awareness groups or one-on-one counselling sessions as an alternative to the formal court process. Referrals are made by Durham Regional Police. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services –Youth Justice.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Clarington Office and Firehouse Youth Centre
132 Church St.
Bowmanville, ON
L1C 1T5

Extrajudicial Measures Program

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Measures Program

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

In partnership with Hamilton Police Services, youth 12-17 are diverted from the formal youth justice process while holding them accountable for their actions in a community context. Working with each youth to design a program of measures that address their risks and needs as well as the needs of the person(s) harmed and the community. The outcome of each case is reported back to HPS.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Extrajudicial Sanctions

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Sanctions

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Youth | Justice Services

Formal non-court response ordered by the Court intended for young offenders who have committed more serious offences. A charge is stayed for one year while the young offender demonstrates accountability for their offence through a diversion program as an alternative to the formal court process.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Youth Centre
370 Kent Street – Unit 18
Lindsay, ON
K9V 3L9

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Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS)

Peterborough / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS)

Peterborough | Youth | Justice Services

Sanctions are imposed on a young person as a post-charge diversion. Referrals are made by the Crown Attorney. The process is similar to Extra Judicial Measures (above) or, when appropriate, referred to the Youth Justice Committee/Restorative Justice Program. Funded by Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Branch.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS)

Sudbury / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJS)

Sudbury | Youth | Justice Services

This program provides community-based post-charge sanctions, outside of the formal judicial proceedings, where a young person cannot be adequately dealt with by police caution, warning or referral to a community program because of the nature and number of offences or any other aggravating circumstances. Young persons, aged 12 to 17, alleged to have committed an offence, who accept responsibility for participation or involvement in the commission of the offence are eligible. The young person has been informed of their rights to counsel, been given a reasonable opportunity to consult with counsel and having been informed of the EJS, freely consents to participate in an Extrajudicial Sanction. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Extrajudicial Sanctions Program

Sarnia Lambton / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Sanctions Program

Sarnia Lambton | Youth | Justice Services

The Extrajudicial Sanctions Program is a post-charge diversion from the formal court process. This is an opportunity for youth to be accountable for their actions while recognizing the impact of their actions on their community. Clients referred to this program are provided with brief, offence-specific cognitive interventions. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Youth Justice Services.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Extrajudicial Sanctions Program

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Extrajudicial Sanctions Program

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

In partnership with the Hamilton Crown Attorney’s Office and Hamilton Youth Probation Services, we assist youth through a diversion program as an alternative to the formal court process. Youth are provided with sanctions (tasks) to complete as a means of holding them accountable for their actions while helping them recognize the impact of their behaviour on the person(s) harmed and their community. The youth’s strengths and needs are targeted to create an individualized program to benefit both the youth and their community.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Family Support Program

Hamilton Area / Youth / Family

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Family Support Program

Hamilton Area | Youth | Family

Designed to provide support, information, early intervention, and referral to other services for parents with youth 12-17 who are experiencing parenting challenges or parent/child conflicts. Service is strength-based, family centered, and offered in individual or group formats. The goal is to assist families to find positive solutions to conflicts and concerns by identifying and using family strengths, creating greater understanding between parents and youth with a skills building process for parents of youth.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Federal Adult Diversion Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Justice Services

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Federal Adult Diversion Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Justice Services

Selected offenders are diverted from the normal court process while still being accountable for their offence. Upon successful completion of the Adult Diversion Agreement, all further criminal proceedings relating to the charge against the offender will be terminated. This is a fee for service program.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Federal Diversion Program

York Region / Adult / Justice Services

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Federal Diversion Program

York Region | Adult | Justice Services

John Howard Society of York Region operates the Federal Diversion Program in York Region. This is a fee for service initiative whereby selected individuals with federal charges are provided with an opportunity to be diverted from the traditional court process while still being held accountable for the offence. Sanctions may include community service hours or programming as deemed appropriate by the Crown Attorney. To qualify for the program, an individual must be at least 18 years of age on the date of the offence and be charged within the schedule of offences acceptable for the Federal Adult Diversion Program. Eligibility for the program is determined by the Federal Crown Attorney.

John Howard Society of York Region: Main Office
6600 Bayview Avenue – Unit 306
Newmarket, ON
L3X 1Z9

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Finding Employment with a Criminal Record (FECR)

Simcoe and Muskoka / Adult / Education and Employment

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Finding Employment with a Criminal Record (FECR)

Simcoe and Muskoka | Adult | Education and Employment

This program is intended to assist adults who are having difficulty finding, obtaining and maintaining employment due to a criminal record. FECR will provide individuals with an opportunity to obtain the tools necessary to succeed in the workforce. The program is available to males and females 18 years of age and older. The program is offered 3 days a week for 4 weeks. Each session is 3 hours in length. Program topics include: Overcoming barriers to employment, discussing gaps in employment and finding work with a criminal record, positive communication in the work place, and emotion management and stress management. Guest speakers from employers, and other John Howard staff compliment the workshop. The facilitator also creates the opportunity to spend some of the group sessions in local employment resource centres. Currently, the program is offered in Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood, and Midland.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Main Office
80 Bradford St. – Unit 336
Barrie, ON
L4N 6S7

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Finding Employment with a Criminal Record (FECR)

Toronto / Adult / Education and Employment

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Finding Employment with a Criminal Record (FECR)

Toronto | Adult | Education and Employment

Individuals are referred through Ontario Works to this program. The objective of this program is to provide counselling support and information in order to ensure a positive work experience. The 12 group sessions focus on job seeking and preparation skills, challenges faced by having a criminal record and assistance in obtaining a record suspension. Individuals also develop an individual work plan by working with our Job Developer.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Firehouse Youth Centre

Durham Region / Youth / Community Services

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Firehouse Youth Centre

Durham Region | Youth | Community Services

The Firehouse Youth Centre is a drop in Program in Clarington for youth aged 14-18 years of age. Programming staff provide a variety of supervised recreational/pro-social activities. Youth are given leadership opportunities through involvement in the community, fundraising initiatives and more. The Centre is funded by the Municipality of Clarington and the United Way of Durham Region.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Clarington Office and Firehouse Youth Centre
132 Church St.
Bowmanville, ON
L1C 1T5

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First Things First: Offender Housing Treatment Program

Toronto | Adult | Housing

The John Howard Society of Toronto delivers this substance abuse program in a harm reduction model. It was also recognized that these individuals require a supportive housing model of intervention. This free program, offered at JHS’ main location and to those in custody at the Toronto South Detention Centre, is open to adult men who are or who have been in conflict with the law, and who have been chronically homeless and are dealing with substance use issues. Participants are provided with assistance to obtain and maintain housing. Counselling is also available on harm reduction and relapse prevention. Landlord mediation and life skills training are also provided. Program partners include various shelters throughout the city upon request. A relapse prevention group is facilitated on a weekly basis for 2 hours at JHS’ main office. This is an open group, which is voluntary. Participants do not have to be clients of the agency. It has been in operation for 12 years and is anticipated to continue. Funding is provided by the City of Toronto’s Homeless Initiative Funding.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Gang Prevention Resource Guide

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Gang Prevention Resource Guide

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

Resource guide for young people that are currently engaged in the Youth Justice System. The guide provides prevention and intervention resources aimed at youth, their parents/guardians, and youth service providers, in efforts to prevent and/or stop gang involvement.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Gang Prevention/Intervention Program (GPIP)

Ottawa | Youth | Justice Services

The Gang Prevention/Intervention Program (GPIP) is a partnership between the John Howard Society (JHS) of Ottawa and youturn Youth Support Services to address both the male and female pathways to involvement in gang-related crime through the provision of evidenced-based and gender responsive supports and services. By combining local data with research-based criminogenic risk factors linked to youth gang involvement, GPIP works to target youth (aged 12-20) in the City of Ottawa, Russell County and the City of Rockland.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Gladue Court

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Gladue Court

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

In collaboration with the court and other agencies serving Indigenous peoples, JHS supports the establishment of a Gladue Court. One of the Native Services workers attends court held on a weekly basis and participates in training court officials, as well as recommending appropriate referrals for accused persons.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Halton Youth Attendance Centre

A provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, this Non-Residential Attendance
Centre assists youth in conflict with the law accept responsibility for their actions
while helping them to become positive, pro-social contributing members of
their communities.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Halton office
193 Main St. E.
Milton, ON
L9T 1N7

Halton Youth Justice Committee

Peel Region and Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Halton Youth Justice Committee

Peel Region and Area | Youth | Justice Services

The Halton Youth Justice Committee involves victims and communities in finding ways to help young people who have committed minor offences by accountable for their actions.
A Youth Justice Committee meeting brings together a young person between the ages of 12 and 17 who is alleged to have committed a low-risk offence, his or her parent(s) or guardian(s), the victim, and trained members of the community. Together, they negotiate an appropriate way (sanctions) for the young person to make amends for his or her actions. Typically, sanctions include an apology, community service hours, an essay or research assignment, and attendance at workshops, such as shoplifting prevention or anger management. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Halton office
44 Queen Street East
Brampton, ON
L6V 1A2

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Hamilton Youth Drug Diversion Program (HYDDP)

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Hamilton Youth Drug Diversion Program (HYDDP)

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

Initiated by HPS to address the needs of youth 12-17 who are arrested for drug offences. The goal is to provide an alternative that assesses youth’s individual needs, and still hold them accountable for their actions. The youth is referred to the program by police and are instructed to contact JHS to arrange a meeting with a youth worker. Based on the youth’s substance use level, motivation to change, and other significant strengths and risks, the most appropriate intervention is determined.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Healing From Within

Peterborough / Adult / Community Services

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Healing From Within

Peterborough | Adult | Community Services

This program assists men in healing from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and/or assault. The program works from a male centred approach that honours and respects the experiences of men. The phases of healing include: Awareness and Disclosure, Understanding, Learning New Skills, and Transformation. Individual and group sessions are available. Funding for this program is provided by the United Way.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Healthy Youth Preventative Education (H.Y.P.E)

York Region | Youth | Community Services

The HYPE Program is a 15 session evidence based program that targets the prevention of violence through the promotion of positive, healthy relationships. The program offers small group sessions that promote healthy relationships and target a wide range of abusive and violent behaviours, high risk sexual behavior and addictions among adolescents. Through this program, youth will be empowered to engage in healthier relationships and build social and emotional strengths to develop into successful, contributing adults. This is a voluntary program for at risk youth aged 12-25 and is available at no cost. The HYPE Program is supported through the Ontario Trillium Foundation and delivered in partnership with 360°kids.

John Howard Society of York Region: Main Office
6600 Bayview Avenue – Unit 306
Newmarket, ON
L3X 1Z9

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Helping Individuals Plan Positively (HIPP)

Toronto | Youth | Justice Services

This program is available to individuals between the age of 16 to 24 who are either involved in the justice system or at risk of. Staff deliver this program in a variety of settings which include: the Metro East Detention Centre; Toronto South Detention Centre and various Secondary Schools. These individuals are provided counselling in the area of Anger Management, Pre-release counselling specific to employment, education and/or training.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Hire Power Employment Services-Satellite service of CERC

Ottawa | Youth | Education and Employment

Assists unemployed and underemployed individuals who have been in conflict with the law, or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system, to prepare for, obtain and maintain meaningful employment. Program objectives/goal:
• Secure meaningful employment
• Develop employment skills
• Improve employability
• Achieve healthy life-work balance
Services provided:
• Employment coaching
• Job development and placement
• Job retention support
• Professional resumes and cover letters
• Career assessments
• Screening and recruiting for employers

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Horses and Youth Program

Sudbury / Youth / Community Services

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Horses and Youth Program

Sudbury | Youth | Community Services

The objective of this program is to allow young persons in serious conflict with the law free access to learning how to care for and control horses. This is coupled with life skills sessions for the participants so they can practice what they have learned with learning how to care for horses. Young persons aged 12 to 17 can participate in this program. The participants will learn skills of teamwork and empathy. Funded by the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Housing Link

Ottawa / Adult / Housing

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Housing Link

Ottawa | Adult | Housing

JHS Ottawa, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, provides individualized targeted housing supports to chronically and episodically homeless men exiting correctional institutions and other facilities. The program is strength- based, and low –threshold in that there is no prerequisite for participation beyond a history of homelessness. Men released from jail, correctional centres, and federal institutions, including those released at court through the forensic services of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre are eligible for this program. In-reach services are provided at justice setting in Ottawa (including the courts, the remand centre and residential facilities) and referrals are accepted by phone and correspondence from provincial and federal institutions. The goal of the program is to divert moderate to high-acuity homeless men away from long term shelter stays by linking them to stable housing and supports of their choice in the community.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Housing Services

Durham Region / Adult / Housing

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Housing Services

Durham Region | Adult | Housing

This is a free program in the Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington offices offered to individuals and families in need of assistance to retain and find affordable, stable housing. Available daily from Monday to Friday, this program also provides help to individuals needing to replace personal identification documents, create a home budget, or manage/resolve landlord-tenant-related issues. Goals of the program include increased stability of the living conditions of individuals and families. In addition, public education is provided on the rights of tenants and obligations of landlords as property owners. Connections to community resources including food banks, shelters, clothing, bedding and the local rent bank are also made. In most cases, informal counselling is also provided. Limited support for transportation to emergency shelters may be available, as is some food through the provision of an “in-house” cupboard for those in crisis. Funding for this program is provided by the Region of Durham.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Clarington Office and Firehouse Youth Centre
132 Church St.
Bowmanville, ON
L1C 1T5

Housing Supports

Sudbury / Adult / Housing

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Housing Supports

Sudbury | Adult | Housing

This program, part of the City of Greater Sudbury Housing First Strategy, operates daily (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm) and assists homeless adult men and sometimes their families to find and maintain permanent housing. Counselling and Case Management services are available on site at JHS’ main office location as well as throughout the community via client accompaniment. All participants complete an intintake assessment and are provided with one on one support. Connections to community resources including food banks, shelters, clothing, bedding and the local rent bank are also made. In most cases, informal counselling is also provided. Limited support for transportation to emergency shelters maybe available, as is some food. Participation is voluntary. Funding is provided on an annual basis by the City of Greater Sudbury and the John Howard Society of Sudbury.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Individual, Couple, Family, Group Counselling

London and District | Youth | Family

Counselling is provided to offenders, persons who are at risk of offending and their respective families. Referrals accepted from all sources. Social workers meet with clients to assess risk and needs and to develop an intervention plan which is responsive to the needs and risks presented. Advocacy with, and referrals to community agencies are undertaken as needed. Crisis intervention is also offered where clients are seen for brief service usually the same day.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Institutional Services

Simcoe and Muskoka / Adult / Justice Services

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Institutional Services

Simcoe and Muskoka | Adult | Justice Services

These services are provided to inmates (and their family) who are in custody in the Central North Correctional Centre, Fenbrook Institution and Beavercreek Institution. Its goal is to assist individuals in their search for viable and sustainable post release and resettlement options. Services are offered by phone from the JHS’ main office site and in the institutions listed above. Case Management services are provided by JHS staff via monthly visits to all three institutions. Follow up and correspondence is completed every Friday and much follow up work is done at the Barrie office. On Tuesdays, collect calls from inmates are accepted. Currently, these institutional services are available on a one on one basis only. All participation is voluntary. Funding for the program is provided by JHS Ontario.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Main Office
80 Bradford St. – Unit 336
Barrie, ON
L4N 6S7

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Institutional Services

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Institutional Services

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This program operates in four local detention centres (the East Detention Centre, and Toronto South Detention Centre). JHS staff and volunteers provide individual pre-release planning and referrals based on individual treatment needs and goals. Group sessions are provided at the Toronto Jail on Drug Awareness and harm reduction education. All participation is voluntary. Funding for these services is provided by the United Way, the City of Toronto and the John Howard Society of Ontario.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Institutional Services – Pre-release Planning

Peel Region and Area / Adult / Justice Services

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Institutional Services – Pre-release Planning

Peel Region and Area | Adult | Justice Services

This program assists adult males and their families in both Maplehurst and Milton (sentenced and remand) and in the Ontario Correctional Institute (OCI) in Brampton (sentenced) to prepare for successful reintegration and release to their home community. Working within the institutions, JHSPHD also ensures humane and lawful treatment of prisoners in keeping with Canadian and International standards prescribed by the UN Conventions. Referrals are made and information is provided to best support an individual’s release plan. A staff person attends on a weekly basis at Maplehurst and OCI to meet directly with inmates based on their written requests for an interview. Services to inmates from any institution are available Monday through Friday by telephone or regular mail. Collect calls are accepted. All participation is voluntary.

Accused persons on remand and awaiting a bail hearing or a bail review, who are housed in Maplehurst, may put in a request to be interviewed as a candidate for Bail Supervision.
A staff person visits Maplehurst weekly to interview those who have submitted these requests. Inmates are also able to make inquiries regarding eligibility, by telephone, any day of the week. If they meet criteria, they are able to begin the application process.
Funding for the pre-release program is provided by the Peel United Way, as part of the base funding for the Society and has been in place since about 1980. Funding for the bail verification and supervision programs is provided through the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Main Office
44 Queen Street E.
Brampton, ON
L6V 1A2

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Institutional Services – Reintegration Planning

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Justice Services

This program assists males and females in the Sarnia Jail to prepare a workable discharge plan before their release. These plans are rehabilitation focused and include relapse prevention and other forms of community based assistance. Informal needs-based assessments are completed with each client. JHS staff attend the Sarnia Jail weekly for this service. All participation is voluntary. Program funding is provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Institutional Services (IS)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Justice Services

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Institutional Services (IS)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Justice Services

Includes one-on-one visitation, workshop delivery, and support for family members who have a relative in custody. Two days a week volunteers provide one-on-one support to inmates during their incarceration. Support may also continue following their release and once they are in the community. Assistance with finding housing, resume writing to help secure employment, and basic life-skills workshops are offered.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Institutional Services (IS)

Kingston and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Institutional Services (IS)

Kingston and District | Youth | Justice Services

Provide support and assistance to individuals who are imprisoned in the 8 federal penitentiaries throughout the area. Work with individuals to plan for their eventual release and develop networks which will help them once they are released from prison. Successful reintegration planning and preparedness are key to reducing risk factors of reoffending and contributing to community safety. This assistance includes: Pre-Release Planning Group, Phone Services, liason between prisoners and their families, information on policies/procedures of CSC and NPB.

John Howard Society of Kingston & District: Main Office
771 Montreal Street
Kingston, ON
K7K 3J4

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Institutional Services / Visits

Peterborough / Adult / Justice Services

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Institutional Services / Visits

Peterborough | Adult | Justice Services

Provides services on a bi-weekly basis to men who are serving sentences in Warkworth Institution upon request. JHS staff in this program offer support, advocacy and assistance with pre-release plans. Funding for the program is provided by the John Howard Society of Ontario.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Institutional Visitation

Sudbury / Adult / Justice Services

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Institutional Visitation

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

Since its inception in 1960, JHS has been offering this service to men who are incarcerated at the Sudbury jail. JHS staff assist individuals in custody through the provision of one on one counselling and visitation, one to three times each week, whenever space at the facility allows for it. All participation is voluntary. Funding for this program is provided on an ongoing basis by the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts, through Bingo fundraisers and financial donations from individuals, community businesses and private foundations.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Institutional Visiting

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Institutional Visiting

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

Response to requests for help from inmates incarcerated in the area. They are provided with information, help with reintegration planning, counselling, and advocacy. Referrals are accepted from any source, including self-referrals.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Intake and Crisis Intervention

London and District / Youth / Community Services

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Intake and Crisis Intervention

London and District | Youth | Community Services

Service operates Monday through Friday, accepting referrals from any source. Clients are usually seen the same day. Folliwng a brief assessment and response to the immediate crisis, a referral to an agency worker or community resource is offered.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Intake Services

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Intake Services

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This service was implemented to support individuals who are unable to make an appointment with a counsellor, as is the case for many service users who may be released from jail or court at a moment’s notice or who may not have a phone. This service is accessible to adult men who have been in conflict with the law or are at risk of coming into conflict with the law. Many are isolated, homeless and without community supports.
On Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at our Danforth office, new clients will be seen. Each new client completes a risk/need intake assessment (which can take approximately one hour), in order to identify their specific counselling requirements and to ensure that appropriate services can be provided and referrals can be made, both internally and externally. Tokens for public transportation are provided for clients to be able to reach destinations that they have been referred to as a result of assessment with a JHS staff member, or in order to meet immediate needs (i.e. shelter and food). Coffee and water is available and participation is voluntary. In addition, condoms, clean needles and safe crack kits are provided. Funding for this service is provided by the United Way.
Note: Case Management services are integrated into all programs at the agency. The practices are altered as needed, in relation to the client’s personal needs and capacity.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Intensive Housing-Based Case Management

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Housing

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Intensive Housing-Based Case Management

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Housing

This program provides intensive case management services to residents housed under the Urgent Homelessness Program with the city of Sault Ste. Marie. This includes working with chronically homeless individuals/families referred from local shelters, jails, and hospitals and with individuals who are at high risk of homelessness. We have been effective at reaching individuals in their own environment to foster and develop skills necessary for long-term self-efficacy and housing stability success. The program focuses on housing maintenance for those with significant barriers to housing stability, as well as social and community integration including connections to employment and education. This program is funded by the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Intermittent Community Work Program

Simcoe and Muskoka / Adult / Justice Services

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Intermittent Community Work Program

Simcoe and Muskoka | Adult | Justice Services

This program, delivered in partnership with Operation Springboard, is offered at the JHS’ main office site and is available to adult men serving intermittent sentences in the community. The goal is to keep individuals connected with their family and other positive supports, and to help them to remain employed while serving their sentence. It also allows the participant to be able to give back to their community. Case Management services are available and supervision is usually on the weekends (this may vary at times). A Case Manager is on call (14 hours over the weekend) and each client is required to complete a minimum of 11 hours of work within the placement (this is spread out between Saturday and Sunday). Referrals (temporary absence passes) are received from Operation Springboard by fax. The JHS Case Manager then places the client and faxes completed Temporary Absence Passes (TAP’s) back to Springboard. The client is approved for the program by the TAP Coordinator from Central North Correctional Centre. All work with program participants is provided on a one on one basis and all participation is mandated by Central North Correctional Centre, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Funding for this program is provided on a sub-contract basis through Operation Springboard whose contract is reviewed annually.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Main Office
80 Bradford St. – Unit 336
Barrie, ON
L4N 6S7

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Intermittent Community Work Program

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Education and Employment

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Intermittent Community Work Program

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Education and Employment

Available to adult men serving intermittent sentences in the community. The goal is to keep individuals connected with their family and other positive supports, and to help them remain employed while serving their sentence. Each client is required to complete a minimum of 8 hours of work within the placement. The JHS Case Manager places the client and completes TAPs back to Springboard, then the client is approved for the program by the TAP Coordinator from CECC.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Intermittent Community Work Program (ICWP)

Niagara / Adult / Education and Employment

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Intermittent Community Work Program (ICWP)

Niagara | Adult | Education and Employment

Open to men 18+. Subcontracted through Operation Springboard. Intakes are completed at local institutions and forwarded to JHS staff through Springboard. Community work placements are set up for each participant, taking into consideration potential transportation barriers. Community work is performed on weekends and weekdays and is monitored by a JHS staff person.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Bail & Community Justice Programs
4300 Drummond Rd.
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E6C3

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Internet Child Exploitation Program

Sudbury / Adult / Justice Services

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Internet Child Exploitation Program

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

This program is a joint partnership, led by the John Howard Society of Sudbury. The partners are the Sudbury and Area Victim Services, Sudbury-Manitoulin Children’s Aid Society, Health Sciences North and the Greater Sudbury Police Services. This service includes intensive individual counselling for the perpetrators of internet child pornography as well as ongoing follow up support for the child victims of domestic violence and their parents/caregivers. The perpetrators can enter the program at any stage of the criminal justice continuum except when they are in custodial facilities. Funding for the program is provided by the John Howard Society of Sudbury and financial donations from individuals.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Job Matching & Placement Services

Durham Region / Youth / Education and Employment

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Job Matching & Placement Services

Durham Region | Youth | Education and Employment

• Access to the Hidden Job Market
• Job Trials, Placements and Supports
• Training supports and employer incentives

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Whitby Branch Office
114 Dundas Street East – Unit #200
Whitby, ON
L1N 2H7

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Job Search Supports and Career Building Technique Workshops

Durham Region | Adult | Education and Employment

• One-to-one support from an employment advisor
• Resume and cover letter development workshops
• Interview practice and preparation workshops
• Job Search techniques and methods workshops
• Second career orientation
• Apprenticeship orientation
• Skills upgrading
• Asbestos abatement program/Rideau Social Enterprises
• Training services can include: Smart Serve, W.H.M.I.S online training and Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training
• Personality dimensions and National Safe Food Handling
• Free non-credit adult upgrading with individualized learning plans
Funding is provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Whitby Branch Office
114 Dundas Street East – Unit #200
Whitby, ON
L1N 2H7

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Job Search Supports and Career Building Techniques Workshop

Durham Region | Youth | Education and Employment

• One to One support from an Employment Advisors
• Resume and Cover Letter Development Workshops • Interview Practice and Preparation Workshop
• Job Search Techniques and Methods Workshops
• Second Career Orientation
• Apprenticeship Orientation
• Skills Upgrading
• Asbestos Abatement Program/Rideau Social Enterprises
• Training Services can include: Smart Serve, W.H.M.I.S On-line Training and Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training
• Personality Dimensions and National Safe Food Handling
• Free non-credit Adult Upgrading with individualized learning plans

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Whitby Branch Office
114 Dundas Street East – Unit #200
Whitby, ON
L1N 2H7

Justice Services Program

Niagara / Adult / Justice Services

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Justice Services Program

Niagara | Adult | Justice Services

This program has been running for 5 years and is open to individuals 18 years of age and older who are sentenced to orders of probation. It involves two services: one is court intake and the second is low-risk probation supervision. The main goals of the program are to enhance probation and parole office supervision services through the use of qualified, trained volunteers, in an effort to further increase public safety. In addition, the program facilitates community volunteer involvement in the field of corrections and exposes probationers to an array of positive role models from the community in an attempt to deter future criminal behaviour. Volunteers assist probation and parole officers with various duties associated with casework and court functions in order to enhance service efficiency.

Initial intakes are completed by probation officers at local probation and parole offices. The program has a case management and counselling component and runs for 35 hours per week. Clients are required to appear for ongoing scheduled appointments as stipulated by their probation orders. Intake assessments are completed at the St. Catharines courthouse. Clients are referred by the courts. Another facet to this program is our Volunteer Services Program which operates out of the local institution. Volunteers work with inmates on a one on one basis, focusing on their reintegration needs and plans. The program is funded by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

St. Catherines Courthouse
59 Church St.
St. Catharines, ON
L2R7N8

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Kingston Bail Program

Kingston and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Kingston Bail Program

Kingston and District | Youth | Justice Services

The Bail Verification and Supervision program supervises individuals 16+ in the community who have been charged with a criminal offence, but do not have the social ties or finances to meet bail conditions.

John Howard Society of Kingston & District: Bail Office
9 Advance Ave
Napanee, ON
K7R 3Y5

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Kingston Trips

London and District / Adult / Family

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Kingston Trips

London and District | Adult | Family

Family members of inmates incarcerated in Kingston area institutions have an opportunity to visit. A volunteer driver is employed to drive family members to Toronto to connect with a bus service. The families contribute to the cost of a car or van rental for the London to Toronto portion of the trip.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Learning Alternatives Program

Durham Region / Adult / Education and Employment

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Learning Alternatives Program

Durham Region | Adult | Education and Employment

This program helps adults to develop and apply communication, numeracy, interpersonal and digital skills to achieve their goals. The Learning Alternatives Program serves learners who have a specific path to successfully transition to employment, postsecondary, apprenticeship, secondary school, and increased independence. The Learning Alternatives Program creates individualized learning plans and provides flexible scheduling to support participant’s needs and goals for success. The program runs its own small social enterprise, a snack bar/coffee table within the Oshawa office. Proceeds fund special celebrations, program supplies and class trips. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

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Library Service

Sudbury / Adult / Justice Services

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Library Service

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

In operation since 1995 and in response to the closure of most jail libraries across the province, this program, open to all inmates at the Sudbury jail, provides books and magazines to those who are in custody. This service is available during two evenings each week when books are distributed in a one on one format by JHS volunteers who take a cart filled with books to each range for the inmates to choose from. Funding for the program is provided by the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts, through Bingo fundraisers and financial donations from individuals, community businesses and private foundations.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Life Skills Coaching and Mentoring

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Community Services

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Life Skills Coaching and Mentoring

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Community Services

This program is available to adults in Sarnia-Lambton who desire assistance in developing personal areas of growth. Mentoring and Coaching assists the client in identifying strengths, building solutions, increasing self-efficacy, developing skills, and encouraging independence. Clients are supported through a series of structured meetings with a helping professional.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Making Alternative Choices (MAC)

Windsor and Essex County / Youth / Community Services

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Making Alternative Choices (MAC)

Windsor and Essex County | Youth | Community Services

The MAC program is a six session, one-on-one anger management program for youth age 11 to 17. The main focus of these sessions is to enable the participants to understand and deal with their problems of anger. The areas of focus include identifying self-talk, challenging negative beliefs, improving communication skills and developing better alternatives to effectively manage anger.

John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County: Main Office
275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

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Material Assistance

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Community Services

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Material Assistance

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Community Services

This program serves newly released inmates and others in crisis situations. Through this program, JHS provides a meal, hygiene and clothing needs, and connects the client to other community services on an ad hoc basis. All assistance is provided on a one on one basis. Funds for this program come from general donations to the Society.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Native Inmate Liaison Program (NILO)

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Native Inmate Liaison Program (NILO)

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This program provides group and individual counselling to inmates who identify as Native at the East Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre in order to enhance learning that is culturally specific and to assist with discharge planning. The program provides both counselling and Case Management services and operates for 28 hours/week in both group formats and on a one on one basis. All participation is voluntary. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Native Services

London and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Native Services

London and District | Youth | Justice Services

Supervises probation orders for Indigenous youth residing in London, Woodstock, St. Thomas, and three reserves, Muncee Delaware Nation, Chippewas of the Thames Nation, and Oneida Nation of the Thames. Service workers incorporate traditional Indigenous approaches in their work with youth. The workers also complete pre-sentence reports to assist youth in completing community service orders.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Native Services Program (Adult)

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Native Services Program (Adult)

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

Supervises probation orders for Indigenous adults residing in London and the three reserves in the area. The Native services workers incorporate traditional Indigenous approaches in their work. The workers also complete pre-sentence reports and pre-parole investigations.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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New Leaf: Adult Men’s Anger Management Program (NLP)

Windsor and Essex County / Adult / Community Services

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New Leaf: Adult Men’s Anger Management Program (NLP)

Windsor and Essex County | Adult | Community Services

New Leaf Program (NLP) is a men’s anger management group geared toward individuals age 18 and up. This ten session program has been developed to allow participants to understand and to deal with their anger problems. The program is based on behaviour modification and awareness, and helps participants to understand anger as an emotion, develop an awareness of negative and non-productive anger management styles, and to learn productive and positive anger management techniques. Self-referrals and agency referrals are welcome. Fee for service.

John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County: Main Office
275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

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Non-Residential Attendance Centre

Ottawa / Youth / Justice Services

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Non-Residential Attendance Centre

Ottawa | Youth | Justice Services

The Non-Residential Attendance Centre (NRAC) is a non-custodial sentencing option as identified in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and part of a continued plan from the Youth Justice Division of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to decrease reliance on custody, and further intensive community-based interventions.

The goal of this program is to reduce offending behaviour by targeting specific risks demonstrated by youth through intensive counselling and programming. This program is intended for moderate- to high-risk youth who require intervention in multiple criminogenic need areas.
Youth Justice Probation Officers are the sole referral source to NRAC. They refer youth to NRAC under a general counselling condition or a specific court-ordered NRAC condition. Youth involved with NRAC are assigned a counsellor for individual work and attend group programming that targets the factors placing them at greatest risk to re-offend.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Non-Residential Attendance Centre (NRAC)

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Non-Residential Attendance Centre (NRAC)

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

Highly structured intensive community based alternative to custody for youth 12-17 who have come into contact with the law. This program provides individualized support for youth to assist them in achieving their program goals, motivate and facilitate change, and support them in becoming positive members of the Hamilton community. Youth engage in effective cognitive programming based on prevention, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Non-Residential Attendance Centre Program (NRAC)

Niagara | Youth | Justice Services

The non-residential Attendance Centre Program focuses on the rehabilitation of youth between the ages of 12 to 17, and their reintegration back into the community. The John Howard Society of Niagara intends to empower the youth enrolled in the program to become positive contributors to the Niagara Region. The program operates in St. Catharines, Welland and Fort Erie and has been designed to be portable. The main goal of the program is to provide effective, youth focused programming on prevention, rehabilitation, and reintegration. The programs available include: Cognitive Skills, Anger Management, Life Skills, Anti-Criminogenic Thinking, Substance Abuse, Girls Group, Victim Awareness, Guys Group, Female Bullying, Literacy and Tutoring, Employment. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Fort Erie Branch Office
469 Central Ave.
Fort Erie, ON
L2A3T8

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North Simcoe Attendance Centre

Simcoe and Muskoka / Youth / Justice Services

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North Simcoe Attendance Centre

Simcoe and Muskoka | Youth | Justice Services

The Attendance Centre staff will complete an individual assessment for each young person at intake to assess static and dynamic risk factors for recidivism as well as strengths and protective factors in the young person’s community, family and self. The assessment tool is the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI). The Probation Officer will also provide a copy of the Risk/Needs Assessment as well as any other relevant information concerning the client. An Individual Case Management Plan will be developed based on the completed assessment tools and input from all relevant people in the young person’s life. The case plan will state which risk factors the client will be targeting while participating in the Attendance Centre, as well as the Protective Factors that the Attendance Centre will assist the client and the family in strengthening. The Individual Case Plan will also identify at least two goals that the client will be working towards while participating in Attendance Centre programming and the frequency of service. Attendance Centre staff will provide the Probation Officer with a monthly update report, outlining the hours the client has completed that month, what work the client has done towards their goals and any concerns or further recommendations the staff may have concerning the client. A termination report will also be completed for the client upon termination from the program (successful or otherwise), and a copy will be provided to the Probation Officer. Attendance Centre staff will promptly notify the Probation Officer of a client’s failure to attend. Operating in a large rural area, Attendance Centre staff will be sensitive to the socio-economic and geographical needs of all clients, and provide assistance with transportation and if needed travel to the client and meet at a community operated facility such as a private room in a library close to the client’s home. Programming will be: • Based on Cognitive Behavioural principles and interventions, best practices, consultation, and evidence • Considerate of cultural diversity of clients, taking language and cultural needs and practices into consideration when developing case plans • Integrated with other services within the community through appropriate referrals made by the Attendance Centre to other existing services in the community • Designed to create and enforce positive community connections for the clients and their families

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Main Office
80 Bradford St. – Unit 336
Barrie, ON
L4N 6S7

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Offender Treatment

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Offender Treatment

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Justice Services

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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On-site Employer Advisors

Durham Region / Youth / Education and Employment

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On-site Employer Advisors

Durham Region | Youth | Education and Employment

Provide guidance and assistance with:
• Job Training and Retention Services
• Job Coaching
• Mentoring
• Training and volunteer-based opportunities
• Follow- up

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Whitby Branch Office
114 Dundas Street East – Unit #200
Whitby, ON
L1N 2H7

Ontario Works – Kitchen Prep

Niagara / Youth / Education and Employment

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Ontario Works – Kitchen Prep

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

This four week program provides individuals receiving Ontario Works knowledge to work in the restaurant industry including 1 week of paid job shadowing. Participants are provided with several provincially recognized certification including Food Safety, Smart Serve, Service Excellence, and Worker health and Safety Awareness. This also includes training on jobs searching employer expectations and job maintenance.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Option for Change – Social Skills Groups

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Community Services

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Option for Change – Social Skills Groups

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Community Services

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Options Navigator

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Education and Employment

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Options Navigator

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Education and Employment

JHS partnered in October 2014 with United Way to meet a need in our community to improve services/referrals to those people living in the downtown area, toward employment, schooling, and support services. The Options Navigator position works primarily on the Community Wellness Bus, a mobile service that assists individuals with a multitude of supports such as housing, harm reduction, and medical care. The Options Navigator reaches residents in the area through walkabouts and speaking to residents about their needs to enable them to gain further skills toward employment/schooling and meeting basic needs. There are significant barriers for many people who live in the area such as addictions, mental health, housing, employment, etc. therefore many people require follow-up after referrals are made. The Options Navigator, therefore, needs to develop trust with the neighborhood, while providing ongoing support. This program is funded by the United Way.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Outreach Literacy Program (OLP)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Education and Employment

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Outreach Literacy Program (OLP)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Education and Employment

Community-based program offers literacy services by volunteer tutors to those with low literacy levels, and adult learners wanting help with reading, writing, math, computers, and employment, or to further their education. Prior to beginning the program, standardized literacy assessment tools are administered to participants by the program coordinator.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Parenting Skills Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Family

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Parenting Skills Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Family

Support and skill-building program for parents of children and youth. The program is designed to teach effective parenting strategies to help parents assist their children to constructively deal with issues they may encounter during their adolescent years. Discipline techniques, communication strategies, problem solving, negotiation, and conflict resolution are taught.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Partner Assault Response (PAR)

Peterborough / Adult / Community Services

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Partner Assault Response (PAR)

Peterborough | Adult | Community Services

This 12 week group program serves men and women who have been charged with domestic violence and assault. Each weekly session is two hours in length. Referrals are only accepted from the courts and probation. PAR is a psycho-educational program using various theories based on power, control and equality and assists participants to develop strategies for achieving healthy relationships. Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale ($120 to $360 for 12 weeks). The program is offered on-site.
The women’s group is separate from the men’s and utilizes a curriculum specific to the needs of women. All participants complete an intake assessment prior to beginning the program. In addition, JHS has a contract to deliver the program in Bancroft. Clients requiring additional counselling are referred to other agencies in the community though some one on one work can be done outside of the group. Partner support is also provided. Funding is provided by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Partner Assault Response (PAR)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Justice Services

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Partner Assault Response (PAR)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Justice Services

12-week program providing service for court-ordered persons charged with domestic violence-related offences as well as for those referred by probation. The goals are to increase victim safety and help prevent re-victimization by holding participants accountable for their actions and providing them with pro-social tools to resolve conflicts. Clients must attend all twelve 2-hour sessions to complete the program.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Partner Assault Response (PAR) / Healthy Relationships

Waterloo and Wellington / Adult / Justice Services

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Partner Assault Response (PAR) / Healthy Relationships

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Justice Services

This program is provided at the JHSWW Kitchener office only for Kitchener-Waterloo and the townships of Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. It is geared towards helping individuals who have been abusive in their intimate partner relationships recognize the impact of abuse and grow in skills to prevent abuse and maintain healthy relationships. Both men’s and women’s groups are provided and both cover similar themes. Partner contact is provided for all of the groups. Programs are 12 sessions in length with continuous intake and groups running concurrently. Funding for this program is provided by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Victim Services Division for court mandated clients (PAR) and the Kitchener-Waterloo United Way for other referrals (Healthy Relationships).

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Partner Assault Response Program (PAR)

Toronto / Adult / Community Services

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Partner Assault Response Program (PAR)

Toronto | Adult | Community Services

This Domestic Violence program, offered at three sites (JHS T’s main office, Scarborough Probation and Parole and the Jane/Finch Probation office), is open to adult men who have been charged with and/or convicted of domestic assault. They are either mandated to attend by the court, on early plea (bail) or probation, though a few attend voluntarily. The program impacts the participants as well as their families and partners who are provided with information and counselled on safety planning.
This program focuses specifically on partner abuse prevention and family network safety. Its overall goals include assisting participants to understand the harm of assaulting their partners. Participants learn how to communicate in a positive, non-abusive manner while acquiring skills to reduce the risk of violence. Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale and no one will be refused service if they are unable to pay.
Both case management and counselling are available through this program, which consists of 12 group sessions (and one initial intake/counselling session). Each group session is 2 hours in length within the open group format. Participants must attend 10 of the 12 group sessions and complete an intake assessment prior to beginning the group. Bus tickets are available in some cases. Funding for this program is provided by the Ministry of the Attorney General on a year to year basis and is anticipated to continue.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Partner Assault Response Program (PAR) – Domestic Violence Court & Probation Referrals

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This service is provided to Probation and Domestic Violence Courts to process referrals for PAR Programs in Toronto. All referrals to the PAR program come through Probation or the Domestic Violence Courts. There are no self-referrals to the PAR program. This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Partners for Healthy Relationships

Waterloo and Wellington / Adult / Family

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Partners for Healthy Relationships

Waterloo and Wellington | Adult | Family

Based on models designed in Saskatchewan and West Virginia, this program is open to couples who have experienced domestic violence in their relationship and who are committed to remaining together. The men must have previously participated in a PAR domestic violence program (see above). Most participants have Family and Children’s Services involvement. The goal of this group program is to assist couples in becoming more supportive of one another through better communication and improved understanding of each other’s perspectives. The program entails 12 sessions. The intake/assessment interviews and group sessions are co-facilitated by a staff person from Family and Children’s Services and by a staff person from JHSWW. Assistance with transportation and child care is available when needed. Participation is voluntary. Funding is provided by The Ministry of Community and Social Services.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Paths to Greater Success

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Education and Employment

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Paths to Greater Success

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Education and Employment

This program was developed as an expansion of our Options Program on a fee-for-service basis. Since 1985, we’ve offered essential skills to individuals and groups who could benefit from greater communication and problem-solving skills. We recognized their value for those in the workplace or in pre-employment. An Individual workshop or a combination of workshops can be presented based on identified needs and goals. The following workshops can be offered to a variety of target audiences in person or virtually, based on their schedules; rational vs irrational thinking, assertiveness, decision making/problem solving, managing emotions, stress management, and goal setting. Our success in helping others to understand themselves and others has proven that we need to continue our efforts in reaching community members and provide skill-building and support so that our community can be safer and healthier.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Peer Mentor Program

Belleville and District / Youth / Education and Employment

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Peer Mentor Program

Belleville and District | Youth | Education and Employment

What makes our program different, but successful is that we use Youth Peer Mentors with lived experience to work with ALL youth around Hasting’s County to help them see the potential in themselves to continue their education using a trauma informed lens. Our Peer Mentors grow up in very similar circumstances that many of the youth we work with experience personally, which allows them to work with the youth in a more personalized way. From there, Peer Mentors can also become a bridge to community resources available for youth using a plan they determine, through coaching, to overall support their transition and overcome barriers that impact their ability to succeed.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Peer Support

Peel Region and Area / Adult / Community Services

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Peer Support

Peel Region and Area | Adult | Community Services

The Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support (MAPS) Program is staffed by Peer Support Workers, who are individuals with lived experience, and will work with you one-on-one to explore recovery goals and help connect you with community supports and services. MAPS provides connections to mental health services, addiction services, housing supports, cultural resources, accessing OW & ODSP, and more. Peer Support Workers can also support you in attending probation, court, and counselling appointments, and developing harm reduction plans

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Main Office
44 Queen St. E.
Brampton, ON
L6V 1A2

Personal Service Work

Sudbury / Youth / Justice Services

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Personal Service Work

Sudbury | Youth | Justice Services

Personal service work is an activity or set of activities comprised of tasks to be performed by the young person without remuneration that can be seen to serve a specific short- or long-term benefit to both the young person and the community. Community service activities are individualized and address the overall reintegration and/or rehabilitation of the young person. This work also supports accountability of the young person, provides an opportunity for the young person to recognize their skills and abilities and encourages constructive use of leisure time. A range of placements are available in the community and are facilitated by the program coordinator. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Post Incarceration Housing Supports (PIS)

Toronto | Adult | Housing

This program, part of the City’s Streets to Homes Initiative, operates daily (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm) and assists homeless adult men who have left prison within the last 3 months to find and maintain permanent housing. Counselling and Case Management services are available on site at JHS’ Danforth Housing office, at the East Detention Centre, and Toronto South Detention Centre, Kingston area prisons (quarterly), the Keele Centre, and at two local court houses (old City Hall and College Park), as well as throughout the community via client accompaniment. All participants complete an intake assessment and are provided with one on one support. Participation is voluntary. Funding is provided on a year-to-year basis by the City of Toronto.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Education and Employment

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Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Education and Employment

Program designed to support federally and provincially sentenced individuals to gain employment skills supported by the local labour market. It includes a pre-employment/life skills component, pre-apprenticeship welding training and a paid employment placement.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Pre-charge Adult Diversion

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Justice Services

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Pre-charge Adult Diversion

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Justice Services

This program is an alternative option to the traditional legal process. Police Services consider diversion as a viable option to laying formal charges in cases where harm can be reduced to the victim, community, and to the offender through alternative means. Restorative measures are determined and agreed upon, taking into account the offence, surrounding circumstances, involved parties, and precipitating risk factors. This is a fee for service program.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Pre-Employment and Training Programs

Ottawa / Adult / Education and Employment

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Pre-Employment and Training Programs

Ottawa | Adult | Education and Employment

The purpose of this program is to connect individuals at various stages of reintegration with needed supports and services. The program assists those in conflict with the law, or at risk of coming into conflict with the law, as well as any members of the community who find themselves in a crisis situation. The program helps clients address financial, housing, treatment, and employment needs; and, provides advocacy and support in crisis situations through referral and follow-up with social services, shelters, landlords, employment and training programs, and treatment resources.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Pre-Release Planning

Sudbury / Adult / Justice Services

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Pre-Release Planning

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

Since its inception in 1960, JHS has been offering this service to men who are incarcerated at the Sudbury jail. JHS staff provide individuals with assistance on a one on one basis to develop discharge plans for their release from custody. This service is offered one to three times each week, depending on the availability of space at the jail. All participation is voluntary. Funding for this program is provided on an ongoing basis by the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts, through Bingo fundraisers and financial donations from individuals, community businesses and private foundations.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Prevention Services

Ottawa / Youth / Community Services

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Prevention Services

Ottawa | Youth | Community Services

Prevention services are available to youth and families through the John Howard Society. This program includes the provision of evidence based, gender-specific group and individual counselling delivered by trained facilitators. Support for youth involved in prevention services could include a focus on healthy relationships, structured free time, the role of thoughts and thinking in risky behaviour, as well as increasing the connection to education and employment.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Project R.E.W.I.N.D. (Restore, Events, With, Integrity, Negotitation & Dignity)

Niagara | Youth | Community Services

Through the facilitation of Mediation Conferences, the Project R.E.W.l.N.D. program is one innovative way in which we at the John Howard Society of Niagara are meeting the needs of youth in our community. Any form of harming behaviour not only disrupts the educational process for those directly involved, but also affects the atmosphere within the schools and surrounding communities. As a committed group, the
Niagara Regional Police, the District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic District
School Board, Conseil Scolaire de district catholoque, Conseil scolaire Viamonde and the
John Howard Society of Niagara are working hard to maintain a safe, caring school community, where every youth can feel the safety and security that is necessary to learn and grow. Funding is provided by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Project X-Change (Adult)

Durham Region / Adult / Community Services

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Project X-Change (Adult)

Durham Region | Adult | Community Services

The Project X-Change program is the lead agency in Durham for providing syringe exchange in office, through mobile outreach, and through partner agencies in the community. The program provides confidential access to harm reduction supplies such as clean syringes, inhalation kits, condoms and other basic materials one may require in order to stay safe and prevent the spread of blood-borne infections. A Naloxone Program is targeted for September 2017. Funding is provided by the Region of Durham Health Department.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

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Project X-Change (Youth)

Durham Region / Youth / Community Services

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Project X-Change (Youth)

Durham Region | Youth | Community Services

Our Project X-Change program is the lead agency in Durham for providing syringe exchange in office, through mobile outreach, as well as partner agencies in the community. The program provides confidential access to harm reduction supplies such as clean syringes, inhalation kits, condoms and other basic materials one may require in order to stay safe, prevent infection and spread of blood-borne infections. A Naloxone Program is targeted for September 2017. Funding is provided by the Region of Durham Health Department.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

Psycho-Educational Workshops

Belleville and District / Adult / Community Services

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Psycho-Educational Workshops

Belleville and District | Adult | Community Services

In a cognitive behavioural framework with a trained counsellor and facilitator, JHSBD offers individual and group programs to youth and adults that address criminogenic risk factors such as anger management, stress management, decision making skills, criminal thinking and substance use.
Programs include Anger Management, Anti-Theft, Make You Think, Stop-Think-Do, How to Manage That Stinking Thinking, and Alcohol and Substance awareness.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Quantum

Belleville and District / Youth / Community Services

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Quantum

Belleville and District | Youth | Community Services

Quantum is a long-term, multi-component intervention program aiming to reduce dropout rates and delinquency in students facing challenges as they enter high school. The program provides wrap-around care for the duration of the students’ high school career. This unique program aims to eliminate barriers to success by providing educational, developmental and service opportunities coupled with a sustained relationship with a trained youth worker who will remain with the student for the duration of the four year program. For additional details, follow the link to the Quantum Quinte site http://www.quantumquinte.ca/

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Recipe for Success/Wendy’s

Niagara / Youth / Education and Employment

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Recipe for Success/Wendy’s

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

This is a paid Employability Skills program through Work Placement for individuals between the ages of 15 – 30, not attending school, and not collecting employment insurance and are having a difficult time securing employment for various reasons. The program runs for 16 weeks. Youth will have 3 weeks of in class pre-employment sessions and 13 weeks in job placements at Wendy’s restaurants across the Niagara Region. During the final 13 weeks, the youth will return for one daily workshop which will focus on life skills to support them beyond the end of the program.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Record Suspension / Pardon

Peterborough / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspension / Pardon

Peterborough | Adult | Justice Services

This is a free service, provided by JHS to all members of the community requiring assistance to complete a record suspension application. Offered at the main JHS office site, clients meet with a JHS worker, who assists them with the application process and ensure that all conditions are met before the application itself is submitted to avoid problems and delays. Fees are not charged for this service, but clients are required to pay the fees associated with the application (e.g. police check). Individuals are encouraged to go through this regular record suspension/pardon application process, rather than through a private company which is likely to charge a prohibitive fee. Funding for this service is provided through private donations.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Record Suspension / Pardon

Simcoe and Muskoka / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspension / Pardon

Simcoe and Muskoka | Adult | Justice Services

Since having a criminal record negatively impacts people’s ability to find employment, all those who are eligible for a record suspension/pardon are encouraged to apply. JHS has been assisting to complete these applications for the past 10 years and continues to do so on a fee for service basis, which is set at $250 per applicant. (Ontario Works pays $250 for their clients plus the additional cost such as application, fingerprinting etc.). JHS staff work on site to streamline the record suspension/pardon process and to ensure that all of the conditions are met before the application is submitted. In addition, this one on one service is provided in an effort to prevent the client from accessing this type of assistance from commercial enterprises that charge much higher and more prohibitive fees. Currently this service is offered to residents in Barrie, Alliston, Collingwood, Orillia, and Midland, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and all outlying areas in the Greater Simcoe and Muskoka regions.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Main Office
80 Bradford St. – Unit 336
Barrie, ON
L4N 6S7

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Record Suspension / Pardon

Sudbury / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspension / Pardon

Sudbury | Adult | Justice Services

Since having a criminal record negatively impacts people’s ability to find employment, all those who are eligible for a record suspension/pardon are encouraged to apply. JHS has been assisting with the completion of these applications for the past 10 years and continues to do so. JHS staff work on site to streamline the record suspension/pardon process and to ensure that all of the conditions are met before the application is submitted. In addition, this one on one service is provided in an effort to prevent the client from accessing this type of assistance from commercial enterprises that charge much higher and more prohibitive fees. Funding for the program is provided by the United Way of Sudbury and Nipissing Districts, through Bingo fundraisers and financial donations from individuals, community businesses and private foundations.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Record Suspension / Pardon Program

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspension / Pardon Program

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This program provides individuals with information and support to complete the record suspension/pardon application process. Staff will meet with individuals in a confidential setting to determine eligibility and steps to take to complete the process. Completing the application is essential to increasing equitable access to employment and other important services.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Record Suspension Assistance

Sarnia Lambton / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspension Assistance

Sarnia Lambton | Adult | Justice Services

This program assists individuals to complete the record suspension application process, ensuring that all applicable documents are filled out properly and that the process is understood. This ad hoc assistance is available to everyone in the community, and is offered on site at the JHS office. This is not a funded service.

John Howard Society of Sarnia Lambton: Main Office
300 Christina St N
Sarnia, ON
N7T 5V5

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Record Suspension Assistance

Belleville and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspension Assistance

Belleville and District | Adult | Justice Services

This free workshop is delivered weekly at the JHS office to assist individuals to seal their criminal record in order to obtain employment and/or travel outside of Canada. The workshop is a thirty minute session to start the process. When the first part of the record suspension process is completed, JHS needs to be contacted to set up an individual appointment to complete the second phase. It is offered as a core service.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Record Suspension Clinics

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspension Clinics

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

Assists individuals in completing applications for a suspension of their criminal record. Individuals are assisted in regaining confidence and boosting their self-esteem. The service is free of charge and offered in Spanish and Arabic as well.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Record Suspensions / Pardon

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Record Suspensions / Pardon

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Justice Services

Having a criminal record can be a significant barrier to an individual’s ability to obtain employment, education, and housing. John Howard Society has been assisting people to complete Record Suspension applications since 2006 on a fee-for-service basis. A Record Suspension Specialist will guide individuals through the eligibility requirements and application process. JHS provides ongoing support to ensure all required documentation is gathered and conditions are met before submitting their application to the Parole Board of Canada.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Reducing Incidences of Suspension and Expulsions (R.I.S.E.)

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

The program provides educational structure and supervision to you that are suspended or expelled from District School Board of Niagara schools, ensuring that they have the opportunity to continue their education. Students suspended for six or more days are eligible to enter the R.l.S.E. program which includes continuing to receive homework packages and the completion of an Action Plan to ensure success. This program is funded by the District School Board of Niagara.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Reintegration

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Youth / Justice Services

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Reintegration

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Youth | Justice Services

Voluntary program aimed to youth who are returning to the community following a period of detention. The program is in collaboration with the Youth Intervention Centre, Youth Probation Services, and Custody/Detention Facilities. The goal is to enhance and extend support to youth involved with Youth Justice Services to connect with supports to improve their outcomes in the community.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Youth Centre
370 Kent Street – Unit 18
Lindsay, ON
K9V 3L9

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Reintegration Centre

Toronto / Adult / Justice Services

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Reintegration Centre

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

Based loosely on the United Way’s Service Hub model, The South Etobicoke Reintegration Centre is a one-stop-shop collaboration comprised of service providers specializing in housing, mental health and legal services to address the reintegration needs of men released from the Toronto Intermittent Centre (opened December 2013) and the Toronto South Detention Centre (opened January 2014). These provincial facilities make up the largest jail in Canada and, at capacity, will house over 1920 men. Most of the inmates will be on remand; charged but not sentenced and waiting for trail. Since they do not have definitive release dates, the jail’s discharge planners are often unable to effectively plan for their release. Therefore, it is essential that JHS-T and its partners are able to respond to these men as immediately upon their release as possible in order to help to increase community safety by reducing the likelihood of recidivism.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Reintegration Program

Ottawa / Adult / Justice Services

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Reintegration Program

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

The program provides inmates in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre with assistance in obtaining personal identification including birth certificates, Ontario Health Cards, and social insurance cards. In addition, JHS staff conduct substance abuse assessments to facilitate acceptance into treatment programs for inmates who will be facing addiction issues at the time of their discharge. For those inmates facing mental health issues, JHS staff liaise with the correctional psychologist, mental health nurse, and the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction to develop release plans. In order to address the key housing needs facing many ex-prisoners, a comprehensive inventory of housing resources that includes pre-screened rooming houses is maintained. Also, office reporting opportunities for discharged inmates to ensure follow-through with release plans are also provided.
The program is delivered in partnership with the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and operates Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. An individualized intake assessment is done with each client. Bus tickets and taxi chits are available and all participation is voluntary. Funding is provided by the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Reintegration Services

Simcoe and Muskoka / Adult / Justice Services

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Reintegration Services

Simcoe and Muskoka | Adult | Justice Services

The Community Reintegration Worker is able to facilitate access to specialized community based programs and prevention services that facilitate healthy and positive reintegration in to the community. This is applicable for those individuals who are incarcerated and anticipating release, and vulnerable individuals in the community who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, and or who may require additional and unique community supports. After completing a brief assessment to determine ones’ acuity, needs and establish goals, the worker can connect individuals to various resources including the agency’s current programs and services. The program has established designated drop in days and times at the Barrie and Orillia office locations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 1:00PM. The worker has also partnered with various community agencies to deliver drop in services where the client need is the highest. The program addresses barriers that may include: access to housing, ID replacement, healthcare and doctor referrals, case management and counselling services, education and employment direction, and financial literacy, including access to Ontario Works and Disability Supports. The worker often starts the process providing assistance to those incarcerated, and in connection with the institutional worker develops discharge plans and community supports directly upon release. Currently, the service id offered in Barrie and Orillia, with expansion to Midland and outlying areas.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Orillia Branch Office
17 Colborne Street E
Orillia, ON
L3V 3L3

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Reintegration Services/Aftercare

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Reintegration Services/Aftercare

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Justice Services

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Reintegration Support Services / Community Partnerships

Windsor and Essex County / Youth / Justice Services

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Reintegration Support Services / Community Partnerships

Windsor and Essex County | Youth | Justice Services

This is a program funded by MCCSS and provides services and programs to assist in the reintegration and rehabilitation of justice system involved youth. The program is designed to support and encourage youth to successfully reintegrate into the community by providing the necessary support and guidance for them to prosper in society.

John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County: Main Office
275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

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Reintegrative, Educational Assistance for Connections and Health (REACH)

York Region | Adult | Community Services

The REACH Program aims to support low to moderate income men who have had involvement with the criminal justice system to reconnect with their peers, community and family in a healthy way. The program provides weekly drop-in group based sessions, support, and referrals to individuals so that they may feel included, valued, and positively engaged. It is our hope that through this program, people will begin to engage in healthier relationships with their loved ones – working towards a healthier population. Through this program, John Howard Society of York Region also aims to establish a sense of belonging for residents of York Region and by extension, strengthen the overall fabric of the community. This is a voluntary program and is available at no cost. The REACH Program is supported through the Regional Municipality of York Community Investment Strategy.

John Howard Society of York Region: Main Office
6600 Bayview Avenue – Unit 306
Newmarket, ON
L3X 1Z9

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Remote Community Intervention Program

Thunder Bay / Youth / Justice Services

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Remote Community Intervention Program

Thunder Bay | Youth | Justice Services

The Remote Aboriginal Intervention Program works in partnership with First Nation Communities to assist youth in conflict with the law. The program is currently delivered in Eabemetoong, Weagamow, Webequie and Long Lake #58 First Nation.
Each community has a Remote Community Intervention Worker (RCIW) that works closely with youth to support them through their completion of court ordered sanctions. The RCIW will facilitate culturally appropriate programming and activities that engage youth in addition to promoting positive responses to the challenges the youth face in the community. Our Aboriginal Youth Counsellor provides clinical counseling to youth referred to the program by the probation team. Some key components and goals of the program include:

Responsivity to Aboriginal Cultural Issues:
• To develop, organize and involve young persons in appropriate community program activities (i.e. community service orders, restitution and extrajudicial sanctions), encouraging the use of more traditional alternatives wherever possible.
Community Development:
• To develop community awareness and provide input and participation in community youth justice program activities.
• To model positive behaviour in the community and strive to engage clients in activities that will benefit the community as a whole.
Support Services:
• In conjunction with the Case Manager, assist in the referral of youth to appropriate agencies, programs and services for support, treatment, counseling, etc. in accordance with the Case Management Plan.
• To assist with discharge planning for young persons in custody, including the provision of information relevant to reintegration leaves or discharge plans.
• To assist referred youth to develop short- and/or long-term plans/goals related to the Case Management Plan.
• To act as a community contact for ongoing communication between the Case Manager and community representatives.

John Howard Society of Thunder Bay: Main Office
315 S. Syndicate Ave.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 1E2

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Residential Program

Durham Region / Youth / Community Services

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Residential Program

Durham Region | Youth | Community Services

Structured and supportive residential services for youth age 15 to 24 (Oshawa and Whitby locations). Participants benefit from learning about budgeting, time management, menu planning, job keeping, food preparation, communication skills, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and more. Each participant has an individualized action plan and counselling support. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Region of Durham Housing Services.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

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Residential Program Partnership with CAMH – Toronto Drug Treatment Court

Toronto | Adult | Justice Services

This program provides safe and supportive housing for adult men who are involved in the Toronto Drug Treatment Court Program with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Residents have histories of chronic homelessness, incarceration and addiction. Traditionally, those who are homeless are less likely to succeed in the program. JHS leases one house close to their main office location on Eglinton Avenue West. Each residence accommodates four individuals and the treatment focus is harm reduction, based in behavioural modification.
The program is delivered in partnership with CAMH and both group therapy and individual counselling are provided by CAMH and JHST staff. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week on-call support is available.
Residents must meet the expectations of the Toronto Drug Treatment Court. Should they commit a new criminal act or become violent while in the house, they will be asked to leave the program, and possibly face new charges. Intake assessments are completed for each participant by the JHST and CAMH staff. Bus tickets are provided and all participants are mandated by the Toronto Drug Treatment Court. Funding is provided by CAMH through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Residential Rehabilitation Program (RRP)

Thunder Bay / Adult / Community Services

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Residential Rehabilitation Program (RRP)

Thunder Bay | Adult | Community Services

The JHS residence offers interim housing to nine women and 39 men in our rehabilitative treatment facility. These individuals are currently involved or at risk of becoming involved in the Criminal Justice System.
By providing a safe place to reside, individuals are confident that their basic needs will be met and they can focus on addressing the underlying factors that have put them at risk. We develop care plans for each residential client using evidence-based criminogenic risk assessment tools to ensure that each plan not only addresses problematic behavior, but builds on strengths the client already has, and that will protect them against future criminal involvement.
Areas we address in risk assessment and care plans include resident’s criminal history and history of violence, strength of family relationships and social networks, ability to access financial and other resources, history of substance use, employment and vocational history, educational background, social and cognitive skills, and mental health status. Addressing these underlying factors through assessment and specialized programming helps to equip our residents to maintain housing, avoid (repeated) conflict with the law, build stronger relationships with their families and communities, and further their educational and vocational goals.
The JHS residence is also a Community Residential Facility for the Correctional Service of Canada. Currently there are eight rooms accessible to individuals on Federal Parole in Thunder Bay. Each client is responsible for attending regularly scheduled meetings with their case worker as part of their conditions of residence. Case managers monitor each client’s progress toward the goals laid out in their care plan and collaborate with community service providers to make appropriate referrals on a case-by-case basis.

We offer the following programming as part of residential treatment:
• Anger Management
• Anti-Criminal Thinking
• Life skills programming, including:
o Stages of Change
o The Art and Science of Job Searching
o Budgeting and Practical Money Skills
o Understanding Nutrition
o Healthy Relationships
o Options for Academic Upgrading
o Goal Setting
o Harm Reduction
o Self-Care
o Active Living
o Coping Strategies
• Recreational Programming

John Howard Society of Thunder Bay: Main Office
315 S. Syndicate Ave.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 1E2

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Residential Services

Kingston and District / Youth / Housing

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Residential Services

Kingston and District | Youth | Housing

Housing program that features 15 bachelor units designed to provide accommodation and support to recently released men. The goal is to provide residents with a stable, structured, and supervised independent living environment as they reintegrate back into the community. Residents have access to: residential support plans, housing support and advocacy, information and referrals, community resources, education and employment referrals, and assistance with housing searches.

John Howard Society of Kingston & District: Main Office
771 Montreal Street
Kingston, ON
K7K 3J4

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RESOLVE: Adult Anger Management and Emotion Regulation Program

Peel Region and Area | Adult | Community Services

This fee for service program originated from the New Leaf Program developed by JHS-Windsor-Essex. Program fees are based on a sliding scale. The program has been offered for more than 15 years to adult males and more recently to young persons (age 16+ years). The target groups are males, ages 22 and up for the adult program, and for youth, 16 to 21. The program teaches participants self-regulation and self-management skills that allow them to reduce the intensity, frequency and duration of their anger and subsequently, ends their patterns of aggression.
Offered on-site in all of Peel, Halton and Dufferin locations, the program has a Case Management component and consists of 12 group sessions with 1 to 3 pre-group meetings for intake and assessment purposes. The program includes a follow-up component. Participants must complete all sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. Eligibility is based on the outcome of an intake assessment. Participation is voluntary, although most are seeking a program based on a required outstanding sanction (court, workplace or medical recommendation) that requires that a program be completed. Funding for this program may be provided in part by the United Way, by the user fees charged or through Ontario Works.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Brampton Branch Office
44 Queen St. E.
193 Main St. E
Brampton
Milton, ON
L9T 1N7

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RESOLVE: Program for Anger Management and Emotional Regulation

Peel Region and Area | Youth | Community Services

This cognitive-behavioural training program is designed to reduce anger, violence and emotional loss of control among youth, 13 to 24 years of age. The goal of the program is to provide youth with information about anger and other emotions and to teach them the skills necessary to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of anger episodes. Facilitators will use psycho-educational instruction, role plays, discussions video and audiotapes, practical exercises, and homework exercises/assignments to convey new knowledge and skills to participants. This program is funded by United Way.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Main Office
44 Queen Street East
Brampton, ON
L6V 1A2

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Restorative Justice & Conflict Resolution

Thunder Bay / Youth / Justice Services

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Restorative Justice & Conflict Resolution

Thunder Bay | Youth | Justice Services

The Youth Restorative Justice & Conflict Resolution program, also known as On-Track, is currently offered at Geraldton Composite High School (Geraldton) and Westgate Collegiate & Vocational Institute (Thunder Bay). This program aims to resolve in-school conflicts through peer mediation, while supporting students experiencing mental health issues. It encourages youth to be accountable for their behavior while encouraging pro-social outcomes.
The On-Track Program offers support for mental health and addiction concerns, and teaches problem solving/conflict resolution skills. Youth attending the high schools are trained as Peer Mediators and assist in finding a resolution to problems and conflicts that arise between students. The coordinator of this program helps students develop their skills as mediators, and forges partnerships in the community to ensure youth have access to support services.

Geraldton – Indigenous Student Support Program
500 2nd St. W.
Geraldton, ON
P0T1M0

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Restorative Justice Practices

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Youth / Justice Services

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Restorative Justice Practices

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Youth | Justice Services

Restorative Approach practices have been proven to be a valuable tool in reducing conflict and repairing harm across a diversity of groups and situations. These practices can have a positive effect in reducing the frequency and the severity of individuals becoming justice-involved while reducing costs and processing time. It is a process that invites all parties involved and affected by the conflict. The harmed and the harmer willingly participate in a conversation or circle, with the goal of repairing harm, and having each party feeling heard and validated. Both the harmed and the harmer rate restorative processes as fair and satisfying when resolving conflict. Restorative Practices can include a facilitator for two individuals or a large group. Examples of cases that can be referred are landlord/tenant, student/student, business/customer, and neighbour/neighbour. This program is offered on a fee-for-service basis.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Restorative Justice Project

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Restorative Justice Project

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

Restorative justice program targeted to youth who are at risk of being expelled from school. The approach focuses on the restoration of relationships, being accountable for behaviour, and identifying community support and involvement. The project trains representatives from partnering agencies to become “train the trainers” in the RJ model.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Rideau Social Enterprises (RSE)

Hamilton Area / Adult / Education and Employment

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Rideau Social Enterprises (RSE)

Hamilton Area | Adult | Education and Employment

Provides employment opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment. Youth are recruited to complete training and obtain valuable work experience. Following certification, using a temp agency model, these individuals are placed into companies who require workers with these skills.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Safer Tomorrows through Education and Prevention (S.T.E.P)

Toronto | Youth | Education and Employment

This program is designed to assist students and youth to achieve academic success while building upon essential living and life skills. Our staff in the STEP program create a safe and youth focused environment where individuals have the opportunity set goals through educational and training supports. For those youth seeking employment our staff work to provide resources and connections with well-matched employers. Individual counselling support is key to the success of this program. In additional a variety of workshops are delivered in school settings.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Saint John Bosco Achievement Centre

Ottawa / Youth / Education and Employment

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Saint John Bosco Achievement Centre

Ottawa | Youth | Education and Employment

The Saint John Bosco Achievement Centre (JBAC) is a program provided in partnership with the Ottawa Catholic School Board and youturn youth support services. Our shared vision is to provide a unique and specialized educational program to justice-involved youth that matches their needs and complexities.
The goal of this program is to reduce youths’ risk of ongoing and future involvement in the justice system by supporting their educational achievement and, subsequently, their vocational interests and success; and increasing their participation in positive and structured activities. These are two areas in which these youth have typically experienced significant struggles.
The program staffing model, supported financially through the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, includes one full-time teacher and one full-time youth counsellor. JBAC is affiliated with Immaculata High School.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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School Based Mediation and Restorative Practices

Peterborough | Youth | Community Services

A new program with local secondary schools to support youth to develop mediation and restorative practices within the school environment. Youth are trained in mediation and restorative practices in order to develop and/or improve on their leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Healthy communication leads to healthy relationships and skills developed are transferable to improve relationships within families, friendships and workplaces.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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School Suspension Program

Peterborough / Youth / Education and Employment

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School Suspension Program

Peterborough | Youth | Education and Employment

Providing services to students from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (Peterborough County only) who have been suspended for more than 20 days. JHS staff supports the non-academic component only. Funding for this program is provided by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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School-Based Crime Prevention Programs

Waterloo and Wellington / Youth / Education and Employment

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School-Based Crime Prevention Programs

Waterloo and Wellington | Youth | Education and Employment

Communicating Our Perspectives and Emotions Successfully (COPES) is a school-based program for students who have displayed impulsive and aggressive behaviour within the classroom and as a result, have difficulty interacting appropriately within a school setting. Working in small groups over a period of 8 to 10 weeks, the program attempts to assist these students to develop coping skills to better handle stress and to increase their awareness of the causes and consequences of their behaviour. Youth enhance their problem solving skills, learn productive ways of managing their anger, and are better able to understand their emotions and control their behaviour. COPES is designed for youth aged 12 to 16, and is currently offered in senior elementary and high schools, as well as community settings. This program is funded by local United Ways.
Bullying Prevention/Social Competency Programs offered to primary and junior grades are intended to empower children to prevent bullying, and when it occurs, to identify it as such and be able to intervene and obtain appropriate assistance to prevent it from escalating. Topics covered include: general information about bullying, self-esteem, assertiveness, problem solving, understanding and appreciating diversity, understanding feelings, communicating effectively, building empathy, cyber-bullying, and being a friend. Sessions include role-playing, games, activities, stories, songs and puppets. Separate content has been created for primary and junior grades and content aligns with Ministry of Education curriculum requirements. Sessions are offered over a few weeks to multiple classrooms in the same school to promote school-wide gains. An evaluation study completed in 2016 showed the program has positive impacts for children in changing both cognition and behaviour. This program is funded by local United Ways.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Self-Management Program

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Adult / Community Services

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Self-Management Program

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Adult | Community Services

Two hour sessions for adults referred by the court, other service providers, or self-referred. The program offers the opportunity to identify areas of stress/triggers that result in problematic behaviour. They are provided with tools and knowledge about how to use the insight that they gain to positively impact their behaviours, achieve pro-social resolutions, and prepare for further individual counselling.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Seniors Restorative Justice Committee Project

Hamilton Area / Adult / Justice Services

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Seniors Restorative Justice Committee Project

Hamilton Area | Adult | Justice Services

Committee comprised of trained senior volunteers who mentor other seniors/older adults who have committed an offense in the community. The committee works with the offender to determine appropriate restitution consistent with restorative justice practices.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Services in Court and Detention: Community Reintegration Worker

Ottawa | Adult | Justice Services

JHS Ottawa, in partnership the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC), provides a Community Reintegration Worker to assist men in the remand population and those recently released to prepare for their return to the community.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Sex Trade Housing Support Program (STHS)

Durham Region | Adult | Housing

STHS provides support to individuals and families who are involved in or effected by the sex trade to maintain long term housing stability through voluntary, coordinated and unique individual and group focused support services designed to increase their social, life, and employability skills. This program assists male, female, and transgender sex trade workers in the Durham Region who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. It is inclusive of youth, adults, persons with disabilities, persons with addictions and mental health issues, persons involved with the criminal justice system and victims of domestic violence. An individual who occasionally trades sex for cash, shelter, etc. may not view themselves as “a sex trade worker.” This person is still eligible for the program. Referrals can be made to the Outreach worker who will then complete an intake. If appropriate for service, an individualized service plan is created. The STHS is funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy Outreach Communities Initiative, through the United Way of Durham Region.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

Shelter Diversion

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Adult / Housing

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Shelter Diversion

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Adult | Housing

This program provides daily on-site support to the shelter residents to reduce emergency shelter living, and increase the likelihood of long-term housing retention. Staff also assist individuals/families in housing crises to access resources within the community that can assist them in managing their tenancy, and broker additional long-term support through external referrals as required. A housing Help Kit and housing listings are distributed to the community frequently. This program is funded by the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Shoplifting Education Service

Sudbury / Youth / Justice Services

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Shoplifting Education Service

Sudbury | Youth | Justice Services

This service differs from a victim awareness service in that it deals specifically with shoplifting as a criminal act and not just an action against another person/group/organization.
This service consists of an initial assessment with each person referred to the service. This is followed by a group session and a follow up contact one month after the group session. The group session does have aspects of awareness of the victim but is primarily concerned with shoplifting as an act that it wrong and must cease. Presentations at this session are made by a representative merchant or merchant association that that provides hard data about shoplifting and its effects for the merchant. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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SNAP-YJ-12 Session Module

Simcoe and Muskoka / Youth / Justice Services

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SNAP-YJ-12 Session Module

Simcoe and Muskoka | Youth | Justice Services

This program is for males between the ages of 12 and 17 who are involved in the Youth Justice System. The SNAP strategy involves learning to identify physiological responses and emotional triggers, calm your body and challenge cognitive distortions/thinking errors replacing with coping statements, in order to move forward and explore socially appropriate solutions/plans. This program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka: Main Office
80 Bradford St. – Unit 336
Barrie, ON
L4N 6S7

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Social Skills Training

Sault Ste. Marie and District / Youth / Education and Employment

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Social Skills Training

Sault Ste. Marie and District | Youth | Education and Employment

Communication skills workshops are offered through Fee for Service to employer groups and also integrated into several programs at the agency for unemployed and at risk individuals. The curriculum is altered as needed and sessions relate to the participants personal needs. Sessions include but are not limited to: problem solving, thinking skills, anger management, giving and receiving feedback, conflict resolution, risk taking, attending/listening, goal setting and stress management.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie: Main Office
27 King Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 6K3

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Strategies Option Solutions (S.O.S.)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Youth / Community Services

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Strategies Option Solutions (S.O.S.)

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Youth | Community Services

Serves youth 12-24 who are not involved with the justice system but are presenting at higher risk and beginning to make poor choices. The focus is preventative education encompassing Conflict Resolution, Self Control and Emotional Self-Regulation, Distorted Thinking and Beliefs, Stress Management, Anti-Theft, Healthy Relationships, and Substance Education. Youth can be self-referred or referred by schools, parents, or other community based agencies. SOS also serves youth who are referred by the justice system through extrajudicial measures and sanctions. Group workshops run weekly for 5 weeks.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Main Office
31 Peel Street
Lindsay, ON
K9J 0C4

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Strategies towards Employment Anger Management (S.T.E.A.M)

Toronto | Adult | Education and Employment

Individuals are referred through Ontario Works to this program. The objective of this program is to provide counselling support and information in order to ensure a positive work experience. Group sessions are delivered which focus on: conflict resolution skills; dealing with conflict with the workplace; assertiveness training; and skills required to ensure a positive relationship with employers, co-workers and their clients.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Strengthening Families for the Future

Niagara | Youth | Family

This is a prevention program for families with children of all ages who may be at risk for substance misuse, depression, violence, delinquency and school failure. Strengthening Families is effective because it involves the whole family.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Sudbury Youth Rocks Music Program

Sudbury / Youth / Justice Services

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Sudbury Youth Rocks Music Program

Sudbury | Youth | Justice Services

The objective of this program is to allow young offenders free access to music equipment with the assistance and instruction from seasoned musicians. This setting will allow participants to learn at their own pace and form a team with other youth that share common interests. Young persons, ages 10 to 17, alleged to have committed an offence or who are at risk for criminal involvement can participate in this program. The participants form a rock band from the outset and then play at community events. The Sudbury Youth Rocks Music Program allows its members to give back to the community in a positive way and offer a rewarding environment for youth at risk. Funded by the John Howard Society of Sudbury, Sudbury Community Foundation, Long and McQuade Music, donations and performance fees.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Summer (YJCS)

Niagara / Youth / Education and Employment

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Summer (YJCS)

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

This is the second component of the new Youth Job Connection (YJC) program, which launched in October, 2015 to provide youth experiencing multiple and/or complex barriers to employment with more intensive employment supports beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities. YJCS provides summer, part-time and after-school job opportunities for high school students, aged 15 to 18, who are facing challenging life circumstances and may need support transitioning between school and work. YJCS complements the year-round component of YJC, which is aimed at youth aged 15 to 29 who are not in employment, education or training and are experiencing multiple barriers to employment.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Support for Youth Program

Belleville and District / Youth / Community Services

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Support for Youth Program

Belleville and District | Youth | Community Services

A community based intervention program for youth 12 to 17. Referrals can be made by police officers, lawyers, the courts, schools, community agencies, and family members. The goal of the program is to provide supports to the family and youth to reduce the risk of youth entering the criminal justice system. Case management is provided to assist in dealing with the issues the young person and family is facing. Crisis counseling is provided by phone or in personal meetings. Funded by private donations.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Supports in Social Housing

Ottawa | Adult | Housing

In partnership with Ottawa Community Housing and the City of Ottawa, JHS Ottawa (using a housing-first model) provides case management supports for single men who require intensive support to retain housing. The clients have a history of incarceration and homelessness and may have persistent mental illness and /or addictions or cognitive issues.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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System Navigator

The Systems Navigator is responsible for providing case management to support community reintegration for individuals recently released from a correctional facility. The Systems Navigator helps individuals connect with appropriate services, provides guidance and maintains regular contact to ensure the individuals are supported and connected as they reintegrate into their community post-release.

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin: Halton Office
193 Main St. E.
Milton, ON
L9T 1N7

Taking Charge: Women’s Self-Management Program (TC)

Windsor and Essex County / Adult / Community Services

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Taking Charge: Women’s Self-Management Program (TC)

Windsor and Essex County | Adult | Community Services

The Taking Charge Program (TC) consists of ten, one on one/or group counselling workshops (one hour each) for women age 18 and up. It deals with subjects such as self-esteem, co-dependency, healthy/abusive relationships, stress management, family violence, drugs and alcohol, parenting skills, personal finance, community resources, and community integration. The program is based on behaviour modification and awareness, and helps to educate women in the areas of life skills and coping mechanisms. Self-referrals or agency referrals are welcome. This program is fee for service.

John Howard Society of Windsor-Essex County: Main Office
275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

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Team Up to Clean Up Program

Hamilton Area / Youth / Community Services

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Team Up to Clean Up Program

Hamilton Area | Youth | Community Services

Community service alternative for youth to participate in graffiti removal, litter clean-up, and other community beautification activities with the goal of engaging youth in community restoration by repairing harm done. This program serves as a way for youth to take responsibility for graffiti and mischief related offences.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Teen Groups

London and District / Youth / Education and Employment

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Teen Groups

London and District | Youth | Education and Employment

Offered in the Boullee and Huron communities to assist teens with employment, skills development, volunteering, and leadership skills.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Niagara / Youth / Education and Employment

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The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

The objective of the grant is to support workforce development and encourage greater employer involvement in training through cost-sharing arrangements to train individuals. Through employer-led skills training, the grant also provides individuals with the skills necessary to maintain employment and advance in their careers.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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The Connection Point

Belleville and District / Youth / Community Services

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The Connection Point

Belleville and District | Youth | Community Services

A program providing qualified instructors offering quality programs. JHSBD provides low or no cost programming for youth on site and in the community. Programs are run after school and during the evening and are aimed to provide interesting and pro social ways to address current youth interests. Programs include a boxing club, Cocoon Art Centre, and a music program that provides youth with modern equipment to enhance and develop music skills (based on availability). Instructor positions enable youth and young adults to run a program with support, assistance, and a centrally located venue.

The Gym & Fitness Club Inc.
421 Dundas St W
Trenton, ON
K8V 3S4

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The Partner Assault Response Program (PAR)

York Region / Adult / Justice Services

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The Partner Assault Response Program (PAR)

York Region | Adult | Justice Services

A 12-session Domestic Violence Court initiative that delivers a specialized community-based group intervention program to individuals who have committed a criminal offence against a current or former intimate partner. The program has two primary goals: (1) to enhance safety; and (2) to increase offender accountability. Eligibility for the program is determined by the Crown Attorney and/or Probation office. The program is delivered through a psycho-education model where participants are given the opportunity to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards domestic abuse and to learn non-abusive ways of resolving conflict. Information and support are also provided to the victims of these crimes.

John Howard Society of York Region: Main Office
6600 Bayview Avenue – Unit 306
Newmarket, ON
L3X 1Z9

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The Reintegration Support Services Program

York Region / Adult / Justice Services

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The Reintegration Support Services Program

York Region | Adult | Justice Services

This Program aims to increase the capacity of individuals and families to work towards building economic independence through the provision of supports to accessing employment, job and life skills, housing and food security. The goal of this program is to accelerate the integration of clients in the community and lower the rates of recidivism. Through this program, John Howard Society of York Region also aims to improve the capacity of unemployed and at-risk individuals through community referrals, guidance, counselling, life skills and case management support. This program also provides support to individuals who are applying for a record suspension. This program is available at no cost, and is supported through the United Way of York Region.

John Howard Society of York Region: Main Office
6600 Bayview Avenue – Unit 306
Newmarket, ON
L3X 1Z9

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Time for Change

Ottawa / Youth / Justice Services

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Time for Change

Ottawa | Youth | Justice Services

Time for Change (T4C) is an initiative dedicated to male and female young adults, adults and their families who are impacted by gang involvement.
T4C Supports & Services:
• Education & Training: marketable skills
• Employment: job-readiness & placements
• Safety & Stability: security of self & income to meet individual/ family needs
• Housing: stability & satisfaction
• Counselling & Health Services: access, options, sensitivity
• Family Reunification: resources for relationships
• Community Engagement: cultural, spiritual, & religious support
• Mentorship: access to knowledge, situations, or networks
This project operates in partnership with Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO), youturn youth support services, and is funded by the City of Ottawa in partnership with Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO).

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Towards a Healthy Future

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Youth / Education and Employment

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Towards a Healthy Future

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Youth | Education and Employment

Life skills and education-based cooking program for youth 8-15 who are expereincing the effects of poverty. The program aims to teach and support children and youth at their own level, striving to increase individual knowledge and ongoing life skills for proper food handling, meal preparation, and healthy eating.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Youth Centre
370 Kent Street – Unit 18
Lindsay, ON
K9V 3L9

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Transitional and Supportive Housing Program

Ottawa | Adult | Housing

In response to a need identified by JHS’ Board and staff with encouragement from the Ottawa Police Services, three residences are available to provide monitoring and support for ex-prisoners who have been determined to be “high risk/need releases.” A total of 46 beds are available, including 37 independent studio apartments and 9 rooms where residents share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
The goal is to provide safe, affordable housing for the period immediately following release, during a time of crisis, or while completing Drug Treatment Court, sex offender or mental health treatment. While providing residents with stable accommodation, JHS staff work with individuals towards longer term housing and employment related goals. Residents are expected to pay $340 per month in rent from their Ontario Works benefits. Monitoring and support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with periods of residency ranging from three months to several years. There is also a follow-up period of support for at least 3 additional months. Residents move on when their conditions of release permit them to do so, and when they find safe, affordable housing.
Current funding includes per diem contracts with the Correctional Service of Canada (20 beds), Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (14 beds) and Ottawa Drug Treatment Court (4 beds). The funding is secure and negotiations are underway to include a mental health per diem contract.
Assessments and case planning are conducted and all services and supports are offered on a one on one basis. Residents may also be escorted by staff to medical or treatment appointments and some bus tickets are available. A food bank is accessible to all residents who may stay voluntarily, although leaving the residence would cause problems with both the drug treatment court judge and probation/parole supervisors.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Transportation Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Family

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Transportation Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Family

Offers low cost, twice-per-month transportation for visitors to the federal institutions in the Warkworth and Kingston areas. Operated primarily by volunteers, allows for direct family contac that would not ordinarily be possible.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Urban Connections

Ottawa / Adult / Education and Employment

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Urban Connections

Ottawa | Adult | Education and Employment

This free program responds to an identified need in the community for “drop-in” literacy services for those who do not wish to register in a formalized program. It is open to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, including individuals living in poverty, facing mental health issues and/or learning disabilities. The focus of the program is on skill acquisition and the provision of literacy help to those that do not ordinarily have access to any educational services. Operating from 5 outreach sites (Centre 454, Capital Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, The Well, St. Andrew’s Residence), the program consists of one, 3 hour session per week, within a drop-in program. These sessions may take place in both one on one and group formats.

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Urban Priorities Initiative

Hamilton Area / Youth / Community Services

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Urban Priorities Initiative

Hamilton Area | Youth | Community Services

JHS provides youth worker contracted services to these initiatives to support students who are at risk of not completing grade 12 or who have returned to school to complete grade 12. The services supports training and facilitation of Restorative Justice to further explore goal development, social and emotional skills, and cognitive skill development with the aim for students to reach success and graduate grade 12.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Victim Awareness Service

Sudbury / Youth / Justice Services

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Victim Awareness Service

Sudbury | Youth | Justice Services

This service consists of an initial assessment with each person referred to the service. This is followed by a group session and a follow up contact one month after the group session. The service is aimed at fostering greater understanding of what the victims of crime experience. The group session will assist the youth by challenging their thinking and assist them in re-evaluating their relationships with others, especially with the victims themselves. This service offers the participants alternative thinking and encourages in them a personal responsibility for their actions. Funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

John Howard Society of Sudbury: Main Office
204 Pine Street
Sudbury, ON
P3C 1X5

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Volunteer Probation Court Intake Program

Niagara | Youth | Justice Services

Situated in the courthouse in St. Catharines, this program provides an intake, information, referral and scheduling service for the Youth Probation office in St. Catharines. The Volunteer Court Intake Worker meets with the client directly after sentencing and completes an intake with the client, including processing the court acknowledgement document and setting up a next reporting date with their probation officer. Clients are directly linked to their probation officer through this service and provided with clear reporting instructions. This program alleviates the drop in traffic to the probation office and facilitates a seamless delivery of service for the offender directly after court.

St. Catherines Courthouse
59 Church St.
St. Catharines, ON
L2R7N8

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Volunteer Program

Toronto / Adult / Community Services

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Volunteer Program

Toronto | Adult | Community Services

This program affords opportunities for students and interested community members to provide support, resources and additional services for JHS’ clients participating in programs at the East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre and at the JHST offices across Toronto. Bus tickets are available for the volunteers. Funding for the program is provided by the United Way.

John Howard Society of Toronto: Main Office
1669 Eglinton Ave West
Toronto, ON
M6E 2H4

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Volunteer Program

Hamilton Area / Adult / Community Services

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Volunteer Program

Hamilton Area | Adult | Community Services

Volunteers can be involved in board and committee membership, planning and consultation, special events, fundraising, and in direct service.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Volunteer Services

London and District / Adult / Community Services

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Volunteer Services

London and District | Adult | Community Services

Community members are recruited, trained, and supervised in the provision of agency services. Social workers also supervise third and fourth year social work interns from King’s University College.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Windrose Supportive Housing Program

Ottawa | Youth | Housing

Windrose (WR) Supportive Housing provides affordable accommodation and support to homeless or unstably housed young woman (and their children), ages 16 to 24, who are justice-involved or at risk of being so.
WR provides young women an opportunity to access safe accommodations and utilize on-site supports to assist with their life goals. Through these on-site supports, young women are assisted in actively addressing their specific personal, social, vocational, and health-related needs. As well, they are supported in developing the resources, including skills and attitudes, necessary for a successful transition to adulthood. Young women who live at WR will have the responsibility of rent. All units at WR are one-bedroom units.
Services provided:
• Comprehensive assessment
• Supports and services from a gender-informed perspective to meet demonstrated needs in four major life areas: career, family, community and self
• Collaborative case planning
• Individual counselling and support
• Practical assistance
• Monitor and support of court conditions (if relevant)
• Referral and support to other community resources

John Howard Society of Ottawa: Main Office
550 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 5L5

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Women’s Anger Management Program (WAM)

Windsor and Essex County / Youth / Community Services

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Women’s Anger Management Program (WAM)

Windsor and Essex County | Youth | Community Services

The Women’s Anger Management group geared toward women age 18 and up. This ten session program has been developed to allow participants to understand and to deal with their anger problems. The program is based on behaviour modification and awareness, and helps participants to understand anger as an emotion, develop an awareness of negative and non-productive anger management styles, and to learn productive and positive anger management techniques. Self-referrals and agency referrals are welcome. Fee for service.


275 Oak St.
Windsor, ON
N9A 5E5

Women’s Group

London and District / Adult / Justice Services

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Women’s Group

London and District | Adult | Justice Services

Supports women who have a loved one in conflict with the criminal justice system. Women can receive support through emotional crises and opportunity to evaluate their relationships. They can share their common experiences in a safe, non-judgemental, and confidential setting. Women receive information about the criminal justice system, prison visits, parenting, and other relevant topics. Through the group, women build relationships with other women and feel less socially isolated.

John Howard Society of London & District: Main Office
601 Queens Avenue
London, ON
N6B 1Y9

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Work Boot Program

Niagara / Adult / Education and Employment

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Work Boot Program

Niagara | Adult | Education and Employment

This program assists anyone in the community seeking employment and who is in need of work boots. These boots, provided at the St. Catharines’ office only, are used (steel-toed) and donated by the local General Motors plants. Individuals are often referred by local employment agencies as well as from other JHS programs. The main goal of the program is to eliminate one of the barriers to securing employment by providing proper footwear for the job. Access to these boots may be at any time during the regular 35 hour agency work week. Support and referrals to other services are offered as needed.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Youth at Risk Development (YARD) Hamilton

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Youth at Risk Development (YARD) Hamilton

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

Voluntary, community based gang reduction program that supports youth who are in a gang or at risk of gang involvement and would like support while making positive changes. YARD youth workers will provide individual counselling services to participants in the program including employment training, life skills programming, pro-social relationship building, recreational activities, educational support, addiction and mental health support, housing assistance, and child care support. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety recreational activities that develop life skills through team building exercises. Youth workers determine whether participants belong in the prevention or intervention program. Participants attend workshops on topics such as conflict resolution, communication, problem solving, drug awareness, and goal setting.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Youth Court Support

Peterborough / Youth / Justice Services

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Youth Court Support

Peterborough | Youth | Justice Services

Staff attends court on a weekly basis in order to assist both the young person and their family in a variety of ways. These include: accessing Duty Counsel, understanding the court schedule and legal process, accessing a defense lawyer, informing on the changes in legislation (YCJA), program information about the services of the JHS and other community resources. Funding for this program is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Branch.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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Youth Employment Pathways

Belleville and District / Youth / Education and Employment

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Youth Employment Pathways

Belleville and District | Youth | Education and Employment

JHSB has received an Ontario Labour Market Partnership (OLMP) grant to work with Youth, Employers, and Community Partners to help improve success in employment for barriered youth.

The Youth Employment Pathway project fosters collaboration between employers, youth, and service providers at all levels. Through this process, we will:
• Learn from youth what barriers exist to obtaining meaningful employment
• Learn from employers about challenges they face and best practices in hiring, training, and retaining youth
• Learn from community partners who support youth in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
• Develop a series of powerful videos that will showcase youth with lived experience who have been successful in further education and employment.

These videos, as part of the youth training, will send a clear message of support to the youth and how they can be successful, too. This project is youth driven and youth led. Youth will be helping us to plan all aspects of the project. Our Youth Peer Mentor Program be involved in all areas including developing a series of videos targeted to youth. Youth who are involved will:

Receive training or support to help youth become employment ready or obtain a job.
Hear from and learn from employees about the important skills, attributes and behaviours that will help youth find and maintain jobs
Provide feedback to employers on what types of support would be beneficial
Employers will help inform and plan our project. Employers will benefit by:o Helping us to inform community partners, youth, and the advisory committee the areas where youth/employees can improve to have better outcomes in the workforce. This will help us to better support the youth. Discussions with and learning effective practices from other employers who have found success hiring and retaining employees including barriered youth. Community Service Partners will help plan and implement our project. Community Service Providers will benefit by:

Helping more barriered youth to navigate & engage in existing community services that provide training or supports
Participating in discussions with and learn effective practices from other community partners and employers who have found success in assisting youth to find & maintain employment
Our Employment Pathway team will connect youth with lived experience with employers to help problem solve, develop resources and positive connections. Through this process, we will develop a series of powerful videos that will showcase youth with lived experience who have been successful in further education and employment. These videos, as part of the youth training, will send a clear message of support to the youth and how they can be successful, too.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Youth in Transition

Waterloo and Wellington / Youth / Community Services

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Youth in Transition

Waterloo and Wellington | Youth | Community Services

There are only 50 Youth in Transition Worker positions in Ontario and they serve transitional aged youth coming out of the child welfare system who may or may not be justice sector involved. This program was launched in 2014. JHSWW completed for a contract to provide the program and is pleased to have been selected to deliver the program. JHSWW was one of the first agencies to have it up and running.
The program foregrounds individual coaching and psycho-educational supports for preparedness for successful transition into adulthood. Thus, the worker fosters the development of skills and strengths necessary for independence, including skills necessary for making smart, healthy and informed choices. More specifically, coaching and support addresses one or more of the following as needed using a client-centered, strengths-based approach: obtaining and keeping stable and safe housing, securing and maintaining employment, pursing the completion of secondary school credits and pursuing additional education or training, developing personal financial literacy and management skills, building healthy interpersonal relationships, and the importance of developing skills and engaging in activities that promote wellness (i.e., mental and physical health). Where required, support includes referral to and building confidence for clinical services to address early trauma. This program is offered in Waterloo Region and funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington: Main Office
310 Charles Street East
Kitchener, ON
N2G 2P9

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Youth in Transition

Durham Region / Youth / Community Services

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Youth in Transition

Durham Region | Youth | Community Services

The Youth In Transition Program assists youth aged 15-20 who are currently Crown Wards or require continued community support for youth of Durham Children’s Aid Society to transition successfully from care to independent living in the community by way of assisting with a variety of community resources for employment, housing, education and counselling.

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Main Office
75 Richmond St. West
Oshawa, ON
L1G 1E3

Youth in Transition Worker

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton / Youth / Community Services

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Youth in Transition Worker

Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton | Youth | Community Services

Provides a variety of supports to youth 16-24 as they leave the care of CAS and transition into adult services. Workers work with youth to connect them with education, employment, housing, life skills, physical and mental health, legal services, and other supports in their communities and support them to navigate the transition from care to adulthood.

John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton: Youth Centre
370 Kent Street – Unit 18
Lindsay, ON
K9V 3L9

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Youth in Transition Worker Program

Belleville and District / Youth / Community Services

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Youth in Transition Worker Program

Belleville and District | Youth | Community Services

The program has been developed for youth who are leaving the care of the Children’s Aid Society. The YIT Worker encourages, supports and coaches the individual within their process of transitioning to adulthood. It is all about moving forward positively toward adulthood. Dream it, Want it, Do it. The program operates under a coaching model.

John Howard Society of Belleville: Belleville Youth Centre
19-21 Wallbridge Crescent
Belleville, ON
K8P 1Z3

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Youth Job Connection

Durham Region / Youth / Education and Employment

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Youth Job Connection

Durham Region | Youth | Education and Employment

The year round component serves youth aged 15 to 29 who are not in employment, education, or training by providing intensive support beyond traditional job search and placement opportunities to enhance job readiness and success. The program components include: paid pre-employment training to promote job-readiness, job matching and paid job placements, with placement supports for participants, hiring incentives for employers, mentorship services and education and work transitions supports

John Howard Society of Durham Region: Whitby Branch Office
114 Dundas Street East – Unit #200
Whitby, ON
L1N 2H7

Youth Job Link

Niagara / Youth / Education and Employment

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Youth Job Link

Niagara | Youth | Education and Employment

Youth Job link (YJL) is designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who do not face significant barriers to employment but could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market. YJL has been integrated into the Resource and Information component of the Employment Service, but features expanded, youth-focused offerings including career exploration and career management workshops as well as job search, readiness and matching assistance. While these services will be offered year-round, the majority of youth are expected to use them to help find summer employment.

John Howard Society of Niagara: Main Office
210 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3J9

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Youth Justice Committee

Hamilton Area / Youth / Justice Services

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Youth Justice Committee

Hamilton Area | Youth | Justice Services

Trained community members who meet with victims, youth 12-17, accused of minor, non-violent offences and their parents, to negotiate an appropriate way for the youth to make amends for their actions. The Committee may develop and implement alternatives to formal court proceedings, either on referral by police or the Crown. Alternate interventions include community service, restitution, and counselling programs. All youth must accept responsibility for their actions, and apologize to the victim.

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area: Main Office
654 Barton St. East
Hamilton, ON
L8L 3A2

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Youth Justice Committee/Restorative Justice Program

Peterborough | Youth | Justice Services

The Youth Justice Committee is a group of trained volunteer facilitators who facilitate restoratively based meetings between youth who have been referred and their victims. Restorative Justice is a way of viewing wrongdoing that puts the emphasis on repairing harm caused by conflict and crime using a collaborative and inclusive approach. It involves the participation of victims, the person who inflicted the harm and the community affected in finding solutions that seek to repair harm and promote harmony. Funding for this program is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General.

John Howard Society of Peterborough: Main Office
305 Stewart Street
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3N2

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