John Howard Society of Toronto

Proud to serve this community and
be a United Way Greater Toronto Anchor Agency

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We provide programs to individuals who have been in conflict with the law or those at risk of.  Our goal is to make Toronto safer through programs that focus on crime prevention, intervention and reintegration.  We have four offices in the Toronto area (Eglinton West, Danforth, Etobicoke and Scarborough).  We provide New Beginnings!

United Way Greater Toronto Funded Agency

JHS Toronto Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the land we are located on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

We Stand Together

The John Howard Society of Toronto’s Board of Directors condemns racism and discrimination of any kind.

We recognize the systemic discrimination, including Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism that is prevalent in our justice system. We proudly stand with our Black and Indigenous clients that have been hurt and discriminated against as they continue to work through and overcome these injustices. We proudly stand with our staff that work hard to support our clients guided by our agency values of Social Justice and Leadership, Equity and Integrity, Inclusivity, Results Focused, Resiliency, and Accountability. We will continue to support and advocate for a fair justice system and for communities that are more inclusive and safe. Ongoing agency training remains a priority as we acknowledge the need for continuous growth and understanding related to Anti-Black racism, anti-oppressive service delivery and restorative justice practices.

As an agency we will continue our work to ensure that our Board, our management team and our frontline staff represent the diversity of those we serve and support. We will continue to listen and learn from our Black and Indigenous staff, neighbours, community members, and clients. Their voice will inform us on how to play an active role in the movement to finally bring meaningful and sustainable change to the fight against racism. As a next step, we are creating an anti-racism committee that will advise the agency on where our collective voice and support is needed most, both internally and externally. Silent support is no longer acceptable – John Howard Society of Toronto commits to having an active voice.

Community Reintegration Planning Table supports release planning at Toronto South Detention Centre

A new partnership between Ontario and the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee aims to create a person-centered approach to release planning for high needs individuals leaving custody. The approach/plan will include considerations for housing, financial status, mental health, addictions, health care and safety and vulnerability.

The partnership will support the development and operationalization of joint ministry-community led Community Reintegration Planning Tables (CRPTs) that will ensure a proactive, collaborative, and inclusive plan is in place for those consenting individuals who require multi-agency supports upon their return to the community.

As one of the first sites for this program, the following organizations will sit at the Toronto South Detention Centre CRPT:

• Aboriginal Legal Services
• Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto
• The Career Foundation
• Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
• Fife House
• Fred Victor
• Glendale Withdrawal Management Centre
• Harbour Light
• Humber College
• John Howard Society Toronto
• Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services
• Ministry of the Solicitor General, Community Correctional Services and Institutional Services
• Na-Me-Res
• Reconnect
• Sound Times
• Surrey Place
• Toronto ABI Network
• Toronto Police Services
• Yorktown Family Services

CRPTs will enable stronger relationships and collaboration between the province, justice sector and community partners to improve system coordination, streamline referral processes and support mutual understanding of practices. This approach to community reintegration is intended to ensure high needs individuals at select adult correctional facilities, are provided with access to resources upon release from custody, including mental and addiction services, transitional housing, and culturally appropriate supports.

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