National John Howard Society Awards

Each year, staff and volunteers at John Howard Societies across the country are nominated and recognized for the outstanding contribution they have made to their communities in terms of restorative justice, crime prevention and making communities safer. In November 2019,… Read More

Kickin’ It in the Kitchen

Kickin’ It in the Kitchen offers stabilization starting point Every Tuesday, the men at CJHS’s Bedford House meet in the kitchen for a new cooking program developed by staff member Karen Crowther, called “Kickin’ It in the Kitchen.” The purpose… Read More

Fluffy visitors bring joy to Berkana House

Fluffy visitors bring joy to Berkana House Who doesn’t love puppies and kittens? Thanks to Megan’s Rescue Efforts Society, the women at CJHS’s Berkana House were treated to some very special furry visitors in November 2019. Pet therapy has become… Read More

CJHS competes in the 2019 Fast Pitch Finals

Ever wondered how employing former offenders actually reduces crime & makes Calgary safer? We shared this message and more at the 2019 Fast Pitch Finals hosted by Social Venture Partners Calgary on Nov. 7! Watch the three-minute pitch below.

Help with cannabis pardon applications now available

Canadians who have been previously convicted of simple cannabis possession are now able to apply for a pardon (also known as a record suspension) with no application fee or wait period, once their sentence has been served. And the Calgary… Read More

Moving forward – the Brain Story

The Brain Story In 2018, CJHS embarked on a journey of change that would enable us to better serve our justice-involved clients — the overwhelming majority of whom experienced trauma as children. The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (created by the… Read More


Alannah’s story Looking back at different parts of her life, Alannah, now 24, feels like they are completely different lifetimes. “I almost can’t relate because I’m not that person anymore,” she says. Alannah was placed into foster care at the… Read More