Assistance for adults reintegrating into the community after spending time in prison

A 2009 Canadian study of recently released individuals found that 45% were homeless, while 20% were on a precarious living situation and 34% were housed. Of those who lived in precarious or permanent housing, 80% had recently experienced homelessness.

The Calgary John Howard Society provides reintegration support for individuals who are exiting prison. Our staff provide support services based on clients’ individual needs so they can reintegrate into the community and make a positive change.

Community Re-Entry Support Project

  • Adults who are currently in prison can be referred by correctional staff, or self-referred by calling our main office
  • Help with release planning and finding housing, addictions treatment, education, employment, counselling, identification, family reconnection and other supports in the community

Emergency Assistance and Intake

  • Provides direct assistance, support, resource information and referral services in relation to crisis and reintegration issues for adults (18+)
  • Help may be provided in relation to basic needs, obtaining identification, document assistance (forms & applications), community resource information, external and internal referrals, Commissioner of Oaths services or ongoing support to identify and address short- and long-term goals
  • Services are free and tailored to meet individual needs
  • Individuals may access services with or without an appointment
  • Referrals accepted from any source
  • Call 403-266-4566 for more information or to book an appointment


Danny positively reintegrates back into the community with support from CJHS

By age 11, Danny had been through over 20 different foster homes where he was forced to steal and fight to survive. Yet, “I learned not to take anything for granted, and always respect what you got, and who you got,” he says. Read more