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

  • Adults in crisis can talk to our intake caseworker via phone, appointment or drop-in
  • The caseworker provides assistance directly and/or helps to identify and access resources, based on the client’s needs and goals
  • Could include help with record suspensions, obtaining identification, accessing income supports and basic needs, transportation, providing referrals in the community, and more

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