Volunteers form supportive relationships with adults who are currently or formerly in prison to promote healthy rehabilitation and reintegration
Research shows that inmates in prison, or those who have recently been released into the community, who receive frequent visits from community members are less likely to reoffend than those who do not receive visits. The Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) recruits volunteers to visit individuals in prison, as well as build supportive relationships with those who have been released to foster positive social behaviour.
Bridges to Community (formerly M2W2)
The CJHS prison visitation program, called Bridges to Community, sees close to 60 volunteers visit the Drumheller and Bowden institutions once a month to meet with inmates and develop supportive relationships that can continue beyond their time in prison.
Prison visitation is still not allowed due to COVID restrictions, but staff and volunteers are writing letters to inmates. If you have a loved one in prison please contact [email protected] or [email protected]
Building Bonds in the Community
Our after-prison outreach program, called Building Bonds in the Community, connects volunteers with former offenders in the community to develop healthy, ongoing relationships that foster positive social behaviour. While the program is open to any former offender, the focus is on those who have served federal prison terms and have been released to the community.