There are many services and residential options for individuals in Saskatoon.
Fine Options provides an alternative to paying out of pocket for certain fines. People are registered through one of our branches and then placed in a volunteer work arrangement with one of our community partners where they go to work off their fine. John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is the largest Fine Options provider in the province matching more than 2500 people with volunteer placements last year totaling more than 140,00 hours of volunteer support in the community.
Community Outreach Support Program
This program provides support for difficult to serve youth between the ages of 16-21. Services include: education, employment, addictions, crisis intervention, counseling, housing, advocacy, mentorship, transportation, and recreation. Moreover, support workers ensure that medical and mental health needs are being met.
We run our Mediation (Extrajudicial Sanctions) program under a contract with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice, Corrections and Policing to provide an alternative measure to the regular court processes. Referrals to this program come from the Provincial and Federal Crown Prosecution Office.
Our mediation program applies the principals of restorative justice by emphasizing youth take responsibility for their actions and acknowledging the impact on victims. The mediation process considers key questions like who’s been hurt? what are their needs? and whose responsibility is it to meet those needs? And then involves all parties in the process toward a restorative outcome.
One result of a successful mediation process is the withdraw of charges, meaning the youth offender does not receive a youth criminal record.
Community Service Order Program
Convicted youth may receive Community Service Hours as part of their release/probation, ordered by a Youth Court Judge. The John Howard Society meets with the youth and then finds a suitable community placement where they can work to complete their community service hours. Progress and completion are monitored and reported back to the Ministry of Justice, Corrections and Policing.
StopLift is a theft reduction education program for youth who have committed an act of shoplifting. StopLift works in both group and individual settings depending on the circumstances. Youth participates in discussion that examines the reasons for theft. Together with our caseworkers, youth develops strategies to make better choices in the future and look at ways to deal with temptation and peer pressure. Videos, presenters, and workbooks are used throughout the program to enhance the learning experience. Referrals for StopLift come from Youth Court, Youth Probation, schools, parents, etc.
A youth does not have to be charged to complete the program, and community referrals are welcome.
Chill Out Program
Chill Out is an interactive anger management course for youth who may be experiencing problems with anger, stress, and aggression. They may face assault charges, uttering threats, or other aggressive offenses that require Chill Out as part of their meditation.
Other referrals to this program come from schools, parents and other concerned members of the community. Chill Out is designed to help youth talk about their triggers, their types of anger, and techniques for controlling and venting anger in healthy ways.
Videos, presenters, group discussions, and workbooks are used throughout the program to enhance the learning experience. Like StopLift, Chill Out can be completed in a group setting or one-on-one, based on the youth’s needs and availability. The program can be designed to include bullying information and workbooks based charges, the needs of the client, and the request from parents and teachers.
Videos, presenters, group discussions, and workbooks are used throughout the program to enhance the learning experience. Chill Out can be completed in a group setting or one-on-one, based on the youth’s needs and availability. Chill Out can be designed to include information about bullying, as well as other client needs as recommended by youth supports such as parents or teachers.
Supported Independent Living Program (SIL)
Working within a ‘housing first’ framework, our Supported Independent Living Program (SIL) assists youth, typically coming to the end of social services’ continuum of care, prepared to live independently for the first time. SIL assesses youth preparedness and then provides apartment dwelling space and support from a dedicated SIL Caseworker.
Once housed, SIL caseworkers act as a partnering liaison with employers, landlords, and teachers.
SIL Caseworkers provide practical life skills support such as budget planning, grocery shopping, appearance & hygiene, health awareness, transportation, education planning & job skills, knowledge of community resources, and parenting and child care.
Saskatoon Residential Options
Jays Place provides housing for male youth aged 12-16. A Mentor lives in this home with the youth, providing them with a role model and in- house support to work on life skills development. Youth that live in the house are in care of the Minister and must be attending school or working. Youth live at Jays Place by choice as a means of support toward a life away from drugs, alcohol, gangs, violence and crime. This supported living environment provides a home to youth while they work on their goals and create positive plans for the future.
Cedar House is a mentored home for male youth ages 16-21 and is staffed 24 hours. Cedar provides a home to male youth in care of the ministry, ages 16-21. Youth live at Cedar House by choice as a means of support toward a life away from drugs, alcohol, gangs, violence and crime. This supported living environment provides a home to youth while they work on their goals and create positive plans for the future.
Bert’s Shelter provides short term housing for male youth aged 12-17 with 24 hour staffing support. Youth living at Bert’s participate in concentrated case planning to prepare them to transition to a more permanent living arrangement within the Ministry of Social Services’ continuum of care.
Basswood House is staffed 24 hours. Basswood provides a home to male youth in care of the ministry, ages 12-16. Youth live at Basswood House by choice as a means of support toward a life away from drugs, alcohol, gangs, violence and crime. This supported living environment provides a home to youth while they work on their goals and create positive plans for the future.