JHSS is currently following their pandemic response plan for all programs. All necessary steps are being taken to ensure client and staff safety. At the same time, we want to ensure the communities we serve have the support they need. We are doing our best to provide service while ensuring everyone stays safe.
Below is an update on what is happening with our various programs.
Public Legal Counsel: Our Public Legal Counsel, Pierre Hawkins, is still offering assistance to inmates currently in prison while operating remotely. Pierre is no longer holding face to face meetings at the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre, but continues to assist with discipline matters, administrative segregation, and security level designations through phone and in writing. Pierre is also leading our advocacy efforts for safety in prisons during the COVID-19 health crisis.
ARC (Adults Reintegrating into Community): While continuing to operate, ARC is currently not holding any in person visits with clients. Staff are continuing to provide support through phone, text, and email to ensure clients have the help needed to access services. They continue to work with clients on staying healthy and whole, supporting their overall goal of successful reintegration into the community.
Institutional Support Phone Line: Continues to operate and offer support to inmates in need of information. Staff are offering supports to newly released inmates through phone, text, and email.
Fine Option and Community Service Order Program: This program has been suspended by the Government of Saskatchewan. Caseworkers in these programs are calling active clients to offer support and guidance on next steps. All clients have been given an extension for 6 months up to one year in cases where fines/orders have a large amount of hours. Caseworkers are still engaging work placement agencies to continue providing support as needed.
Cornerstone Relapse Prevention Program: Our 12-week relapse program in Regina, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert is currently on hold. We will resume providing this program as soon as we are able.
Residential Programs (Saskatoon & Regina): Our housing programs continue to operate as we support residents, with necessary steps having been put in place to ensure the safety of staff and clients. Residents are being instructed to limit exposure, wash hands, clean regularly, and use social distancing as needed. Visitors are not allowed in homes until further notice. Additional cleanliness procedures have been put in place.
Supported Independent Living Program: Staff continue to offer support to youth through phone, text, and email. Staff are working with youth to limit exposure to others by not allowing visitors during this time.
Outreach: Staff continue to work with youth in crisis, offering support safely and as needed.
Cornerstone Drop-in (Regina & Moose Jaw): Closed until further notice. We hope to open to the public again as soon as it is safe to do so.
For more information, please contact one of our branches:
Toll Free: 1-866-584-2115
Toll Free: 1-888-757-6658
Toll Free: 1-877-244-8347
Toll Free: 1-866-485-0777
Prince Albert Branch
A message from our CEO, Shawn Fraser, on our organizational response to COVID-19. Remember our motto, Saskatchewan: From many peoples, STRENGTH! Take care of each other.
This week, John Howard Societies across Canada are celebrating John Howard Society Week. It’s a chance to let people know a bit more about us and what we are all about. We are a national organization, but run independent branches across the country with a unified vision. Today, we want to take a moment to recognize our incredible volunteers, donors, and everyone who supports us. They are the heartbeat which allow us to do what we do!
Since we’ve opened Lulu’s Lodge, our LGBTQ2S+ transitional shelter for youth, people from the community have donated more than $25,000! This has helped us build and grow this program. The Sweetnsticky show hosts regular fundraisers to support this vision, and we are so grateful for this regular support. 100 Men Who Give A Damn – Saskatoon, a group of guys in the city who care and want to support local charities, came together and donated $6,000 to support our programming! There are countless others who have given whatever they can because they believe in the vision of a just society.
We have volunteers who help us with programs, and people who donate winter clothing and household items. They give us time and the literal clothes in their closets to ensure our clients have the support they need, and that our programs can run effectively. Volunteers in Moose Jaw work with our mediation program to provide healing and closure for victims of crime. Even those who cannot donate or volunteer show their support by advocating with us and supporting the mission and vision of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.
We are so grateful to everyone across Saskatchewan who supports the mission and vision of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan.
About John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) is an independent, non-profit, community-based organization that assists individuals who are at risk or are involved in the criminal justice process by providing prevention, intervention, support services and advocacy .
Make a Difference
Join our highly talented and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. Applications are being accepted for new Board members from across Saskatchewan. There is a current vacancy in Prince Albert, but we accept and consider application from anywhere in the Province. Board members must demonstrate a strong desire to seek ways to serve youth and adults who are at risk or are involved in the criminal justice process by providing prevention, intervention, support services and advocacy as key candidate attributes. At this time, we are particularly looking for those with experience in funds development and/or a level of financial expertise.
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors are held at least 4 times per year with additional participation in Committee meetings and working groups. The Board abides by existing governance regulations for not-for-profit organizations, and the guidelines set out by Imagine Canada.
How to Apply
If you want to make a meaningful difference in our community, interested candidates should apply by sending a letter of interest along with a current CV or other indication of the skills the candidate is providing to the Board Relations Coordinator at dlambsdown∂sk.johnhoward.ca .
Are you going out tonight to play games and party to bring in 2020?
What’s your favourite game that you play with friends and family?
Would you consider donating any games, puzzles, cards, etc…for use in our housing programs?
We’re always working as hard as possible to make our spaces feel like home for those who live with us, and opportunities to visit and hang out with those you live with goes a long way towards achieving this goal! Shoot us a message if you have something to donate. Have a safe and fun evening celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends and family!
We are incredibly grateful to Information Services Corporation for their generous donation of $1,000 to go towards Lulu’s Lodge. It was wonderful to meet Jane and Melissa from the ISC team, and we are so thankful for your support!
About this Event
The F-Word: Exploring Forgiveness (Register by clicking on the workshop title!)
Forgiveness is not a required component of restorative justice, but how can we help talk about it when it is a part of our own or our client’s experience?
In this hands-on workshop, group activities, story-telling and personal reflection exercises are designed to connect each person to his or her own story and their work with people affected by crime to explore forgiveness. A circle format enables all participants to share equally and also offers transferable tools that practitioners can use when working with clients coping with harm, victimization and offending.
Participants are invited to explore some common misconceptions about forgiveness, understand for themselves what it means and doesn’t mean, the role of apology, what self-forgiveness is about, and what to do in situations without remorse or the potential for dialogue.
Shannon also shares her personal story. She tells the story of her husband’s arrest, trial, sentencing, and the insights she gained about justice, healing and the relationship between the two as she struggled to triumph over tragedy.
Coffee & lunch will be provided!
- 10-10:30am: Coffee & Networking
- 10:30-12pm: Presentation
- 12-12:45pm: Lunch
- 12:45-4pm: Presentation
Event co-sponsored by John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, Street Culture Project, United Way Regina, and YWCA Regina.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
John Howard Society Saskatchewan Applauds Precedent Setting Ruling
On Monday, a decision by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal affirmed that the rights of prisoners to due process must be maintained within the Province’s correctional facilities.
“If you are going to take away rights – you had better do it in a way that is procedurally fair,” says Nicholas Blenkinsop, counsel for Jamie Myles Mercredi. Mercredi opposed his placement at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre when placed a lower-risk unit that resulted in more cell time.
This sets a precedent in the Province, making it clear that procedural fairness applies to unit placement decisions, which are not referenced in the Correctional Services Act or Regulations.
“The decision says, ‘we aren’t going to tell you what the procedures need to be, but we looked at it – and there needs to be something in place,’ which I think is a very reasonable approach,” says Blenkinsop.
The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan advocates for safer communities and as a result more humane and just practices for those at risk or involved in the criminal justice system. The organization is grateful to see this decision.
“Procedural fairness as it relates to unit placement is an issue that affects every inmate in Saskatchewan,” says JHSS CEO, Shawn Fraser. “This is the first decision of its kind and will have an impact on how prisoners are placed going forward. We hope that it can be applied to other cases that deal with relative loss of liberties behind bars. It also helps the bigger picture: when we have peace and order in our prisons, everyone benefits.”
Communications and Administrations Officer
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
Legal counsel, CLASSIC Law
The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) – Cornerstone Program wishes to thank SaskOutdoors and SaskLotteries for the $500.00 grant we received. This grant has allowed youth in Regina and area the opportunity to discover new and exciting ways to engage with nature.
JHSS researched many alternatives to give the youth opportunities to experience a safe, engaging day of teamwork, peer support and fun. Finding events that can be inclusive for all of the youth can be challenging, as many of our youth have issues that can make participating in dynamic events difficult to impossible. Regina Beach’s Aquatic Adventures was just the match! Some of the youth shared their thoughts on the day:
- “With all my disabilities, I had fun and it was a new challenge for me.”
- “Earth gives us so many beautiful things to create and see.”
- “Spending time with people was nice.”
- “Having fun and being inclusive.”
- “Savoring the moments of summer.”
Thanks so much for the grant and the opportunity to give these kids a special day!