Programs and Services
|COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL FACILITY (CRF)
A 35 person halfway house that provides a supportive environment for the successful reintegration of offenders into the community. Caseworkers assume oversight of residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Referrals are made through Correctional Services of Canada and are subject to acceptance by the CRF.
Volunteers play a vital role in the self-help group meetings. They offer insight into pro-social decision making skills. Potential volunteers are interviewed and trained by the Community Coordinator. Regardless of one’s familiarity with the criminal justice system, participants enjoy being a part of meaningful change with others. Group volunteers soon discover that they often learn as much about themselves as they do about the offender, ex-offenders, and other volunteers.
|PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION
The personal experiences of ex-offenders are utilized to deglamorize crime and the criminal lifestyle. The speakers are available free of charge to all groups, schools, service clubs and churches throughout Alberta. Our program has been funded entirely by the Alberta Law Foundation for the past 30 years.
|SELF HELP CORE GROUPS
Based on the Seven Steps, weekly meetings of offenders are held to provide a forum for free and open discussions about barriers to establishing and maintaining one's freedom. Groups are held in the community as well as federal penitentiaries. Participation is strictly voluntary and sponsorship by an active member is required. The groups are attended by individuals still involved in the justice system, those with personal experience with the criminal lifestyle but are now fully reintegrated back into the community, and individuals who have never been in serious conflict with the law. Despite the varied backgrounds of the members, it has been demonstrated time and time again that all can benefit from the insight and wisdom each has to offer.
Facilitation and oversight of both the Institutional and Street Core Groups, the Outreach Worker also provides one to one support for offenders and ex-offenders in the CRF and in the community. Clients are supported in their efforts to take responsibility for their lives by thinking realistically, examining self defeating thought patterns, defense mechanisms, developing relapse prevention strategies, and building self esteem and confidence. The position is funded by the United Way of Calgary and Area.