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What is a Community Residential Facility (CRF)?

Also known as a half-way house. These facilities provide a bridge between an institution (prison) and the community where offenders can enhance life skills as well as receive support in areas of substance abuse, employment, crisis intervention, among others.

What types of offenders live in the facility?

The Alberta Seventh Step Society receives referrals for any federal offender being released into the community on Day Parole, Full Parole, and Statutory Release.

Why doesn’t the facility accept referrals for sexual conviction or offences?

When the facility was built and opened in 1977, Alberta Seventh Step made an agreement with the community to not take anyone with convictions related to sex related offences.

How is an offender referred to the facility?

Referrals to the CRF come out of federal institutions across Canada and through the local Parole Office. These referrals are then sent to the CRF for review before acceptance.

How do I become a Core Group member?

Core Groups are closed meetings. Prospective members must be sponsored by an active member before coming to a meeting.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

Yes, volunteers are an integral part of our weekly Core Group meetings. All volunteer requests are answered by the Community Services Manager.

Does your program accept practicum students?

Yes, all practicum placements are overseen by the Executive Director and can be requested via email at

Are prospective employees required to submit

a criminal record check?

Yes, all prospective employees need to eligible to obtain federal level security clearances.

Can I become a Speaker in the

Public Legal Education Program?

Yes, please forward all inquiries regarding this program to

Can someone with a criminal record become

a member of the Board of Directors?

Yes, different perspectives are highly valued on the Board of Directors. Please forward all inquiries to

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