Programs

John Howard Society Programs

There is a program for everyone at JHSVic. We meet our clients where they are at and offer person-centered support and help to remove barriers on the path to employment, housing and community supports.

Employment & Education Programs

Our employment programs offer skill development, training opportunities, and support with the goal of helping people achieve their career goals. We support individuals facing complex barriers secure and maintain meaningful employment.

Justice Services

Justice doesn’t always equal a verdict because justice can be found in community, with restoration and repair. 

We offer 4 diverse justice-based programs, and partner with Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC) and Nanaimo Correctional Centre (NCC).

 

 

Housing Programs

Access to safe, affordable, and accessible housing is a cornerstone of healthy communities. Our housing services seeks to address homelessness and risk of homelessness to assist community members facing multiple barriers to reach their full potential.

KidStart

Mentoring for Children and Youth.

KidStart is a one-on-one mentorship program for children and youth facing significant challenges. We serve youth aged 6-18 in Greater Victoria. All of the youth on our waitlist are referred by school counsellors, social workers, and police.

For more information regarding our referral process and criteria, please call 778-678-1184. 

KidStart is a preventative program, aimed at improving the lives of children by connecting them with a positive and consistent role model.

Our mentors are trained in First Aid, reflective listening, strength-based practices, and receive ongoing training, support, and supervision to help them be the best mentor they can be.

Mentors spend 2-3 hours a week with their mentees, doing fun activities in the community such as swimming, skating, indoor rock climbing, board games, beach walks and more.

Requirements

To qualify for mentorship, we ask that you:

  • Have passed a Criminal Record Check and Screening.
  • Are 19 years of age or older.
  • Have lived in Canada for at least one year. 
  • Have a stable routine and are eager to be a long-term positive role model for a young person.
  • Can commit to spending a few hours each week with a young person for one year.

Community Adult Mentoring & Support

Contributing to a Safe Reintegration.

Our Community Adult Mentoring & Support Program pairs volunteers with formerly incarcerated individuals to provide one-to-one mentorship and support as they reintegrate back into new spaces and communities. We have seen how human connection can empower a person to thrive in a time of uncertainty.

Requirements

Screened and affirmed volunteers will attend an orientation, participate in appropriate training, and are asked to commit to one year of mentorship.

To qualify for mentorship, we ask that you:

  • Have passed a Criminal Record Check and Screening.
  • Are 19 years of older.
  • Exercise personal boundaries.
  • Are non-judgmental, honest, kind, professional and reliable.
  • Have a willingness to work with high-needs participants.

Serenity Farm

Community Garden

 

Providing therapeutic food growing opportunities for people who have challenges. These may include mental illness, addiction, and involvement with the criminal justice system.

Program participants gain experience working in an organic garden, develop stable and positive interactions with others, and improve the quality of their lives by producing their own organic food.

Requirements

  • Have passed a Criminal Record Check and Screening.
  • Are 19 years of older.
  • Exercise personal boundaries.
  • Are non-judgmental, honest, kind, professional and reliable.

Prison Services 

Reintegration Support offered at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC)

Individual and group pre-release planning are provided to residents at VIRCC which include goal setting, support network resources, affordable housing information, ID and tax preparation and life skills workshops.

 

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