Howard House began operation in April 1977, and it provides a wide variety of support services to its residents. Howard House residents are expected to use their time constructively by participating in programming and/or pursuing their educational or employment goals. Each resident is assigned a counsellor who assists them in meeting this expectation and who provides necessary support through individual counselling. Those residents who require specialized intervention in such areas as addictions, parenting skills, family violence, or sexual behaviour will be referred to the appropriate programs.

Eligibility

Howard House is a community residential centre for adult male offenders on day parole, full parole, statutory release, a temporary release, or a probation order. We accept referrals from Correctional Service of Canada and the Provincial Department of Justice.

General Program Description

howard-houseHoward House began operation in April 1977, and it provides a wide variety of support services to its residents. Howard House residents are expected to use their time constructively by participating in programming and/or pursuing their educational or employment goals.  Each resident is assigned a counsellor who assists them in meeting this expectation and who provides necessary support through individual counselling.  Those residents who require specialized intervention in such areas as addictions, parenting skills, family violence, or sexual behaviour will be referred to the appropriate programs.

Howard House allows three levels of privileges based on individual performance.  All residents’ levels are reviewed on a weekly basis and are based on the resident’s compliance with the conditions of their release, fulfillment of house expectations, attitude, relations with staff and other residents and progress in relation to case plan.

The process of community re-integration is fostered by providing residents with assistance in budgeting, housing, and employment searches.

Residents may be expelled from the program if they consistently fail to co-operate with house expectations or neglect to comply with the conditions of their release.  Expulsion normally occurs following consultation between the Director and the sponsoring agency.

Additional Program Features:

Howard House offers a Moderate Intensity Management of Offender Substance Abuse (MIMOSA) program.  This program was developed to provide substance abuse intervention using a variety of treatment strategies.  Its goal is to assist offenders in making informal lifestyle changes conducive to prosocial behaviour that contributes to criminality, reducing the client’s risk to reoffend.

Staff Resources

  • Director
  • Residential Counsellor
  • Addictions Coordinator
  • Program Facilitators (1.5)

  • Family Services Coordinator
  • Office Manager
  • Residential Staff
  • Volunteer Program

 

Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide a vital role in the operation of Howard House. The Volunteer Program offers an introduction to the field of community corrections and more specifically to a residential, halfway house facility. The program utilizes on average 20 volunteers.

Some of the volunteer roles include: providing a pro-social support to the residents, assisting staff with supervision and the daily operations of the program, fundraising, and assisting with the recreation program. In addition, volunteers help residents with resume writing, job search, and seeking accommodations. Finally, under the supervision of the office manager, volunteers also participate in such annual events as the JHS Christmas Party for disadvantaged children.

The qualifications of a volunteer are: you must be at least 19 years old, you must be able to provide a code of conduct, an enhanced security clearance, and a four month commitment to volunteer four hours weekly.

Volunteer Application