Reintegration Services & Classes
Our reintegration department assists clients with their transition from incarceration to community. We then continue to support them as they attempt to re-establish and maintain their roles as workers, students, parents, and community members. We help with pre-release planning, meeting with individuals while they are still incarcerated to map out short and long-term goals. We are a one-stop shop for men involved in the justice system in Manitoba, where they can receive programming, support, advocacy, and referrals to other organizations.
The reintegration department consists of two staff members and at other times social work practicum students as part of their studies. Our regular office hours are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, but because we are often in and out visiting clients in jail, you may wish to make an advance appointment to ensure someone is available to meet with you. We can be found at 204-775-1514. If you are incarcerated, you can call the same number and ask for a visit or ask the institution for a request form.
We work in partnership with the John Howard Society of Brandon though we offer a different range and variety of services. Their services and location might suit your needs better so please visit their site through this link to read more about them.
Summary of our Services
We run some of our own programming, including parenting courses and anger management courses.
We also have clothing and hygiene items available to clients who need them.
An important part of our work is providing resources for clients – referring them to organizations that can help with anything we don’t do ourselves.
We also do advocacy, which means we may be able to help clients who are having problems getting access to information or services from government departments or other agencies, who need help filling out forms or applications, or who have concerns about how they are being treated in jail, including their living conditions and treatment within the institutions.
Here are a few of the things clients can receive help with through reintegration services:
- Finding safe and affordable housing
- Getting ID such as a social insurance number or MPI photo ID card
- Employment resources
- Plans for education, such as adult ed, post-secondary, or other training
- Getting into an addictions treatment program
- Finding community supports and resources for family members
We also write support letters for clients accessing reintegration services, identifying ourselves as a community support for the client.
Our community clients include people who just got out of jail as well as those who have been out for years. Anybody can use our services as long as they are a man who self-identifies as being currently or formerly involved in the justice system.
Once per week we visit the Winnipeg Remand Centre and Headingley Correctional Centre to meet with clients, share resources, and create release plans. We also see clients in Milner Ridge, Stony Mountain and Rockwood institutions on a more occasional basis due to distance but we also communicate with these clients by phone and through mail.
We currently do not do visits to northern facilities such as Dauphin and The Pas, but we do communicate with these clients through mail and phone, and do our best to put them in touch with resources in their communities that may be able to provide in-person assistance. (Top of page)
Hours of operation: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
John Howard Society has a clothing closet, called the “We Fit You Closet,” where clients can visit to pick up clothing, or can request to have clothing sent to them in preparation for their release from jail. We have mostly casual clothing – T-shirts, jeans, and sweaters – as well as work boots, coats, and winter wear.
We also have Fresh Start Kits, which include basic toiletries. These are meant to help clients re-entering the community who need to stock up quickly on the essentials.
Inmates in provincial jails who need clothing in advance of their release can have their case manager call us with sizing information and a list of requested items. Our clothing closet is stocked by donations so if we are able to provide the requested items, reintegration staff will bring the items to the facility and have them placed in the individual’s property.
Our clients in the community are also welcome to make use of the clothing closet. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Donations to the clothing closet are greatly appreciated. We are in constant need of jeans, sweaters, jackets, boots, work boots and shoes. Please call the reintegration department at 204-775-1514 to arrange to drop off clothing. (Top of page)
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)
The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is a preventatively oriented program that aims to promote positive, caring relationships between parents and their children. The program aims to help parents develop effective management strategies for dealing with a variety of childhood behavioural and emotional problems and common developmental issues (Triple P, 2013).
The John Howard Society of Manitoba offers this course to fathers in the community, and it is offered in a group setting. This program is divided into 5 sessions. Once it has started, it takes place every morning for 1 week, from 9 am to -12 noon. Call 204-775-1514 for more information or to make an intake appointment for registration. (Top of page)
End to Aggression
End to Aggression is a program designed to help participants avoid further assaultive and/or aggressive behaviour by understanding how the way we think affects how we feel and ultimately affects our actions (Government of Manitoba, 2011).
The John Howard Society of Manitoba offers this course to men in the community, and it takes place in a group setting. This program is divided into 10 sessions. Once it starts, it takes place every Tuesday and Thursday morning for 5 weeks from 9 am to 12 noon. Call 204-775-1514 for more information or to make an intake appointment for registration. (Top of page)
Introduction to Healthy Relationships
Introduction to Healthy Relationships provides participants with information about healthy relationships, healthy and unhealthy behaviour within relationships, and tools to promote behavioural change. This is an informational program and not a treatment option (Government of Manitoba, 2015).
The John Howard Society of Manitoba offers this course to men in the community, and it takes place in a group setting. This program is divided into 2 sessions. Once it starts, it takes place Tuesday and Thursday morning for 1 week from 9 am to 12 noon. Call 204-775-1514 for more information or to make an intake appointment for registration. (Top of page)
Coming To Terms
The Coming To Terms (CTT) program provides information to its participants that will assist them in evaluating their use of alcohol and other drugs, and the consequences that it may pose on their lives, as well as the lives around them. It aims to develop self-awareness and progression through the Stages of Change (Manitoba Corrections, 2010).
The John Howard Society of Manitoba offers this course to men in the community, and it takes place in a group setting. This program is divided into 10 sessions. Once it starts, it takes place every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for 5 weeks from 1:30 pm to 4:390 pm. Call 204-775-1514 for more information or to make an intake appointment for registration. (Top of page)