John Howard Society of Manitoba

Change from the inside

Notice of office closure: Due to COVID 19 precautions and government orders, we are currently not open to the public. Please call for further inquiries. Staff will be checking email (see a staff listing here) and phone messages (see contact page here).

Dazhi-Mino’ayaawin A place of good health

We offer programs, supports and resources, based on the principles of restorative justice, to our clients at their various stages of involvement with the justice system. We work primarily with men (18 and over), who have been or may be incarcerated, their families, victims of crime and the community to address the root causes of crime. 

Our goal is to empower our clients, if found guilty, to take responsibility and be held accountable for the harm their actions have caused not just to the victims and the community but to themselves as well and to become engaged contributing members of society.

As well, we advocate on behalf of individual clients within the system and for effective, evidence-based and humane approaches to reducing crime and supporting those who are or have been in conflict with the law.

Workbooks Available

Check out our list of free workbooks available for free (as PDF downloads), from our Literacy department.

Come Learn About Addictions

Our 10-week program, Coming to Terms, starts again on Tuesday, Nov. 15. It takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m

Coming to Terms for Men is an informational program on the effects of drugs and alcohol. It assists in evaluating the use of alcohol and other drugs, and the consequences that it may pose on our lives, as well as the lives of those around us.

This program aims to develop self-awareness by understanding the cycle of addiction. We will discuss topics such as, health consequences, cycles of dependence, denial, harm reduction, abstinence, and recovery. Please Note: This program is information only, it is not a drug treatment program.

To find out more or to book an intake appointment, please contact Tania at twiebe@johnhoward.mb.ca or 204-775-1514 ext. 110.

Healing and Harm Reduction Substance Use Program

A place for men to talk about their substance use and create plans specific to fit their needs; with one-to-one support from a caseworker and access to an Indigenous Spiritual Advisor.

This 22-session open group program looks at substance use from a harm reduction model while incorporating Indigenous culture. These sessions will run Monday’s from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are launching this new program online, through zoom, email and by telephone.

We are currently accepting referrals for Mondays, see the contact info below.  See a poster at this link: Healing and Harm Reduction Substance Use Program poster.pdf

For more information or to book an intake please contact the program caseworkers:

Melissa Nolin, BSW, RSW, 204-775-1514 ext. 108 or mnolin@johnhoward.mb.ca

Robert DeCoste, 204-775-1514 ext. 107 or rdecoste@johnhoward.mb.ca

Program at a Glance

Here’s a handy brochure that gives a quick look at our programs. You’ll find info on Reintegration services, Literacy, Birth Cerficates, our newsletters for and from men on the inside, and more. See our general brochure PDF here.

Community Programs (March 2022-April 2023)

See what’s happening, click: Community programs March 2022-April 2023.pdf or on the image for a PDF of our community program calendar.

Info for newly convicted. If you have been sentenced to serve time in an institution here in Manitoba, check out the Manitoba Inmate Handbook.pdf to answer a lot of questions. It’s a collection of info from our prison visitor’s guide and government websites.

The Inside Scoop

Stories and art by those who are or have been incarcerated

We publish a newsletter twice a year called The Inside Scoop, which showcases the writing and artwork of students in our literacy program as well as criminalized people across Canada.

See more info about The Inside Scoop here.

See more about our Literacy program here.

Statement of Solidarity The John Howard Society of Manitoba stands in solidarity with people around the world who are standing up to fight systemic racism and police brutality, and affirms the lives of Black and Indigenous people, both here in Manitoba and elsewhere. See our Statement of Principles here as a pdf.

Four Roads Healing Lodge

This is a new halfway house located in the heart of Winnipeg. We offer a variety of supports for men who have been incarcerated.

Prison Visitor’s Handbook

A resource to support loved ones: Through the Bars: A Guide for Visiting at Correctional Facilities in Manitoba. Find detailed instructions on visiting procedures for 10 correctional facilities in Manitoba. Plus answers to 16 common questions visitors ask. See the full PDF here

Record Suspension Guide

If you have a criminal record and have served your sentence, you can apply to have your record suspended. This guide included Frequently Asked Questions and a step-by-step outline of how to apply. See the Record Suspension Guide pdf here.

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