John Howard Society

NOTICE OF OFFICE CLOSURE: Due to the need to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, our office will be closed to the public until May 18, 2020. This includes our clothes closet and all programing. Staff will be checking email (see a staff listing here) and phone messages (see contact page here).


Healing Program for Indigenous Men
The next start date for the Healing Program for Indigenous Men is yet to be announced.  This is a 14-session program for First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit men and others who have experienced childhood trauma including sexual abuse. Call the office for the next round of sessions, 204-775-1514, ext.108.

The John Howard Healing Program for Indigenous Men aims to provide a safe place where men can understand themselves and learn skills to assist them with how they react to different situations.

The program gives Indigenous men the opportunity to attend group sessions, develop an individualized Case Plan and receive follow up support. See more details on the poster (click on image), or visit this page.

Call for clothing!

We need donations for our We Fit You Clothes Closet. Drop off M-F, 8:30-4:30.

Twice a week, from 2 to 4 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, we distribute clothing to men in need, especially those who were recently incarcerated. Right now we’re short on several items, including winter coats, mitts, touques, and long underwear. Please consider bringing new or clean, gently used items to our office, Monday to Friday during business hours, 8:30-4:00. Thanks!

record-suspension-guide-cover200pxRecord 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 full PDF here.

Through The Bars visitor's guide
A new publication helps people visit those who are incarcerated.

A resource to support loved ones: Through the Bars: A Guide for Visiting at Correctional Facilities in Manitoba.

In addition to detailed instructions on visiting procedures for 10 correctional facilities in Manitoba, the guide also has answers to 16 common questions vistors ask, plus 30 names and addresses of Winnipeg groups that provide community resources. See the full PDF here.

Our Mission:

To address the causes and consequences of crime.

Our Vision:

Our vision is a safer and healthier community for all.

Our Practice:

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.  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.

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.

Artwork Credit:

We would like to thank the following artists who have contributed artwork to the John Howard Society Inside Scoop, which also appears on this site:

Vince Currie;   Darren Brown;   Donald Sutherland