Ongoing Support & Volunteer Services
About the Program
The Ongoing Support and Volunteer Services Program involves both the delivery of direct client services in the community and in correction facilities, and in the development of volunteer resources. Direct services are offered to women and young women, 12 years of age and older, who are in conflict with the law, or “at risk” of coming into the judicial system.
The Elizabeth Fry Society was founded by volunteers and our strong volunteer base ensures provision of needed services. Volunteer opportunities also promote community awareness and involvement in the criminal justice system. Volunteers are active in all areas of the organization.
We have the following volunteer opportunities available: Board of Directors, Court Support, Jail Visitation, Arts & Crafts Jail Program, Reception, Maintenance, and Fundraising. If interested contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 673-1364.
One-to-one support, outreach, crisis intervention, food assistance, clothing, transportation assistance, housing referrals, and referrals to other community programs and services. Focus is placed on developing strategies and interventions to prevent criminal activity, and to foster rehabilitation and reintegration.
Agency staff and volunteers provide information and emotional support to adult and adolescent women appearing in court. Support is also extended to family members.
Volunteers, students and staff provide women in jail with friendly visits, recreational programming, emotional support, information and referrals. This volunteer-based service has existed since our inception in 1972.
Taking Control, Making Healthy Relationship Choices for Women Program
This program educates women in jail about the impacts of violence in their lives, and provides women the opportunity to enhance assertiveness and coping skills while also increasing awareness of safety issues, impacts on the family, and available community resources.
Release Planning & Ongoing Support
Assistance is provided to incarcerated women as they prepare their release plans for review by the parole board, as well as reintegration into the community. Upon release from custody, support and counselling services are available on an ongoing basis for as long is required.