Our Programs

Robert Street Residence

The facility located at 73 Robert Street is a 25–bed Community Residential Centre. This facility provides programs to individuals paroled to the community by virtue of conditional releases from federal penitentiaries and is funded by Correctional Service Canada. The program goal is to promote in our residents a cognitive developmental perspective contrary to the immediate need and path of least resistance way of reasoning that supported their problematic behaviour. Insofar as prison environments by their very nature are regressive, we characterize our goal as facilitating transition from a maladaptive way of reasoning and behaving, to positive community standards and socially acceptable behaviours.

Our goal at Robert Street is achieved through dually focused initiatives of equal importance. Individually focused plans of transition are collaboratively developed between staff and residents. Actions are specified, time targeted and related to the goal to leave our facility as an independent, contributing member of the community. Progress is continually monitored with the view to providing focused intervention where needed.
In support of our individual plans of transition we have a Therapeutic Community at Robert Street that was developed and implemented through the collaborative efforts of residents and staff. As part of this process, we have a constitution that we proudly display. We also have a program manual which defines acceptable behaviours and rational consequences. The environment is embraced by each new generation of residents and staff through careful recruitment, orientation and training.

Our Therapeutic Community and its objectives are constantly monitored by two empirical methods. One method evaluates the environment, the other, individual ways of reasoning. The results of both are used to focus interventions where they are most needed. Success at Robert Street is ultimately measured by residents leaving our facility to live independently in a community they no longer feel alienated from. While collaborative work between our staff and residents is critical to our success, the knowledge base and skill of specially trained counsellors is essential to achieving our goal.

The Place of Transition program was selected for presentation at the following international conferences: APA -American Association of Probation and Parole; ICCA – International Corrections and Criminology Association; and TCA –Therapeutic Communities of America.

Clinton House Residence

The Clinton House facility, located at 24 Emerald Street South is a 36 bed, fully accessible Community Residential Facility (CRF). The residents are parolees on conditional release from federal penitentiaries. This facility also provides non-residential support to the broader community of federally sentenced offenders through a Day Reporting Centre. Both Programs are funded by Correctional Service Canada.

The program goal at Clinton House is to support the growth and development of our residents so that they can return to the community. Many of the clients who stay at Clinton House have a history of using substances. We help our clients to accept the reality that their lives are unmanageable due to a substance use disorder. We strive to provide a Modified Therapeutic Community in which role taking and participation in decision making prompts a sense of responsibility. Each resident works with their caseworker to create an individually focused Plan of Transition. 

We focus on community re-integration, employment and/or education, and community treatment. Residents are expected to maintain employment and/or follow an academic program or participate in a treatment plan. Supports for residents include case-management planning, crisis, motivational and supportive counselling. Actions are specified, time targeted and related to the goal to leave our facility as an independent, contributing member of the community. Progress is continually monitored, and intervention is provided when needed.  We work with various community partners to support our residents in their desire to stay substance free. 

Success at Clinton House, is measured by individuals successfully transitioning out of the CRF, into their own or family homes, and remaining substance free.