September 23, 2019

Province Supports Oxford House Society Of Regina And Elizabeth Fry Society Of Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is partnering with two agencies to help offenders reintegrate into the community. The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan is receiving $85,000 in 2019-20 to provide support to offenders who have completed their sentence. The ministry is also renewing a $60,000 contract with Oxford House Society of Regina Inc.

“The Elizabeth Fry Society and Oxford House provide crucial prevention, intervention and support services to offenders,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said. “These CBOs deliver quality community justice programs to ministry clients and result in safer communities.”

The Elizabeth Fry Society will help adult female offenders find safe and affordable housing, mental health and addictions support, pre-employment support and family re-unification support. This helps reduce their risk of re-offending.

“The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan is very excited to receive this funding from the Ministry of Justice, as it will enhance the services we are able to offer to women on Reintegration Leave in Saskatoon,” Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan Executive Director Sandra Stack said. “This funding will help us meet with women in the community and address both their immediate needs and their long-term goals”

Oxford House Society of Regina provides housing and support for ministry clients who have recently completed an addictions program, have limited options to continue their recovery and are in need of stable housing. Individuals will live in drug and alcohol free housing and be provided with support while they participate in recovery programming, employment, and educational programming.

“Oxford House Saskatchewan is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Corrections and Policing to assist individuals requiring support to get their lives back on track,” Oxford House Society of Regina Executive Director Blair Pope said. “This target population is less likely to re-offend if they are provided opportunities to reintegrate and once again become productive citizens.”