Funding for Regina’s Elizabeth Fry Society, Oxford House Society announced by province

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is renewing its support with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan and Oxford House Society of Regina to help offenders reintegrate into the community.

In 2020-21, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan will be receiving $85,000 while  Oxford House Society of Regina will get $60,000.

“The Elizabeth Fry Society and Oxford House Society provide critical programming and support to offenders,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said in a release. “Thanks to the work of these organizations, individuals are in a much better position to succeed after completing their sentence, resulting in safer communities.”

The Elizabeth Fry Society helps adult female offenders access safe and affordable housing, mental health and addictions programming, pre-employment and education opportunities, and family re-unification support. Collectively, these services help reduce the risk of re-offending.

“We thank the Ministry of Corrections and Policing for seeing the value in the services we provide to provincially incarcerated women in Saskatchewan,” Elizabeth Fry Society Executive Director Sandra Stack said. “This renewal enables us to build upon the momentum this program has gained, and most importantly, it allows us to continue to assist women as they transition back into the community and address any barriers to reintegration they may be facing.”

Through this funding, Oxford House Society of Regina provides housing and support for ministry clients who have recently completed an addictions program and have limited options to continue their recovery in a stable environment. Individuals are provided with drug- and alcohol-free housing, participate in addictions recovery, and engage in employment and educational opportunities.

“This funding agreement provides the basis of stability for Corrections, Oxford House and our community by providing safe, affordable housing and support so individuals have the opportunity to resume a healthy, productive lifestyle,” Oxford House Society of Regina Executive Director Blair Pope said.

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