“OK Families” is a program that seeks to help incarcerated parents build stronger families, whether from within the prison or from without, both during the incarceration and afterward.   OK Families is  designed to help incarcerated Persons and Families through the stress of arrest, imprisonment and upon release back into the community.  Its aim is based on the principle that the best you can give your family is to be the best that you can be.

“Stronger family ties are an effective form of crime prevention and lead to safer communities. If we are committed to safer communities, then our approach to crime prevention must involve the provision of effective support for the children of the incarcerated.  This process can only be accomplished when the experiences of the children are heard, acknowledged and responded to.”     (Excerpt from “Waiting at the Gate” - publication in Canadian Family and Corrections Network)

For More Informaiton please contact Tracy Elliot, Group Facilitator (506)853-8887.


The provision of support groups for kids who are affected by parental incarceration is a small step in changing how our community views these children.  By giving them an outlet to express how they are feeling in a safe and structured environment without prejudice and judgment, we will begin to break down the walls of silence and shame.  One step at a time, little by little

This can only be accomplished when children are acknowledged, heard and responded to.  They are doing time, they face hardship outside the prison even though they are innocent and not responsible for the choices of family and/or caregivers to commit crimes.

This support group will allow these kids to develop a sense of community while teaching them valuable social skills such as how to communicate, how to work within a team, sharing, providing feedback, expressing empathy, where to get help and how to ask for it and building healthy trust

It will give them the opportunity to make meaningful and positive changes in their lifestyle by giving them the tools to believe in themselves and their abilities.

For More Information please contact Penny Evans, Group Facilitator at (506)853-8887 

Women At the Well

Based on the woman at the well in John 4, this woman was considered an outcast of the town and was not welcome by the community.  People shunned her and refused to talk with her.  This woman had to go and draw water alone; she did not fit into society and was considered an outcast because of her crime.

As we read on we see that this woman made a choice and a decision to turn her life around.  She looked at her life and areas that had a great affect on how she thought, acted and survived with in her realm.  Due to this change the community surrounded her and accepted her, walked with her and encouraged her as she strived to change her life.

As we look at the Woman at the Well, we discover that it is a program designed for women who, because of difficulties in their lives, have become involved with the criminal justice system.

After lengthy research, it has been discovered that women suffering from stress, depression, low self esteem and other personal issues in their lives, have manifested a tendency to commit crime.  Some of the crime committed by the woman is a symptom of their cry for help.

The program consists of nine workshops adapted from the Life Skills Program designed to help individuals learn about their capacities to replace the negative with the positive assets in their lives.

For More information please contact Vincent Farrell (506) 853-8887.

Positive Lifestyles

This program consists of eight components designed to help persons who have come into conflict with the law look at options that will help them when they are released to be successful.
The program is designed to help individuals take a good look at their lives.  To understand what may be causing some of the stresses and problems they are dealing with and to help them find ways to address these issues in a positive way.

9 Sessions include:  Stress, Self Esteem, Problem Solving and Goal Setting, Assertiveness and Conflict Negotiation, Mental Fitness, Anger, Dealing with Grief and Crisis, Addiction

Court Services & Support

Court Services offers both practical and spiritual assistance to the accused and their families, witness, courts and those working in the courts and serves as a communication link and information service by offering moral/spiritual support, cell visits, looking after personal affairs and making referrals to community agencies.