Outside Ottawa

Toronto area (and across Canada) - CFCN

The Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN) runs a family support group in the Toronto area in conjunction with Friends of Dismas.

There is a nice meal starting at 6:00 pm (in attendance are volunteers, those released, their family members, and friends) and then they break off into two groups.  The larger group (Dismas – maybe 50-60 people) stay in the gym and the Support Group goes to the library.  The Support Group has been running since 2016 and is all ladies.  Everyone is supportive and welcoming.

It is usually 2 Fridays a month held at the Walmer Road Church (188 Lowther Av, near the Spadina subway station), the dates are on the website http://www.friendsofdismas.com/dismas-fellowship-toronto-dates/ .  It starts with hellos and the meal at 5:30-6:00 pm until 8:30 pm with the support group starting around 7:00 pm.  You can come for it all or just the Support Group.

Friends Of Dismas - Toronto

Ministry of Friendship encourages the faithful to extend the hand of friendship and to get involved in a high degree of commitment with an ex-prisoner through fellowship and ‘walking together’.

Beyond Prison Walls

Based in Saskatchewan, this Facebook group offers interesting articles and a discussion board. You must join to see the material posted.

Wives Support Facebook Group

Based in Saskatchewan, this group shares experiences as wives of those imprisoned. You must login to Facebook to participate.

CANADIAN SUPPORT GROUPS

Alberta: T.O.D.D. Support & Advocacy Foundation (Alberta)

T.O.D.D. stands for TOGETHER OVERCOMING DARKNESS & DESPAIR

It is a support and advocacy group for those who have loved ones in prison. Their website is very comprehensive with links to videos, radio segments, books and other materials that may be of assistance to those in need.

Halifax: Email moms_halifax@mail.com