The Ad Deum Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides to prisoners, former prisoners, victims of crime and others in need the support that leads to the development of the whole person; culturally, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. We welcome and support men and woman regardless of their religion, sexual orientation, age or health, and encourage them to develop a holistic approach to their lives based on the principals of restorative justice.
The foundation was founded by catholic volunteers and a few inmates at Mission Institution in British Columbia, Canada in 2008. As a Christian book club, it soon doubled in size, then tripled. Over time, the book club expanded to other prisons and new programs such as Finding God in the Dark and inmate charity events have been added. To-date the programs have been attended by over 500 inmates.
In addition to these programs, the Foundation has established partnerships with universities and colleges who, through their “open learning” arrangements, provide inmates with the opportunity to take courses towards a diploma, apprenticeship, professional certificate, continuing studies and even a complete degree program. We have supported inmates in areas such as Accounting, Biology, English Composition, Business Management, Psychology and Electrical Systems, with the basic principle that our bursary program is for courses and programs that are geared toward securing future employment.
There is a great need to help inmates and victims “get-on-their-feet” and restore meaningful lives after crime. Our programs and bursary opportunities are expanding to new prisons and we sincerely appreciate your donation to help us uphold and advance the principles of restorative justice in our prisons and communities.
What People Are Saying
"I retired not too long ago and was looking for worthwhile volunteer opportunities to fill some of my newly found free time. I’m very glad that I made the connection with the Ad Deum Group. It is on of the most spiritually fulfilling things I have ever done."
"If one can understand why people behave as they do then often the road to forgiveness is opened. Not only is forgiveness essential for the health of Society, it is also vital for our personal well-being. Bitterness is like a cancer that enters the soul. "
— Victim of Crime
"Participating in the Ad Deum Programs has helped me to gain a greater perspective on myself and how I’ve contributed to my situation and my life. I came away with a sense of hope for myself and my life that before I had definitely been without. "
"From the very beginning of the series of events that took place with the incarceration of your son until the end, you wonder how you made it through. Knowing that support groups like Ad Deum were there for him made a big difference."
— Parent of Prisoner