The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland promotes a safe and peaceful community through effective and humane criminal and social justice programs.
"Improving Lives, One Person at a Time"
- All people have the right to safe and affordable housing
- Every person has intrinsic worth and must be treated with dignity, equity, fairness and compassion before the law
- All people have the potential to become responsible citizens
- Every person has the right and the responsibility to be informed about, and involved in, the criminal justice process
- Justice is best served through measures that impose humane consequences, resolve conflicts, repair harm, and restore peaceful relations in society
- Independent, non-profit, non-governmental organizations have a vital role in the criminal justice process
About Our Charity
Founded in 1929, The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland is a well-established and highly reputable agency promoting community safety by supporting persons involved with, or at risk of being impacted by, the criminal justice system. Although our traditional client base is those persons who are in conflict with the law, we have developed an expertise in supporting persons with complex needs facing multiple barriers or who are considered hard to house.
The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland is a non-profit charitable organization which provides assistance with housing, life-skills and community based support, with the goal of getting individuals to achieve greater independence and value their positive contributions to society. We advocate for just and humane punishment for crime and educate on the social, economic and personal costs of crime.
Our services include operating a spectrum of housing options under contract with the CSC, with Community Living British Columbia, or operated by the Society. We support clients in a number of areas including providing and assisting with finding housing; support with anger management, addiction, and mental illness; assistance with reintegration and with learning how to be responsible for themselves. We also provide support and housing to individuals with developmental disabilities who are at risk of homelessness or involvement in the criminal justice system, and who may have concurrent issues of mental health or addictions.
We assist people impacted by criminal justice so that they can reclaim their lives, making everyone safer.