Calgary John Howard Society

The Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) has been dedicated to reducing crime and increasing community safety through preventative and restorative justice practices since 1949. It promotes positive change through humane, just and informed responses to crime with direct services, advocacy and education.

Why do we need this building?

Bedford House is a transitional home for men who need further programming or treatment when returning to the community from prison. Bedford House has been expropriated and new land has been purchased. But there is an urgent need to fund its construction to ensure the men don’t fall into a cycle of homelessness and crime.

  • Build a new apartment building for 32 men exiting the justice system who need support to successfully and positively reintegrate back into the community
  • Tenants are accepted into the program based on positive motivation, insight into the factors that led to their behaviour, and willingness to change these factors


  • Counselling rooms, interview rooms and office space provide a safe place for men to work on the issues that led to their behaviours.
  • Classrooms and computer rooms are places where tenants can learn new skills to prevent them from falling back into a cycle of crime.
  • Common and recreational areas provide a place to gather and socialize with other tenants.


  • 24/7 on-site support and case management
  • Consultation with psychologists/psychiatrists
  • Employment and literacy programming
  • Day programs like working, volunteering, classes and self-help groups
  • Curfews and monitoring

*Rendering and project features are subject to change


Gordon Sand, Executive Director

“This kind of housing gives people who are exiting the justice system the supports they need to become responsible members of the community. The new Bedford House will help approximately 100 people per year make a successful transition. We can achieve this more effectively as a collaborating Partner in RESOLVE.” — Gord Sand, Executive Director