EFRY Annual Report | Our Impact
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Our Impact

OUR IMPACT

Helping Women Build Stable Lives

 The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) provides a range of programs and services to reduce women and girls coming in conflict with the law and to assist those leaving prison to share in, and contribute to, their communities. Working throughout the Lower Mainland, we seek to continually improve our efforts and improve the lives of clients – now and in the future.

 

 Our Objective

 EFry programs and services are gender responsive and developed to address the risk factors that lead to justice system involvement.

Key factors affecting the lives of our clients

INCOME BELOW $9,9990%
ADDICTION0%
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES0%
INFECTIOUS DISEASES OR CHRONIC ILLNESSES0%

REDUCING RISK FACTORS

7,225 clients were supported by 65 staff and 147 volunteers who donated 8,566.5 hours of their time.

DEPTH OF OUR SUPPORT

EFry provides pragmatic supports to assist people with immediate needs through services such as our drop-in centres, the Christmas Toy Bank and holiday food hampers. Deeper level assistance is available for those looking to address issues that place them at risk of poorer life outcomes and justice system involvement.

PERSONALIZED SUPPORT INTENSITY 

Support progresses through each level depending on the clients’ demand for service.

LEVEL 1 – Assist clients with needs such as obtaining ID, having the necessary
information to apply for social assistance and applying for transitional housing designed to address homelessness, addictions or mental health issues.

LEVEL 2 – Develop incremental plans for clients to reach their goals on things such as educational upgrading, employment, counselling, safe stable long term housing, as well as developing friends and community supports that will improve their lives.
We also provide ongoing tracking and support in reaching their goals.

LEVEL 3 – Provide clients, at their request, with periodic ongoing year-long support through phone calls, meetings, and follow-up to support their goals and enable EFry to understand the full impact of the services we provide.

SUPPORTING INCARCERATED WOMEN & GIRLS

3,053 clients were supported by five staff and 262 volunteers who donated 7,404 hours of their time.

DEPTH OF OUR SUPPORT

EFry provides pragmatic supports to assist clients with immediate needs through services such as providing companionship through our volunteer visiting program or activities such as in-prison craft workshops. Deeper level assistance is available for those looking to address key issues that place them at ongoing risk of justice system involvement.

PERSONALIZED SUPPORT INTENSITY

Level one service is available to all women in prison. Levels two and three are provided to women identified by the correctional system and whose involvement is based on the women’s willingness to participate.

LEVEL 1 – Assist women with items such as obtaining ID, having the necessary information to apply for social assistance, applying for transitional housing designed to address homelessness, addictions, or mental health issues, so they have somewhere to go when released.

LEVEL 2 – Help women with complex addiction and mental health issues who have multiple criminal convictions and incarcerations to live in a safe, stable manner after release. Women have personalized incremental plans to reach goals such as educational upgrading, counselling, safe stable long term housing and building healthy relationships with family or others. We also help link clients to community services that will improve their lives. Women are provided ongoing tracking and support in reaching reach their goals.

LEVEL 3 – Provide women ongoing multi-year support through phone calls, meetings and follow-up to support their goals and enable EFry to understand the full impact of the services we provide.

AIDING SUCCESSFUL PRISON TO COMMUNITY TRANSITIONS

2,160 clients were supported by 14.25 staff and 69 volunteers who donated 5,009.5 hours of their time.

DEPTH OF OUR SUPPORT

EFry provides pragmatic support to assist clients with immediate needs such as navigating the Downtown Community Court: meeting with court and community personnel and enabling participation in the year-long court-supervised treatment program. Deeper level assistance is available to women under sentence to address the circumstances of their lives while incarcerated, on parole (women) or court ordered (young women).

PERSONALIZED SUPPORT INTENSITY

Deeper level assistance is available to women on parole ordered to reside in a halfway house or to Aboriginal young women (under 18 years of age) ordered by a court to participate in a culturally based full-time attendance addictions program.

LEVEL 1 – Women and young women in the Columbia Place and Am’ut programs are provided support with necessary documentation such as obtaining ID, completing income tax returns, setting up bank accounts and referrals to specialized housing.

LEVEL 2 – Women and young women are provided gender-responsive programming and personalized incremental plans to reach their goals such as educational upgrading, counselling, healthy relationships, and community supports that will improve their lives.

Through ongoing tracking and support clients reach their goals and complete the terms of their parole or court order.

LEVEL 3 – Ongoing follow-up support through phone calls and social media to enable clients to maintain their personal plans and enable EFry to understand the full impact of the services we provide.

WORKING TO BREAK THE LEGACY OF CRIME

A total of 1,792 clients were supported by 15 staff and 56 volunteers who donated 1,206.5 hours of their time.

DEPTH OF OUR SUPPORT

There is a correlation between parental incarceration and children performing poorly in school, developing mental health and addictions issues, and future criminal justice involvement and incarceration. EFry offers pragmatic support to address the immediate needs of children with incarcerated parents through the Storybook Program, Small Fry Boutique, Christmas Toy Bank, and Lunch with Santa. Deeper level personal support is provided through personal development activities such as EFry’s JustKids programs.

PERSONALIZED SUPPORT INTENSITY

Deeper level assistance is available for children whose caregiver enrolls them in
programming designed to improve systemic poorer life outcomes.

LEVEL 1 – Blue Sky Summer Camps provide week-long opportunities to make friends with others in similar situations and master new skills and experiences designed to foster leadership, problem solving, and communication skills.

LEVEL 2 – Blue Sky Spring Break Camp, for children who have participated in a previous camp offering, provides an opportunity to catch up with camp friends and counsellors, return to familiar surroundings and build upon previously learned skills, and master new ones.

LEVEL 3 – Children enrolled in the Saturday Club having ongoing relationships with JustKids staff and attend bi-weekly Saturday Club activities. These children have attended one or multiple years of camp and participate in peer-based activities related to education, sport, and crafts designed to foster psycho-social skills and academic achievement. Older teenaged Saturday Club members are eligible to attend Blue Sky camps for younger aged children as counsellors in training.

SYSTEMIC BARRIERS THAT MARGINALIZE WOMEN AND GIRLS

Two staff and 18 volunteers (including EFry’s board of directors) donated 1,803.5 hours to work towards breaking down system barriers that marginalize women and girls. As the broad impact of this work benefits women, youth and children well beyond EFry’s client base, it is not possible to provide an accurate estimate of the number of people our advocacy work affects.

Current year activities relate to:

  • High School Diplomas awarded by the School Board for youth incarcerated at the Burnaby Youth Secure Custody Centre will no longer identify the certificate was obtained through the school located in the custody centre. Thus, proof of educational achievement will no longer identify the individual was imprisoned.
  • Presentation of a brief on the penalization of poor children when child support payments are deducted from their mother’s social assistance payment was made to the government. EFry continues to consult with government on the presented brief.
  • EFry undertook five speaking engagements on the needs of children of incarcerated parents, as well as provided input into two published papers on the subject.

protective factors that reduce the incidence of justice system involvement
(and Homelessness and Mental Illness)