Social Recreational Program

Many women who are incarcerated often struggle with developmental delays, mental health issues, addictions and a variety of special needs. In order to help women develop some basic life and interpersonal skills, Elizabeth Fry Toronto created the Skills Building and Leisure Program. These skills help women reintegrate into the community upon release from the institution.

Volunteers provide group-based programs at the Vanier Centre for Women two times a month on -Saturdays. This program serves over 300 women every year.

Laura is a street and law involved woman struggling with a history of substance abuse and frequent relapses. Laura participates in our Healing from Abuse program and is connecting much of her substance abuse issues with trauma she experienced as a child. By understanding how her history of trauma impacts her life today and how it can trigger her substance abuse, Laura is healing from her experiences and achieving sobriety.  Laura is staying sober, exploring employment opportunities and developing healthy and enriching relationships.