Ellen House is a supportive residence for women in conflict with the law.
Ellen House is an adult halfway house designed to accommodate ten women, eighteen years of age and older. Women are accepted from both the provincial and federal correctional systems. Referrals to Ellen House may be made by the women themselves, correctional institutions, probation and parole officers, the courts and social service agencies.
Ellen House has an established set of guidelines such as curfews and household responsibilities in order to ensure and maintain a smoothly operating home. Residents are expected to use their time at Ellen House productively to meet their needs and goals, i.e.: employment, education, childcare, volunteering and treatment.
Individualized plans of care are developed to assist the women in addressing concerns such as: substance abuse, anger management, physical/sexual abuse, employment challenges, educational upgrading and living skills. Community resourcing is also integrated into the Ellen House Program. This is achieved through timely release preparation and case planning; ensuring clients receive appropriate supervision and assistance in the community and by assisting the client in fostering a supportive network that will be sustainable beyond warrant expiry.
The house is staffed by counsellors who offer one-on-one assistance to residents in the development of individualized plans to meet their specific needs – in the areas of self-care, community, education, access to resources. Enhanced programming components are holistic and address the social context of a woman’s life and target those areas that are criminogenic factors in her criminal behaviour. Targeted areas include, but are not limited to: women’s substance abuse, violence awareness, sexual abuse, fraud and theft intervention, living skills and assertiveness training, employment readiness, anger management, building self-esteem and financial management.
In addition, residential clients have basic survival needs that must be addressed upon release such as housing, health care, food, clothing and income.
Women, eighteen years and older, on federal or provincial parole, provincial probation, temporary absence permits and conditional sentences.
Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton
44 Peel Centre Drive, Suite 200
Brampton, ON L6T 4B5