John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area


John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area is a not-for-profit, professional, charitable organization committed to providing a broad range of evidence based and outcome driven community services throughout the Hamilton Area. Established in 1949, we are one of over 50 affiliate offices across Canada of which 17 are located in Ontario. Our organization has a strong history of helping individuals, and families of individuals, who face imminent risk of coming in conflict with or who have been in conflict with the law. We do this through the provision of prevention and early intervention services, as well as through our and advocacy, public education, and community partnerships.

Recognizing the impact of poverty in our community and the devastation to individuals and families that lies behind the headlines of plant closures, layoffs, and downsizing, the agency has been a leader in developing and delivering employment programs that include disadvantaged and barriered individuals. We endeavour to “make a difference” in the lives of our clients by providing meaningful, helpful, and effective supports and services. All of our programs and services are client focused and needs based.

Our diverse client group includes youth, adults families and seniors, males and females, including individuals from a wide cross section of social, ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds representative of our broader community. We are very grateful to our funding partners, including Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government, granting organizations, e.g., United Way, Hamilton Community Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and, of course, our many private donors. We also do our own fundraising and, for some of our services, where the client can afford to pay, we charge nominal fees. Together in collaboration with our funding partners, and with our many community service partners, we are making a difference.

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