HISTORY: In 2007 the board Mennonite Central Commitee of Manitoba (MCC) made the decision to transition two of its programs into independent agencies.

After considerable conversation and deliberation, the decision was made to transition all four of MCC Manitoba’s community justice programs to create one umbrella agency under which Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), El’dad Ranch, Touchstone FASD program and Open Circle programs would function.

This transition is now complete, a board has been formed and Initiatives for Just Communities has been operational since the fall of 2010.

Mission Statement:

We come alongside people living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disabilities, and those currently or previously incarcerated, helping them to achieve a better quality of life for themselves and their communities.

No one walks alone, everyone belongs and flourishes in community.


Christian Faith: We serve in Christ’s name and seek to model our faith and values without imposing them on others.

Human Dignity and Worth: We respect and value all persons as uniquely made in God’s image and loved by God.

Restorative Justice: We work with victims, offenders and the community to seek healing and restoration.

Relationships of Integrity: We offer supportive relationships and community to victims and offenders.

Peace Tradition: We pursue peace, rather than returning evil for evil, in all our relationships and communities.

Community Involvement: We encourage and facilitate participation by community volunteers in healings and restorative relationships, modeling positive values and lifestyles.



We believe in transparency in our relationships with participants, funders, volunteers and staff, and accordingly our annual audited financial statements are posted here and can be downloaded in PDF format.

Download: Signed Audited Statements March 2012

Download: Signed Audited Statements March 2013

Download: Signed Audited Statements March 2014

Download: Signed Audited Statements March 2015

Download: Signed Audited Statements March 2016