Initiatives for Just Communities walks with people with Fetal
Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and intellectual disabilities, and those
currently or previously incarcerated, to help them to achieve a
better quality of life for themselves and their communities.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, IJC's vision remains the same, that “everyone belongs and flourishes in community. No one walks alone.” Covid-19 has created challenges, and IJC has modified services in order to continue supporting participants, while adhering to physical distancing guidelines.
Who We Are
Initiatives for Just Communities is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to restorative justice practices. IJC works to create communities where each person, particularly the stigmatized and the vulnerable, has a place to belong.
Four programs run through IJC:
- Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) – supports the healthy reintegration of people with high-risk offence cycles as they are released from prison and settle back into the community.
- El’dad – provides residential support, vocational training and assistance, and support for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Open Circle – encourages volunteers to visit individuals in prison and offer caring non-judgemental support.
- Touchstone – provides case management and direct individualized support to adults and older youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.