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:

To walk 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.

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


Value of All People: As part of creation, we see each person as having infinite value and necessary for a healthy community. Thus, we respect each person, and believe in their goodness. Further, believing that all are created equal, we honor our diverse cultural realities and value the experiences of all.

Community: Our work is set in and reliant on community. We value the cooperative and collaborative nature of community and the interdependence it creates. We seek to build community with our participants and in so doing, strengthen the broader community.

Compassion: We offer welcome and accompaniment, without judgement, to all on the journey.

Restorative Justice: To promote healing of the individual and the community, we seek to repair harm and restore the individual and the community to honest, transparent and trusting relationships. We bring this restorative justice approach to all we do.

Advocacy: We value hearing those who are often unheard, and honour their story. We work to ensure their voices are heard both within and outside our organization.

Transparency: We promote and model honesty and integrity in all our work, because these are critical for true community to flourish.



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