The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia builds and strengthens communities by supporting women through education, advocacy, housing, employment and emotional support.
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia (EFMNS) is a non-profit, charitable organizations that engage with vulnerable women and girls to foster reintegration, rehabilitation, personal empowerment and to address the root causes of criminalization. The women we support are often at a high risk of returning to the cycle of poverty, homelessness and self-harm that can cause criminalization. We are devoted to improving the lives of women in our province through comprehensive housing supports, innovative programming initiatives, justice system reform and through building individual strength and capacity in all of the women we serve. EFMNS provide the structure for marginalized women and girls to transform their lives from a cycle of poverty and insecurity to one of stability, growth and hope.
We start women and girls on the path to independence through supporting their essential needs:
- Courts – We provide a range of court navigation services including collaborating with lawyers on release plans, identifying programming, providing transportation and mental health advocacy. We also provide crucial support and programming to the Specialized Courts.
- Bail – We support women across the province seeking bail by drafting plans, writing letters of support, identifying housing options, and offering bail support and bail beds.
- Release planning – In preparation for a woman’s release we work with her on a plan to address housing options, programming, transportation, mental health, addictions and medical needs.
- Corrections – While a woman is incarcerated in the province, we strive to provide access to justice, human rights advocacy and legal navigation during remand and while sentenced.
- Housing – We provide women with transitional housing in our 8-bedroom home on Tulip Street in Dartmouth. We offer temporary absence beds and transitional second stage housing. Stays with us can range from one week to a year depending on a woman’s individual plan and needs. We also offer housing search support and housing advocacy during their stay.
- Programming – We offer a wide range of programming both inside jail and in the community that allows women to develop essential life skills and to build self-esteem and confidence. Our programming frequently forms part of a woman’s probation order.
- Support – We provide round the clock support with individual case management, education and employment support.
- Breaking the cycle – Our work with women helps them to break the cycle of poverty, housing insecurity and low self-esteem which is essential to addressing patterns that can lead to criminalization.
- Transition – E Fry builds capacity for vulnerable women to take control of their lives and their futures.
“Without the Elizabeth Fry Society my daughter would be homeless, and I might still be in prison. Now, I have a job and my daughter has her dream bedroom. We are having Christmas together for the first time in a long time. E Fry helped to bring us back together and gave us a warm and loving home.” – Client, 2017
“Elizabeth Fry gave me hope. They taught me to believe in myself.” – Client, 2017
By supporting this crucial organization, you will be contributing directly to programs that support some of society’s most vulnerable women. Your support will help maintain and improve our current programming, and contribute to the services we offer to criminalized women throughout mainland Nova Scotia.
Since the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia is a registered charity, your donation is also eligible for a tax credit. Visit our donate page now.
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