The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of BC (JHSLM) is a registered non-profit charitable organization which provides assistance with housing, life-skills, and community-based support with the goal of assisting individuals to achieve greater independence and value their positive contributions to society.

While our agency’s traditional client base is persons who are in conflict with the law, through our long history of service delivery we have developed an expertise in prevention by supporting persons with complex needs facing multiple barriers, those experiencing chronic homelessness, substance misuse, barriers to employment and/or housing, and complex needs including addictions, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, mental health issues and/or developmental disabilities.

Our programs and services are developed in response to the needs of the people and the communities that we serve, and the fluidity of our programs allow us to remain flexible to the changing needs of clients and the local community. Our programs include a continuum of housing options under contract with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), or operated by the Society.

The JHSLM strives to foster inclusive, safe, and peaceful communities through a person-centered approach which promotes citizenship, personal responsibility, and accountability. We work to empower individuals to be changemakers in their own lives, building on their own strengths and aspirations. In collaboration with our community partners, we aim to bridge gaps by providing a holistic approach to people and their communities. Through our Agency’s core values deep-rooted in being respectful, providing dignified services, and seeing unlimited potential in people, we are able to promote community inclusion, build healthy relationships, be resilient in our advocacy, and contribute to meaningful long-term impact for the people we serve.