St. Leonard’s Community Support, Prevention and Residential Services

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Name

St. Leonard’s Community Support, Prevention and Residential Services

Zone

Zone 2: East

Email

kerry@stleonardscsprs.ca

Website

stleonardscsprs.ca

About & Services

On April 01, 2020, St. Leonard’s Community Support, Prevention, and Residential Services (SLCSPRS) was created through the amalgamation of two long-standing organizations.

The first, St. Leonard’s Home Trenton (SLHT) was established in 1976 and originally was operated as a parent model home until the early 1980s, serving as a halfway home for federal offenders. In 1986 they established a Board of Directors and switched to become a Young Offender Facility for 16 to18-year-old male offenders. To date, SLHT provides service to the Province by housing up to eight male young persons between the ages of 12 to17 years who are in custody or detention under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Each youth is supported to create a case management plan, to reach personal and reintegrative goals during their stay. SLHT staff create an environment for the residents to continue with their education, build healthy recreational outlets, develop life skills, and complete programming which addresses their identified risk and needs factors. In addition to their CTCC school, SLHT advocated for and since 2016 has offered the St. Leonard’s Alternative Education (SLAE) program, which includes four seats in their classroom to community youth who are in need of more intensely focussed educational support.  Through their Reintegration Program, residents are mentored and supported to smoothly transition from open custody/detention back into the community. Staff work to ensure youth have access to education, housing, recreation, counseling, employment services, or any other need of the client.

Meanwhile, Community Oriented Sentencing Program (COSP) was established in 1977 following the visionary pursuits of a local judge who had begun using community-based sentencing three years prior as a meaningful alternative to fines, which were becoming an ineffective deterrent. COSP later adopted the name Community Organized Support and Prevention as it better suited the agency’s main principals and programming.  COSP offered educational support in their classrooms for suspended students and those needing a break from the school setting, preventative programming for youth at risk of becoming justice-involved, diversion programming including restorative justice for those who had had their first contact with the justice system or those with minor offenses, long-term programming, and support to youth on probation, and supervise court-ordered community service hours for adult offenders.  COSP programming reached throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, with two sites, one in Belleville and one in Trenton, and two satellite offices in Bancroft and Picton.

By combining these two like-minded organizations, SLCSPRS is able to service youth from preventative programs through to the reintegration of custody youth, in a seamless environment allowing all youth the opportunity to accomplish their goals.

Already sharing common values and guiding principles for working with at-risk populations, the combined Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Values blended seamlessly:

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