The John Howard Society of PEI is a non-profit organization that works with people at risk or with those who have come into conflict with the law to help them find stable housing, employment, and develop life skills.
While their office remains closed in response to COVID-19, staff are working remotely to continue serving clients.
Staff meet regularly with clients to identify barriers and develop a plan to help clients learn the skills to deal with these barriers with the ultimate goal of returning to work.
They can also assist clients in tax preparation and direct them to services to request a pardon for their criminal records.
Tanner MacLean is an Employment Outreach Worker at John Howard Society. He says the new restrictions have forced the development of a new model of service.
“Staff continues to serve clients over the phone. When a physical meeting is necessary, it is done quickly outside our office, with physical distancing being a priority.”
Services still being offered include employment assistance, case management, career counselling, and referrals from other organizations such as corrections and shelters. Tanner says making these services available over the phone has attracted more clients to John Howard Society.
“Offering our services over the phone has allowed staff to initiate the conversation around employment and begin the process of career counselling and job searching.”
Those looking for employment assistance, tax preparation or other outreach services can reach a staff member at 902-626-6743. To learn more about The John Howard Society of PEI and the services they offer, call 902- 566-5425 or visit www.pei.johnhoward.ca.
CDA of PEI is a network of career professionals, career influencers, community partners, post-secondary institutions and individuals committed to providing leadership to strengthen career development programs and initiatives on PEI.
The Association’s objectives:
- Increase public awareness of the career development field
- Advocate for services that strengthen the continued growth of career development
- Promote networking opportunities, professional development and resource sharing
- Disseminate information on developments occurring in the field provincially and nationally
- Advance career development and the capacity of the profession to respond effectively to all clients and stakeholders in an ever-changing work environment
by Ethan Paquet, Coordinator of Career Development Association of PEI (CDA of PEI)