The goal of the Unlocking the Gates Services Society is to provide immediate support to individuals who are leaving correctional facilities in BC.
We hope to support you to meet your health goals in your community and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
The program is peer-led, meaning that we’ve been in your shoes and we know the challenges of transitioning back to the community.
We connect with individuals inside prison to help with pre-release planning and offer peer support during the transition days following release from prison. The support offered by this program aims to assist transitioning individuals in accessing the health and social services they need to increase their chances of a successful reintegration.
Examples of this support might include: meeting individuals at the prison gate, accompanying them to the welfare office or AA/NA meetings, assisting them in finding safe housing, clothing or a family doctor, etc.
Our program is grounded in participatory processes and restorative and social justice principles by enhancing reintegration efforts through supportive relationships and encouraging community.