Our Prison In-Reach program helps women at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, where our staff and students provide support, resource services, and referrals for provincially sentenced women. We also offer the Inspired Minds and Storybook Programs (see below) to those women, when the funding permits. Contact Sydney Wouters, our social worker, via email or by phone at (306) 668-0604.
The Storybook Program brings parents and children together through the power of reading. When possible, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan supplies new, age-appropriate books to mothers in prison, and records the women reading aloud. The recordings are then sent to their children, giving them an opportunity to share a story together.
We started the Storybook Program during Christmas of 2018, and since then, we have worked with provincially sentenced and remanded women at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, and federally sentenced women at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge.
As of January 2019, we have sent out 95 recordings and storybooks to children with incarcerated mothers. Currently, we only run the program for Christmas, but if funding and donations are high enough, our hopes are to offer it all year round.
We are Federal Prairie Regional Advocates, providing support services, referral, and advocacy for federally sentenced women in the Edmonton Institute for Federally Sentenced Women, Regional Psychiatric Centre, and The Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge.
To find out more about the rights of federally sentenced prisoners in Saskatchewan and for more information on our advocacy work, please contact our Cultural Coordinator, Patti Tait, via email or phone at (306) 668-0609.