The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary’s staff develop important connections with women to assist them once their sentences are complete, and also support in-house programming. The name “Berkana” symbolizes growth and rebirth, which represents the transition that women make from incarceration to community. The activities at Berkana House are designed to address the social and clinical needs of residents.

Berkana House is operated by our partner, the Calgary John Howard Society, who oversees the daily operations of the house. The Elizabeth Fry staff develops important connections with women to assist them once their sentences are complete, and also supports in-house programming.

As part of the integration process, women living at Berkana House follow a structured release plan, which requires supervision by staff and parole. The house is staffed 24/7 and residents are supported through both formal (case planning) and informal interactions, in-house programming, social activities and holistic approaches.

In Berkana House’s healing and empowering environment, women can be reunited with their children and connect with community resources and supports.