At Risk - Children and Their Families


JustKids conducts research, educational initiatives and programming to help foster awareness about children of prisoners and provide assistance in addressing the trauma and shame of parental incarceration.

  • Summer Day Camps - During July and August, EFry offers six free week-long summer day camps for children ages six to nine with a parent involved in the justice system. Each week, four instructors lead 16 children in enjoying a typical camp experience as well as teaching them vital coping, leadership and teambuilding and conflict management skills.
  • Saturday Club - Children with a parent in the justice system are welcomed at day-long supported activity programs each Saturday from fall through spring.

Sheena's Place & Elizabeth Gurney House

EFry was the first and is still one of the only organizations to operate shelter homes for homeless women and their children. Sheena's Place and Elizabeth Gurney House offer a safe, supportive environment for families without resources. Our shelters provide daily necessities, crisis intervention , addiction and debt counseling and support in accessing low income housing.

North Shore Family Preservation Program & Burnaby Integrated Family Program

These programs help families stay together or reunite after a separation. Through home or group therapy, parent education and training and therapeutic visitation, EFry gives families in crisis the support and tools necessary to make home a safe and caring place to be.

Am'ut Aboriginal Youth Program

Am'ut is a culture-based, full-time attendance program helping aboriginal youth change the direction of their lives by learning to make healthy choices and develop new skills.


Through the Vladim Mitchell and the Dean and Robert Bayes Funds, monies are provided to buy youth and children of single parent families equipment and experiences they could not otherwise afford.

Christmas Program

EFry brings the holidays to nearly 4,000 people each year through our Christmas dinner with Santa, in prison celebrations, and adopt-a-family program.