Imagining the future
What could the reintegration of ex-offenders look like in our society? Watch Hiroki Yokoyama’s speculative film ExO.
We serve men and women who have left prison or have graduated from addiction recovery homes. We serve all who apply to Whitestone regardless of their background, situation, faith, or beliefs.
We help our participants connect to a local church, meet new friends, get mentoring advice, and gain access to prayer support. We leverage our marketplace connections and experience to help our participants find meaningful employment.
Something as simple as finding meaningful employment can help reveal a person’s true identity and self-worth. We surround ex-offenders and ex-addicts with people who speak words of hope and encouragement that drown out any negative voices.
Jesus called us to love the forgotten. Former prisoners and recovering addicts need help starting a new life. Our work impacts these individuals but also has a follow-on effect impacting society and ultimately the Kingdom of God.
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Most ex-offenders want to change their life and will never reoffend. They need the support of Whitestone and our partners to help them find a new path. Some Canadians hold the view that our society would be better protected if offenders remained in prison until the end of their sentence. Whitestone does not support this view.
Evidence clearly shows a gradual, controlled and supervised release is the most effective way of ensuring public safety. Offenders released at the end of their sentence were four times more likely to be readmitted on a new federal sentence than offenders who completed their sentences on full parole.
77% of those who spend time in federal penitentiary will never go back to prison.
97% of federal full parole terms are successfully completed without a re-offence.
More than 99% of parole terms (day and full) are successfully completed without a violent offence.
John enjoyed a 44-year career in the marketplace working in commercial finance, management consulting and marketing. His ministry experience includes volunteer positions with Jericho Road Ministries, Connecting Streams, and Prison Fellowship Canada.
Wayne has spent 35 years in the printing industry. For the last 25 years he has served on the executive team of one of Canada’s largest commercial printing firms. He is the co-founder of The Big Give and has ministered at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and with Jericho Road Ministries. Wayne has a passion to see those who are hurting and broken come into a full and beautiful relationship with Jesus Christ.
James graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Criminology. He has professional experience in correctional service working at an enhanced community residential facility in Vancouver. He also worked in upper management of an outdoor equipment company for six years. His passion for equipping young leaders led him to serve as a youth pastor and volunteer at a Youth Unlimited outreach program.