Joyce Kope House

Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County

Barrie Ontario

  • Email
  • Phone (705) 725-0613
  • Fax (705) 725-0636

Main Contact

  • Name Meaghan Chambers
  • Position Residential Director
  • Phone (705) 725-0613 ext 241
  • Email

Programs & Services

Joyce Kope House (named after one of the agencies co-founders) is the agencies 27 bed safe residence and Community Residential Facility (halfway house) for federally and provincially sentenced women. Joyce Kope House is conveniently located in downtown Barrie; close to public transit and within walking distance from the local Parole Office, Mental Health services, Native Friendship Center and employment resources. Our facility provides women under supervision of Correctional Services Canada and The Ministry of Public Safety and Correctional Services the opportunity to live and work in the community during their period of reintegration.

While at Joyce Kope House, each resident is assigned a Caseworker in which they meet with on a weekly basis. During these meetings a Plan of Care is created and followed up on, consisting of goals the resident is wishing to accomplish during their residency. Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in community programs in order to ensure ongoing support after discharge.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County offers in house community programs consisting of; Anger Management, Substance Abuse, Healthy Relationships, Anti-Theft, S.T.A.R.S (Sex Trade Alternative Recourse Services) and General Counselling. All programs are delivered in a group setting, but are also available in one on one sessions depending on the individual needs at the time.

Our agency is contracted through Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to provide the SMP (Self-Management Program). Referrals for this program are done through the local Parole Office.

Joyce Kope House

  • Beds 27 (5 CSC beds)
  • Population Women
  • Age 18+

Application Process

On average the residence houses over 400 women each year, providing a safe, secure and supportive environment for women from all walks of life. While residing at Joyce Kope House, the women participate in life skills activities and receive guidance, advocacy and support from dedicated staff during this difficult period of transition. Referrals for Joyce Kope House come from numerous sources including; community agencies, courts, institutions, other shelters, hospitals, withdrawal management centres, treatment facilities, Probation and Parole Services, police officers, family/friends or self.

Women currently incarcerated at Grand Valley Institution for Women (GVIW) who are interested in residing at Joyce Kope House are encouraged to meet with our agency representative who visits the institution monthly. Meeting times are available at GVIW the first Tuesday of every month.