System Navigation

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario (EFSNWO) is committed to a gendered, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed approach and provides a comprehensive System Navigation program to support women and gender-diverse individuals involved in the criminal justice system. 

Through therapeutic programs and access to basic needs, housing assistance, referrals to mental health and substance use services, and a low-barrier food bag program. 

Photo credit: Raeanne Oflaherty | EFSNWO

Key Components
  1. Therapeutic Programs and Basic Needs Access:
    • EFSNWO offers therapeutic programs designed to address the unique needs of the individuals we serve. These programs focus on mental health, emotional well-being, and personal growth.
    • Additionally, the program ensures access to basic necessities such as food, clothing, and hygiene products. Meeting these fundamental needs is essential for stability and overall health.
  2. Housing Assistance and Referrals to Mental Health and Substance Use Services:
    • The System Navigation team assists individuals in finding safe and stable housing. They recognize that secure housing is a critical factor in reducing homelessness and improving overall quality of life.
    • Referrals to mental health and substance use services are an integral part of their support. By connecting individuals to appropriate resources, EFSNWO aims to enhance well-being and facilitate recovery.
  3. Low-Barrier Food Bag Program:
    • Recognizing the importance of nutrition, EFSNWO operates a monthly low-barrier food bag program. This initiative ensures that individuals facing food insecurity have access to nutritious meals.
    • The program aims to remove barriers and provide immediate assistance to those in need.
    • You must be a client to participate in the food bag program. To register for a monthly food bag, please contact one of the System Navigators.

Contact Information:
Bonnie Aggamway
System Navigator

Kayla Baxendale
System Navigator

Katie Jamieson
System Navigator

Generously funded by: 

Lakehead Social Planning Council  TDTBSSAB