MAP is a non-profit aftercare community chaplaincy that provides a supportive presence for people leaving both the provincial and federal criminal justice systems in the Ottawa area. MAP was started in Ottawa in May 2000 by a drop-in director, a Catholic Deacon, a social service worker, and two former inmates who all had a common vision: to see those finishing their prison term take a new direction in their lives when they are released.
Through providing hands-on support, encouragement and empowerment for those who are reintegrating into society, we are enabling people to redirect their lives and become productive, dynamic members of the community after they leave prison.
Since its beginning, MAP has supported thousands of people leaving the penal system, and today, MAP has over 50 volunteers, a Reintegration Manager, a supportive Board of Directors, a client-base of over 25 individuals per month, and continues to grow and expand to serve those in need in the Ottawa area.
We all know of someone who has been involved in the criminal justice system at some point: maybe it was a friend’s friend, someone in your neighborhood, or a loved one. Regardless, of the circumstances, we can all help in some way, whether it is by volunteering, offering prayer, moral support, financial donations, or spreading the word about the impact MAP has on its clients. Most of all, MAP helps communities as a whole by supporting people that want to learn to care about and become productive members of their neighborhoods and communities again. And that affects us all.
MAP Reintegration's mission is to provide mentorship, aftercare and a positive presence to motivated individuals who have agreed to participate in the program and are being (or have recently been) released from jail. This will be undertaken by three coaches, with the support of the MAP director or MAP staff person. The MAP Reintegration team's mandate is to remain a positive presence in a released offender's life for a period of at least three months and often longer. The agreement can then be renewed. The goal is to assist the released offender in becoming a positive and productive member of his/her community.