Coverdale offers core services and supports that achieve the following goals:
Improve access to justice
Provide alternatives to traditional justice
Enhance public safety & well-being
Criminal Court Services
Staff and volunteers assist individuals appearing before the criminal courts with information on the terminology and the process of criminal proceedings, legal and community referrals, advocacy as well as emotional support, court reminders and transportation.
Family Court Services
Staff provide services and support to women who have been subjected to abuse and are involved in the family court process as well as individuals who are navigating child protection matters.
A private and confidential space is provided in the community, for individuals scheduled for virtual court who need access to technology and other supports. Staff are available to provide assistance to those attending court virtually upon request.
Staff assist victims of crime with information, support and assistance as their case moves through the criminal justice system.
Supportive Housing - Caitlan's Place
A supportive housing facility providing 24/7 staffing and comprehensive wrap-around services to 15 women and gender diverse individuals navigating the criminal justice system and homelessness in the Halifax Region. The house operates with principals of harm reduction, housing first, and utilizes restorative and transformative approaches.
A social worker assists clients to maintain housing and stability and achieve an optimum quality of life through developing plans, enhancing life skills, addressing health and mental health needs, engaging in meaningful activities and building social and community relations.
Supported and Supervised Release
The program aims to reduce the high numbers of people remanded into jails while awaiting trial by providing positive community-based interventions that help people to meet the conditions of bail and other conditional releases.
Parenting Inside Out
Parenting Inside Out (PIO) is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral parent management skills training program created for incarcerated parents through a six-year collaboration of scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and instructional designers. Both the information in the program and the way that information is presented were informed by knowledge derived from research and practice.
Safety, care and connection is fostered through this program that offers services and supports to incarcerated and criminalized LGBTQ+ folks. Research, resources, court support and workshops are offered by LGBTQ+ staff.
Voices Program for Youth
Voices is based on the realities of girls’ lives and the principles of gender responsivity; it is also grounded in theory, research, and clinical experience. The Voices curriculum advocates a strength-based approach and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including psychoeducational, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, body-oriented, and expressive arts.
Peer Advisory Committee
The committee engages people with first-hand experience in the Criminal Justice system to give input on our programs and practices. We believe that people with lived experience are experts in their own care, and this expertise should be valued, respected, and utilized to better the systems they navigate. People who have previously navigated the Criminal Justice system can provide a unique perspective to the agencies designed to support our community.
Education & Training
A range of public education methods are utilized to engage communities in conversations related to the work Coverdale does. These include producing a podcast, delivering trainings, developing resources, and designing social media campaigns.