Vancouver - A half-way house for Indian and Metis former convicts has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Rt. Rev. T.D. Somerville, Anglican Bishop of New Westminster, will make the presentation to the Allied Indian and Metis Society in Vancouver on April 13.
The grant will be used to pay the salary of a counsellor for one year at the Society's newly-acquired residential centre, 2716 Clark Drive, Vancouver.
Currently, five ex-inmates are living at the centre and participating in the Society's self-help adjustment program.
The Indian and Metis Society was formed in 1970 by members of the Indian and Metis Educational Club at the B.C. Penitentiary. Their object was to form an all-Indian half-way house to help former inmates successfully resettle in their communities after serving prison terms.
"They have gone to extraordinary efforts to bring in from the `outside' a group of interested citizens, mostly Indian, of all faiths, to form this Society," said AIMS recording secretary Mrs. G.L. Bursill-Hall.
"We consider our half-way home unique in its conception, vigorous at birth, and we are optimistic for its future," she added.
Sessions at the centre include personal management of finances, leadership training, Indian-culture education, personal problem-solving and group therapy.
Most of the Society's directors are native Indians.