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Seventh Step Programs

Institutional Core Group


Any person who meets the criteria is eligible to apply for a  membership of a Core Group, with the following exception:

  • The Core Group shall not include any individual as a member, if that membership would in any way, deter the participation of the primary target group, the hard-core,  “solid con” from involvement.

  • The core group is the self – help component of the organization.  Membership is comprised of offenders, ex-offenders and non-offenders.  Most of which are community volunteers.

View the Criteria for Core Group Membership

  • Applicant is sincere in the desire to get out of the criminal justice system and more importantly, stay out.
  • Applicant must make a personal commitment to change their lifestyle.
  • Applicant must adhere to the basic self-help concept as philosophized by the organization.
  • Applicant must be willing to accept the offender, the ex-offender, the non-offender as equal parts of the change process.
  • Applicant must be willing to learn self-discipline through exercising self-control, which may involve some sacrifice of former lifestyles.
  • Applicant must strive to abide within the law, regardless of personal or moral conviction.

Core Group Membership


An individual must be voted in by their peers either in the institution or at a community Street Meeting. It is required the candidate attend 4 consecutive meetings and be hot seated on the 4th meeting. The person must receive 100% of the vote from the people in attendance.

Once you are voted in, you are eligible to attend any 7th Step Core Group or Community meeting in Canada. There is no cost to this membership, however it is limited to the meetings as described above.

Community & Street Meetings


These meetings are ongoing on a weekly basis and are a means of support and encouragement for a member of the community.  They could be newly released, living in a residential facility or on full parole. The Street Meetings provide ongoing continuity of the program and offer a place to come and discuss any life issues that could deter them from remaining on the street.

A strong component of volunteers is needed to facilitate these meetings. These volunteers can be offenders, non-offenders or ex-offenders. We are a grassroots organization and can usually operate on strictly a volunteer basis.