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At Mainstream, we strive to improve the quality of life for people in Niagara with a developmental disability by providing a supportive and empowering environment.


We are here to make a difference!

Welcome to the website for St. Catharines Mainstream Non Profit Housing Project and Mainstream: An Unsheltered Workshop.

Together the two charitable non-profit corporations operate as Mainstream with a shared board of directors and senior management. We have provided progressive residential and day support services for adults with a development disability since 1984.

Today we are a fully accredited organization committed to building partnerships to create opportunities for the people we support , our volunteers and our employees to make the community a better place.

Our Mission

Our mission at Mainstream is to improve the quality of life for people with a developmental disability by providing a supportive environment that strives to empower individuals with the necessary skills and confidence for lifelong learning and growth for all citizens.

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Our Philosophy

The goal of Mainstream is, “That all people are able to develop their full potential as individuals with respect and dignity, enjoy integration into the community and have the opportunity to prepare for the future.”

This goal challenges a community to have each of its people experience equality, individuality and social role valourization.

The dignity and self-respect that people enjoy in their own communities are a result of a supportive environment that fosters personal growth, self reliance and acceptance.

Mainstream Services Mission & Philosphy

Our Vision

In working toward our philosophical goal, Mainstream will provide the necessary resources and supports to ensure that individuals who have a developmental disability:

  • Have the opportunity to lead full and productive lives and have the ability to recognize and reach their potential in the competitive work force.
  • Are made aware of services and programs available to them in the community
  • Have access to affordable housing which enables them to experience independence with the benefit of support services
  • Be valued contributors in the community with due recognition of their accomplishments

Recognizing that our daily experiences go hand in hand with our quality of life, our aim is to provide the necessary tools that will enable each individual to:

  • exercise self-direction and ownership of choices
  • develop social skills and realize their full potential
  • deal with real life situations effectively
  • enjoy friendships and other supportive relationships
  • exercise their rights responsibly

Mainstream is about people supporting people. It upholds the ideals of mutual respect, the value of individuality and an open-mindedness toward the ever changing needs of its people.


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