The History of Mainstream
Mainstream has been providing support services for adults with a developmental difference in Niagara since 1984. This timeline shows the evolution of the Mainstream.
1985 - 1987
- Mainstream: An Unsheltered Workshop is officially incorporated.
- Mainstream opened a laundromat to serve the community of Port Dalhousie
- Receive $11,000 in United Way Funding.
- The United Way enriches funding to $65,000 annually.
- Ministry of Community and Social Services funds Workshop Program for $45,000 annually.
1988 - 1990
- Mainstream Non Profit Housing Project is incorporated and receives funding for 20 units.
- The Supportive Independent Living Program receives MCSS funding
- Homes for the Homeless Project approved 1 - 3 bedroom home.
- Supportive Independent Living Program received funding from MCSS.
- Supported Living Program funded and 3 individuals from Oxford.
- Regional Centre (ORC) move to Lafayette.
1992 - 1994
- A second Supported Living home is funded and 4 individuals from Oxford Regional Centre move to Shoreline.
- Mainstream restructures using Open Space Technology and the Resource Centre format is created.
- Mainstream receives Ministry of Housing funding to build a 4 bedroom wheelchair accessible home on Rykert Street.
- MCSS Minor Capital received to purchase new wheelchair van.
- Rykert is opened for 4 individuals from Oxford Regional Centre.
1997 - 2002
- IENACT funded by Environment Canada to naturalize the property at 212 Rykert St.
- Supported Living Program proposal to add a 5th person at Rykert is approved.
- Mainstream purchases a second van.
- Options Niagara A Foundations Initiative is funded by MCSS.
- Unit D at 25 Main St. is renovated to accommodate Options Niagara and Adult Literacy Programs.
- Options Niagara begins operations.
2003 - 2004
- Options Niagara received a funding enhancement from MCSS.
- Supportive Independent Living program receives funding to support two individuals with higher needs.
- Mainstream purchases 263 Pelham Rd. and renovations begin.
- Mainstream moves offices and Resource Centre Program to 263 Pelham Rd.
- Mainstream hosts a Grand Opening for our building at 263 Pelham Rd.
- Mainstream Showcases Famous People Players.
- Options Niagara receives a funding from MCSS to support 10 additional people bringing total people supported to 135.
- Mainstream receives a personal donation to purchase a van for the Resource Centre.
- Mainstream’s proposal to accommodate an individual moving from Southwestern Regional Centre (SRC) approved by MCSS.
- Proposal to renovate Rykert St. basement approved and MCSS funds the $42,000 project.
- Individual from SRC moves into Rykert.
2006 - 2007
- Renovations to Rykert completed and Transitional Aged Youth moves in.
- Mainstream receives MCSS funding to purchase a new van.
- Funding Proposal ($630,000) to build 9 one bedroom apartments in partnership with Gateway and Mountainview Homes is approved.
- A proposal to repatriate one person from Southwestern Regional Centre is approved.
- Mainstream receives $70,000 in capital funding to add a great room to Rykert St.
- 91 Pelham Rd purchased to accommodate growing need for program and office space.
2008 - 2010
- Renovations completed at 91 Pelham and Options Niagara moves in.
- Accreditation Coordinator is appointed and the Accreditation Dream Team begin weekly meetings.
- Mainstream receives SIL funding from MCSS for 160 Ontario St to support five individuals with a dual diagnosis.
- FOCUS Accreditation Services completes the on site validation.
- 160 Ontario St. is completed and first tenants move in.
- Mainstream is awarded a three year Accreditation status from FOCUS Accreditation Services.
- Ministry of Housing hosts official opening of 160 Ontario St.
2011 - 2014
- Mainstream receives MCSS funding to plan Person Centred Thinking Training for all 11 DS agencies in Niagara.
- MCSS provides funding to support Mainstream’s Bullying Production.
- Mainstream Bullying Production debuts and begins showing at all elementary schools in Niagara.
- Mainstream receives a 4 year accreditation from FOCUS Accreditation Services.
- Mainstream commits to becoming a Person Centred Thinking organization.
- Mainstream’s Rights Committee presents at Brock University Summer Institute.
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