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Offering Hope and Unlocking Potential Amidst a Pandemic

By Ned Ochester

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all seen tremendous losses in our communities. From the loss of loved ones, essential supports and livelihoods, many are hurting – with the field of disability supports being among the hardest hit. At Mainstay Life Services, it has been our commitment to face these challenges head-on, with a focus on evolving with the needs of the community.

Much like we’re seeing throughout the rest of the country, those in our care are struggling with unemployment. The power of purpose lives in all of us – and fulfilling a meaningful role in the community can significantly combat depression and anxiety. Through Mainstay’s Employment Services, we offer individualized career-exploration, as well as a committed Employment Specialist to help guide them through the process and provide ongoing coaching to ensure continued success while on the job.

As one would expect, with so many of us spending significantly more time at home, there has been a growing need for Mainstay’s Home and Community Support services. For those who choose to remain in their own home or with family, these services provide regular, all-inclusive care to maximize the development of each person, as well as assist with any specific needs such as social activities, shopping, transportation and financial planning.

An alternative to traditional community living arrangements, Mainstay’s Life Sharing Program involves working with families or singles interested in opening up their hearts and homes to a person with a developmental disability. The opportunity provides people with a place they can call home, while encouraging increased growth and development, self-esteem improvement, and most importantly provides the love of an extended family. Life Sharing also provides the family with a sense of purpose and joy that comes along with caring for another person.

All supports provided by Mainstay are tailored to meet the needs of each person and all levels of developmental disabilities so they can lead meaningful and successful lives, while helping them to learn new skills, develop friendships, and give back to their communities, despite the challenging circumstances in which we are all living.

To learn more about Mainstay Life Services and the programs and services they offer, please visit mainstaylifeservices.org or contact Ned Ochester, Director of Community Services, at nochester@mainstaylifeservices.org or (412) 477-7785.

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