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Mainstay Life Services

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Group Homes, Human Services

Mission: Mainstay Life Services provides life-long, high-quality support services to ensure that people with developmental disabilities lead fulfilling lives and realize their vision of a desirable future. Our Vision: Individuals with developmental disabilities will live within a community that sustains them and benefits from their participation. Mainstay Life Services will be regarded as the region's provider of choice for individuals and families seeking services, and as the region's employer of choice for qualified and committed professionals

Results: Mainstay Life Services is a nonprofit organization providing residential services and other supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families. We are committed to assisting the people in our care to reach their fullest potentials within their communities. Our services include 24-hour full-care homes, semi-independent living, supported living (less than 30 hours per week of assistance), lifesharing, host-home, and in-home care. We also provide a range of community support options including transportation, habilitation, special therapies, and a summer camp program. Mainstay Life Services began in the late 1960s as two separate agencies that merged in 1999. The organization now serves 165 individuals in 59 homes located throughout Allegheny County. Our summer camp serves an additional 90 adults who reside with their families during the remainder of the year. Our in-home services provide support to nearly 90 individuals who are living at home with their families or on their own in the community. In all that we do, we emphasize sensitivity, respect, dignity, compassion, and responsiveness to individual needs. Mainstay Life Services is supported by federal, state, and county government funding, as well as foundation grants and other private donations.

Target demographics: adults and children who have developmental disabilities

Geographic areas served: human services

Programs: Our services include 24-hour full-care homes, semi-independent living, supported living (less than 30 hours per week of assistance), lifesharing, host-home, and in-home care. We also provide a range of community support options including transportation, habilitation, special therapies, and a summer camp program.

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been with Mainstay for a few years and by far it's one of the best jobs I've had. As of right now, I plan to stay with this job until I retire. The schedule is prefect, the work isn't difficult, and I get a sense of fulfillment helping my clients live independent lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for Mainstay for many years and it has become my home away from home. I really loved all the individuals I work for and the staff is great to work with. I have been in this field for a long time and have worked for a few different companies. I find Mainstay the best company by far to work for. They really care for the individuals that live at the homes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been employed with Mainstay Life Services for over 8 years and I feel now and have felt since the beginning, that it's the best job I have ever had. I feel like I matter at Mainstay, to my clients, to my fellow employees and to management .

Client Served

Rating: 3

C.L.S at mainstay, the job is ok and I dont have any complaints

Alex Cugno C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With a consistent focus of the mission, continuous sense of professional fulfillment, friendly & positive work culture, and the most brilliant and compassionate coworkers, Mainstay continues to be MY Great Non-Profit!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Mainstay for over 12 years and can truly say it is a great place to work! Our staff are very dedicated to the individuals, compassionate to their needs and fulfilling our mission. I enjoy working for Mainstay and love coming to work everyday! Mainstay is an outstanding organization to work for!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to have worked at Mainstay for 11 years! It truly is a great place to work. The direct care staff really do fulfill our mission and take such great care of our individuals. I'm so glad to be a part of this organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i have been working with Mainstay for over 20 years & I still look forward to coming into work everyday. it is a great company with great people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for Mainstay Life Services since 1993, I worked for other non-profits and in the corporate world as well. I consider Mainstay my home and I value the individuals and staff I work with. My experience here is definitely life-changing and the agency tries to keep staff happy as well as the clients and clients needs foremost. I plan to stay with Mainstay and help my clients achieve the most that they can. I also am amazed at the length of time the employees stay and want to genuinely help the clients they serve. If someone asks a staff why they stay so long it is because we truly care about our clients and their happiness.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Mainstay for 3 months now. I have had the honor of doing summer camp first before working in the homes. Summer camp was really enjoyable. To be able to work and help better the lives of others really makes you look forward to waking up each morning and going to work. The people I've had the opportunity to work with at summer camp have also made it a very nice experience. The bond you receive over a short period of time is truly a blessing. Once I began working in the homes, I watched the people I work with grow close with me and other staff. To walk into a home after a month of knowing someone and she hugs you each time, who wouldn't love that? Just from those little things it makes you feel so appreciated. Each day is very rewarding. Mainstay is an awesome company with great people to work with and for!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've only been with Mainstay for 6 months. Prior to this, I worked at another group home facility. Mainstay is far superior in caring for individuals. The homes are clean, the residents have space to call their own, and caregivers who really love them. It is a pleasant and caring atmosphere to work in.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I left the corporate world of mounds of futile paperwork and accounts to be fixed over and over, to work helping people with disabilities maintain an active, healthy and happy quality of life. Mainstay is an excellent company that provides staff with the means and support to do just that. I love working with the clients and appreciate the fact that across the board here at Mainstay that is at the core of everything we all do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have over 50 years of Health Care experience, and Mainstay is one of the best places I have worked. I am impressed at this amazing Organization. The staff is so dedicated to their mission of caring for our clients. I must say the care and attention given the clients is the absolute best, I have seen in my entire career. I feel very honored to be a part of Mainstays mission to improve the quality of the lives within this company.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

No words can describe the family that is Mainstay life services.

1 Melinda34

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been with Mainstay for over 10 years. I absolutely love my job and all the clients that I have worked with through the years. Of all the agencies I've ever worked for, Mainstay has the best corporate staff. They make you feel appreciated and give you the repect that each person needs to thrive in working in our fields. In this field it can be very stressful so to me the respect and appreciation is very is very important

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been with Mainstay for a year and a half and absolutely love the company. They care about their clients and appreciate staff. They hold staff appreciation parties and holiday parties for all to participate in. I am so happy to work with this company.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mainstay is a nonprofit organization that anyone would be proud to work for. Mainstay is a forward thinking organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a new employee to Mainstay Life Services, but have worked in social services since 1998. I have worked in several different states and different agencies. So from the point of view of experience, I can honestly say Mainstay knows how to run a non-profit business that respects its employees, the consumers they service, in a positive healthy working environment that fosters growth and independence. All of which is hard to come by in this field. I am happy I applied and accepted this position. Thank you Mainstay!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mainstay Life Services would be a place that I would choose for my loved one, would they be diagnosed with MH/MR. Their "mission statement" is the core of their foundation and they see to it that all employees uphold it. In addition, not only do they value and support their clients, but they support and value their staff as well When you come work for Mainstay Life Services, not only are you a valued staff member, you're like family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mainstay Life Services is an organization that exemplifies its mission. The services provided truly make a difference in peoples everyday lives and make working here meaningful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working for an organization that caters to their individuals and their families, making sure everyone is cared for too to the best of their abilities. Being able to come to work and know that all the hard work is appreciated. That what Mainstay is all about!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

By far, THE best place I have worked. Great people. Great mission.