Developmental Services

The people we support are at the centre of everything we do!

In 1990 Pathways to Independence was created to support the transition of nearly 100 people with developmental disabilities from long term institutional life to community living. With over twenty five years of experience of providing community based services and supports, Pathways has earned a reputation with our community partners, funders, family members and other stakeholders as an agency that provides leadership to identify and address evolving service needs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Our Quality of Life Planning (QLP) process helps to identify interests, skills and abilities for each supported person. The result is a service plan, goals and objectives that clearly identifies what is important to a person, what they want to learn, do or achieve, and has clearly identified steps to help them to achieve their goals.

Supported Homes

“Located in pleasant residential neighbourhoods, Pathways supported homes are similar to those nearby and provide comfortable living arrangements for the persons served. Personal tastes are reflected in bedroom décor and the atmosphere between persons served and staff members is warm and family-like.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2012

Staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Pathways supported homes are caring environments to small groups of people making and sharing a home. Located in both rural and urban communities, supported homes are tailored to meet the physical and social needs of the people we support.

Supported Independent Living (S.I.L.)

Many people with developmental disabilities are able to live independently with some support in their communities. Pathways Supported Independent Living (SIL) Program assists people to find places to live and our professional staff provide support to clients based on their individual needs.

The supports could include assistance with banking, meal planning & grocery shopping, medication management, attending medical appointments, attending community events, learning about transportation services, healthy living & wellness. With support from Pathways clients continue to achieve independence by learning new skills, building confidence and actively participating in their community.

“The supported living program at Pathways is commended for creating innovative solutions with respect to new living opportunities for persons who wish to maintain their independence while continuing as participating members of their community.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2015

Family Homes

More opportunities, choices, independence and quality of life are some of the benefits offered to people with developmental disabilities when they are able to live with a family home provider.

Following a rigorous approval and matching process that includes assessing shared interests, compatibility, location and access to services, a supported person lives with another family and shares in their lives.

Supported by their natural family and professionals from Pathways to Independence, the Family Home program provides a stable living option to people with developmental disabilities.

Become a Family Home Provider

Community Employment Services

Strong. Reliable. Productive. We have the strengths to power your business.

People with disabilities drive success to an employer’s bottom line:

  • 86% higher employee attendance
  • work 46% harder than average employees
  • 97% above average safety rating, and
  • are 5 times more likely to strive to meet your needs.

Pathways offers employment supports to adults with developmental disabilities in the workplace. Pathways  Employment Coaches work one on one with clients to ensure that they are qualified to meet an employer’s need and provide ongoing support and coaching on the job.

Find out more about how you can become an Employer of Choice and provide a supportive work environment. Call Pathways Employment Services 613-962-2541.

Respite Services

When capacity allows, Pathways to Independence provides temporary accommodation at a 24 Hour Supported Home or a family home in an emergency or as a break from other living arrangements.

Counselling & Psychiatric Services

Pathways provides access to Assessment, Counselling and Psychiatric services for adults with a developmental disability with a referral from their family physician. Pathways clients also have access to Behaviour Therapy Consultation Services to assist in the development and implementation of individualized behaviour strategies to address behaviour concerns.

Find out more about Pathways Counselling & Psychiatric Services Call 613-962-2541.


“Vocational programs offered by Pathways provide a range of employment opportunities for clients including a bakery, car wash, building maintenance and positions in local businesses through which they develop skills leading to greater independence, in come enhancement and improvement in the overall quality of their lives.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2012

Local Business Employment Partners include:

  • Pizza Hut
  • Dewe’s Independent
  • Giant Tiger
  • Heal for Horses
  • Campbell’s Auto Body
  • Pampered Pooch
  • Gator Fries
  • Bridle Path
  • Hastings Manor
  • Guy Friday
  • The Promise Land
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Humane Society
  • Belleville Thrift Store
  • Owl Stone Equestrian
  • YMCA Belleville
  • Komputers for Kids
  • Gleaners Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Dollar Tree
  • Community Development Council
  • Starbucks
  • The Habitat Restore
  • Kerry’s Place
  • McDougall’s Insurance & Financial
  • Dollar Tree
  • Hastings Manor
  • McQuigge Lodge
  • BGH Hospital Auxillary
  • Belleville Police Services
  • SP Data
  • Trevor’s Place
  • Winners
  • Pathways to Independence

As an employer, our commitment was to open communication with our employee to understand what he needed to be successful. Very little accommodation was required on our part and it did not cost anything to implement. Our employees with disabilities were well trained by Pathways and have been eager to take on new responsibilities. We are proud to be an employer of choice for people with disabilities in our community.”

Working, Laughing, Learning, Creating & Doing

The people we support participate in a variety of day and vocational programs and services. Aligned with the goals and objectives of their Quality Life Plan, assisted by professional staff and partners in the community, every client has the opportunity to learn, gain employment or volunteer experience, participate in social activities and have fun in our programs. Pathways day and vocational programs and services are offered to the people we support as well as other adults with a developmental disability who will benefit and enjoy program services in Belleville, Picton and Ottawa.

Activities can include:

  • Working or volunteering in the community
  • Pathways Car Wash
  • Helen’s Bakery & Café.

Community Connections

A day program that offers the people we support to meet new friends, go out to explore their communities on day trips and to learn new skills. Community Connections programs are located in Belleville, Ottawa & Picton

Developmental Services Calendars of Events

Recreation Services

Pathways day recreation program provide opportunities for clients to participate in community based recreation and leisure programs that promote skill development and healthy active lifestyles.

In addition to these innovative programs and services, Pathways to Independence works with many partners, such as Habitat for Humanity, to provide other services and programs to the people we support. These partnerships promote a strong social network in the communities in which we live, work, play and learn.

Family Home Provider

What are family homes?

Family homes offer opportunities, independence and enhanced quality of life to adults with an acquired brain injury or developmental disability when they are able to live in a stable, supportive home with a family.
The family home provider program matches an adult with a developmental disability or an acquired brain injury with a family in the community. Follow- ing a rigorous assessment and approval process that includes assessing shared interests, compatibility, location and access to services, a supported person lives with the family and shares in their lives.
A family home provider receives compensation, training and professional sup- port from Pathways to Independence. But, more than that, they receive the opportunity to help a person to live more independently in the community. As many of our family home providers will tell you…”the rewards are endless”.

2016 Family Home Provider Billboard
“The Family Home Program’s excellent job of matching, training, and supporting both persons served and the providers has resulted in strong and long term relationships. The availability of the staff members to provide needed supports, both day and night, results in positive outcomes for the person served.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2015

Selection process and criteria

To ensure everyone’s satisfaction the selection process to become a family home provider is very thorough. Every family home that is a part of the Pathways to Independence Family Home program is assessed against the following criteria:

  • Is your home safe and accessible?
    This will include re safety inspections and accessibility requirements based on the needs of the individual.
  • Is the whole family aware of the implications and willing to welcome an additional person into their home?
  • What kind of lifestyle does the family enjoy and aspire to?
  • Does the family have similar interests and hobbies to the potential resident?
  • How many people are currently living in the home?
  • Are the family members over the age of 18 able to pass a criminal reference check?
  • Reference checks from people who know the family well and can attest to their suitability to be a family home provider.

For more information about the Family Home Provider Program, please contact Karen Metcalf 613-962-2541 Ext. 223

The Rewards are Endless

“I just saw something in Ed and though there’s great potential there and he could be a lot more independent.  I thought we could offer that for him and he would fit into our lifestyle as well.  It was a good match.”

Donna Lott, Pathways Family Home Provider

Read About Ed and His Family Home

Photos by Daniel Vaughan
Article by Jennifer Shea
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