Adult Services

If you are in need of Adult Services please contact Developmental Services Ontario at 1-877-330-3213 or  They will provide you with additional information.

Adult and Family Support Workers (AFSW) provide direct support to adults and their families in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout the Algoma District.  This support is individualized and based on the person and family’s strengths, areas for development and goals.  The role of an AFSW involves advocacy, coordination of services, and planning. 

Community Participation Supports helps adults take part in community life through volunteering, recreation and leisure activities. This support is offered in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Employment Services support people to explore employment opportunities in the community. Support is provided to: develop employment skills; create a career plan; establish good work relationships; connect with employment service providers in the community; improve standard of living through earned income; make a valued individual contribution; and be part of a team and the community. This support is provided in Sault Ste. Marie and East Algoma. 

Respite is flexible funding based on the person and family’s needs. The funding can be used for in home or out of home supports. Families are able to choose their own service provider to support their adult son or daughter as long as that person has a clear Criminal Records check including a Vulnerable Sector Screen. Respite funding is available throughout the District of Algoma. 

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a community based support offered in Sault Ste. Marie in which people supported live in an apartment either on their own or with a roommate or partner. Staff support focuses on enhancing or developing the person’s ability to live as independently as possible. Skill development can focus on budgeting, apartment maintenance, grocery shopping, social and relationship building, community networking, advocacy and rights, healthy living choices, etc. 

Community Homes Program (CHP) Support is a residential support option which provides a person with the opportunity to live with a formally trained and approved family.  This support is offered throughout the District of Algoma and Sault Ste. Marie. 

Group Living Supports is a residential option through which people live in homes throughout the  city of Sault Ste. Marie with up to 5 other people.  In-home support is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.