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About Mainstay

A Valued Seattle Employment Resource for Over Three Decades

Seattle businesses and community members have had Mainstay as a career resource since 1980. That’s when Mainstay was established, in partnership with Seattle Central College in the heart of Capitol Hill.

Our Goal Is Twofold
To match individuals with varying capabilities and backgrounds to employers' needs, and
To assist and support people with disabilities in reaching financial and personal independence by gaining employment in the competitive workplace.

Nationally Accredited

Mainstay is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for employment planning services, job development, job support, and job-site training.


ARC of King County
APSE (formerly known as the Association for Persons in Supported Employment)
Autism Society of Washington
Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Washington State (FEAT)
Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA)
TASH (formerly known as The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps)

Vision and Mission

To enhance opportunities for job seekers while highlighting individual choice. You receive voluntary learning opportunities through our centralized location in the heart of Seattle. We also provide training based on work experience settings, both at our campus and in the community.

Mainstay believes in access to services free from discrimination of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS status, creed, national origin, age, disability of any kind, marital status or veteran status.

Mainstay's Values

Respect for the individual
Diversity in the work place
Contributing to the community
Accessible employment
Helping people with disabilities live inclusively in their communities
Strong commitment to your success

Annual Reports


College Program - SAILS

Check out our new college program for Seattle Central College students - SAILS.

Contact us to learn how you can benefit from our no-fee career resources and employment support program.


1. Nautical: the rope used to support and secure the mainmast.
2. A person or thing that acts
as a chief support.

"I am grateful to Mainstay for helping my son find and retain a job. They have been there for him every step of the way. He is nearing his eleventh year (full-time with benefits), which would not have been possible without the help of Mainstay."

~ Darlene Johnston

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