Service d’adaptation et d’intégration de Montréal (SAIM) was incorporated in June 1986, with the mandate to help people living with developmental delays acquire the appropriate work habits to integrate into the work force.
Essential work skills such as punctuality, the ability to perform simple tasks, cooperation with co-workers and respect of others, and the capacity to follow directions are emphasized. The ultimate goal is to provide the workers with the skills necessary to become as autonomous as possible in the work place .
SAIM has the capacity to train 50 workers at the head office on St-Patrick St in Montreal, and 25 workers at the plant on the West Island on Ellingham Ave. in Pointe-Claire. The workers are trained for between 3 months and 3 years before being placed in a stage for a business that will give the worker an opportunity to practice their new skills in a work environment. Some of the workers will become proficient enough to be autonomous in the work place, some of the workers will remain at the stage level, and other workers will return to SAIM facilities for further training.
SAIM also provides services for workers who have come to the end of their work contract, are temporarily between jobs or have been laid off, the evaluation of new workers, and as a safety net for people already in the workforce as well as those training to get there.
The primary platform used to promote worker skills is through manufacturing alpine and X-C ski poles. For a number of years SAIM has distributed ski poles throughout Canada and the United States under their own brand name Ultra. As SAIM is a non profit organization, all revenue generated through the sale of ski poles is reinvested in numerous programs such as worker training, summer and winter camp activities, residential support, and to help promote the activities of other non profit organizations providing services to people with developmental delays. Other SAIM activities including the manufacture of plastic bags, co-packaging , printing and headphone refurbishing contribute to the diversity of work skills taught at SAIM. .
Our philosophy is that through a mainstream work setting, individuals with developmental delays become confident, contributing and valued members of our society .