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Jerry Campbell, Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

Another quarter has passed. Last week, we completed our annual Foundational Elements of Quality (FEQ) validation review, and we are very proud to say that we did quite well. Once again, we successfully met more than 93 percent of the probes/indicators. This is great and means that Mosaic in Beatrice is doing a very good job of providing quality services for the people we support. This includes all service categories with some of the most important ones being protection of rights, protection against abuse and neglect, including ensuring dignity and respect, best possible health and safe environments, to name just a few. We are very pleased with this outcome especially when you consider that every year each review consists of higher expectations.


Another Home Day is in the books. I want to thank the Family and Friends Association as well as the Steering Committee and many other behind the scenes support that it takes to make Home Day an event everyone looks forward to each year. This year's Home Day, in addition to the activities we've all come to enjoy, also included the Mosaic in Beatrice celebration of Mosaic's Centennial and, more importantly, the beginning of Mosaic's second century of service. Thank you all very much for helping in any way you did to make this year another very successful Home Day.


I would also like to point out that both the campus and the community-based service areas have recently had state surveys. I am pleased to say that both reviews went very well. Again, I want to thank the staff that work day in and day out to achieve the great outcome we receive from our reviews.


Lastly, I want to point out that on May 1, Mosaic in Beatrice held our first Partners in Possibilities fundraising luncheon. We were very pleased with the attendance, as well as the gifts we received to start us down the road to sustainable funding. Many of you graciously contributed your time and resources and we cannot adequately express our appreciation. I also want to mention again that every other week or so we have an informational tour of our services we call Discover the Possibilities. Discover the Possibilities are not fundraisers, each event lasts less than an hour and you will have the opportunity to hear and see what Mosaic is all about. If you would like to learn more about Mosaic, please contact Connie Russell at 402.223.4066 or connie.russell@mosaicinfo.org.

Thanks again!


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A dream come true

by Angela Glaesman, Direct Support Manager


For years Doug Blecha has talked about visiting the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. so he could meet some members of the Secret Service and FBI agents. At his last annual meeting, Doug was asked if he would like to visit any FBI office since it might be difficult to arrange the Washington, D.C. visit. Doug quickly said he would, so State Services Coordinator Rhonda Erikson contacted the media and public affairs coordinator at the FBI Omaha Division office.


It is highly unusual for the FBI to allow such a visit, so special permission needed to be requested. Before the visit could be set up, Rhonda, Doug, his mother Donna and friend Bob were among those who needed to be checked out and granted permission to participate. After everyone was cleared to participate, we were notified that Doug was not only going to be meeting someone from the FBI, but he was also granted a special tour of the facility. The media coordinator said, "We don't do this for everyone, so this is a special occasion for us as well. We want to make this a memorable day for Doug and make him a special agent for the day." On May 28, when Doug arrived for his tour, the Omaha World Herald and KETV Omaha were there to cover the event.


The tour began in the bomb unit. Doug was shown how the bomb robot works and got to try on some protective gear. He was shown how footprint molds are made, how the agents can find trace evidence, and how fingerprints are collected. The Omaha Police Department was on-site to demonstrate the skills of a specially trained dog that seeks out explosives. Doug was able to sit inside of an FBI all-terrain vehicle and the Omaha Police officer's truck where he turned on the sirens and spoke over the intercom. He toured the communications room, video surveillance room and the gun vault, where he was shown various types of guns.


In the polygraph room, an agent demonstrated to Doug how the lie detector process works. He was asked questions to see if his body language was being deceitful. Doug could not keep his body perfectly still when asked how many girlfriends he had!


According to Doug, the best part was when he was asked to sit at the desk in a special agent's chair. He was given a few minutes to enjoy what it might feel like to hold a position of such importance and of someone that Doug regards so highly. Doug said he would really love to work there but he was kind of nervous that the phone might ring!


Doug was then honored with a cake reception where he got to meet many of the staff and sit with agents to have discussions about their jobs.


The Omaha FBI office showered him with gifts and mementos and made every effort to make Doug feel like he was an agent for the day. His mother Donna said, "This is a day that Doug will remember forever."


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Mike Moore and Melvin Luksik sport their new hats of their favorite teams at the College World Series in Omaha. Mike is an Oregon State fan, while Melvin cheered on Louisville.

Greetings from the Residential Areas

by VeAnn Jurgens, Direct Support Coordinator


The calendar says it is officially summer and with all the happenings going on here at Mosaic, we agree summer has come and is in full swing with lots of fun activities and trips.


Speaking of swing, baseball comes to mind and Mike Moore and Melvin Luksik saw some powerful swings when they attended the College World Series recently in Omaha. They were in the stands for a game between Oregon State and Louisville and both had a great time. Apparently, Mike is now a true Oregon State fan and has a new hat to prove it.


On June 8, 15 people traveled to Doane College to meet with a youth leadership camp. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon filled with dancing, singing, treats and nature activities.


One of the most popular activities of the summer is the Homestead Days Celebration right here in Beatrice. The highlight for most everyone is the outstanding parade held each year on Saturday morning. A big hit with Sally this year was a new activity, a polka band and ice cream in Charles Park.


Congratulations to Gary who was a winner on a local radio show's trivia contest. With the tickets he won for the circus, he was able to treat some of his peers to a very entertaining show. We have also had individuals attend the 3G's Horse Show and had a group tour Prairieland Dairy for a close-up look at how we get our milk. Of course, we can't forget to mention the stock car races and movies here in town, always a favorite destination.


Vacations with family are important and John was able to enjoy an extended family reunion with his family. Brian took a trip to Branson recently and Debbie went on the road to Pella, Iowa.


Our summer calendar is busy and we are especially looking forward to the Gage County Fair coming to Beatrice soon. There are numerous opportunities for an enjoyable experience whether viewing the exhibits, the animals, checking out the carnival and the great fair food or taking in one of the concerts.

We hope you have an enjoyable, relaxing summer. We definitely plan to here at Mosaic.


15th Annual Mosaic in Beatrice Golf Tournament

The day started out a little cool but everyone warmed up once the golfing began on Friday, May 10, at the Wymore Country Club in Wymore, Neb. It was the 15th annual Thrivent sponsored Mosaic charity golf tournament with 69 golfers participating. This year the event raised $7,000, pushing the total proceeds raised over the life of the tournament to the $100,000 mark. These dollars are used to enhance the lives of those individuals we serve through various projects such as helping to fund a special vacation request or to purchase much-needed adaptive equipment.


It is always a diverse group of golfers. Some teams consist of family members of those in services, others are representatives from area businesses and organizations, with many familiar faces among the golfers this year but also lots of new participants. Two of the Mosaic campus residents, Steve G. and Jeremy W. helped at the holes, while Mike who is served through our community-based services, was there to set up and take down flags. There were lots of prizes given out and a great time was had by all. The winning team was the Beatrice State Developmental Center group and their name will be engraved on the trophy on display in the Mosaic trophy case.


Thanks to all who helped to make this another very successful tournament. We appreciate all your support and are looking forward to seeing many of you at the tournament again next year!


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It was a pleasure to have Congressman Adrian Smith tour the Mosaic campus recently. From left: Executive Director Jerry Campbell, Community Relations Manager Connie Russell and Congressman Adrian Smith.


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Mosaic Celebrates a Century of Service, a Legacy of Love

Home Day is always one of the most anticipated events of the year, but this year the day was extra special. Mosaic in Beatrice combined the annual Home Day with the Mosaic Centennial Celebration to provide what most say was one of the best Home Days ever! Friday, June 7, 2013, was a beautiful, sunny day and excitement was in the air right after breakfast as everyone hurried to put on their special Centennial T-shirts to mark the occasion.


The day began early with campus tours followed by the Parents Meeting. There was a ribbon cutting by the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce in front of the main campus entrance in recognition of Mosaic's Centennial year, followed by a delicious outdoor picnic. Games, entertainment, horse and wagon rides, dancing and an ice cream social filled the afternoon, as did laughter, shouts of excitement and great conversation. Thanks to Norm Flesner for his horse and wagon rides, always one of the most popular activities at Home Day and to the parents for serving their wonderful popcorn and soda.


Cakes were on display in the P.E. Building throughout the day and the votes were counted for the winning cake in the "Battle of the Batter" cake decorating competition. Hickory Home's cake was the winner of the Battle of the Batter competition.


A special thanks also goes out to our dedicated group of Martin Luther Home quilters for their donation of a beautiful quilt. Our own Candy Kujath was the lucky winner.


Who will soon forget lining up to form the human 100 for the photo taken by those brave individuals who climbed up on top of the Physical Education Building roof with their cameras? It turned out to be lots of fun and what a special tribute to Mosaic's Centennial year!


The day concluded with a centennial video message from Mosaic's President and CEO, Linda Timmons, in the Mosaic chapel followed by a chapel service with spirited singing from all.


For those of you who were able to join us, thank you for contributing to such a wonderful Home Day. We look forward to seeing you and all of our Mosaic family and friends at Home Day 2014, as we enter our second century of service to individuals with intellectual disabilities.


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Direct Support Coordinator Alicia Buhr with Steve Goeking getting ready to cut his 40th birthday party cake.

A word from the Case Managers

by Shondel Baxa, Case Manager/QIDP


First, we would all like to give a huge, warm welcome to Tina, who recently moved in. It is a pleasure to have her with us.


Just a brief overview on what is happening here at Mosaic. Steven celebrated his 40th birthday recently with a party here on campus and a family gathering at Camp Jefferson in Fairbury. Randy is planning a trip through the beautiful state of Colorado later this summer, taking four different trains through the state. As you can imagine, he is very excited. Phil recently helped Kodi, Alicia and Teresa do some landscaping, and you can see that he loved it.


Several people have gone to the zoo, attended games at the College World Series, enjoyed events during Homestead Days, went fishing, attended local races and enjoyed miniature golf. We had a group who attended the Youth Leadership Seminar at Doane College in Crete, Neb. The day included a scavenger hunt, nature walk, karaoke, dance and games and everyone said they had a great time!

We would like to send out a big thanks to all our friends and family who were able to share another fabulous Home Day with us! A big thrill at Home Day was doing the Harlem Shake. Steven started it off and then everyone else joined in and danced like crazy! How fun!


Blessings to everyone.


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Tom Osborne took time out of his day to pose for a photo with our group. In front: Barbara Baker and John Spomer, in back: Tom Osborne, Clay Lankford, staff member Allan Neal, Phil Enersen, staff member Lorraine McAtee, Bob Becker and staff member Andrew Nickels.

On the road

Summertime is usually when our thoughts turn to special outings and vacations. Who doesn't enjoy taking a break from a day of work and loading up their vehicle with family and friends and hitting the road for a special destination?


A group of residents and staff from Developmental Training traveled to the Folsom Zoo in Lincoln on June 14 and had a great time. They especially liked how helpful and friendly all the zoo staff were.

Another large number of people took off the next week to tour the Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. As the vans pulled up to unload, a staff member spotted the legendary Tom Osborne coming around the corner and took the opportunity to ask if he would pose with the group. Even though he was on his way to a meeting, he graciously agreed. It certainly made their day! It was an exciting adventure for everyone and they were very impressed with the whole stadium experience.


On another warm afternoon, several individuals traveled to Crystal Springs for a leisurely afternoon of fishing. They may not have caught the proverbial "big one" but everyone enjoyed the day.


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Joel Dilla with John Laflin and his granddaughter, Lily.

A new friendship

by John Laflin, Direct Support Manager & Developmental Training


Joel has been my buddy for a long time. He comes to visit me in my office every day while at the workshop and we have become quite good friends. While in my office he noticed the pictures of my granddaughter, Lily, and has heard me talk about her often.


When Home Day came around, Joel had decided he would like to help me sell T-shirts. I had mentioned to Joel that my granddaughter was coming to visit on Home Day and he would finally have the opportunity to meet her in person. Joel got very excited and wouldn't leave my side that day. Finally, Lily made it. I introduced her to Joel and they exchanged smiles. Since the ice cream cart was nearby, I stepped over to get some for Lily. As I began giving it to her, I noticed that Joel had leaned over and his hand was raised toward the spoon I was using. I asked if Joel would like to help me give Lily some ice cream. He quickly responded yes. Joel was very gentle and very helpful.


When the ice cream was all gone, I told Joel how much Lily loves ice cream and that he had definitely made a new friend by giving it to her. When he heard this, Joel smiled from ear to ear. A new friendship is always special, especially the one between Joel and Lily.


Mosaic thanks our Partners in Possibilities

By Connie Russell, Community Relations Manager


On May 1, 2013 Mosaic in Beatrice held our first Partners in Possibilities luncheon at Classic's Restaurant. We were honored to have more than 80 guests in attendance at this free, one-hour fundraising event. Emcee Sharon Schuster of Holy Cross Lutheran Church led our guests through a powerful program which included a song by Mosaic campus resident Gary Jewett, inspiring words by Executive Director Jerry Campbell, and a touching parent testimonial, titled "Angels on Earth" by Andrea Pick.


A total of $84,350 was raised through this event. The Children's Guild, a dedicated group of volunteers who operates the Bargain Box thrift store in downtown Beatrice, covered event expenses with a sponsorship gift. Leadership gifts were given in loving memory of George Christensen and Kathy Christensen; in honor of Mosaic employee Steve Moslander and his 23 years of service; and by the Mosaic Friends & Family Association. Many additional family members, community members, and area businesses made individual gifts and pledges.


Through this event, 10 Mosaic supporters became founding members of the Partners in Possibilities Multi-Year Giving Society. All donations are designated specifically for the Mosaic in Beatrice agency. Many thanks to everyone who supported us at our Partners in Possibilities event, as well as the countless staff and volunteers who helped make this event a big success!


Mosaic in Beatrice will continue to hold Discover the Possibilities tours twice per month. This free, one-hour program gives guests a behind the scenes look at the Mosaic mission, and how individual's lives are touched every day in our community. This impactful program can also be given in a home, church, club or place of businesses.


To attend one of the upcoming tours, or to plan one for your family, friends or colleagues, please contact Community Relations Manager Connie Russell at 402.223.4066 or connie.russell@mosaicinfo.org.


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Mike Rayburn (seated on the mower) and Ron Niedfeldt standing by the mower donated to Mosaic by Exmark.

A timely gift

Mosaic was just a few days away from making a much-needed purchase of a lawn mower when word came that Exmark Manufacturing had chosen Mosaic as one of the recipients in their community giving program. With 23 acres to cover in each mowing cycle, a new mower was a very welcome gift, freeing up substantial dollars to be used in other areas at Mosaic. Executive Director Jerry Campbell, said, "When we received the call that Mosaic was chosen this year to receive the mower, it felt like winning the lottery."


Mosaic deeply appreciates this gift but also the special working relationship with Exmark Manufacturing, who employ both Ron Niedfeldt and Mike Rayburn, people who receive services from Mosaic.


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Dixie pets a giraffe at Tanganyika Wildlife Park.

Long-awaited summer vacation

by Lori Nickels, Direct Support Manager


Wichita

The first trip we went on this summer was a two-day trip to Wichita, Kan. The first thing we did after finding our hotel was go to the Tanganyika Wildlife Park, where we all had a great time. There were many animals for us to feed and pet. Dixie fed a giraffe while Mary, Nicole and Tyson enjoyed feeding the goats and bunnies. Kelly was the adventurous one and fed the giant tortoises. Amy liked the guinea pigs. Tayson fed the birds, which he liked because they pulled your hair when you ran out of food for them. We all loved it when staff member Sherry was feeding a llama and it spit on her ... well everyone except Sherry!


The lemurs were a big hit with all. They jumped and wrapped themselves around staff. They had very soft paws. Eating at Olive Garden was a celebration of Nicole and Tayson's birthdays after which we went back to our hotel and went swimming. Mary really loves to swim. Tayson was excited to visit the remote control race track. A couple rounds of miniature golf and racing in the go carts added to the fun on this trip.


Estes Park

The trip was long but we enjoyed looking at the scenery, mountains, streams, rock walls out our window views and the very narrow roads. When we arrived, we walked around the grounds of our hotel. It was beautiful with a river running in the back and elk walking around. The next morning, we drove to the Rocky Mountain National Forest. We made lots of stops to look at the spectacular view where we saw moose and more elk. Mike M. loved watching all the animals.


When we returned to Estes, we had a home-cooked dinner at Bighorn's and then went to the hotel to enjoy some swimming. The next day we rode a shuttle to Bear Lake where some of us hiked the trail and others sat and enjoyed the sights. Swan really enjoyed the hiking. We ate at the Grubsteak, they had the best hamburgers! We then went to play miniature golf and saw elk walking down the highway. Golf was Scott's favorite thing to do. Marilda won a free game coupon, which is good for the next 100 years. Our next adventure included a carriage ride where the driver told us dumb jokes and some history about the town. We went back to the hotel to do Kelly and Elaine's favorite activity ... swimming. Friday was a day of travel returning home.


Branson

This was the largest group to go out, as fifteen of us all headed out for the seven-hour trip to Branson. Our hotel was very nice and had waterfalls outside and in the lobby. We decided to visit Branson Landing that evening, where we sat by the fountains and enjoyed a free concert. The water danced to the beat of the music with fire and lights. It was really neat. Everyone had fun playing golf especially glow in the dark golf later in the evening. The next day, we rode Branson's famous duck tour and enjoyed a late lunch. Kevin even got to drive the duck! Jonathan really enjoyed the duck tour. He laughed and had a great time.


After lunch, we went to the new wildlife park and fed some animals. We even got to touch a snake, a baby alligator, a lynx and a baby baboon. Eric C. really enjoyed the animals on his first vacation. We then returned to the hotel for swimming and pizza. The next day we visited the wax museum, which was Trent's favorite stop. The big event of this trip was going to an outdoor Tim McGraw concert. It was in a pasture but we loved it. We got to sit close so we saw him really well. Gary and Dane loved the concert and the wax museum. Mike R. liked the wax museum, the golfing and the concert. Dane and Tyson liked swimming in the pool while Karl liked the House of Chaos. It was a blast. Heather, of course, loved the Tim McGraw concert. Kelly liked the ducks, golf and the concert the best. It was a special vacation for us all.


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Dinner with the coaches

by Lori Nickels, Direct Support Manager - Friends Learning Center


Tim Schroeder was recently invited by his sister Amy to attend a Dinner With The Coaches event at Memorial Stadium. Keith Zimmer, the Associate Athletic Director of Life Skills, gave a tour around the stadium prior to dinner. Zimmer's Life Skills program focuses on the individual student-athlete. Some of the areas this program addresses include assisting with major life events, community outreach, assisting with graduate school and scholarships. Tim said with a huge smile, "It was fun!"


After the dinner, Tim met some football players including Huskers Ben Cotton, Kyler Reed and Eric Martin. He was also given a photo of Huskers baseball player, Kyle Kubat. He got a firsthand look at the inside of the locker room, which was complete with a whirlpool and hot tub. Following the excitement of meeting such Nebraska athletic legends, Tim was given a tour of the west side of the stadium and shown the booth where the coaches actually sit during games. From what he saw, he seemed to think they have the best of everything! From this vantage point, Tim could also see the construction of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena.


Tim is very thankful to his sister Amy for making it possible for him to experience this extraordinary event. Tim's favorite part of this whole experience was being lucky enough to have everyone sign his Husker football, which he currently refuses to share with the rest of us Husker fans!


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Les Lienemann plays the saxophone for the enjoyment of everyone at one of the daily chapel services.


Get involved with Mosaic

Mosaic is currently recruiting for Direct Support Associates. Openings include 2nd and 3rd shift full-time and on-call. For more information contact Kelcie deKoning at 402.223.4066.


If you are interested in services at Mosaic, please contact Sue Orwen at 402.223.4066.


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Free resources for vacation bible school or Sunday school

Children's educational materials are available for free to churches from Mosaic. There is a four-week lesson plan along with a 20-Day Awareness activity guide that features Duncan the Duck and would be a great platform for children's programming. Materials include coloring books, coin banks, an animated story on DVD and Bible study lesson plans, all of which feature Mosaic's children's mascot, Duncan. To learn how you can receive these educational materials for free, please submit your request online.


You can also contact Mosaic when looking for temple talks, guest speakers or children's programs, as well as further information about admissions, volunteering and giving opportunities.


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Your support of these businesses helps provide opportunities for those receiving Mosaic services

The Bargain Box


Located at 117 S. 5th Street in Beatrice, The Bargain Box offers a wide variety of reasonably priced items for sale. Check out the nice variety of shoes, jewelry, linens, bedding, housewares, and other miscellaneous items. The Bargain Box is open on Thursdays and Saturdays and also welcomes your donations of items. All Bargain Box proceeds are donated to Mosaic in Beatrice.


Screen Printing Services


Mosaic in Beatrice offers a complete line of screen printing services for any job you might have, large or small. Please call 402.223.4066 x317 for further information.


Friends Learning Center Crafts


A unique business conveniently located just off the highway at 29107 Hwy. 77 south of Beatrice, the Mosaic Friends Learning Center has handmade crafts and gift items galore. Holiday decorations, tied blankets, Nebraska Husker decor, children's rockers, table and chair sets, and banners are just a few of the items available. Remember, these items can also be customized to meet your needs.


Stop in during the week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to take advantage of this special shopping experience.


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Become a voice for people with disabilities

When decisions are being made about important issues like services, homes and health care, people with intellectual disabilities should have a right to express their opinions. Too often, they have no chance to speak. You can level the playing field.


Become a Mosaic Allied Voices volunteer. Sign up with your contact information online.


When issues that impact people with intellectual disabilities are identified, you will receive an email alert asking you to contact your elected official. We promise you will only be contacted when there are critical issues that need immediate attention.


You can be the voice of a person who would otherwise be silenced. Help them be heard.


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Thrivent Members can support Mosaic through Choice Dollars

Through their Choice Dollars program Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members are able to choose Mosaic when they recommended how Thrivent distributes charitable grant funds. Instead of gift matching, eligible Thrivent members can now decide which qualifying organizations should receive their allocated Choice Dollars. Simply visit the Thrivent website and click Get Started or call Thrivent at 1.800.847.4836 to make Mosaic in Beatrice your choice!


Your gifts will support a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities. Thank you!