Mosaic Centennial News

Across the nation Mosaic is celebrating 100 years of service. Local media outlets are helping us share our story in their newspapers, magazines and on their broadcast stations. You will find links to many of them here.


Special Olympics CEO helps honor Mosaic's century of dedication to disabled

Omaha World Herald - October 25, 2013

Someone was missing from the iconic family photo following the election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960.

Rosemary Kennedy, the president's intellectually challenged sister, was all but forgotten in the moment of triumph.

Though Rosemary was loved by the family and well cared for, the Kennedys did not know how to talk about her to the public, said Timothy Shriver, her nephew and CEO of the Special Olympics.

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Mosaic, group to assist developmentally disabled adults, turns 100

Omaha World Herald - October 24, 2013

In 1913, a Lutheran minister in Axtell, Neb., visited parishioners in public asylums, and he was appalled.

Those members of his flock with intellectual disabilities were "battered and beaten until bloody ... in narrow dirty cells," the Rev. K.G. William Dahl wrote in a church newsletter. "I have heard their heartrending prayer, 'Help us to get away from here.'"

Dahl answered that plea as the founder of Bethphage, a Christian home in Axtell, for people with mental and physical challenges.

He would live only four more years, dying at age 34.

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Nebraska Stories: Miracle on the Prairie

This year Mosaic has celebrated our past and our future. The story of our first 100 years is one of our founders, the people served and the people who provide services, the change in the way people with disabilities are treated and viewed, and our vision for our future.

Mosaic is pleased to share that this story of our first century was featured on Nebraska Education Telecommunication's Nebraska Stories on Friday, November 1. In a segment titled Miracle on the Prairie. You can watch the entire episode via the link below, Mosaic is the third story. Viewers will learn how Mosaic was founded more than 100 years ago in rural Nebraska, and how we continue the mission of providing a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.


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Mosaic's roots go back over 100 years

The Daily Nonpareil - September 17, 2013

Becky was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child. She thought her mother was out to get her, but she didn't want to go to school, where she didn't fit in with other students. Then her mother sent her to Mosaic. She didn't want to go there, either, but now she credits Mosaic with helping her get through high school and become independent.

"I'm very happy with my life now," she said.

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Mosaic Ice Cream Social

KOAM - Pittsburg, KS - July 25, 2013

Mosaic in Southeast Kansas hosted an Ice Cream Social to celebrate 100 years of service.

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Mosaic celebrates 100 years of service, ministry

Kearney Hub - July 1, 2013

More than 100 years ago, when Rev. K.G. William Dahl stepped off the train in Axtell, he pointed to a hill and said, "It is on that hill that I will begin my mission."

That mission was Mosaic.

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Mosaic Celebrates 100 Years With Festival At Bethphage

Minden Courier - July 1, 2013

Mosaic celebrated 100 years of service on Friday and Saturday with a Centennial Festival held at their Bethphage Mission campus. Approximately 450 people attended from all around the country.

Forty family members of the organization's founder Rev. K.G. William Dahl attended. They came from as far as Sweden and all across the country to celebrate the legacy Rev. Dahl established when he started Bethphage Village in Axtell.

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Excitement builds for Mosaic centennial - Reunion, tours, festival on tap this weekend

Kearney Hub - June 26, 2013

More than 400 people are expected at Bethpage Village campus in Axtell this weekend for Mosaic's centennial festival.

Mosaic got its start at Bethphage in Axtell, which was founded by the Rev. K.G. William Dahl in February 1913.

"We're really excited," Linda Timmons, Mosaic president and CEO, said. "I've been telling people we're going home. I just think it's going to be a great weekend and great opportunity to celebrate."

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Mosaic's Bethphage Village Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places; Plans Centennial Festival

Minden Courier - June 18, 2013

The Mosaic at Bethphage Village campus in Axtell was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register nomination recognizes founder Reverend K. G. William Dahl, the mission's vision to serve people with disabilities as valued members of society, its tie to Nebraska's Swedish immigrants and the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and for its unique Swedish National Romanticism architecture.

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Mosaic lands on historic places registry

Kearney Hub - June 11, 2013

The Mosaic at Bethphage Village campus in Axtell was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

According to a press release, the National Register nomination recognizes founder the Rev. K.G. William Dahl, the mission's vision to serve people with disabilities as valued members of society, its tie to Nebraska's Swedish immigrants and the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and for its unique Swedish National Romanticism architecture.

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Mosaic celebrates Home Day

Beatrice Daily Sun - June 7, 2013

Each year, Mosaic in Beatrice celebrates Home Day -- an open house event that allows friends and family to visit the campus and learn about what Mosaic provides.

The tradition continued on Friday, though being 2013 also marks Mosaic's 100th anniversary, the non-profit group had additional activities to ensure Home Day was a memorable one.

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Mosaic Celebrating A Century of Service

NTV News Kearney - June 6, 2013

One hundred years ago, a dream was given life. People with intellectual disabilities and those whom society didn't accept or understand, finally had a place to belong, live and thrive.

This year, Mosaic at Bethphage Village is celebrating a milestone, giving people a life of possibilities.

Born in Hastings, Nebraska, Mary Uridil was diagnosed with an intellectual disability at a very young age. After her father died in a car accident, her mother was left to raise four children all by herself.

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Mosaic celebrates 100 year anniversary nationally and 30 years locally at large event on June 2nd

Iowa Living Magazines - June 3, 2013

Mosaic in Des Moines celebrated their 100 year anniversary as a national organization and 30 year anniversary providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Des Moines yesterday with a party at the state fairgrounds.

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Mosaic in Des Moines celebrated their 100 year anniversary as a national organization and 30 year anniversary providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Des Moines yesterday with a party at the state fairgrounds.

With 300 individuals who receive services, parents, staff, and community members in attendance the celebration was a big success. The "fair themed" party allowed for community partners like the Blank Park Zoo and Therapy Dogs International to be showcased as well as an area for Mosaic artists to display their favorite art pieces. Campbells Concessions catered the event which gave it a real "fair" touch with a variety of fair treats including corn dogs, tenderloins and cotton candy for everyone to enjoy.

- See more at: http://www.iowalivingmagazines.com/2013/06/03/mosaic-celebrates-100-year-anniversary-nationally-and-30-years-locally-at-large-event-on-june-2nd/#sthash.c6nYDQdD.dpuf

Mosaic in Des Moines celebrated their 100 year anniversary as a national organization and 30 year anniversary providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Des Moines yesterday with a party at the state fairgrounds.

With 300 individuals who receive services, parents, staff, and community members in attendance the celebration was a big success. The "fair themed" party allowed for community partners like the Blank Park Zoo and Therapy Dogs International to be showcased as well as an area for Mosaic artists to display their favorite art pieces. Campbells Concessions catered the event which gave it a real "fair" touch with a variety of fair treats including corn dogs, tenderloins and cotton candy for everyone to enjoy.

- See more at: http://www.iowalivingmagazines.com/2013/06/03/mosaic-celebrates-100-year-anniversary-nationally-and-30-years-locally-at-large-event-on-june-2nd/#sthash.c6nYDQdD.dpuf

Mosaic in Des Moines celebrated their 100 year anniversary as a national organization and 30 year anniversary providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Des Moines yesterday with a party at the state fairgrounds.

With 300 individuals who receive services, parents, staff, and community members in attendance the celebration was a big success. The "fair themed" party allowed for community partners like the Blank Park Zoo and Therapy Dogs International to be showcased as well as an area for Mosaic artists to display their favorite art pieces. Campbells Concessions catered the event which gave it a real "fair" touch with a variety of fair treats including corn dogs, tenderloins and cotton candy for everyone to enjoy.

- See more at: http://www.iowalivingmagazines.com/2013/06/03/mosaic-celebrates-100-year-anniversary-nationally-and-30-years-locally-at-large-event-on-june-2nd/#sthash.c6nYDQdD.dpuf

Mosaic in Des Moines celebrated their 100 year anniversary as a national organization and 30 year anniversary providing services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Des Moines yesterday with a party at the state fairgrounds.

With 300 individuals who receive services, parents, staff, and community members in attendance the celebration was a big success. The "fair themed" party allowed for community partners like the Blank Park Zoo and Therapy Dogs International to be showcased as well as an area for Mosaic artists to display their favorite art pieces. Campbells Concessions catered the event which gave it a real "fair" touch with a variety of fair treats including corn dogs, tenderloins and cotton candy for everyone to enjoy.

- See more at: http://www.iowalivingmagazines.com/2013/06/03/mosaic-celebrates-100-year-anniversary-nationally-and-30-years-locally-at-large-event-on-june-2nd/#sthash.c6nYDQdD.dpuf

Mosaic celebrates 100th anniversary

Fremont Tribune - May 18, 2013

It's Thursday morning and Tammy Petersen has time in her hands.

Well, actually, she has a clock.

In increments of five, she counts to determine the answer to this question: "If it's 11:44 now, what time would it be if you were going to leave in 45 minutes?"

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Mosaic celebrates 100 years of providing a 'life of possibilities'

Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter - February 2013

Mary States recalls fond memories of her young nephew with a disability who came to live with her family when she was a child.  "I learned at an early age that people with disabilities weren't to be feared," Mary said.

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Mosaic celebrating 100 years; Local event scheduled for February 18

Waukon Standard - February 6, 2013

Beginning in February, Mosaic will celebrate a milestone anniversary of 100 years. Their centennial celebration, titled "A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love," will kick-off with an organization-wide celebration with staff and individuals they serve in 38 locations across 10 states.

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Mosaic Celebrates 100 Years: A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love

Minden Courier - February 8, 2013

On February 19, 2013 Mosaic will celebrate a milestone anniversary. Their centennial celebration titled: A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love will kick-off with an organization-wide celebration with staff and individuals they serve in 38 locations across 10 states.

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Mosaic celebrates 100 years of service

Fort Collins Coloradoan - February 14, 2013

Mosaic will celebrate Feb. 19 their centennial celebration, A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love.The celebration will will kick-off with an nationwide celebration with staff and individuals they serve in 38 locations across 10 states.

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Mosaic turns 100

Kearney Hub - February 16, 2013

In 1913, more than 50 people pledged $1 each to establish an organization in Axtell dedicated to the needs of those with disabilities.

One hundred years later, their simple pledge has expanded from Axtell into 10 states and touched thousands of lives.

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Celebrating 100 years

Beatrice Daily Sun - February 19, 2013

Mosaic is celebrating a century of working to help those with disabilities lead normal lives during its centennial celebration this week.

The non-profit organization held tours and staff parties Tuesday to show what Mosaic is all about and celebrate its numerous success stories of challenged residents who are able to contribute to society, despite their disability.

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Johanns: Balanced budget can be reached

Grand Island Independent - February 19, 2013

... After the community coffee, Johanns visited the Mosaic office in Grand Island to celebrate Mosaic's 100th anniversary. He said that, over the past century, "Mosaic has provided services to thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities." (at the end of the article)

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Senator Johanns presented Mosaic in Central Nebraska with the signed Senate Resolution 36, a resolution recognizing February 19, 2013 as the centennial of Mosaic, a faith-based organization that was founded in Nebraska and now serves more than 3,600 individuals with intellectual disabilities in 10 States.

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Mosaic 100th

WDAF-TV Fox 4 News - February 19, 2013

A nonprofit group blew out lots of candles today, celebrating 100 years of serving adults with developmental disabilities.

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Centennial Celebration

KSAN News - February 19, 2013

One hundred balloons were released today - to celebrate the centennial anniversary of a San Angelo faith-based service agency. Mosaic - that provides service to intellectually or physically disabled adults and children in San Angelo - was originally formed in Nebraska in 1913 with just 54 dollars.

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Mosaic begins centennial celebration

Fremont Tribune - February 19, 2013

Mosaic is celebrating a milestone anniversary today. Its centennial celebration is titled "A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love."

Mosaic was formed July 1, 2003, by the consolidation of two Nebraska-born Lutheran ministries dedicated to the needs of people with disabilities. Bethphage began in 1913 in Axtell and Martin Luther Homes began in 1925 in Sterling.

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Mosaic Celebrates 100 Years

1011 News Grand Island - February 19, 2013

A Nebraska-based organization that helps those with intellectual disabilities kicked off its centennial celebration Tuesday. It all began in 1913 as Bethphage Village in Axtell.

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Mosaic celebrates 100 years of service

KKCO 11 News Grand Junction - February, 19, 2013

On Tuesday, Mosaic celebrated 100 years of service, service that started in the small town of Axtell, Nebraska and eventually spread throughout the nation.

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Mosaic to celebrate 100 years of service

Garden City Telegram - February 19, 2013

On Feb. 19, Mosaic, which provides services to adults with disabilities in the Garden City area and around the nation, will celebrate "A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love."

The occasion will kick off with an organization-wide celebration with staff and individuals they serve in 38 locations across 10 states.

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Mosaic celebrates century of service

The Morning Sun - February 20, 2013

The clients of Mosaic enjoy celebrating for any reason, whether it be a song playing or just because it is a good day.

The love of a good party amplified the atmosphere Tuesday when clients from Coffeyville and Pittsburg gathered for a celebration in honor of the organization's 100-year birthday.

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Mosaic celebrates a century of service

Liberal Leader & Times - February 23, 2013

In the early days of the 20th century, the Rev. K.G. William Dahl witnessed the neglect that children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities received in large institutions. He believed in a better way and convinced 54 people to give $1 each to establish the Bethphage Inner Mission Association in 1913.

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New Mosaic director wants to build on community engagement

Garden City Telegram - February 26, 2013

David Jasper wants to continue the quality work Mosaic has been consistently offering clients for 100 years.

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Osage Evergreen residents celebrate 100th birthday of parent company

Mitchell County Press News - February 26, 2013

Not many businesses or organizations are able to celebrate 100 years of service to their customers.

The residents of Evergreen Senior Independent Living had that unique opportunity last Tuesday when they celebrated the 100th anniversary of their parent company Mosaic.

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Around and About

Omaha World Herald - March 24, 2013

Mosaic has been helping and advocating for Omaha-area people with intellectual disabilities for 100 years.

It will cap off its yearlong centennial celebration, "A Century of Service, A Legacy of Love," with a gala Oct. 24 at the Mutual of Omaha Dome.

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