For the past century, Mosaic has
enabled people with intellectual disabilities to experience wholeness
of life and full inclusion in their communities. Mosaic is the
combined heritage of two outstanding national organizations --
Bethphage and Martin Luther Homes. Bethphage was established in 1913
in response to the neglect experienced by children and adults with
intellectual and developmental disabilities who resided in large
institutions. Martin Luther Homes was organized in 1925 as a school
for children and young adults with intellectual disabilities. In
recognition of their shared mission, vision, and Lutheran heritage,
Bethphage and Martin Luther Homes merged their organizations in 2003
to create Mosaic.
Letter from the Executive Director
Hello, I am Debbie Fraysier, Executive Director of Mosaic in Waco. I have been with Mosaic for 14 years, and served as the executive director for the past 13 years. Years ago I had no idea that one day I would be the executive director of Mosaic in Waco, Texas. I had not even heard of Waco, Texas. Today, I have the honor of serving an organization and staff that creates a caring community for nearly 80 people we support in our 11 county area.
I am proud to say that the people that compose the pieces of our Mosaic have learned or are learning to overcome all obstacles by labeling them as accomplishments and not roadblocks. Although my work is hard, I am constantly encouraged by the support from families of the people in service and the supports that we have begun to receive from the community. As one parent said she has faith in Mosaic, in us as an organization, in the people who are the caretakers, for their hope in us as human beings has enabled us to grow and accomplish things that just last year were unheard of. As much as we have accomplished, we are no heroes; no, the true heroes are the people that are busting down barriers every day in their community, doing things that were once believed to be impossible.
Their stories are inspirational and heartwarming. I invite you to join me in attending one of our Discover the Possibilities events, during which you will hear first-hand testimonies from family members, staff and friends of Mosaic. You will leave educated and inspired!
I worry about what would happen to all the people with intellectual disabilities if they didn't have someone advocating for their needs. This is a scary and horrible thought! In many cases, people would be on the streets, displaced from their homes and often times, alone. Mosaic is the assurance for many of our families that we care about their loved ones. We are the family for many of the people we serve. How dramatically would their lives change?
For those individuals who don't have a voice, I HAVE A BIG ONE! It is my job and my conviction the their voices be heard. Our mission statement says, "Embracing God's call to serve the world, Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life." That is why I'm here today.
Wish ListWe're in need of the following items for the people we serve this summer season.
For more information or to donate one of these items, please contact us or call 254.757.3434.
Discover the Possibilities at Mosaic in Waco
Please join us for a free, one-hour event called Discover the Possibilities. Those who attend will be given a tour of Mosaic's mission and work through stories told by the people who know it well -- the people we serve, their families and our staff members. After attending this event you will be better informed about our mission and how you can help share it in our community.
Partners in Possibilities
Save the date for our Partners in Possibilities fundraising event!
Tuesday, March 25, 2013 | Noon
Hilton - Waco | Three Rivers Ballroom
113 S. University Parks Drive | Waco, TX
For more information on this event, to get involved or to reserve your spot, please call Serina Cole at 254.757.3434 or contact us online.
A huge thanks goes out to all of those who worked so hard to make our recent Partners in Possibilities Fundraiser a tremendous success! We can't list everyone, but the overwhelming outpouring of support was amazing.
Mosaic in Waco
3308 Franklin Ave.
Debbie Fraysier, Executive Director