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Possibilities are the stock-in-trade at Mosaic. 

Whether it is for the people we serve, our employees, donors, volunteers or the communities we're in, we want to make new possibilities come to life.

We're optimists at heart, believing that something good is always right around the corner. 

We also believe that our mission is a shared mission; we're in this together with the people we serve, their families, our donors and volunteers, and the communities we're in. 

It is a crowd-sourced mission!  So join in.  Be a part of Mosaic possibilities.


 

Inclusion Changes Everything

Do you think we should go back, Carrie? 

It seemed like an innocent question. A few weeks ago, a colleague and I were talking about the 2015 Youth Gathering in Detroit. The Gathering was a whirlwind. We left Nebraska at 6 a.m. and drove to Des Moines. We picked up Ryan, a person supported by Mosaic, and his caregiver, Mike. We drove late into the evening, prepping Ryan for the trip along the way. We talked through what the Gathering would be...Read more

Drew and Julie

Watching Drew, you’d never know what he’s been through the last few years. Drew has battled cancer. Twice. He is now in remission.

Because of his health, Drew’s mother, Christine, was skeptical about moving Drew from his Mosaic group home to a host home with Julie and her husband Pete. She now could not be more pleased.

Julie is a nurse. Under her watch, Drew, who had been in and out of the hospital, has not been hospitalized once.

Julie and Pete talk...Read more

Ramona Edwards photo and quote

Ramona Edwards is a member of The Mosaic Foundation Board of Directors. This board receives gifts on behalf of Mosaic, oversees the disbursement of charitable gifts and investment income to Mosaic, and is responsible for the prudent investment and management of funds held in The Foundation.

Ramona Edwards has the right gifts and talents to serve on The Mosaic Foundation Board of Directors. She is a self-proclaimed “geek” when it comes to...Read more

Parent group

Parenting a child with a disability in Tanzania can be an isolating and exhausting experience.

Mosaic International is working to change that.

Parents of children with disabilities face many types of discrimination. Often times, children with intellectual disabilities are denied entry into local schools. Because parents are usually unable to find someone who can care for their child, they often are unable to work or have to work in industries that cut off...Read more

Direct care is difficult, but holy work.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all God’s benefits.”...Read more

Dave deFreese and Constanze Kothmann

Constanze Kothmann, a native of Germany, ends her six-week experience with Mosaic this week. 

After three weeks on Mosaic’s campus in Axtell, Neb., Kothmann has spent the remainder of her time shadowing employees at group homes and day programs in the Omaha area.

The 19-year-old, who graduated from high school last summer, decided to take the path less traveled before going to college to study psychology. She’s used a gap year to travel–...Read more

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Have you ever noticed how most people speak about Africa differently than they do other continents? People don’t say “I’m going to Europe” when they’re planning a week’s vacation in France, or “How long did you live in Asia?” when someone lived abroad in China. Instead, they name the country itself.

However, when speaking about anywhere in Africa, people generally refer to the entire continent. It’s rare that countries or cities get singled out. Rather than “a...Read more

“There's power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even over-sentimentalize it. There's power, power in love.” - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

I must admit that I’m a bit of a church nerd. 

As a Christian, I’m transfixed by stories that share God’s love for us and the world through the work of the church.

So I was thrilled to watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the American Episcopal Church give a rousing sermon at the royal wedding. I cheered...Read more

1 in 59: Measuring Autism Prevalence in the US Reveals Gaps in Diagnoses and SupportsLate last month the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network released its latest study on the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United States. As in previous years, identification numbers went up.

According to the survey, about 1 in 59 8-year-olds or 1.7 percent of children surveyed were diagnosed with autism. Previous studies also identified a higher prevalence of autism in white...Read more

Matt and Cindy

Matt Thies saw his chance with Cindy Carter, the girl he adored for years, when she broke up with her boyfriend for the sixth time in five years.

“I said to myself, ‘This is your chance. Ask her,’” Matt said.

So he did. (As he tells the story, the grin on Matt’s face is ear-to-ear.)

“I said, ‘Cindy, will you marry me?’” Cindy looked a bit dumbfounded at the question, according to Matt. But she said, “Yes...Read more

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