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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.


 

“Priceless fulfillment” is what David Oruko said he gains by helping others and seeing them smile through his work as an award-winning direct support professional (DSP) at Mosaic.

Oruko, of Delaware, joins Debra Main in Connecticut, JoDee Bryant in Kansas, and Lisa Behrens in Nebraska, as DSP of the Year for 2019 in their respective state. These Mosaic employees were chosen from nearly 350 nominations from organizations across the country.

The annual award is given by the American...Read more

By Brennan Lee, Creighton University Student

Each spring and fall break, student groups from Creighton University’s John P. Schlegel, SJ, Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) spend a week at Bethphage Village in Axtell, Nebraska. Brennan Lee, one of the students who visited Axtell this March, reflects on his experience....Read more

By Rev. Daniel Forehand, Mosaic Board Member

“Yes.” That’s what I said when I heard that I had been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors at Mosaic. I remember thinking, “I’m just a pastor from northern Indiana. What could I possibly have to offer this amazing organization?”

In that moment, I caught myself red-handed. I was guilty of something that I almost daily push others not to do. I was questioning the gifts and abilities that God had given to me, instead of dreaming of what...Read more

We know that relationships can be life-giving, but sometimes they’re life-saving.

That was the case for Melissa Barnard after doctors placed her on hospice care following a hospitalization.

Their diagnosis: failure to thrive.

Melissa requires full care and has multiple, ongoing health concerns. Staff at Mosaic in Pontiac (Illinois) know to watch for any small signs that something is amiss. Maybe something that usually makes her laugh does not. Or her appetite may not be as...Read more

To celebrate National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this March, we’ve been sharing stories that demonstrate the difference inclusion makes in the lives of the people we serve. 

Yul Brint’s story of inclusion starts with literacy.

Growing up, Yul never learn to read. He didn’t go to high school.

It wasn’t until later in his life, when he enrolled in the Failure-Free Reading Program at the Barbara Olson Center of Hope, that he began...Read more

The Mosaic School

The Mosaic School in Axtell recently became the first Certified Autism Center in the state of Nebraska. The school joins four other learning and tutoring centers in the country with this designation from The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

The designation indicates that at least 80 percent of staff have been trained and...Read more

Relationships – being included in someone else’s life – makes a difference in our overall health. 

Just ask Debbie Hayes and her Mosaic at Home provider Melonie Davis.

Debbie had lived in a group home with six people before moving in with Melonie. Building that one-on-one relationship makes a world of difference.

“It was no one’s fault, but with six people in a home, there was no time to give Debbie what she needed to thrive,” Melonie said. 

Since transitioning...Read more

At Mosaic, we’re so incredibly grateful to the thousands of donors, volunteers, employees and advocates who make it possible for the people we support to stay connected to their communities.

The work you support is life-saving.

This March, as we recognize National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we’ll be sharing more...Read more

It was 106 years ago today that Bethphage Mission (now Mosaic) was founded. Its history is well-known and documented, and inspired our oft-repeated, “We look back with gratitude and forward in faith.”

But the founder of Bethphage, the Rev. K.G. William Dahl, was an immigrant who did not come to the United States with the intention of becoming a pastor, much less starting an organization that has served thousands of people over more than a century.

When he emigrated from Sweden to...Read more

Michelle and Dakota

All the world loves a love story, they say. At least I know I do! 

In the years I have been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I’ve been thrilled to see changing attitudes. People with disabilities are now finally understood as whole persons, with a full range of feelings. 

Which is why the story I’m sharing today is so sweet.

It starts pretty simply: Michelle and Dakota are in love and want to be...Read more

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