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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.


Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week 2017: DSPs measure the journey in smiles

It’s Tuesday afternoon in mid-August at Maple House, a group home serving adults with intellectual disabilities in Nevada, IA. I am elbow deep in making barbequed meatballs and sweet potatoes for supper when I hear the familiar words of the Lord’s Prayer coming from the adjoining living room.

They prayer is being offered for Fay Leggett, 69, an individual with Down syndrome, by his sister...Read more

As a Direct Support Professional at Mosaic, one of the most important aspects of my job is empowering the people we serve to make as many of their own decisions as possible.

Whether it’s choosing to participate in an outing, to take a class or to continue at a job, I discuss different outcomes and consequences with them and empower them to think through each decision.

This past St. Patrick’s Day, Elmer and Joannie, two people I support, both voiced an interest in going to an Irish pub. While it took planning and budgeting on both of their parts to...Read more

At times I have heard direct support professionals (DSPs) say things like, “I’m just a direct support associate.”

There is no such thing as “just” a direct support associate.

More appropriately, they should say something like, “My job makes the lives of people with disabilities better. In making their lives better, I make the lives of their families and communities too. I’m important to a lot of people.”

Today marks the beginning of Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. Mosaic’s celebrates the week by focusing on life’s journey, and the people who share it....Read more

Linda with long-time Mosaic donor Shirley Splittgerber.

Some of my earliest memories of philanthropy come from my parents. I vividly remember their insistence that I gave not just money, but my time and my talents.

My Dad, a Lutheran pastor, and my mom, a nurse, were serious but cheerful philanthropists.

They believed if you’ve been given something, it was your responsibility to make the world a better place.  

It’s a model that my husband...Read more

During a recent leadership conference, attendees were invited to write a prayer and insert it into a 'prayer wall' that remained out during the conference.


It comes naturally, right? Yet, sometimes we need to be reminded of how to breathe; slowly, calmly, focusing on the movement of air in and out of your body.

Yet with the rapid pace of change, we often forget the simplest things that can help lower our stress and become more calm.

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As of this morning, all of the people Mosaic supports through group home (Intermediate Care Facilities) and host home services in Southern Texas are safe and accounted for. Several individuals have been relocated for their safety. Mosaic staff will continue to work with the state of Texas to ensure that host home providers and staff in group homes have the resources they need to support people.

We also may take a few emergency placements of people with disabilities who have been evacuated from other areas, thanks to our partnership with the American Network of Community Options and...Read more

Michelle experiences what music feels like

Mosaic works to help people we serve have new experiences in life. This story, shared by Direct Support Supervisor Catherine Reineke from Mosaic in Colorado Springs, shows how life-changing that can be.

I wanted to tell you about our activity with Melissa Devolve of Little Hearts Big Music.  Melissa arranged to have a recital for day program at Ascension Lutheran Church.

One of the people in service with...Read more

Lisa Alvarez

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered.

Jesse and Barbara Alvarez are typical of many parents who have a child with disabilities – they feared what might happen to their only child, Lisa, when they were no longer able to care for her.  Those fears eventually led the family to Mosaic.

When Lisa was born in 1982, the doctor told her parents that she had cerebral palsy and would be “developmentally delayed.”  Her mother, Barbara, said she was naïve and...Read more

A young girl sits in a church sanctuary reading a red hymnal.

As churches gear up for fall programs, we thought we’d share a few tips to help faith communities prepare to welcome students with disabilities into Sunday School, confirmation and worship.

Make Sure Your Facilities Are Accessible
It might seem like a no-brainer, but a great first step is making sure that your facility is accessible. It’s very hard to get to worship or class if you can’t get...Read more

Brantley plays with some of the stones he enjoys collecting from the playground.

One of the most stressful parts of parenting is finding the perfect child care center for their little one. For the parents of children with special needs, that task can seem almost impossible.

Parents in San Angelo, Texas, are able to turn to Mosaic and the Mosaic Redwine Child Care Center, an integrated center for children of all abilities. Here’s one parent’s story.

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