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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.


DSP Recognition Week

Every once in a while, we’ll receive an email or a phone call from someone who wants to report a Mosaic direct support professional … for doing good.

I love those emails and phone calls!

They’re stories of kindness, of professional behavior, of self-giving, of patience and thoughtfulness.

They’re stories that explain why our theme for National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, which kicked off on Sunday, is “...Read more

Let Your Light Shine

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

One of the deep joys of my job as Mosaic’s CEO is getting to be an encourager of people.

Last month...Read more

In Mosaic’s international program, often our greatest needs are also the most basic. It’s one of the mental and emotional challenges of doing international development work. How is it that getting basic nutrition and clean water can be so hard? Yet achieving these goals makes such a deep impact and sets the foundation for all our other work.

There is a 12-year-old girl that attends one of Building a Caring Community (BCC)’s day centers. She has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She has a...Read more

Carolyn Thomas

Mosaic’s mission and purpose are life-giving and life-changing – not only for the people we serve, but for our employees, too.

Carolyn Thomas says working as a direct support professional at Mosaic in Waco has changed her heart and helped her create a better life for others.

She shared her personal story at Mosaic in Waco’s 2018 Partners in Possibilities Event. What follows is an excerpt from...Read more

Ronnie Polaneczky

A good journalist doesn’t settle for simple answers. She digs deeper, even when it might make people uncomfortable.

When 37-year-old Christina Sankey froze to death after wandering away from her direct support staff person in 2014 in Philadelphia, Ronnie Polaneczky, a reporter with The Inquirer, asked “why” and “how.”

Immediately following the death, Polaneczky’s front-page story ran with the headline...Read more

School in Moshi

This past month, Mosaic International staff attended three conferences on international development and disability rights.

It’s been both affirming and inspiring to see momentum in the disability rights movement and the increased understanding of the need for disability inclusion in broader humanitarian and development work.

At the Core Group’s Annual Global Health Practitioner Conference panelists and participants...Read more

Mosaic is 15 years old today. But Mosaic is also 105 years old. It all depends on what we’re talking about.

On July 1, 2003, Bethphage and Martin Luther Homes officially merged to become Mosaic. But both organizations had histories going back to the early 1900s. Bethphage was founded in 1913 and Martin Luther Home in 1925.

So, we’re really 15 years young, but 105 years strong.

The histories from the early days of those organizations are fascinating. They both were...Read more

Holden with his parents

Recent data indicates that the high school graduation rate for students with disabilities is trending upward.

The graduation rate for people with disabilities hit 65.5 percent for the 2015-2016 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education...Read more

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