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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.


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


While there are many challenges that come with providing services to people with intellectual disabilities, there are also many success stories that propel our mission forward.

One success story we recently lifted up at Mosaic International’s Partners in Possibilities event is that of three-year-old Josua.

When Josua’s mother first learned about Building a Caring Community (BCC) in 2015, the centre in their home neighborhood of Msaranga was already at capacity and unable to...Read more

Photo of Gerene Rowe

Gerene Rowe talks of the “kids” she helps as a volunteer at Mosaic in Lubbock, Texas. She readily admits they’re all adults (some even with gray hair), but to the 97-year-old, nearly everyone is a kid.

Every Friday, you’ll find Gerene and her daughter, Jan Lupton, playing Bingo or “killer Uno” with people served by Mosaic.

“It has become a part of my life. I just really enjoy it,” she said.

Jan was the first to volunteer. She got involved when Kim...Read more

Back in January, I met Kasey Roach and wrote a story about his parents’ devotion. They make it clear they could not have their son at home and live the life they do without Mosaic staff. One of those staff is Kasey’s nurse, Patty Rowden.

I watched Patty care for Kasey. She had the comfort and ease of someone who has worked with him for years. Throughout her ministrations, Patty talked with Kasey, offering encouraging words and telling him everything she was doing...Read more

Mosaic in Colorado Springs Executive Director Cheryl Wicks testifies about DSP wages and the waitlist in Colorado.

State governing bodies have been in session during the last few months, deciding how to spend your tax dollars. These decisions have a huge impact on the lives of  people with disabilities.

The services Mosaic provides are funded almost entirely by state and federal dollars. The largest part of that funding goes toward paying wages for the...Read more

Preparing Mental Health Professionals to Support People with IDD - more than 60 percent of people served by Mosaic have a dual diagnosis

May is Mental Health Month. The United States has been observing Mental Health Month for nearly 70 years, and a lot has changed since that observation began.

Awareness and treatment have come a long way, but there’s still more we can do to support people with mental health concerns. A common misconception is that mental illness doesn’t affect people with...Read more