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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.


Mosaic staff and people in service enjoy a trip during the summer.

It’s easy for me to picture myself, years ago, with watermelon juice dripping from my face as I lean forward, trying to keep my clothes from getting too messy, spitting out the seeds from the watermelon slice I’m greedily eating.

It’s a defining summertime memory for me.

A good memory.

Across Mosaic these days, many people served are creating great memories for the future. It is summertime–complete...Read more

In February, a team of 20 from Building a Caring Community (BCC), a program of Mosaic International in Moshi, Tanzania, participated in the Kilimanjaro Marathon 5K Fun Run. The Kilimanjaro Marathon draws 9,000 runners of 40 nationalities to run in the shadow of the tallest mountain in Africa.

It is a great opportunity for the children and young adults of BCC to run and socialize with old and new friends alike, and for BCC to break down barriers and advocate...Read more

Jan Hogan and her sister Carrie

Don’t get mad. Take action.

I learned that piece of wisdom years ago and it still rings true, especially in light of recent developments in Washington regarding health care.

In May, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which would devastate the lives of people with disabilities by cutting Medicaid funding. Last week the Senate version was released, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It’s even worse....Read more

Thank you for your advocacy

I’m asking pleading begging for you to call your U.S. Senators and ask them to VOTE NO on the BCRA since its bad for people with disabilities. (Find the phone number and some comments you can use here.)

Elected officials carry the burden of making tough decisions. The outcomes of which have clear winners and losers. The U.S. Senate is currently considering the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA, their version of the House’s AHCA)...Read more

I became a refugee in 1989 when, after three months of twice-weekly visits to the secret communist police, I was told I had broken the law and would suffer consequences. My crime was attending a meeting with a fellow Christian.Read more

Happy Father's Day to all the dads in our Mosaic family.

I’ve always appreciated the distinction between being able to father a child and being a father to a child. The first is easy. The latter, however, takes energy, effort, and time.

One of the things that surprised (and saddened) me when I came to work at Mosaic us the number of parents who have little or no involvement with their adult children who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

On the other end of the spectrum...Read more

Worshippers praise at a Rejoicing Spirits worship service in Michigan.

It is a moment of transcendence, punctuated with word and song, as one after another, people volunteer a prayer. Some are profoundly personal, perhaps highlighting an individual struggle or loss. Others show an awareness of the larger world and an understanding that humanity needs God’s help.

At this time set apart for intercessions during the Rejoicing Spirits worship at First Presbyterian Church in...Read more

Rows of crops at the BCC Young Adult Farm.

When Mosaic staff visited Building a Caring Community in April, everyone was talking about the weather. The rainy season in Moshi usually starts in March, with daily downpours that turn the roads into thick, slippery mud and the hills and fields turn green again. The gray days are a welcome relief from the oven-like heat of the dry season. People plant beans and watch the crops of maize shoot up. Everyone wears knit hats and sweaters and can’t...Read more

In my work, the job of telling good news stories about Mosaic and the people we serve, I’ve often heard people use the term ‘life-changing.’ I’ve heard it from employees, donors, volunteers, and family members of the people we serve.  

Being a part of this mission can be life-changing for people, I think, because at the heart of the mission, it’s about changing lives. When you get to be a part of making a positive impact that changes another person’s life, it feels great...Read more

The Rev. Dr. David deFreese gives communion to a worshipper.

Looking back on 35 five years of ministry, the Rev. Dr. David deFreese has nothing but gratitude.

Ordained in 1982, deFreese served as pastor of three Nebraska congregations: First Lutheran Church, Kearney; Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bellevue; and Christ Lutheran Church, Pierce.  

“I loved being in the parish,” deFreese said.

From 2000-2012, deFreese served as bishop of the Nebraska Synod. He chose not to stand...Read more