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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.


 

Donna in Tanzania

By Donna Garst, Vice President of Community Relations

Not long after being invited to join the Mosaic International team, I learned my orientation would include a trip to Tanzania.

Preparation for the trip included reading background information on partnerships; reviewing stories of the people served; studying the culture of the country; and looking at the data available on needs, services and children being served. I was ready. Or was I?

What...Read more

The Waiting List

An Aging Father, A Daughter in her Prime

This post is part of an educational series exploring Medicaid waivers and the challenges people with I/DD face when trying to secure Medicaid funding for home and community-based care.

As noted in “The Waiting List, Part 1,” there are more than 428,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) on Medicaid...Read more

Meghan Hussey in Tanzania

At Mosaic International, we believe in providing opportunities to learn, grow and contribute.

This doesn’t just apply to the individuals we serve. It applies to those who work with us, as well.

Each year, we fund international fellows through the Carman International Fellowship Program. The application is now open for the fellowship beginning August 2018.

The fellowship is a 13-month commitment. The individual selected will spend that...Read more

Starlight Ball

Mosaic’s Connecticut agency recently celebrated the marriage of something old and something new.

Something Old

On Jan. 21, Mosaic in Connecticut celebrated its 20th Annual Starlight Ball, a gala event that brings together more than 200 people served, family members, employees and volunteers for dinner and dancing.

According to Andrea Ferrucci, Vice President of Operations for Mosaic in Connecticut and Delaware, the ball has staying power...Read more

Understanding the reasons why people get excluded is key to approaching the issue.

“Leave no one behind” is the motivational tagline driving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development outlined by the United Nations.

This universal agenda, set in 2016, is a deliberate challenge to all countries to reduce inequalities, reach those most at risk, end extreme poverty and address discriminatory behaviors. It is undoubtedly ambitious.

In adopting the agenda, world...Read more

The Waiting List

An Introduction to Medicaid Waivers (and the Waiting Lists that Go Hand in Hand)

This post is part of an educational series exploring Medicaid waivers and the challenges people with I/DD face when trying to secure Medicaid funding for home and community-based care. The Waiting List, Part 1 serves as a primer. 

To live meaningful lives outside of institutional settings, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)...Read more

Cheers

Over the last year, Mosaic and Building a Caring Community (BCC) have placed a lot of emphasis on setting measureable goals.

Mosaic staff ran a week-long training on program design last October, and BCC was able to define its overall impact, as well as specific outcomes. Kimber Bialik, the current Carman International Fellow, is working through this process with each BCC staff member so that each project and team will have a clear, coordinated trajectory.

Another...Read more

I want him to be happy.

Bryan Dillard has lived a full and wonderful life at Mosaic in Axtell.

His younger brother and guardian, Brad Dillard, lays that happiness at the staff’s feet.

“Mosaic has been a wonderful place,” Brad said. “That’s his home.”

Bryan, who is 77-years-old, has lived at the Axtell campus since he was 16. Brad has never known his brother outside of the Axtell campus.

“The people all love him,” Brad said of his older brother. “Bryan’s kind of a cool guy...Read more

Work at Phat Jack's

Almost every weekday over the lunch hour, you’ll find Greg Otto working at Phat Jack’s, a barbecue restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska. He fills and organizes the utensil bins, wipes the barbecue sauce from the countertops where eager-to-eat customers leave a mess, cleans tables and more.

He smiles through it all and clearly enjoys his work.

Greg is one of several people with disabilities employed at the restaurant. The jobs are the result of a unique...Read more

We're stumbling around in the dark.

Part of my regular routine includes learning about and sharing what’s going on in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, so I can lead Mosaic and support people with intellectual disabilities well.

Last month, a colleague forwarded me the following series, which does a great job of digging into some of the issues people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, providers and...Read more

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