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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.


Medicaid serves 1 in 5 Americans

Politicians and bureaucrats sometimes make it really hard to be interested in what’s happening in our nation’s capital.  Lately I’ve been exhausted by all of the news headlines being dominated by rumor filled, he-said she-said, partisan posturing. Even we political scientists and recovering bureaucrats get fatigued by the political morass.

As you may be aware, Congress is strongly considering repealing the Affordable Care Act. While this is a nationally...Read more

Sunday, Feb. 19, is Mosaic’s 104th anniversary.

The Rev. K.G. William Dahl had a single-minded dream to build a home for people who, because of a misunderstanding of and hostilty towards people who were different, faced limited and undesirable choices. In 1913, he founded Bethphage Mission, which, in 2003, joined with Martin Luther Homes to become Mosaic.

Pastor Dahl died in 1917, but in the few years he saw his mission come to life, he worked diligently to build success. Things were changing quickly as new people arrived, sometimes unannounced and unplanned. New...Read more

An image of a check with "love note" written in the memo line.

It was a simple typewritten note on the memo line of each check they gave Mosaic: LOVE gift.

For Mosaic donors Clayton and Lila Nietfeld of Greeley, Colorado, it was sign of their love and care for God’s people.

Not long ago I asked Clayton and Lila what that meant to them. 

“A gift that is given in love for God to benefit a ministry that furthers His kingdom.  A gift...Read more

Jason and Dawn on their wedding day.

What’s the last thing you think of before you fall asleep?

For the last 15 years, Dawn's last thought has been Jason.

Dawn and Jason met at a Mosaic-run day center.

“He thought that I was pretty,” Dawn says with a smile.

It wasn't long before the couple started dreaming about what a life together would look like. 

After a few years of dating, Dawn moved closer to Jason so they could learn more...Read more

Got lemons?  Make lemonade. 

That was the attitude of Mosaic staff in Forest City, Iowa, when they learned that funding would be cut in half for the pre-vocational services offered through a Mosaic-run thrift store called Krysmart.  It was an opportunity to re-think services and change direction.

The store, a community fixture for more than two decades, would be closed.  Eleven people with disabilities who worked there would lose their jobs because the state...Read more

Curtis works with a person he supports at the gym.

My name is Curtis Burrage, and it is indeed a privilege and honor to speak with you about my personal experience, being an Extended Family Host Home provider to two exceptional young men.

In order to care for individuals with disabilities on a full-time basis, a person must possess an assortment of characteristics and qualities. Some of these qualities include stability, structure, great organizational skills...Read more

Daniel smiles at the camera.

It is quite a compliment when someone says, “He brings a smile to your face every single day.”

Those were the first words that came when Anjie Hall was asked to describe Daniel Young, who receives services from Mosaic.  “He is a very happy person,” she added, “smiles all the time.”

Anjie and Daniel have become close friends over the last several years.  She treasures the relationship.

“I think he...Read more

The Bebensee sisters

This post originally appeared as a story in Mosaic’s Centennial book, The Reason We Exist: Stories of Mosaic’s Call to Serve.  My visit with the surviving sisters as I prepared this story for the book revealed the joy they experienced as summer workers on one of Mosaic’s original campuses.

Micki Lynch remembers earning $10 a month in 1946 as a summer worker at Bethphage – with a $10 bonus if she stayed the entire summer. ...Read more

Last week Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Now what?

In election years, it’s easy to see how advocacy impacts the lives of people Mosaic supports. We encourage people to vote, share the stories of the people we support who voted, talk about what is important to the people we support with their elected officials and much more.

In non-election years it’s just as important to continue our advocacy efforts with and on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Right now, state and federal...Read more

Ryan smiles at Viking's Stadium.

How old are you?

That’s kind of a rude way to start out a talk, isn’t it? Most of you in the room probably grew up with the Nike “Just Do It” slogan. It was first introduced in 1988—28 years ago. Nike is now a globally recognized brand in just three words.

For 103 years, Mosaic hasn’t said, “Just Do It.” For 103 years, Mosaic hasn’t used “Just Do It” as a slogan or a gimmick. Instead, Mosaic just does it. “Just Do It” is the manner in...Read more