Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Mosaic in Northeast Nebraska

By Tracey Schlegel, Executive Director

Welcome to the Mosaic in Northeast Nebraska newsletter!

We have many wonderful things happening in our agency, which now serves around 90 people in the Columbus, Fremont, Norfolk and Wayne communities, and we hope this newsletter will be your source for stories and information on upcoming events.

Here are a few highlights from the past year:

Last February, people served by Mosaic attended Night to Shine in Norfolk. All the men wore their best suits and the women wore stunning dresses for a fun night of dancing.

Last April, we held our 6th Annual Partners in Possibilities fundraising luncheon at the Fremont Golf Club. Community members joined us for a one hour luncheon where we shared testimonies of how Mosaic has been a part of a person’s journey and how their lives have significantly changed for the better. Community members and longtime donors believed in our mission and donated almost $50,000. These gifts are used to fill the gaps of what Medicaid will not pay for the people we support.

We are moving forward with the concept of “day services without walls,” also called community hubs, where every person has the opportunity to plan what their day will look like and be out in their communities.

On God’s Work Our Hands Sunday in September, a group from St. John’s Lutheran Church helped us with the landscaping at our West Park Avenue location. We’re excited this partnership has continued to flourish over the years.

Last November, we hosted holiday dinners for all our Mosaic families. We hold these at Salem Lutheran in Fremont, Trinity Lutheran in Columbus and St. John’s Lutheran in Norfolk. We hope to partner with these churches and more in the coming years.

We accomplished so much in 2018, but there’s more to come this year.

We are currently looking to open an additional three-person group home.

We would also like to implement a meet and greet where families are invited to ask questions and talk about statewide changes in funding.

Additionally, we plan to reach out to smaller communities throughout northeast Nebraska to see if there are people in need of support. I used to say Mosaic is the best kept secret in northeast Nebraska, but that is shifting as we’re emerging as a stronger leader in supporting people with intellectual disabilities.

To learn more about our mission, I invite you to join us at one of our monthly Discover the Possibilities events. If you’re interested in hearing about our mission from those who know it best, give us a call!