Saturday, August 25, 2018
Mosaic in Delaware

Did you know that 30 years ago:

  1. NASA launched space vehicle S-214.
  2.  Australia unveiled the 1st platinum coin, called the Koala.
  3. Most importantly – in our opinion – Mosaic began providing services to people in the State of Delaware!

But how did it all begin? 

Mosaic began providing services in the State of Delaware on Aug. 25, 1988 by partnering with the Division of Developmental Disability Services (DDDS) and the Arc of Delaware. Mosaic in Delaware began with residential supports, opening a few neighborhood group homes in New Castle County, Delaware.

Today, Mosaic in Delaware supports the State of Delaware in all three counties with residential supports, drop in services, behavioral support program, and the Rejoicing Spirits program for churches and faith based communities. Thanks to more than 200 staff Mosaic currently serves about 150 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Rooted in faith for 105 years, Mosaic in Delaware is proud to partner with the community to provide a meaningful life in a caring community, giving a voice to the needs of the people we support.

Mosaic was formed July 1, 2003, by the consolidation of two Nebraska-born Lutheran ministries dedicated to the needs of people with disabilities. Bethphage began in 1913 in Axtell, Nebraska and Martin Luther Homes began in 1925 in Sterling, Nebraska.

In 1913, The Rev. K.G. William Dahl witnessed the neglect that people on the margins of society, including people with disabilities, received in large institutions. He believed in a better way and convinced 54 people to give $1 each to establish Bethphage Inner Mission Association. In 1925, three pastors and two laymen saw the need for a school for children with disabilities. They met in Sterling at the former Martin Luther Academy, a school that had been closed for several years. The founders included the Revs. Julius Moehl, August Hoeger, and William Fruehling, and laymen John Aden and William Ehmen. The Martin Luther Home Society was organized on Oct. 20, 1925.

With the advent of community-based programs for people with developmental disabilities in the 1970s and 1980s, both Bethphage and Martin Luther Homes grew into national ministries. The organizations were invited to begin services in locations across the United States by families and officials who knew the quality of care provided by the organizations.

As we celebrate our 30 years of serving the State of Delaware, we thank all those who have been part of our legacy and history.

On this anniversary, we look back with gratitude and forward with faith!