Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Mosaic in Macomb

In this issue

IARF Legislative Day | Letter from the Executive Director | Canton Open House | Prom at Crossing Church | ANCOR Names Liz Pagel as 2015 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Illinois | Discover the Possibilities at Mosaic in Macomb | Partners in Possibilities | Mosaic in Macomb Opens First Host Home | Become an Ambassador | Mosaic in Macomb's Wish List | Join Mosaic Allied Voices (MAV)

IARF Legislative Day

2015 IARF Advocacy DayMosaic in Macomb recently participated in the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities’ (IARF) advocacy day at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The day began with a session meeting and call to action before the delegates were dismissed to begin their advocacy meetings at the capitol. The message of the day was to oppose harmful cuts in the proposed budget and to invest in direct support professional wages, mental health rates, and support revenues. Nearly 200 advocates were in attendance. Mosaic Executive Director Kim Ford, Community Relations Manager Devin Kozicki, person in service Andrew Lowe, and Vice President of Operations Nancy Davis were able to meet with multiple elected officials, and provide Mosaic informational and advocacy materials to several offices.

To become more involved in Mosaic's advocacy efforts please become a part of Mosaic Allied Voices (MAV), a volunteer group that works in partnership with Mosaic's Governmental Affairs Office. As a MAV volunteer, you will become a "first responder" to let elected officials at local, state, and national levels know the needs and rights of people with intellectual disabilities cannot be set aside. As a volunteer, you will receive action alerts from Mosaic asking you to call, write, and email officials regarding votes on issues that affect people with disabilities. Your time commitment is small, but the effect of your time commitment is big. MAV is your opportunity to have a voice in affecting public policy for people who need your help. It is also a great way for you to help Mosaic. To become a MAV volunteer please visit mosaicalliedvoices.org or contact Associate Director, Lori Miller at 309.837.5506 x19 or Lori.Miller@mosaicinfo.org.

Letter from the Executive Director

Greetings Everyone,

When I sat down and began to share our walking in faith journey, it quickly became apparent that I had a great deal to share. It is with that premise that I convey this article will be the first of at least two installments.

By living our mission, demonstrating our core values and walking in faith, we continue to strive to meet the needs and desires of those we support and reach those who are in need of support.

I am blessed, honored and privileged to have worked for Mosaic for the past 30 years. During this time I have seen many changes, some strategic and some in response to ever-changing demands. The one constant has been that walking in faith we remain true to our mission, vision, and values. It was true more than 100 years ago and remains true today!

What does walking in faith mean? Hebrews 11:1 tells us: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” This means we do not walk by sight alone, we walk in faith that our mission will be sustained today and for future generations. We must stay ever vigilant, scanning the horizon to assure the decisions we make today will support our vision today, tomorrow and for the future. There is no way we can know everything that may come into play. Understanding that our challenges may be many, we walk unafraid, believing our blessings will exceed our needs.

Some of our blessings and challenges include:

We are thankful that we have been able to grow, serving more people in need than we did a year ago today. We feel very blessed that we are fulfilling our mission.

This growth is in keeping with our Mosaic 2.0 Strategic Plan focus of “Achieve sustainable, responsive services while mitigating risk and expanding our mission.” Currently our opportunity to grow is being outpaced by our ability to execute growth, in part due to staff vacancies (which I will speak to later in this correspondence) and minimal resources that will assure individuals have a meaningful life. Our growth focus has been in the capacity of four-person homes; we believe the smaller environments are conducive to allowing individuals to have more privacy in a quiet environment, blending quite naturally within their communities. The challenges that have been lifted up for the smaller settings hinge on inadequate resources. These settings do not have the capacity to fund a vehicle lease; additionally, the funding allows for one staff on duty at all times, but ultimately has limited peoples' ability to attend spontaneous activities within their communities. Our plan to respond in the near future is by pairing each four-person home with a sister home, utilizing/sharing staff to increase community integration. Additionally, we are focusing on developing Host Home options for people who are interested in living with a family. We opened our first Host Home on June 4. A Host Home provides an option for an individual in service to choose to live with a community person in their home. The community person is required to undergo all background checks, be in sync with our Mosaic mission and values, complete competency-based training, adhere to all of the state mandates and compliance regulations. Additionally, their home must be approved by the Department of Human Services. The Host Home provider becomes a subcontractor for Mosaic, they are not an employee. Mosaic provides oversight of all services provided to assure quality of support and care for the individual.

What can you do to help?

  • Housing – Partnerships are needed for rental properties. If you own a property and are interested in renting to people served, or if you are a family interested in becoming a Host family for a person served please contact Lori Miller, Associate Director, at 309-837-5506.

  • If you are looking for a charity of choice, become a donor to Mosaic. Resources can be utilized for dental services, medications, to furnish new homes, purchase vehicles for new homes, replacement furniture and appliances or multiple other opportunities that are too numerous to list. You need only designate your gift to the Macomb agency and specify how you would like your gift to be used.

We count our staff as a blessing. Every employee is important to Mosaic’s mission; critical to future success is having employees who bring both their head and their heart to work every day.

Currently we are experiencing staff shortages, with an urgency not felt in many years. We have chosen “Retain and engage a mission-driven, values-led workforce” as one of the focus areas of our Mosaic 2.0 strategic plan. We know that within the direct care field, the number of workers needed to work with the aging and people with disabilities will grow by 100 percent. (Remember, the baby boomer generation has just started to reach retirement age.) For Mosaic, this means recruiting employees will be an ongoing challenge. We are responding by working to reduce employee turnover so that we can keep good employees. Reducing the turnover rate brings many benefits: less money spent on recruiting and training new employees and more money for pay, benefits and higher satisfaction as well as enhanced quality for the people we serve. Additionally Mosaic is looking into advanced technology that will support quality services and address some of the staff shortage needs. We believe these steps will support us in achieving our vision of making a “positive difference in people’s lives” – all people, employees and those we serve alike.

What can you do to help?

  • If you know of people who are in need of work in the Macomb, Canton and Bushnell areas and may be a good candidate, please refer them to us. The candidate must have a high school diploma, pass a criminal background check as well as a drug screening and must have a valid Illinois drivers license. Mosaic provides paid training, and currently has staff vacancies.

  • Join us in advocating with your legislature for increased minimum wage with the caveat to enhance resources so providers can meet this need.

Our volunteers and donors have chosen to bless Mosaic and bring their hearts, hands and charitable resources to Mosaic, working in partnership, supporting us in achieving our mission. The old adage is true, “it takes a village”; without the support of our dedicated volunteers and donors we would not be able to sustain our mission.

We would like to thank those of you who have partnered with us and extend an invitation to those who have yet to do so. It is with a happy heart and great conviction that we continue to carry out our mission, walking in faith, believing Mosaic will be sustained today, tomorrow and for future generations. [back to top]

Maple St. Group Home in Canton

Canton Open House

An open house was held on May 7, 2015 to celebrate Mosaic's first group home in Canton, Ill. More than 20 members of the community stopped in for light refreshments, a house tour, and to meet the individuals living in the home. Mosaic is excited to be providing services to the Fulton County area and is looking forward to the opening of the second Canton home in the coming months! [back to top]

Prom at Crossing Church

This past February, Mosaic in Macomb was given the opportunity to participate in the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine Prom at the Crossing Church in Quincy, Illinois. The Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored prom events across the nation for individuals with special needs. More than 50 individuals that Mosaic serves were treated to prom gowns and tuxes, as well as shoes, and accessories which were paid for by a very generous couple from the Crossing Church. In addition to the clothing, several businesses in Macomb donated their time to provide updos and hair styling to the ladies in attendance.

Mosaic staff members Haven Baudino and Rachel Elsner take a break from dancing to pose for a picture with Steve.

Mosaic staff members Haven Baudino and Rachel Elsner take a break from dancing to pose for a picture with Steve.

Randy and his date Shelly are all smiles on the dance floor.

Randy and his date Shelly are all smiles on the dance floor.

Mosaic Staff member Pearly Hanshaw is having a great time with Heather and Irene.

Mosaic Staff member Pearly Hanshaw is having a great time with Heather and Irene.

After arriving at the Prom, guests were given the red-carpet treatment, complete with corsages, sashes, and tiaras. Well-wishers lined the red carpet as guests had their official prom photos taken on their way into the event. The event was complete with each individual and their date, whom was a member of the Crossing Church, having dinner and dancing the night away! A great time was had by all, and we are grateful to have been given the chance to participate! [back to top]

ANCOR Names Liz Pagel as 2015 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Illinois

Liz Pagel at the 2014 Employee Appreciation PicnicArlington, Va. - On May 5, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) recognized Liz Pagel of Mosaic in Macomb, Illinois as the 2015 Direct Support Professional of the Year for Illinois. “We at Mosaic are proud of Liz. The award shows the dedication Liz has to support people with disabilities and reflects the quality of services provided by Mosaic.  The award was presented at the 2015 ANCOR Annual Conference: Ignite! in Arlington, Virginia,” said Kim Ford, Executive Director.

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) – also referred to as caregivers, personal assistants and direct care or home care aides – provide a rich mosaic of daily support services for the many Americans with disabilities. DSPs are integral in helping people with disabilities participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives. Since 2007, ANCOR has honored exceptional DSPs with the Direct Support Professional Recognition Award for exemplary work in furthering community inclusion and full participation for the many Americans living with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.

“The work that DSPs do is so important, not just to the people with disabilities they serve, but also to the social and economic lives of their communities,” said Chris Sparks, president of ANCOR. “DSPs like Liz deserve recognition for the difficult but inspiring work they do every day.”
“When it comes to supporting community living, inclusion and choice for people with disabilities, DSPs are the front line workers we rely on,” said Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR. “These awards are just one small measure of saying thank you to individuals like Liz.”

“This year, ANCOR received hundreds of nominations highlighting DSPs from across the nation,” continued Merrill. “Liz stood out and she can be proud of the difference her work has made for the people she supports at Mosaic.”

ANCOR’s Direct Support Professional Recognition Award is given to those who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign, which works to ensure a well-trained and sustainable direct support workforce. Nominees are judged on the work they’ve done to build social networks, substantive community participation and advocating for the people they serve. [back to top]

Photo: Liz Pagel
Caption: Liz Pagel at the 2014 Employee Appreciation Picnic.

Discover the Possibilities at Mosaic in Macomb

We are very excited and passionate about the work that we do at Mosaic in Macomb and we feel that we have some great success stories to tell. We have incorporated these stories into one-hour events, called Discover the Possibilities, to give people a closer look at the possibilities that we help individuals realize each day. Our goal is to bring awareness to the community about Mosaic and our mission. Discover the Possibilities tours are held each month, both in the group homes and in the community. These are small, personal tours of our agency's mission and work through stories told by those who know it well- our staff, the people we support, and their families. Through our Discover the Possibility tours we have been able to share our mission with hundreds of people in the community, as well as discover different ways for the individuals that we support and our staff to give back! If you have not been able to attend a Discover the Possibilities yet and would like to do so, please contact Associate Director, Lori Miller at 309.837.5506 x19 or Lori.Miller@mosaicinfo.org. Additionally, if you are unable to attend one of the upcoming dates listed below, we can bring a Discover the Possibilities tour to you and your group of friends, family, colleagues, or service organization at a time and location of your choice!

Upcoming Dates:

Macomb: tours are held at 1046 Willow Dr. Macomb, IL 61455
July 9, 2015, noon-1: p.m.
August 20, 2015, noon-1: p.m.

Canton: tours are held at 388 West Maple Canton, IL 61520
June 25, 2015, noon-1: p.m.
August 12, 2015, noon-1: p.m.

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Partners in Possibilities

Last year's Partners in Possibilities luncheon was held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the Spoon River College Outreach Center in Macomb, Illinois. This luncheon is part of Mosaic's sustainable fundraising initiative. Through leadership gifts, sponsorships, and cash and pledges at the event, we are excited to announce that we were able to raise $21,000 at last year’s luncheon! We have begun the planning process for this year's luncheon, scheduled for Nov. 3, 2015. We are currently looking for table captains and sponsorships for this year's event. If you or your business or organization would be interested in helping out with our Partners in Possibilities luncheon, please contact Associate Director, Lori Miller at 309.837.5506 x19 or Lori.Miller@mosaicinfo.org. Thank you for your continued support! [back to top]

Mosaic in Macomb Opens First Host Home

Mosaic in Macomb is excited to announce its first host home match. The host home program is new to our programs in Illinois, but overall Mosaic serves over 600 people across the nation in this type of setting. It has been a goal for several years to design this program in Illinois. The process entails finding a provider, someone who is independently contracted with Mosaic to provide services to an individual in their family home. Their home meets the standards of a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) and is inspected by Illinois Department of Human Services as well as the State Fire Marshall. The provider is then paired with someone who needs services and chooses to live with the family. The matching process is the key to success in this model. The provider is paid a monthly salary that is tax-free income.

This option helps us achieve not only goals in our Strategic Plan, but our mission, vision, and values. Some individuals in service never experienced what it was like to be part of a family. Others have, and wish for that lifestyle once again. The expectation is that they are embraced into the life of the family and the community. Individuals can still receive supports for day services, and we hope to see more opportunity for community employment and other meaningful day activities. The host home option is just another way Mosaic is changing one life at a time. For more information about host homes, contact Lori Miller, Associate Director, or Erika Ingolia, Support Services Coordinator, at 309-837-5506. [back to top]

Become an Ambassador

Being an Ambassador is a great way you can assist Mosaic and the people we serve. An Ambassador invites other people to attend our Discover the Possibilities events so we can continue to share our mission with others. If you are interested in becoming a Mosaic Ambassador please contact Associate Director, Lori Miller at 309.837.5506 x19 or Lori.Miller@mosaicinfo.org.

A huge thank you goes out to Direct Support Professional Celeste Townsend for being our most recent Mosaic Ambassador! [back to top]

Mosaic in Macomb's Wish List

Host a Discover the Possibilities Presentation: We would love to come out and hold a Discover the Possibilities presentation with your family, friends, church group or service organization! These presentations allow us to spread the word about Mosaic and the services that we provide, while also learning about different groups, organizations, and programs in the community.

Like us on Facebook: A simple “like” will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments, news, and volunteer opportunities.

Become a Volunteer: There are countless ways to volunteer with Mosaic. Organizing outings, working on arts and crafts projects, and spending time in a group home are just a few. We will work with you to find a role that suits you best. [back to top]

Join Mosaic Allied Voices (MAV)

Advocate for people with disabilities when issues arise in state and federal legislatures by joining Mosaic Allied Voices (MAV). Go to www.mosaicallied voices.org and click on “Sign up here” to join. [back to top]