Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
For each new morning
with its light,
For rest and shelter
of the night,
For health and food,
for love and friends,
Thy goodness sends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mosaic part of #GivingTuesday
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
A number of Mosaic agencies are participating in #GivingTuesday next week. It is an international day dedicated to giving: giving as a volunteer, a donor, an advocate, a friend. Here's a little information that agencies are posting to the Facebook feeds:
"On Tuesday, Dec. 1 charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of the global #GivingTuesday movement!"
Also, "We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back."
Check our your favorite agency's page and join the movement!
New blog - MosaicPossible.org
If you could only tell one story about the work that Mosaic does, which one would you choose?
Would it be the story of our founders, who overcame seemingly unsurmountable odds to answer God’s call to serve those who had been outcast by society? Would it be the story of the thousands of dedicated employees who bring their head and their heart to work each day? Or would you talk about the transformation that happens when a person whom Mosaic serves finds love, support and purpose?
If you asked 100 different people who are a part of Mosaic’s mission to share their favorite story, you would get a hundred different stories, each worthy of being shared with the world.
Today, we’re going to start sharing these stories on our new blog, which is aptly named “Mosaic Possible.”
In future posts you’ll see stories and information about our mission. We’ll celebrate the success stories of the individuals we serve, thank the donors, volunteers, advocates and employees who make a difference and much more.
But we can’t do it without your help.
We need your social media shares and your stories. Forward in Faith reads “everyone is an ambassador for the mission.”
This is any easy way for you to take part!
Please visit mosaicpossible.org to read our introductory post from President and CEO Linda Timmons and see a snapshot of what posts will look like.
Featured in PIP video, Matt receives star treatment
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Matt Bigger was the celebrity at the Grand Island, Neb. premiere of Mosaic’s newest Partners in Possibilities video. Matt is one of three people profiled in the video.
The story shows the progress Matt has made since coming to Mosaic, including his work with the indoor football team, Nebraska Danger. As water boy, Matt has become such a visible member of the team that people request his autograph on signing days.
The photo shows Matt arriving at the premiere. To learn more about the premiere and Matt’s story, here’s a column that ran in the local newspaper last month.
A matter of dignity
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
At Mosaic, we commonly share the success stories of the people we serve. Yet, those successes often have a ‘back story’ that is heart-wrenching and known only to a select few staff members who work intimately with people and their families. Success often follows struggle. Those stories matter too.
The Star Tribune, out of the Twin Cities, is running a five-part series on the need for change in Minnesota’s system of serving people with disabilities. While it shines the light on Minnesota, similar stories could be told by many people across the country in nearly every state. The series confirms and highlights the need for change, not just in Minnesota, but within the entire system of providing services.
Mosaic is responding to and anticipating change by our work to transform our models of service to meet new demands. While the regulations and funding surrounding group homes and workshops are changing, those changes are not driving Mosaic. Doing what’s right for people drives Mosaic, as it always has.
As an organization, we’re learning from the people we support and their families. People continue to show us that they’re more capable and have bigger dreams than many imagined in the past. Let’s celebrate that as we change to meet their needs in the ways that they desire. That’s what it means to provide personalized services. In Forward in Faith, we read: “Designing services and supports around the life each person desires to lead is at the heart of our mission and makes us who we are as an organization.”
Here’s the link to the series overview. From there you can read the stories.