To serve and advocate
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Today’s ‘throwback Thursday’ photo goes back to the 1980s at Bethphage in Axtell (now Mosaic at Bethphage Village). The photo shows two people, a staff member and a person served, walking across a grassy area. It was featured on the cover of the Bethphage Messenger from 1986-1987. The same photo was later used as the source for a stylized logo that was used on Bethphage materials.
Several years later, in 1995, it became the inspiration for a statue that stands in front of The Lind Center, Mosaic’s national office in Omaha. The artist who created the statue said he intended the piece to depict that the “strength of the woman, which she offers as a support to the boy, balances with his emerging capabilities and spirit.”
A plaque at the base of the statue states it is dedicated to staff “who daily devote themselves to excellence in service.” Additional, it reads: “May it also stand as a reminder of the worth, dignity, spiritual nature, and capacity for growth of every human being, inspiring us to seek for each individual the attainment of his or her full potential.”
The words we use to describe what Mosaic does may change from time to time, but the values that ground Mosaic’s mission are constant.
PeopleSoft rollout and more this week
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
PeopleSoft Timekeeping roll-out begins
The roll-out of the transition to PeopleSoft electronic timekeeping began this week in agencies. By the middle of December, all of Mosaic and Ease-e will be using the system. The annual savings to Mosaic by moving to this system will be around $300,000 annually. The transition was one of the efficiency building tactics of Mosaic 2.0.
Mission to Action
Also this week, senior leadership is attending the last session of Mission to Action with Geery Howe. The year-long training is a part of Mosaic’s commitment to Second Century Leadership, a piece of the Forward in Faith vision shared earlier this year.
Share your ideas
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Celebrating a birthday, celebrating cheesecake
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Danny Reed, who is served by Mosaic in Rockford, recently celebrated his 43rd birthday. Danny has a particular way he likes to spend his birthday, a tradition that started when he came to Mosaic 15 years ago. At that time, Danny shared that he is a big enthusiast of cheesecake and he loves to try new cheesecake flavors wherever he travels.
As part of Mosaic's mission, we create a life of possibilities (which includes Danny's sweet tooth) for those we serve, so Mosaic staff created a goal and plan for Danny to try all The Cheesecake Factory restaurants within traveling distance of Rockford. So far, Danny has gone to all of The Cheesecake Factory restaurants in Wisconsin and Illinois and has experienced more than 15 different cheesecakes with Mosaic on his birthday each year. Danny enjoys his birthday because he knows he will be getting to travel and to try new cheesecake. Danny's birthday is not just about trying a new cheesecake, it is about him being able to celebrate a special day.
Danny's last trip to The Cheesecake Factory in Chicago was a success. Danny said in the middle of his dessert, “I am loving it! You know like the McDonald’s commercials, ‘I am loving it!’” Danny also received new headphones on his birthday and he would not take them off all day.
Kudos to the team at Mosaic in Rockford for helping create this special tradition.
Mosaic receives Interhab awards in Kansas
Friday, October 24, 2014
Congratulations to the Mosaic team in Kansas whose quality work was reflected in three different awards at the 2014 Interhab Annual Awards Ceremony on October 17. Interhab is the statewide providers association.
Mosaic in Winfield’s nominee Michael Bishop received the Achievement in the Workplace Award. Michael has worked at the local Kroger store for 10 months and recently was acknowledged with an award as an exemplary employee by the company. In addition to work, he is involved in numerous activities such as Special Olympics and advocacy groups, and has made personal progress through supportive staff members and his host home family.
Danita McHenry of Mosaic in Winfield received a 2014 Art Award. She has been with Mosaic since 2007 and works part-time as a receptionist in the office. She was discovered as an artist by a local retired art professor who taught some classes at the agency to prepare for a Mosaic art show. The teacher was so impressed with Danita’s talent that she invited her to take lessons and Danita’s talent has flourished.
The City of Ellsworth, nominated by Mosaic in Ellsworth, received the Kansas Inclusive Communities Award. Ellsworth has the oldest Mosaic agency in Kansas, established in 1986. The community has made great effort to not only be physically accessible, but welcomes people with disabilities to hold community jobs and participate actively in church and social life. In presenting the award, it was noted that “Individuals with disabilities are woven into the fabric of Ellsworth in a seamless manner that provides the ability to live a meaningful life in a caring community.”
Congratulations on a great job representing the work of Mosaic!
(See full-size photos by clicking on the images of Michael Bishop with his award, Danita McHenry with her award-winning art, and representatives from Mosaic and Ellsworth with the community award.)
Thankful for a ‘good life’; giving to help others
Monday, October 20, 2014
One generous donor, Mildred Nienaber, is helping build success in the 16 Mosaic agencies holding Partners in Possibilities fundraising events this fall by giving $2,000 toward each event as a leadership gift.
Mildred knew about Mosaic from a young age. Her family supported Martin Luther Home (now Mosaic) in Beatrice. She and her husband Bill lived in Beatrice when they first married. Although they later moved to Colorado where Bill built a successful carpentry and construction business, Mildred remembered the good things done for people by Mosaic.
When Bill died in 2009, Mildred moved into a senior living apartment and gave Mosaic the home that the couple designed, built and lived in for more than 47 years. Her gifts to Mosaic now total more than $600,000 and she has placed Mosaic in her estate plan.
“It is important to help others,” she said.
Mildred is quick to talk about the many blessings she has known. They include faith, a long and happy marriage, family who care for her, good health, financial security, and many other things – “a good life,” she says.
Thank you, Mildred, for sharing your blessings.