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Creating a relationship through service

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Asking a local business to save cans for people to recycle led to something much more.

“The Syngenta relationship began with the people we serve simply asking them to save cans,” said Kelli Joseph, Resource Development Manager at Mosaic in Omaha. “The cans would be left outside the back door and staff would take the clients to pick them on a weekly basis.”

But soon, the cans were left inside the building. When people went in to pick them up, the employees at Syngenta started knowing them and caring about them.

Syngenta 2 SMALL“The employees soon began to love those we serve and invited them to come in and have coffee with them. It is now a ritual for our senior clients to have coffee with Syngenta employees every Wednesday,” Kelli said.

Now, the employees at Syngenta provide Halloween, Christmas and Easter parties for the people served by Mosaic. The parties are complete with decorations, food and games, welcoming the people from Mosaic with open arms and smiles.

It doesn’t stop at parties. They have made meaningful days for several of the people served by providing rides in tractors, semis, and even a combine at harvest time. They have supplied tickets for community events. One Syngenta employee helped a person served develop his art skills and provided several clients with a painting she had painted for them. Many Syngenta employees have come to Discover the Possibilities tours and one has regular outings with a person served.

A Mosaic staff member who takes people to Syngenta on a regular basis said, “These are good people!”

Yes, they are.

In the photos, Russell Munson and Grace Isler enjoy activities provided by Syngenta. (Click on the photos to see full-size versions.)

 

How do I find …

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Insurance and benefit forms?

Insurance claim forms and other information about benefits can be found in multiple places on mymosaicinfo.org. If you have a login to the site, go to MyResources > Forms > Human Resources and find claim information as well as other benefit and employment-related forms. Without logging in, you can insurance and benefits forms by going to MyBenefits & Development > Benefits and Wellness.

Mosaic 2.0 Strategic Plan?

To access the Mosaic 2.0 Strategic Plan and Forward in Faith documents, you must be logged in to the mymosaicinfo.org site. The far right tab on the top menu is the Login button. If you are logged in, “Strategic Plan” appears at the bottom of the left menu on the homepage, below “Citrix.” If you are not logged in, “Citrix” is the last menu item. Clicking the “Strategic Plan” link will take you to the documents and other supporting materials for Mosaic 2.0 and Forward in Faith.

The person I need to contact? I know their job but not their name.

Anyone who has a Mosaicinfo.org email account is listed in an online personnel browser. You must be logged in to access it. It is available at MyMosaic > Directories > Directories > Personnel Browser. You can search by name, agency or job title at Mosaic.

Daughter of Mosaic's founder soon turns 100 – help her celebrate!

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Miriam Lindgren, daughter of Mosaic founder the Rev. K.G. William Dahl, will turn 100 on January 27, 2015. Her family is celebrating with a card shower for Miriam. Her granddaughter notes that Miriam “enjoys receiving cards and letters – she reads every one!”

Throughout her life, Miriam has been a great supporter of Mosaic. Although her father died when she was a toddler, Miriam, along with her mother Lillian and brother Sam, stayed involved with Pastor Dahl’s beloved Bethphage Mission, which later became Mosaic. Miriam was featured in Mosaic’s centennial book, “The Reason We Exist.”

“I have wonderful memories as a child,” Miriam said. “We used to walk up from town on Sunday afternoons, my mother, my brother and I, and visited. I just loved going up there.”

Miriam stayed in Axtell, Neb. where she married and raised a family. With her husband, Emerald, she was a regular volunteer at Bethphage. Many long-term Mosaic employees remember Miriam for other reasons, too – she was the first-grade teacher for Linda Timmons, Mosaic President and CEO.

Just two years younger than Mosaic itself, there is no doubt that Miriam has the longest history with this organization of any living person. Along with many family members, she attended the Centennial Festival in Axtell and Kearney in 2013. Through her support, she has helped shape Mosaic and we grateful for all she has done.

We hope that every agency, along with staff members and people served by Mosaic, will send cards to congratulate her and show how far and wide her father’s vision has spread. Please send cards to:

Miriam Lindgren
Christian Homes – Lilac Lane
1923 West 4th Ave.
Holdrege, NE 68949

New online coursework available

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

The first segments of two new e-learning series from Program Training and Development are now available online at mymosaicinfo.org.

Personal Outcome Measures courses

The 22 Personal Outcome Measures are each being developed into short (three to ten minute) online courses. These courses support the Mosaic 2.0 strategic focus to “Discover the life each person wants and partner with them to make it happen.” The following two are now complete:

  • People Choose Personal Goals
  • People Are Connected to Natural Support Networks

These courses can be used in many ways:

  • During new employee training when introducing concepts covered by POMs (i.e., People Choose Personal Goals fits nicely with Introduction to Services or Service and Support Planning)
  • 1:1 training with staff when talking about personalized services
  • Topics for department or staff meetings
  • To strengthen POM interviewer understanding of each outcome
  • To provide DSPs and DSAs information about each outcome and their role in supporting people to have the life they desire.

Access at:
MyResources>Training>Personal Outcomes OR MyBenefits & Development>Training>Personal Outcomes

To learn more, contact Brenda Sims (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Find Your Voice – Lead Your Life is a new series designed to teach staff how to support people and help them determine the direction of their own lives. The first course, now available, focuses on the strong connection between Personal Outcome Measures and self-advocacy. Supporting the strategic focus to “Positively influence issues that impact the lives of people with disabilities,” this series has a goal to increase the number of self-advocates across Mosaic.

Access at:
MyBenefits & Development>Training>Self Advocacy>Find Your Voice-Lead Your Life

To learn more, contact Danny Queen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Remote monitoring aids independence and savings

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015Alert text

Rather than adding a second overnight staff member when faced with the increasing physical needs of residents in one six-person group home, Mosaic in Northern Indiana chose a technology solution that helps people served feel more independent and saves money.

In June, the agency placed sensors in beds and on the floors and doors of three residents to monitor their movements during the night. The staff member who works in the home carries a cell phone and receives text message alerts whenever someone gets out of bed.

“We have an awake person there,” said Anne Marie Negri-Budzinski, Executive Director. “This is additional support provided and, since no one there needs a two-person lift, this was a great option.”

She said that staff welcomed the technology, as did the people who live in the home.

“Anytime you can back off staffing or supervision, it is a great option for people to live as independently as possible,” Anne Marie said. “If you can have somebody there just to support you while you’re awake, that makes people feel like that can do more on their own and they are choosing their own path.”

Purchasing and installing the sensors cost around $1,500 and the monitoring service cost $150 a month. The service has 24-hour tech support and the agency can receive weekly reports to know what activities happened and help plan supports. Anne Marie said she looks to see the use of electronic monitoring expand.

“Eventually I can pair them together in an apartment setting,” she said. “It makes it effective for an agency to provide services.”

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