Liberty for all
Today’s Throwback Thursday photo comes from Martin Luther Home in Beatrice in 1965. We do not know what was being celebrated, but it was deemed important enough to photograph for posterity.
Independence Day is around the corner. It celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence during the Revolutionary War. The second sentence of that short document carries as much resonance today as it did when signed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
One of the greatest freedoms anyone can know is the freedom to make decisions about one’s own life and future. That’s a goal of Mosaic for the people we serve. Every action we take toward making that possible for someone is an action that supports the history of freedom and independence.
Innovation winners announced
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
One Mosaic location will receive up to $8,000 to test home automation using Nest products as a result of Mosaic’s first Innovation Tournament. Dan McDonald, Director of IT Services, will receive $500 for his winning submission, which detailed how Nest products could provide a small scale test of automation.
Nest products include cameras, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and a thermostat, all of which can be programmed and controlled by smart phones. (Learn more at www.nest.com.) The pilot agency for the test has not yet been announced.
Two other Quick Track winning ideas won $50 each for the employees who submitted them. Garden City HR Specialist Elisa Horton suggested adding the link to the Mosaic career and application site to the back of HR business cards. Omaha Direct Support Associate John Thome suggested having staff members accompany people served by Mosaic on overnight camping trips to give people new experiences. Both ideas will be implemented at Mosaic.
Information on the progress of these things will be posted on the Innovation section of mymosaicinfo.org beginning in August.
Resources for work and home
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Here are a couple of resources available to you. One can you help you understand the alphabet soup of acronyms at Mosaic. The other can help you save money.
Acronym list: Wondering what an SME is and what it has to do with a PEST? Or, need to know what the OCR or the DOL is and why no one is eager to hear from them? Don’t let yourself experience feelings of HALT. Consult the Mosaic acronym list, available online under “Directories” on the “My Mosaic” tab.
Employee discounts list: If you’re planning an appliance purchase, traveling or use a cell phone, you may be able to get a discount because you are a Mosaic employee. This list of discounts can be found under “My Benefits & Development” and is called “Business Discounts Flier.”
Forward in Faith -- Meaningful day activities
Mosaic is working to change one life at a time, 3,900 times over. How?
One avenue toward change is providing meaningful day activities. In Forward in Faith, we read: “Workshops and day programs with too little ‘work’ will become a thing of the past. Meaningful day will become a reality for people through paid work opportunities, competitive employment, volunteer experiences, therapies, access to technology, educational opportunities, community experiences and retirement options.”
Mosaic has set a target of selecting 5 percent of people in segregated day services and designing personalized support for each individual by 2017. That small percentage would make Mosaic a leader in the field because, for many people with disabilities today, workshops are a part of everyday life.
This is not a one-size-fits-all approach and it is something many people with disabilities have never experienced. From childhood, many adults with disabilities were not given choices nor did they have the experiences that help most people develop the likes and dislikes that shape their future. Workshops were once about the only option. Mosaic seeks to change that.
Two essential pieces to achieve this are strong advocacy and broad partnerships. Mosaic will work toward systems-change through advocacy and seek adequate funding that supports choice for meaningful day activities. We’re also creating new partnerships to help people participate in community life.
There are many tools Mosaic is bringing to make this happen -- new behavioral health resources, Personal Outcomes Measures and other assessments, technology, new housing options and more. Success for the people we serve hinges on employees who bring their head and their heart to work every day.
(In the photo, Carolyn Taylor works on straps and buckles in a Mosaic workshop.)
From Axtell to Disney World
Staff members who bring their head and their heart to work helped make a dream come true for three people served by Mosaic in Axtell (Nebraska).
After attending a Discover the Possibilities and learning that Marshall Bennett’s goal was to see Disney World, Direct Support Associate Kaitlyn McMahon made it her personal goal to see that he did it. Working with other staff members at Home Mizpah where the young men live, they organized the trip.
In March, Marshall and his roommates, Tyler King and Eric Howard, visited Disney World along with three Mosaic staff members. Kaitlyn and her colleagues planned ahead so the trip would be as challenge-free as possible. They even called ahead to airports so that the trio of travelers and their staff would have an easier time going through security.
Much of the trip was paid through donations made to the annual employee campaign.
In the photo, (from left), Tyler King, Marshall Bennett and Eric Howard. Click on the photo for a full-size image.