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The perfect job and personalized services

Thursday, April 23, 2015Paycheck 3

Today’s ‘throwback Thursday’ photo comes from the 1980s at a workshop for Martin Luther Homes. We do not know whether it was her first paycheck, but she clearly is excited at receiving one. While Mosaic is moving away from workshop settings today, at the time, workshops were the leading edge in services.

A paycheck is a symbol of something bigger. A job can bring self-respect, make a person feel a part of a team, help build relationships with others, bring satisfaction and enjoyment – and help people contribute to society as taxpayers.

Yet, the experiences that help people develop work skills, learn what they like and dislike, and choose a career are often missing in the lives of people with disabilities. People are expected to be satisfied in jobs that, for others, are often ‘starter’ jobs.

One tactic of the Mosaic 2.0 strategic plan is “Increase expertise in customized employment.” Customized employment starts with learning – learning about the person. It’s not just asking questions, but helping people find new experiences that highlight talents and interests. With that information a vocational profile is created to help determine their ideal job or maybe even help them create their own business.

A key component of customized employment is working with small businesses, which comprise nearly two-thirds of employers in the US and are job creators. They also are more likely to have the kind of working environment where people with disabilities can excel and less likely to use online applications and tests, which can put people with a disability at a disadvantage.

Customized employment is one tool to help move people into personalized services. Mosaic’s goal is to make personalized services a reality for 5 percent of the people served. That goal sounds small, but achieving it would make Mosaic a leader in personalized services today.


Walk at lunch for your health -- and benefit others

Monday, April 20, 2015Walk at lunch

Wednesday of next week is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska's 9th Annual National Walk at Lunch Day. The goal is to walk for 30 minutes at lunch (or any other time that works for your schedule). It’s a fun, easy way to add walking to your regular routine. Read about the advantages of daily walking.

National Walk at Lunch Day takes place wherever you are, whenever you have time. All you need to do is register and walk on April 29. It’s that simple.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will donate $1 per individual or $20 per group registration to the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation and Special Olympics Nebraska.

Here are some great ways to spread the word to your friends, family and coworkers:

  • Send an email invitation to friends and coworkers challenging them to participate.
  • Take a selfie on April 29 and share it on social media, using the hashtag #nationalwalkatlunchday

What are you waiting for? Register today.

Do you have a great idea?

Thursday, April 9, 2015Innovation Tournament Logo

Mosaic’s Innovation Tournament opens today. It’s your opportunity to share your great ideas about how to make Mosaic an even better provider for the people we serve and their families. We want to make the Forward in Faith vision come to life.

How it works: Go online at and submit your ideas about things Mosaic can do to benefit the people we serve. The contest opens today and will run through May 8. Winning ideas (there may be more than one) will get support and assistance to make them happen at Mosaic. Anyone who submits a winning idea will receive a $500 prize. Some ideas may not need much development and could be placed on a "Quick Track" for implementation. People whose ideas are chosen for the Quick Track will receive a $50 prize.

Submissions will go through three layers of filtering over several weeks. To help create success for your idea, offer as many details as you can.

Remember, the deadline is May 8. The tournament is open to Mosaic employees, people served and their families.

What is your great idea? We want to hear.

Mosaic’s Innovation Tournament -- Nurturing Bright Ideas

If you have questions, please email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

A focus on Mosaic staff members

Mosaic 2.0 LogoWednesday, April 15, 2015

A number of Mosaic agencies face the same challenge: finding enough qualified workers to fill open positions. Providing competitive pay and benefits in a good work environment is always our goal, but the urgency of the current challenge and what we know about the future placed “Retain and engage a mission-driven, values-led workforce” as one of the focus areas of the Mosaic 2.0 strategic plan.

What we know:

  • Overall, the United States workforce is projected to grow by 6.8 percent in the next ten years, yet the number of all direct care jobs will grow by more than 40 percent.
  • 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.)

What does that mean?

  • The demand for direct care staff will be greater than the pool of available workers as the workforce ages and long-term care needs increase.
  • The 24/7 models of staff support are not sustainable – finding enough employees will be an ongoing challenge.

How we are responding:

Every employee is important to Mosaic’s mission and critical to future success is having employees who bring both their head and their heart to work every day. Mosaic is working to reduce employee turnover so that we can keep good employees. Reducing the turnover rate brings many benefits:

  • better relationships with co-workers and the people we serve
  • less money spent on recruiting and training new employees and more money for pay and benefits
  • higher satisfaction and quality for the people we serve – they care about you and like to see familiar faces in their lives.

Mosaic is exploring new service models that use fewer staff members and increased technology. We’re also working to make sure that our core values are lived every day in every interaction. Our vision states that we want to make a “positive difference in people’s lives” – all people, employees and those we serve alike.

True GOLD found in people

Tuesday, April 7, 2015COLCO group

Congratulations to Mosaic in Colorado Springs for winning the End of the Rainbow Award in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14. Bringing together people served in the day program, the sustainable funding team Ambassadors and the Thrivent Action Team, about 45 people participated in the event.

The theme for the float was “Mosaic Counts Their Blessings in Gold.” Along the parade route they distributed gold paper coins that announced March and National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Some carried ‘pot ‘o gold’ props made by people in the day program. The float, on a trailer donated by an Ambassador, was decorated with black paper to appear and people riding wore yellow – the treasured pot of gold.

“It was a great way to share the good news of how Mosaic is helping people have their perfect day, every day,” said Gayle Gross, Community Relations Manager.

COLCO sign

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