Baseball for all
Monday, August 3, 2015
Back in May and June, youth with disabilities were out on the diamond in Beatrice, Nebraska as part of the Bullets’ Shooting Star baseball league. The four-week season saw 17 play, including several people served by Mosaic in Beatrice.
The league was a project of Leadership Beatrice, a program sponsored by the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce to train community leaders. Wendy Doyle, Community Relations Manager for Mosaic in Beatrice, was a member of the Leadership Beatrice 2015 graduating class. Wendy said the goal is to make it an annual offering.
The Shooting Stars were assisted by volunteers from the Southeast Community College softball team and the Beatrice Bullets Baseball Organization.
"You don't say no to something like this," said SCC softball coach Bob Ginsburg. "This is an amazing opportunity. The way I explained it to my girls is somebody's going to have a great time because they're helping."
In the photo, Abigail Glaser, served by Mosaic in Beatrice, takes her turn at bat.
Be healthy and well
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Overall health and wellness is about more than just avoiding illness – it is about being the best YOU possible. It is not just losing weight or quitting smoking. It means learning the habits that support you to live fully, feel good, and protect your health for your future.
Mosaic is offering all employees a free biometric health screening that will help you learn the risk factors you face. The screening measures:
• blood glucose
• blood pressure
• height, weight, and waist circumference.
Your results, kept anonymous, will be gathered with that of other Mosaic employees to create a customized, targeted wellness program that addresses the highest risk items for us as a group. Targeted wellness programs have been proven to reduce risks and improve health for people.
In addition to the individual health benefits, employees on Mosaic’s health plan will save money. In 2016, our health insurance premiums will increase by $50 each month across all levels of coverage. Employees who participate in the biometric screenings will not pay that increase – simply by having the health screening, you’ll save $600 a year if you use Mosaic’s health insurance plan.
To get the best data, we need as many employees as possible to participate in the screenings. Any agency that has 80 percent or more of their employees participate in the screenings will receive $100 to be used toward employee engagement activities.
Starting in August, employees will be able to participate in a free biometric screening. Watch for information for your location and make sure to sign up.
ADA marks 25th anniversary
Thursday, July 23, 2015
by Linda Timmons, Mosaic President and CEO
Sunday, July 26 will mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The ADA was a monumental step to promote full inclusion for people with disabilities. We know that people with disabilities have the same hopes and dreams as others across this great nation. The ADA affirmed the rights of accessibility and workplace accommodation without discrimination.
I have often said that the disability rights movement is akin to the civil rights movement. In fact, the ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The notion of equal opportunity for people with disabilities seems natural and right to those of us who are engaged in the ministry of Mosaic because connection and respect are two of our core values. But for the general public, the passage of the ADA was sometimes viewed as a radical idea.
Mosaic believes in the full inclusion of all people. As part of our little "a" and big "A" advocacy, we bring this issue to the forefront in both big and small ways. The ADA provides protection for people in terms of employment, participation in certain government programs and assures access to things like housing and public spaces.
Curb cuts, grab bars, and wheelchair accessible public transportation help to open doors to a full life in the community. On a symbolic level, they are a good reminder that everyone has the right to participate without added barriers.
The truth is, many of us benefit from changes that promote full inclusion. Parents of young children are grateful for the accessible sidewalks and larger bathroom stalls. Aging baby boomers appreciate ramps instead of steps. If you travel in Europe, you quickly realize how much these adaptations make the environments easier for all of us to access.
Initially many of the changes brought by the ADA were thought to be radical but have now become part of our everyday life. We can only wonder why we didn’t think of them sooner.
Historic trip for historic items
Monday, July 27, 2015
When he founded Mosaic (as Bethphage Mission) in 1913, the Rev. K.G. William Dahl probably could not have imagined travel into space – air flight itself was less than a decade old. But more than a century later, two items associated with Mosaic’s history will spend six months on the International Space Station, taken there by Pastor Dahl’s great-grandson, Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, whose mission began last week.
All of his life, Lindgren has heard stories about his great-grandfather, who died in 1917 at age 34. He also shares his first name, Kjell, the “K” in K.G. William, pronounced Chell.
“It is a pretty unusual name and I've only met one other Kjell,” Dr. Lindgren said. “I am proud to share the story of my namesake. I do feel a connection. I think that I was named after him to honor him in recognition of what he did at Bethphage.”
With his wife Kristi and three children, Kjell attended Mosaic’s Centennial Festival on the Mosaic at Bethpage Village campus in Axtell, Neb. in June 2013. He later asked if there were a Bethphage memento that he could take with him when he launched on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Two items are part of his personal cargo but NASA rules do not allow the items to be identified to the public.
Lindgren holds great reverence for his great-grandfather and the legacy he created.
“He is almost a mythical figure to me,” Lindgren said. “His work and what he has created almost made him seem larger than life. I personally see him as a role model, somebody who has a servant’s heart that served God in a capacity to benefit the community.”
Ambassadors’ “Mosaic and Me Expo”
Monday, July 20, 2015
May 27 was a great evening at Mosaic in Colorado Springs because it was the first business expo, sponsored by Ambassadors, at the agency. Lisa Carroll and Matt Watkins became Ambassadors over the last six months. They helped coordinate the expo and came up with the name "Mosaic and Me Expo." There where ten display tables set up, and two speakers gave 30-minute presentations on brain optimization and relieving stress in your life. Attendees included staff, members of the Arc, parents of people in service, and Ambassadors. Ambassadors hope to include more of the community in the future.
Highlights of the event included Ease-e Medical's participation to help spread their word in Colorado Springs, a welcome talk by Executive Director Cheryl Wicks, a craft table where an Ambassador helped people build flag mobiles using painted tongue depressors, a food cart serving brats, and a Discover the Possibilities story time where three people in service told their story. One of the storytellers stood in front of a group of people for the first time. She said she is 43 years old and voted for the first time in the last election because of Mosaic's help and received thunderous applause from the people in the room.
About 30 people attended the two-hour event. It was offered as a way for Ambassadors to network with each other and with Mosaic staff.
Contributed by Gayle Gross, Community Relations Manager at Mosaic in Colorado Springs.