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Mosaic in Connecticut named a Top Workplace

Connecticut Employees AwardCongratulations to the team at Mosaic in Connecticut for being name a Top Workplace in the fourth annual Hartford Courant/FOX CT Top Workplaces awards.

Sixty employers received awards on Thursday, Sept. 18. Mosaic was nominated as a healthcare organization. The awards are based on employee survey responses rating their employer in the categories of direction, execution, connection, my work, my manager and my pay and benefits. The survey is conducted by WorkPlace Dynamics, a research firm.

Some of the comments employees made in the survey are:

  • “I feel like I have a direct impact on the lives of the people we support. It is important to me because the clients are valued.”
  • “I love helping people and making a difference.”
  • “My ideas are respected. I have a supportive supervisor.”
  • “Mosaic is always moving forward and looking for ways to do things better and more efficiently.”
  • “That my ideas are respected. I feel that I am heard.”

“We have a great team of dedicated and passionate staff  who work each day to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and we congratulate them for making Mosaic in Connecticut a Top Workplace,” said Andrea Ferrucci, Executive Director of Mosaic in Connecticut and Vice President of Operations for Mosaic.

Shown in the photo are some of Mosaic in Connecticut’s 247 employees who made the agency a Connecticut Top Workplace.


Mosaic launches new public website

Website Reponsive Showcase ImageWe are excited to announce a new public website that will help Mosaic share our mission by offering innovative ways to engage with people seeking our services as well as donors, partners, volunteers and future employees.

Check out the new www.mosaicinfo.org. It showcases images of the people we serve, our mission, our services and how people can become involved with our local agencies and Mosaic International.

Some of the exciting features include:

  • Upcoming Events: This section offers ways to engage with the people we serve, our staff and families. We will link events to our Facebook pages, allow people to RSVP, make in-kind donations, sponsor events, etc. Each agency and Mosaic International has their own section for events, while visitors to the national homepage will see the next three upcoming events near them.
  • Recent News: Here agencies and Mosaic International can post recent updates, highlights or successes. If you have any great stories that showcase our mission, highlight excellent staff members or volunteers, or even a great photo of an outing and some details about it, share them with your agency Resource Development Manager, Community Relations Manager or Public Relations Specialist. Visitors to the national homepage will see the three most recently posted stories, allowing them to learn about what is going on across Mosaic.
  • Opportunities: This area shows website visitors ways they can get involved with our mission and the agencies in their area or Mosaic International. This will include job postings, volunteer positions and ways to advocate or partner with us.
  • Desktop, tablet and mobile viewing: Mosaic’s website is now responsive, designed to automatically fit different devices – desktop, tablet or mobile.

Congratulations to the many agency and national staff members who worked together to create the new site. If you meet someone who is interested in learning more about Mosaic or how they can get involved – send them to www.mosaicinfo.org.

Amazing outcomes for people in new housing that receives award

Mary Sue Carson in Logan apartmentCongratulations to Mosaic in Western Iowa for receiving the HousingIowa Special Needs Housing Development award for a two-story apartment building they recently opened in Logan. More exciting than the award, however, are the amazing outcomes for the people who now have their own one-bedroom apartments in the building.

“"Words can't really begin to describe the difference this state-of-the-art housing has made in the lives of the individuals living in it,” said Jim Poehlman, Executive Director. “The personal outcomes that people are meeting are greater than we ever imagined they could be."

About the outcomes, HousingIowa stated that people “are more self-assured and capable, and are now able to do the things in life that have meaning to them. Hobbies, interests and relationships that extend in the community have been fostered, and most residents are now working and enjoying their jobs.”

The design encourages independence while also making supports and services available to people. The housing is also affordable, with no resident paying more than 30 percent of income for rent.

It is a great step along the road to personalized services for the people Mosaic serves. In the photo, Mary Sue Carson enjoys her apartment in the new Mosaic housing.

HR Summit presents awards

HR Summit photoCongratulations to Teresa Tekolste, named HR Professional of the Year, Ambrosia Belchic, named HR Innovator of the Year, and April Ulrich, named HR Rookie of the Year. The awards were presented at the Mosaic HR Summit, held in Omaha Sept. 9-11. Nominations for the awards came from Mosaic colleagues.

Teresa is Human Resources Manager at Mosaic in Des Moines. Comments in her nomination included “Teresa has been instrumental in completely revising our ICF/ID schedules to maximize getting our employees to 80-hour full time status – enhancing their earning power, and also creating schedules that promote a better work/life balance,” and “She has seen a lot more in me than I have myself and knows how to push me to utilize the skills that I didn't even know I had.”

Ambrosia is Staff Development Manager at Mosaic in Northern Colorado. Comments in her nomination included “She is constantly adding innovations to her trainings and practices. If we need ideas on a project or situation Ambrosia is who we go to,” and “Ambrosia has also been innovative by ensuring she has the skills and knowledge to train our staff. She demonstrated this by seeking out an opportunity to become an Advanced MANDT instructor.”

April is Human Resources Manager at Mosaic in Terre Haute. Comments in her nomination included “When the new policy regarding use of PTO over standard hours was communicated, April was proactive – she reviewed all the employee’s standard hours (and) submitted a number of ESNs to correct them,” and “April isn’t afraid to ask questions, you can tell she really wants to understand why something isn’t working or how to better do things.”

In the photo, Teresa (left) and Ambrosia are shown with their awards. April was not able to travel to attend the Summit.

Employee becoming a nationally recognized leader

Our vision states that “Mosaic is the recognized leader in making a positive difference in people’s lives.” To be seen as that, Mosaic employees must be recognized as leaders in the field and subject matter experts. Elizabeth Goldman of Mosaic in Omaha, is one such employee.

Elizabeth GoldmanElizabeth is a Qualified Intellectual and Developmental Professional, often referred to as a “Q.” She serves as Service Coordinator, Program Manager and Staff Supervisor at an ICF-ID. In August, she was a presenter at the National Association of Qualified Development Disability Professionals 19th Annual Conference. Her presentation was titled, “Contemporary Challenges of QDDPs in the Era of Deinstitutionalization.”

In the description for her well-received session, Elizabeth let everyone know it would not be a “presentation oversaturated with redundant jargon,” but would approach the “challenging realities … with a sense of humor.”

“Elizabeth presenting at a national conference of professionals is in direct alignment with our Vision, Forward in Faith and Mosaic 2.0,” said Jan Blosser, Executive Director at Mosaic in Omaha. “I can't think of a better way to give a voice and drive system change than to have a presence at national conferences that affect services and supports, aligning with our partners who share our concerns.”

Staff who are interested in learning more are welcome to contact Elizabeth via email.

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