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Sometimes Less Really is More

posted Aug 5, 2019, 5:40 AM by Randall Donner

This post was originally shared on Mosaic's blog, Mosaic Possible.

We are pleased to share Mosaic’s new mission statement: Embracing God’s call, Mosaic relentlessly pursues opportunities that empower people.

While the mission statement is new and revised, the daily work and personal connections it represents stem from our century-long tradition of serving others. 

A mission statement identifies what an organization does.

While this new statement is more brief than our former mission statement, it is considerably more far reaching.

Part of it sounds familiar: “Embracing God’s call.”

Embracing is a very suggestive, active word. It has various meanings, such as hugging something and holding it close, but it also means to enthusiastically support or do something. Mosaic serves willingly and with joyful intent.

But it’s not just about embracing the work, it’s more than that. Mosaic was founded by people who felt THIS particular work was something God wanted them to do, they heard it as a call.

It doesn’t mean everyone who is part of our mission is a believer, but that faith foundation forms the organization’s identity and values.

“Relentlessly pursues opportunities” gets to the heart of our mission. Relentless means to be persistent.


A view of Mosaic’s history shows an organization that never gives up and is always looking for new options that would help people live a more satisfying life.

Those opportunities are many: serving people in new ways, like moving from a campus to community homes to host homes; creating new partnerships and community connections, both for the organization and for people we serve; advocating with government decision makers to protect people’s rights and funding; and inviting donors and volunteers to be a part of the mission.

As our tagline, Real life. Real possibilities., suggests, Mosaic meets people where they are and presents real opportunities.

But the opportunities we seek are those “that empower people.”

Each of us believes we should be able to choose what we want in our lives. That includes where we live, who we have relationships with, what we do for work, what we do for entertainment, where or if we go to church, etc. Mosaic believes those same informed choices should be available for the people we serve.

That’s empowering. We help people have a voice over their own destiny. They are able to live the life they choose, not a life someone else decides for them.

Perhaps the last word of the mission statement feels like the biggest change. It does not identify any particular group as the people we serve.

Mosaic serves people with autism; people with mental and behavioral health needs; seniors; people with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities; children, and others. We meet many diverse needs. And that diversity will only grow in the future.

The new mission statement is intentionally brief, and the words were purposefully chosen. Lacking some of the specificity of the former mission statement, it reflects more truly all of the work Mosaic is doing.

Sometimes less IS more.

This renewed mission statement represents one of several updates we’ve made to our organizational language. We will share more about our purpose statement, vision statement and core values over the coming weeks. Learn about our new tagline!

New Tagline Moves Mosaic Away From Labels

posted Jul 30, 2019, 11:28 AM by Randall Donner   [ updated Jul 30, 2019, 11:31 AM ]

This post was originally shared on Mosaic's blog, Mosaic Possible.

We are pleased to announce our new tagline: Real life. Real possibilities.

Why Real life. Real possibilities.?

Real life is messy, complicated and beautiful. The people who make up Mosaic – both those we serve and those who serve – reflect real life. They bring diverse experiences, perspectives and beliefs to the organization, creating a complex, multi-layered mosaic of “who we are.”

Real possibilities calls to mind our past tagline, “A life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities,” and it’s all about Mosaic walking the talk. We say we’re about possibilities, and we really live out that promise by igniting transformation in our people.


The word “real” is key for us. We’re real here. We’re authentic and grounded; we are true to our word.

The nature of our work is real. It’s up close and personal, not accomplished at arm’s length. Our work is often as challenging as it is rewarding because we’re in the thick of it every day with people. But when we see a smile, when we see someone accomplishing a goal or realizing a dream, that’s real, too.

Real life. Real possibilities. intentionally moves away from the descriptor “for people with intellectual disabilities” to better reflect the diverse group of people we support.

Today, we support people with autism; people with mental and behavioral health needs; seniors; people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities; children and more.

We expect to be meeting the diverse needs of more people in the future.

With this in mind, we want our language to be inclusive, not descriptive.

Rather than labeling the people we support – often people who’ve had labels assigned to them their entire lives – we’re focusing on the personalized services we offer to those who qualify to receive them, whatever their need.

However, we want to be clear. We are not walking away from supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We’re simply building a bigger tent.

This tagline represents one of several updates we’ve made to our organizational language. We will share more about our purpose statement, mission statement, vision statement and core values over the coming weeks.

‘Independent Living Plus’ at The Oaks

posted Jul 10, 2019, 6:24 AM by Randall Donner

Beverly Spinti knows what she wants. So when she and her husband Bob moved into their two-bedroom apartment at The Oaks 16 years ago, she had the stove removed from the kitchen. 

“I basically don’t have to do anything at all that I don’t want to do,” she said. “To not have to cook and not have to clean, that is heaven!”

The Oaks, a Mosaic independent living apartment community, is in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Residents describe it as “independent living plus.”

The “plus” includes the things you pay extra for elsewhere: a family-style lunch served 365 days a year with leftovers the residents can take to their apartments, cable TV (not just the basics), once-a-week apartment cleaning, and even transportation when needed.

Many of the residents echoed Beverly. Having someone else do the cooking was part of their reason for moving into The Oaks. They still could cook if they choose to—the apartments, except Beverly and Bob’s, all have stoves—but most choose not to cook.

Vena Hannack, a 20-year employee, creates a monthly menu including items like pork loin, barbecue ribs, chow mein and beer-battered fish. The chow mein (served with eggrolls of course) is a resident favorite, she said.

Relationships she has developed and the life lessons she’s learned are what have kept her working at The Oaks, Vena said. Plus, helping people is a part of her nature, so being a part of providing a secure, comfortable home for others is the right career fit.

“We’re like the perfect child you never had who’s always here for you,” she said.

Scott Husby, executive director at The Oaks for 18 years, feels the “community, companionship and camaraderie” help people age with better health.

His experience mirrors the research about the social determinants of health; the connections you have to others and where you live affect your overall health.

“There’s always someone to talk to,” Scott said, “and opportunities to keep your mind sharp.”

Many of the residents at The Oaks are busy. They travel, garden, hike the trails in the woods around The Oaks, attend events in Menomonie (a university town) and basically do what they want.

Some residents help in the kitchen because they enjoy it. Others help with the yardwork, or even shoveling during Wisconsin’s winters (yes, they enjoy Wisconsin winters). The Oaks gives them a secure environment to enjoy life on their terms, the life they choose.

And it’s clear they appreciate it. Their advice to others? Move into independent living before you’re too old to enjoy it.

“Being here allows us to be active,” Beverly said.

Founded On Big Dreams; Mosaic's Past and Future

posted Apr 15, 2019, 6:16 AM by Randall Donner

Bethphage Mission (now Mosaic) was founded 106 years ago. Its history is well-known and documented, and inspired our oft-repeated, “We look back with gratitude and forward in faith.”


But the founder of Bethphage, the Rev. K.G. William Dahl, was an immigrant who did not come to the United States with the intention of becoming a pastor, much less starting an organization that has served thousands of people over more than a century.

When he emigrated from Sweden to the U.S. at age 19, just past the turn of the 20th century, Dahl was a self-described dreamer, seeking an unknown future. In his diary he had written:

“I had always been a dreamer, with strong inclinations for everything romantic, often deeply melancholy at times – and hoping that ‘getting out into the world’ would help to dispel this troublesome mental disposition.” 

Whatever his dream for the future in the U.S., he began his life here as a manual laborer, work that he was unaccustomed to – in Sweden his father was a Lutheran clergy member.

But one Sunday, by chance (or God’s design), his life changed.

At one of his lowest points, with his health faltering and a hand that had been injured in a machine at his job, Dahl was walking down a street in Manchester, Conn. when he heard the familiar music of his Swedish Lutheran faith. He entered the church and found a new direction for his life; he was now on a path toward ordained ministry himself.

He enrolled in college and was ordained at age 24. Six years later in 1913, this ‘dreamer’ founded Bethphage Mission and poured himself into it. Health issues took their toll, and Dahl died young, at 34, in 1917.

His dream lived on, and Mosaic now celebrates 106 years of ministry.

There are many lessons we could take from his life, but one I want to highlight: dream big and work to make the dream happen. That is what Mosaic is about today. We believe that every person we support should be able to pursue their own dreams.

Time to Recognize Your Co-workers!

posted Mar 12, 2019, 1:47 PM by Randall Donner

The One Mosaic Awards nominations has started! Between now and April 12, take the time to recognize the good work your co-workers do.

Any employee can nominate someone using these electronic fillable forms:Local agency winners in these categories will each receive a $50 bonus. Winners' nominations will also be considered for the national One Mosaic Awards.

If you have any questions about the awards or the process, please contact your local HR representative.

Dreaming Big Is Mosaic's History

posted Feb 19, 2019, 9:57 AM by Randall Donner

It was 106 years ago today that Bethphage Mission (now Mosaic) was founded. Its history is well-known and documented, and inspired our oft-repeated, “We look back with gratitude and forward in faith.”

But the founder of Bethphage, the Rev. K.G. William Dahl, was an immigrant who did not come to the United States with the intention of becoming a pastor, much less starting an organization that has served thousands of people over more than a century.

When he emigrated from Sweden to the U.S. at age 19, just past the turn of the 20th century, Dahl was a self-described dreamer, seeking an unknown future. In his diary he had written:

“I had always been a dreamer, with strong inclinations for everything romantic, often deeply melancholy at times – and hoping that ‘getting out into the world’ would help to dispel this troublesome mental disposition.” 

Whatever his dream for the future in the U.S., he began his life here as a manual laborer, work that he was unaccustomed to – in Sweden his father was a Lutheran clergy member.

But one Sunday, by chance (or God’s design), his life changed.

At one of his lowest points, with his health faltering and a hand that had been injured in a machine at his job, Dahl was walking down a street in Manchester, Conn. when he heard the familiar music of his Swedish Lutheran faith. He entered the church and found a new direction for his life; he was now on a path toward ordained ministry himself.

He enrolled in college and was ordained at age 24. Six years later in 1913, this ‘dreamer’ founded Bethphage Mission and poured himself into it. Health issues took their toll, and Dahl died young, at 34, in 1917.

His dream lived on, and Mosaic now celebrates 106 years of ministry.

There are many lessons we could take from his life, but one I want to highlight: dream big and work to make the dream happen. That is what Mosaic is about today. We believe that every person we support should be able to pursue their own dreams.

On this anniversary, we’re grateful for one man's big dream that became Mosaic.

New Mosaic Academy Now Live!

posted Jan 21, 2019, 7:32 AM by Randall Donner

The countdown is over! The newly refreshed Mosaic Academy is up and running! Check it out through the link in Self Service. The new Mosaic Academy has been tested by staff across Mosaic (including direct support staff members). You'll find it is easier for the learner to navigate and easier for supervisors and others to track or assign new training.

Every employee has been assigned a training module within Mosaic Academy on how to use and navigate the system. In addition, all supervisors have also been enrolled in a module which will cover navigating the supervisor dashboard. Please refer to this "How To" guide to help you log in and locate these modules.

If you have questions not answered in the online module or "How To" guide, please contact your local HR staff member.

Thank you to the Learning and Organizational Development team for their work to achieve the Mosaic Academy refresh.

Refreshed Mosaic Academy Coming in January

posted Dec 28, 2018, 12:14 PM by Randall Donner

Mosaic Academy is getting an update. On January 21, a new Mosaic Academy will bring a new look and feel, with an easy-to-use navigation menu and new coursework created by Mosaic.

Behind the scenes, Mosaic is changing hosts for our learning management system to Saba. The new system offers a number of advantages and will make it easier for employees to track their learning and for supervisors to assign coursework and keep tabs on employees' progress. (Here is a teaser screen shot of the easy navigation.)

The change will also affect Mosaic independent contractors who will move from Relias Learning to Saba Learning.

It is IMPORTANT that all employees and contractors know any courses that have been started but not yet finished must be complete by January 6 or they will have to start the course over in the updated Mosaic Academy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

posted Dec 19, 2018, 5:15 AM by Randall Donner

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