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Mosaic Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

  • Published: 2009-10-18 (Rev. 2010-06-30) - Contact: Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Mosaic is a faith based organization that serves people with developmental disabilities in several states in America.

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Mosaic is a faith-based organization that serves people with developmental disabilities in several states in America.

They believe that everyone is a person of worth. Working together, Mosaic staff members, people with disabilities, and volunteers combine efforts as partners. Mosaic is committed to being the leader in provision of advocacy, services and partnership on a worldwide basis with others who have the same values. The values that Mosaic is committed to promoting the ability of people to make life choices in an environment of respect, safety, personal growth and community involvement.

The organization works to ensure the highest quality and practices for responsible stewardship of their resources. Mosaic currently has greater than three-thousand five-hundred supports and five-thousand employees. They have forty agencies in two-hundred and fifty communities across fourteen states in America.

Mosaic gives support to people that is tailored to their specific needs and desires. The organization does has a policy of non-discrimination where employment and delivery of their services are concerned. The services that Mosaic provides include:

Residential
Day Services
Case Management
Children's Services
Host Homes/Foster Care
Supported/Intermittent
Senior Supported Living
Affordable and Accessible Housing

Advocacy is very much a part of what Mosaic is involved in. They advocate both with and for persons with disabilities to ensure that they have the ability to choose from appropriate supports, have the opportunities to defend their rights, as well as the freedom to express their opinions. Advocates for Mosaic have been heard not only locally, but in statehouses across America, in the Capitol, as well as in several nations around the globe. The year 2007 found Mosaic starting a new era of advocacy with the realization that they needed to separate activities which directly influence policymakers from ones that are intended to create evidence-based solution and raise awareness concerning disability issues. For this reason, Mosaic has divided their Advocacy Department into two distinct areas of pursuit. The first area is now The Mosaic Collaborative for Disabilities Public Policy and Practice, while the second area of advocacy is the Governmental Affairs Office.

Mosaic provides a number of resources that are available for use by not only providers, but individuals, civic organizations, churches and others. These resources are meant to enhance programming and awareness of people with developmental disabilities, and they are all available to you free of charge. These resources include:

Media Room
Spiritual Life Resources
Promise - Mosaic's magazine
Children's Educational Materials
National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each day finds more than five-thousand people in fourteen states and Great Britain working in partnership with people with disabilities through Mosaic. The organization is working to be an employer of choice through offering career opportunities, competitive pay rates and benefits, as well as positive working environments. Mosaic offers and online application and job postings as well. You can find Mosaic in several states in America.

There are a number of ways to become a partner with Mosaic. Donors assist them to provide activities and items that would otherwise not be available because of limited government funding. People who volunteer at Mosaic help to build connections between the people the organization supports and the communities they live in. Advocates who work for people with disabilities through public debate help to ensure sustainable, secure and holistic supports for them.

Right now, at this very moment, Mosaic is experiencing a greater need than they have in the past. The reason for this is because a vandal or vandals have done $40,000 worth of damage to some of the organization's vans; vans that were being used to transport people with disabilities to work and other activities in Colorado Springs. It could be weeks or even months before they recover from this act of vandalism that has harmed their ability to serve people with disabilities in Colorado Springs.

New wheelchair lifts cost $10,000 each. The specialty shops that install them in Colorado Springs take up to three months to fill new orders. Twenty-five people need the wheelchair lifts in order to participate in their job training and day programs. Nine of Mosaic's fifteen vans were vandalized, leaving many people with disabilities without access to the supports they need. No one has been arrested in relation to this crime - www.mosaicinfo.org

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