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The Southeast Gazette a publication of Mosaic in Southeast Texas  |  302 Post Office St.  |  Bryan, TX 77805-3728

A Century of Service, a Legacy of Love

Fall 2013

Discover the Possibilities in Southeast Texas

Mosaic celebrates 100 years of providing services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are very proud of our heritage. Mosaic in Southeast Texas began providing a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities in 1993. We provide individualized supports and services to more than 60 people in the southeast Texas area. We partner with local organizations, businesses, churches and volunteers to provide community connections for the people we support and to generate gifts and donations so that we can continue to provide a life of possibilities for those we serve. Our staff work hard to create a meaningful life in a caring community, giving voice to the needs of those we serve. As we continue our centennial celebrations, we hope you will consider becoming a part of Mosaic in Southeast Texas. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities for another one hundred years.

We would like to share with you the opportunity to attend an upcoming Discover the Possibilities event. Discover the Possibilities are free, one-hour events where we share Mosaic’s mission, vision and passion for the people we serve. Those who attend will be given a tour of Mosaic’s services and work through stories told by those who know it well — the people we serve, their families and our staff members. For more information, or to find out dates of our upcoming Discover the Possibilities events, call 281.388.2292 or 979.823.7622. Attendees of our Discover the Possibilities hear stories about Mosaic in Southeast Texas while touring our facilities.

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L E T T E R F R O M T H E E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R by June Gilbert-Smith

Greetings! As Executive Director of Mosaic in Southeast Texas, I am happy to be part of this agency at such an exciting time! When I started with Mosaic in January 2011, Mosaic was the best kept secret in our community. Although our presence has been in the Alvin and Bryan/College Station area for nearly 20 years, I was shocked to learn that not many people knew who we were or what services we provide. One of our greatest challenges has been getting people to recognize Mosaic in the communities in which we serve. We are starting to overcome this challenge as part of our vision to fulfilling our mission of providing a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities. As a visionary leader, I had to look at the current practices and procedures we had in place that could possibly limit the potential of our agency. This meant finding the soul within our organization and then nurturing its breakthrough so that more people with intellectual disabilities might have greater opportunities by our presence. I did not have to look far because the legacy of Mosaic has a strong foundation. This foundation was put in place more than 100 years ago by the Rev. K.G. William Dahl and others who believed that all people needed a place where they are loved, nourished and given an opportunity to contribute. Throughout the year, we’ve celebrated Mosaic’s centennial in various ways, celebrating 100 years of providing services to people with intellectual disabilities. While we still have lots of work to do, I envision the day when we can have a surplus of friends who help spread the message of how Mosaic is helping those we serve live a meaningful life in a caring community, giving a voice to their needs. My vision extends to the day when we can expand our services into new markets such as Austin, Houston and Huntsville. I also envision a time when we are able to exceed

our budget with at least 20 years of sustainable funding as well as provide continuing education, skill assessment training, vocational and rehabilitation and job training for many of our clients in service. In order to fulfill my vision for Mosaic in Southeast Texas, it was important that we put the right pieces of the puzzle in place. A full-time Community Relations Manager, who along with the assistance of a team of volunteers, community partners and staff, will be instrumental in materializing this vision of getting our name out into the community. We have already been connecting with churches, various community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary, etc., as well as many of our stakeholders, volunteers and others, letting them know what has been going on at the agency. To learn more about the Community Relations Manager position, please contact Lauren Whalen at 972.823.7622 or lauren.whalen@mosaicinfo.org. Though we have many supporters of Mosaic, ultimately I envision a time when these friends share our message with their own family, friends and colleagues, and that time is now. Please consider attending an upcoming free, one-hour Discover the Possibilities event, where you will take a tour of the agency, meet some of our staff and some people supported by Mosaic, and hear stories of the difference we’re making in the lives of those we serve. If you would like to attend an upcoming Discover the Possibilities, please call our office at 979.823.7622.

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Relationships Mosaic is an affiliated social ministry organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of Lutheran Services in America.

302 Post Office St.  |  Bryan, TX 77805-3728 979.823.7622  |  www.mosaicinsoutheasttx.org Executive Director

Non-discrimination Mosaic will not discriminate in matters of employment or service delivery on the basis of race, creed, age, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status.

june.gilbert-smith@mosaicinfo.org

Mission Embracing God’s call to serve in the world, Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life.

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Direct Service Professional Star

Mosaic Stars Thank you to all of our families, volunteers, sponsors and donors who have helped us partner with those we serve to create a meaningful life, in a caring community, giving a voice to their needs. Disys • Brett and Barbara Henry Carl Orozco • Walmart Sam’s Club • Jane Newcomb Central Baptist Church Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Rev. Jim Abbott Alton Walton • Beverly Jackson

Mosaic in Southeast Texas would like to recognize Courtney Macik as the most recent Mosaic Star! In the brief six months since Courtney joined the Mosaic team, she has become a vital asset to our Day Habilitation program in Bryan. Courtney brings a bright attitude along with positive energy and the Day Hab program wouldn’t know what to do without her! Courtney came to us with experience working at a state school here in Texas, which she described as an experience she will never forget. She liked helping people with intellectual disabilities, but was looking for a different atmosphere. “When I learned about Mosaic, I thought, ‘I can work in a place that helps people with intellectual disabilities have a more fulfilling life and for them to learn to be more independent!’” said Courtney. “It was right up my alley.” When asked what a day in the Day Hab program is like, Courtney said, “Every day is a new experience, a new challenge, and another chance to make a difference in someone’s life. From bowling to the movies, money management, devotion, physical activities, there is never a dull moment here at Mosaic.” Courtney is a single mom, a student at Blinn College, and will be starting the nursing program early next year. Even with this busy schedule, she still brings 100 percent to the Day Hab program, where she plans to continue to work full-time, and to the people in service who love her like family. “This isn’t the type of place that you can look at as a job. If you don’t have it in your heart, you won’t last a day,” Courtney said. “I like helping people, that’s why I want to be a nurse. It is more of a lifestyle than just a career.” Courtney fits right in with all the other staff at Mosaic. Everyone has a different story on how they ended up here but all of them share the same reason why they have stayed. It’s about making someone’s life have reason, and giving them happiness. It’s people like Courtney and the rest of the devoted staff, who give people with intellectual disabilities a chance to live their lives as they choose. It’s about a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Linda Steele wins top honors, upholds Mosaic mission and values In honor of Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week (September 8–14, 2013), Mosaic in Southeast Texas asked staff to vote in Mosaic’s Thank a DSP competition. The votes were tallied and the winner is … Linda Steele. Veronica, a Mosaic staff member, said, “Linda always displays a pleasant attitude at work, and as challenging as it is to get people we serve to and from Brandi Medina (l) presents Linda Steele their doctors appointments, with a gift card. Linda always has a pleasant response with no complaints.” Brandi Medina, Mosaic staff, said, “Linda is dependable and very helpful. The people we serve love her and she loves them as well.”

Volunteer Appreciation Week Mosaic recognizes our volunteers annually in April, and we wanted to take time to give back to those who share with us one of their most precious commodities - their time. The theme for this year’s recognition activities was 100 years, Countless Volunteers and that could not be more true. If we missed telling you, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers for the many hours of service you put in throughout the year to help us provide a life of possibilities to the people we serve. 3

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Mosaic Superstars in Action Making a splash at Moody Gardens; a 4th of July to remember; arts and crafts fun and a birthday bonanza.

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