Monday, August 21, 2017
Mosaic in Northern Iowa

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst visited Mosaic’s Waukon office Tuesday, April 11 as part of her 99-county tour. Ernst met with the leadership staff, support staff, and a person supported by Mosaic to discuss the organization’s positive impact, advocacy, current needs, and concerns relating to legislation.

Ernst was given an overview of Mosaic in Northern Iowa as well as the organization nationally serving 3,700 individuals with intellectual disabilities across ten states and 36 agencies. She also learned about Mosaic at Home and the importance of matching Mosaic individuals with host home providers whose personal interests align, ensuring a meaningful life for the individuals supported.

Associate Director Angela Mincks shared an overview of services in Waukon and Decorah. She also touched on the history of Martin Luther Homes, one of the legacy organizations of Mosaic, dating back 31 years in the Waukon area. 

Sammi Scholtes. Community Relations Officer for Waukon and Decorah, discussed the importance of community outreach, partnerships, advocating on the federal and local level, and sustainable funding.

A highlight of the visit was John Howe, supported in one of the Mosaic homes in Waukon, sharing his personal story. He also discussed his role with the organization’s community outreach and how his own life has benefited through the services offered.

Following the meeting, Ernst and the Mosaic staff toured one of the Mosaic homes in Waukon. At the home, Ernst discussed the value of the personal stories of those who benefit from Mosaic’s services, which she described as important, beyond statistics.