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Empowering People with Developmental Disabilities for a More Viable Community

Our Mission

To enrich, encourage and empower people with developmental disabilities.

 

Our Vision

An inclusive community working together to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

A COMMUNITY WITH HEART INCLUDES EVERYONE

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From the Director’s Desk

August 2015

 

 

As the air feels a bit chillier and the days get shorter, the realization is setting in that another summer is quickly coming to a close…. and what a summer it has been!  At Clallam Mosaic the summer of 2015 saw the introduction of day camps where participants were able to engage in all kinds of activities and a number of field trips!  The participants experienced touch pools at the Feiro Marine Life Center, birds of the Olympics at the Railroad Bridge Audubon Center and art at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.  Some amazing art was created during a week-long art day program that was possible because of volunteers, April Watkins and Susan Fahrenholtz, and the generosity of the PA Fine Arts Center who provided much needed art supplies.   Creativity also abounded under Bonne Smith’s & Emma Easton’s direction as participants explored recycled art using materials generously donated by the Sequim business “Around Again.”  Many of the original products of the summer sessions became submissions to the Clallam County Fair and some of these were recognized with category wins! Congratulations:

 

  1. To Riley O’Neil, Robbie Thompson and Nina Wilson who won in the “disAbilities in Focus” category with their original photography. 
  2. To Bonny Cates & Robbie Thompson for their “Something from Nothing” category wins.
  3. To Ruth Brandt, Rusty Case, Katie Gilbert-Lord, Kiera Kersting, Cassie Puff, Andrea Riese, Harvey Riese, Violet Snodgrass and Robbie Thompson for their blue ribbons in the Green Reclaimed Art category. 
  4. To Fred Cnockaert (Green Reclaimed Art), Ian Jackson (Woodworking) and Joy Morrill (Beading, Non-jewelry) for their best in class wins!
  5. To Bonny Cates, Andrea Riese, Harvey Riese, Alicia Stuber and Blake Yacklin for their blue ribbons in Woodworking.

Participants were able to see the art displayed with ribbons during our session-culminating field trip to the Fair.

 

In addition to the scheduled summer programs, some participants were able to get out into the community and provide a “Helping Hand” themselves as volunteers: Michael Rief & Jess McNeil helped out at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church’s annual rummage sale. Joy Morrill & Ruthie Brandt were front and center helping out during a shift at the County Fair Kitchen. It’s great to see our participants engaging in these types of opportunities where they can showcase their abilities within the larger community.  If you know of other projects to get our participants involved in, please send us an email with your ideas.

 

Now that summer sessions are over, we are looking forward to Fall Quarter.  The new schedule and registration materials are currently being sent out and can be downloaded from the "Classes" page. (You can also find a list of curriculum and office supply needs there if you would like to donate some much needed supplies!) We will be bringing a new instructor – Dodie French – on board during this quarter. Dodie has been an elementary teacher, an auditory-oral teacher of deaf children, a program supervisor and a university professor.  She recently moved to Port Angeles to be closer to her children and grandchildren and she is excited about joining the Clallam Mosaic team of instructors!

 

The Fall Quarter is going to be busy with almost 20 hours of programming available each week from September 8th through November 14th. Programs will be held in Port Angeles on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and in Sequim on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Classes such as Cooking and Drumming are back in the schedule in response to requests from our participants.  Additionally, the popular Theater program will expand with the addition of “Skit Studio.” This new theater class will provide aspiring actors with the opportunity to develop characters further than ever before, explore improvisational techniques and the ability to take a “deeper dive” into various aspects of acting!

 

Many of the classes during the Fall Quarter will be taught by two staff instructors in order to insure that participants have the best, safest experience possible.  Of course, classes will continue to be supported by volunteers and we are still on the lookout for classroom volunteers.  Check out our "Volunteer Opportunities" list to see all the ways you can engage with us.  

 

Besides classes, there are a number of other upcoming activities to mark on your calendar:

 

  1. Saturday, August 29th – Mothers of special needs children are invited to a no-host “Mom’s Night Out” at Sergio's Restaurant in Port Angeles from 5 pm to 7 pm.  This will be an opportunity to join the community of special needs moms and cultivate a fellowship of support.
  2. Saturday, September 12th & October 10th – The monthly dances will be happening at Sons of Norway Hall in Port Angeles from 1 pm to 3 pm. There will be food, dancing and performances. The cost of the dance is $5 and it’s a great time to come enjoy some time with our community!
  3. Thursday, September 17th – The 2nd Housing Town Hall Meeting will take place at the Port Angeles City Council Chambers at 7 pm.  This meeting will update everyone on the progress that the Housing Committee is making in realizing the vision of creating an intentional village for adults with developmental disabilities in Clallam County.
  4. Saturday, September 19th – The Parents of Minors with DD Support Group will host their Fall Social at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall from 10:30 am to noon.  Light snacks and coffee will be available and parents are encouraged to come and join the support group to talk about the joys, triumphs, catastrophes, concerns and stresses of special needs parenting.
  5. Friday, November 6, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE for Clallam Mosaic’s annual fundraiser.  This year the “Tour of Italy” dinner event will be held at the Vern Burton Community Center. There will be a live and silent auction, dancing (with DJ), cocktails, pasta dinner, theatrical skits and more! The cost for tickets will be $30. We really hope that you will come out and support us at this event which raises critical funds for our programs!

 

Finally, a thank you to some key volunteers who have made a huge impact to Clallam Mosaic over the past few months: Thank you:

 

  1. To Donna Gast who has taken on the role of Volunteer Coordinator, donating her time and efforts towards making our volunteer program the best that it can be!
  2. To Julia Hendricks who found us through a Facebook post, and has been available to help with almost every single day of summer session classes and will be a valuable addition to the Fall Fit & Strong class!
  3. To Barbara Lippert and Patti Engle who have taken on the participant photo/bio project. They are creating a photo journal of our participants that will capture the true heart of our community!
  4. To Deziree Greenstreet, Kara Grubbs and Shawnda Hicks for volunteering to lead the Cooking classes during the Fall Quarter.

Volunteers like these make it possible to deliver Clallam Mosaic’s quality programming.  Come join the team!

Fall Quarter 2015

September 8 - November 13

Class information and all registration materials are now available at the Classes section of our website.

For inquires or registration payments:

Clallam Mosaic
P.O. Box 3081
Sequim, WA 98382

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Come join us for an evening of dancing, cocktails, theatrical skits, auctions and more!

 

Parent Networks

Next Meetings

 

Housing Town Hall Meeting

Port Angeles City Council Chambers

7:00 pm

Thursday, September 17, 2015

For more information, check out the Home & Good Life Committee's web page (www.4housingcm.org/) or send an email to 4housing@clallammosaic.org

 

 

PoM Fall Social

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

10:30 am - Noon

Saturday, September 19, 2015

 

For more information check out the Parent/Caregiver section

of our webpage.

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More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.

-- Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

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