1998 Special Needs Advocacy Parents
It began with a haunting question asked by a Special Ed teacher, “What are you going to do when the bus stops coming in September?”
It was posed to the parents of six students preparing to graduate from the special education programs offered by the Sequim High School with no prospects of further education or community involvement.
George and Tresa Stuber, Mike and Debbie Campion, Russell and Nola Judd, and Rick and Cathie Osborne had gathered in the Judds’ living room, sharing their concerns and
their hopes for their children’s futures.
Within nine months the fledgling all-volunteer organization, originally called Special Needs Advocacy Parents
(SNAP), was registered with the State of Washington, had filed for nonprofit status, and begun weekly services. Beyond offering recreational opportunities
for adults with developmental disabilities, the group provided support and advocacy for families caring for individuals with special needs.
The weekly “Rec Club” class was launched and continues to be one of the most popular offerings.
Special Needs Advocacy Parents hires its first Executive Director, Karen Pierce.
2001 and 2002
With continued support from private, corporate, and nonprofit foundations such as United Way of Clallam County and the Albert Haller Foundation, SNAP was regularly serving between eighteen and twenty young adults and their families.
A successful partnership with the Sequim School District built a playground at the Helen Haller Elementary School equipped to accommodate all levels of physical
ability. An annual two to three day retreat for individuals with special needs at Camp Ramblewood was held.
SNAP offers three classes at the Sequim Community School: Life Skills, Rec Club and Voyagers (exploration of arts and science).
Sara Kingsland joins SNAP as a volunteer through the AmericCorps program. As her term with AmeriCorps ended in August, Sara found her work at SNAP so rewarding she signed on for another year.
SNAP was serving more than forty individuals (age 14 and older), providing life skill classes, recreational programs, special events, self-advocacy training, camps and more. Individual and family support included respite, advocacy, person-centered planning services and a monthly developmental disabilities newsletter.
The organization was outgrowing its home at the Sequim Community School.
In SNAP’s ten year anniversary newsletter, then Executive Director, Tresa Stuber, noted; the decade long journey brought amazing changes in participants “as they learned to believe in themselves, their capabilities and gifts. It is this belief in themselves that has blossomed and made way for newfound independence...”
2008 to 2012
Funding challenges arose, there were leadership transitions both on the Board of Trustees and with the position of Executive Director, and there were significant downsizing on some fronts. The monthly newsletter was discontinued. Camp Ramblewood became financially unfeasible, and one-on-one services diminished.
A change of name:
SNAP becomes Clallam Mosaic
To avoid confusion with the newly rebranded Federal food stamp program claiming the acronym SNAP, Special Needs Advocacy Parents became Clallam Mosaic.
The first annual “Tour of Italy” Gala is held in Port Angeles. 200 individuals enjoyed a wonderful evening of dinner, silent and live auctions, performances, dancing and more. The funds raised from this event went directly towards Clallam Mosaic’s day programs as well as supportubg network activities for family and caregivers.
The first annual Bob Cup Charity Golf Tournament in memory of Bob Duncan is held at the Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim. Funds raised during the tournament go towards a permanent home for Clallam Mosaic.
Clallam Mosaic served almost 80 area individuals and their families. Year-round day programs provided leisure and recreational activities, educational classes and opportunities for creative expression through painting, crafts and theater arts culminating with well-attended public performances at the Olympic Theater Arts in Sequim.
In addition, Mosaic sponsors Clallam County’s Parent-to-Parent program, offering mentorship, advice, advocacy and support to families caring for individuals with special needs. Mosaic remains the community resource for information about special needs topics.
And once again Clallam Mosaic is providing one-on-one services connecting participants with their broader community through Community Guide and
Our participants continue to educate us about what unique challenges they have learning, working and growing in our community. The three core areas of programming
focus remain: Healthy Living, Life Long Learning, and Arts/Culture.
Participants, instructors and family members attended January Advocacy Days in Olympia. During lunch the group met with Sen. Van de Wege and Rep. Chapman.
Members of the Franklin Elementary fifth grade class joined the Cooking Class preparing tasty dishes to share.
A collection of art at the Port Angeles Library throughout the summer. And both photographs and two-dimensional art won awards at the Clallam County Fair.
A shortened, September only session, offered an intensive Theatre program culminating in two well-attended performances of the original play "Something Like Hamlet" by the Snappy Players. As part of the Friday evening performance, a spaghetti dinner was served.
Volunteer Lori Cates was nominated, and won Woman of Distinction Behind the Scenes by Soroptimist International Jet Set.
Mosaic joined Clallam Night to Shine working with more than 150 volunteers to host more than 80 guests to a memorable prom.
In October, Mosaic worked with the Olympic Peninsula Men's Chorus providing refreshments during intermission for both afternoon and evening performances, and joined the Knights of Columbus for a fundraising tootsie roll drive.
Mosaic received funding from the Crow Foundation, Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, the Haller Foundation, United Way, the Walkling Memorial Trust, Thrivant, Benevity, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory-Marine Sciences Laboratory.
Currently Clallam Mosaic offers 12-18 hours per week of classes over 32 weeks, plus summer and holiday classes. Our participants range in age from late teens to the 80s.
Our office and a majority of our classes are located at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles.
Limited offerings are held in Sequim at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church. Monthly dances are held the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Port Angeles.
All of our activities are possible due to the generous donation of space or the the charge of minimal rent for space. We give a heartfelt thank you to all of the groups that have enabled us to continue to operate and flourish.
First ever Mosaic Masquerade was held on October 26 in the ballroom at the Elks Naval Lodge, Port Angeles. Live and silent auctions featured local businesses, artists and experiences. A wine tasting featured wines from Hurricane Hills Winery. Guests enjoyed masks and having their photos taken. With the theme, Phantom of the Opera, a crystal chandelier offered guests prizes, and one grand prize of a gift certificate to the Dockside at John Wayne Marina. Members of the Olympic Peninsula Men's Chorus performed. And Mark Lorentzen brought guests to their feet with his renditon of "Music of the Night!"
Looking toward the future
and establishing a "Mosaic House"
As Clallam Mosaic looks forward to a permanent home, we also will continue to expanding our educational, and our entertainment opportunities as well as becoming the best local source for information and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers.
With an increased focus on health issues such as obesity, diabetes and dental hygiene, Clallam Mosaic will help educate participants, providing information for better
As the internet and other technologies become increasingly utilized by individuals with disabilities, our instruction will focus on basic use and the potential dangers
inherent in these constantly changing tools. By providing access to appropriately vetted technology both in the classroom and outside, it will be possible to enhance the educational experience,
deliver valuable entertainment, and reinforce positive problem solving capabilities.
Finally, by reinvesting in families and caregivers, we will continue building a network of support that ensures the best management of participant lives through Clallam Mosaic programming as well as out in the community.
Thursdays, 12 noon to 1 pm
Through Dec. 14
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Led by Marla Garr
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
510 E Park Ave, Port Angeles
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