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.
Clallam Mosaic offered 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 were located at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles.
Limited offerings were 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 were made 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.
The first annual Mosaic Masquerade was held on October 26 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!"
Clallam Mosaic began the year with a strong Winter Term providing 2 classes each day Monday through Friday.
The partnership with local all-volunteer nonprofit event, Clallam Night to Shine, held on Friday, Feb. 7, was a wonderful success.
Planned collaborations with other local nonprofits were expanding how Clallam Mosaic could fulfill its mission until:
March 13: Mosaic cancels all in-person events including day programs; monthly dances; the Snappy Players Theater planned performances; and a Zumbathon fundraiser all due to the Coronavirus, Covid-19.
Administration and staff worked to develop alternative methods to engage and support Clallam Mosaic participants. Participants and families were contacted by phone, email, and eNewsletters.
April: Sponsored by Molina Healthcare and the Port Angeles Food Bank, 47 Mosaic at Home care and activity bags were delivered.
May: With bags from the Olympic Medical Center, snackbags from the Port Angeles Food Bank, 65 Mosaic at Home care and activity bags were delivered with the support of volunteers.
Virtual Mosaic MeetUps! were developed. Classes slowly increased number and variety: Rec Club; Capoeira; Exercise; Art; Reading; Chair Exercise; Arts & Crafts; Adventures; Activities at Home; Social Hour.
May: 15 sessions held.
June: 26 sessions held.
July: 31 sessions held.
August: 42 sessions held.
September through November: 98 sessions held.
December Mini Session:
Instructors hosted movie and game sessions. Mosaic supported peer to peer movie nights hosted by Garet and Tony (two Mosaic participants).
Looking toward the future
and establishing a home for Clallam Mosaic
As Clallam Mosaic looks forward to a permanent home, we also will continue expanding our educational, and our social and 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 and
practicals for better self care.
As the internet and other technologies become increasingly utilized by individuals with disabilities, we will find alternative ways to get technology into the hands of
participants. By providing digital opportinities, Clallam Mosaic will continue to provide educational experiences, deliver valuable social distancing interactions, and reinforce positive problem
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.
Connect with Us
Parent to Parent (P2P):
Closed due to Covid-19
301 Lopez Ave, Rm #4
Port Angeles, WA 98362