A message from President,
Dr. Julie Gaddie
Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Community Lab

An Oct. 6 ribbon cutting at Missouri Western State University unveiled the new Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Community Lab. This simulation will prepare health-care students for employment.

Last year, Missouri Western received a grant of more than $550,000 from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development's MoExcels workforce initiative to establish a Center for Excellence in Applied Health Care Learning (CEAHL).

The initiative allowed Missouri Western to expand classroom and simulation lab space, enhance technology in the lab and promote job exploration opportunities in health care to high school and college students. The partnership expands the number of graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science degree by 15 percent.

A key requirement to quality for the MoExcels grant was matching local funds. Mosaic Life Care, Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary, Mosaic Life Care Foundation and Missouri Western State University provided these matching funds. Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary contributed $200,000 to the match, the largest gift in its history, and the Missouri Western Board of Governors approved recognizing the auxiliary's generosity by naming the lab in its honor.
Welcome Center for Service Volunteers

Getting involved with Mosaic Life Care and Mosaic Life Care Foundation is becoming easier for Missouri Western State University students.

Mosaic Life Care and Mosaic Life Care Foundation has welcomed multiple Center for Service volunteers from Missouri Western. Four volunteers have been placed at the Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Gift Shop, guest relations, distribution and emPowerU.

McKenzie Waters, student and volunteer, has chosen to volunteer at the Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Gift Shop.

"The people here are amazing," Waters said. "This will definitely be a future workplace for me."

We appreciate their time and dedication to help our team of caregivers provide the best and safest care.
e2 Fellowship

Mosaic Life Care Foundation's e2 Fellowship high school leadership program kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 29.

e2 Fellowship is a high school intergenerational program that meets four times throughout the academic year. This year, emPowerU welcomes nine regional schools for the program.

Carter Shreve, a participant from East Buchanan, said she enjoyed her first day and looks forward to the remaining sessions.

"I learned more today about myself and what I can do to better myself and to be a better leader, than I have in a year," Shreve said.

e2 Fellowship will meet again on Nov. 17, Jan. 26 and March 30. Schools participating include: Albany R-III, Bishop LeBlond High School, East Buchanan C-I, Jefferson C-123, Northeast Nodaway R-V, Riverside USD 114, South Holt R-I, St. Joseph Christian and Troy Unified School District.

The Foundation's Board of Trustees has approved funding to make the e2 Fellowship program free of charge through the next five years.

Eight students from Gentry County participated in Think Ahead Works Gifted Consortium on Oct. 7.

One important aspect of the Gifted program is the opportunity for students to learn and interact with their like-minded peers.

During this year's first session, participants worked together on time capsules. This project provided them an opportunity in the future to reflect on the important topics of 2020, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The afternoon hours of the session allowed students to participate in a STEM activity of creating marshmallow shooters.

Three students attended from King City Schools, four traveled from Albany R-III and one home-school student participated.

The Gifted Consortium will meet again Nov. 4, Feb. 3 and March 3.

To learn more, please contact Devran Brower, director of program operations, at (816) 271-7910.
After-School Programming

The Foundation will offer a second session of after-school enrichment programming at emPowerU.

The six-week program will be held Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., Nov. 3 through Dec. 8.

Designed for students entering grades 3-8, participants will create and develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Program offerings include: Coding Drones, iMovie for Beginners, LEGO EV3 Robotics, LEGO Powered Machines, LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robotics and Virtual Reality Explorers.

The Foundation will follow appropriate guidelines with participants and staff including temperature checks, use of face masks, social distancing and providing hand sanitizing stations.
CollaborACTION Grant Open Now

Mosaic Life Care Foundation is now accepting proposals for 2020 CollaborACTION grant funding.

CollaborACTION grants support solutions that have the potential to impact education levels, character development and workforce skills. Innovative project proposals need to be a collaboration between two or more partnering organizations.

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and St. Joseph School District received the 2019 CollaborACTION grant for their Edge Factor project. Kristie Arthur, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce director of workforce development, said the organization applied for the grant because the Chamber, School District and Foundation are aligned on their workforce development goals in the community.

“Without the CollaborACTION grant funding, we would not have been able to provide the Edge Factor workforce development platform,” Arthur said. “The Foundation is as passionate about making northwest Missouri a better place to work, play and live as I am.”

CollaborACTION grant awardees are eligible to receive up to $50,000 for their proposal. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 23.
Mosaic Life Care Foundation is committed to building healthy, thriving communities for generations to come. We believe in championing education and empowering people to live their best lives. When healthcare is needed, we are dedicated to ensuring exceptional healthcare is available, right here in our region.