Employment is proven to support recovery.
Chris knew in high school that he was different. He kept the secret for years. He told his parents over dinner one night, because his personal “spark had diminished to a flicker” and he needed help. He was 19. Chris’ mother, Ginny, answered Chris’s plea with research, doctors, and eventual admission to National Institutes of Health. Thirteen months later, Chris moved into Mosaic’s Residential Crisis Program’s Weinberg House. At Weinberg House Chris learned how to manage his illness and gained the independent living skills he needed to gain the independence he wanted. After almost twelve years at Weinberg House, Chris moved into a large apartment, and now lives with two roommates in a Mosaic apartment in Cockeysville.
From his apartment, Chris can walk to a great burger restaurant and hop on the bus to his job at Rite Aid a couple more miles south. Chris considers his job a key component to his recovery. It’s part of his week and part of his success. Chris has been working his entire life; his goal after a hospitalization more than eleven years ago was to return to work. And he did.
“I felt my spark return from a tiny flicker,” he says. Regular customers at Chris’ Rite Aid greet him by name and ask about him when he goes to the beach for a week. Hired to unload trucks, Chris stocks shelves, operates the cash register, and fills in wherever he’s needed to keep the store running smoothly. His manager says she’s loved working with Chris since she started managing the store almost three years ago.
Your support will help individuals obtain their goal of employment. Help someone on their road to recovery.
Vocational Rehabilitation services provides individuals opportunities to obtain competitive and integrated employment in the community. Employment promotes economic and social independence, especially when an individual is given the opportunity in his/her chosen career.
The True Costs
Currently, our loss per client could average $1,500. This represents the cost of services for which Mosaic cannot be reimbursed.
While Mosaic Community Services seeks maximum reimbursement for each client served, the payment structure does not cover the true cost of service. Unique to Mosaic, clients receive free benefits counseling. Fear of losing public benefits is a barrier to employment. Benefits counseling educates and supports clients as they transition from public benefits to employment income and benefits.
Mosaic estimates the average client cost is $3,500.
Learn how to become a Community Partner and employ Mosaic clients.
Chief Development Officer
410-453-9553, ext. 1151