Come spring quarter, Mosaic, a nonprofit that helps developmentally delayed adults achieve social and physical well-being, may become homeless unless an entity in the Sequim community steps up to provide space for five classes, two days a week, before March.
Priya Jayadev, the group’s new executive director, explained the dilemma.
“Early this year the Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) began a new policy of only one or two days for any particular group. As a consequence, we won’t have the ability to offer some of the courses we have.”
If no facility is found before the deadline, Mosaic will have to cancel its free Rec Club and paid classes in art, exercising, drumming and film. Without some place to land, the only class to remain in Sequim would be Theater Troupe at Olympic Theatre Arts. Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles hosts courses in healthy cooking, math, Shakespeare, children’s theater, set design, plus Voyagers, an educational program, in the winter quarter. Currently Mosaic offers 18.5 hours of programming.
In the Rec Club, participants play games and work on projects; in the exercise and drumming courses they get to expend lots of energy; with art, they get to be creative and with the film class, they get to learn more about the world and have discussions.
Why does Mosaic focus on enrichment for its participants? For their social and physical well-being, Jayadev said.
“When Mosaic started as SNAP in 1998, there was a huge gap for people after secondary school in things to do,” Jayadev said. “There was nothing to engage them. Rec Club was the first class and it started showing we had a need to bring people to the community where they could continue to learn and grow and be productive. We also realized a need for education, so we began teaching soft skills for employment — simple things you and I take for granted, like how and when to shake someone’s hand.
This quarter we’re teaching math on a first- and second-grade level, which gives participants self-confidence in paying for things — that kind of confidence is important.”
Jayadev acknowledged, “Most of what we do is on a shoestring budget,” so she’s looking for a benefactor to offer space for free or a minimal fee. For an incentive to donate space, Jayadev said that doing so is a tax write-off.
The site should be able to accommodate up to 25 participants, with Jayadev noting that the exercise and drumming classes would require large rooms because of all the physical activity that occurs. It also must be wheelchair accessible and have tables and chairs.
Last but not least, the facility must be accessible to Clallam Transit System buses.
“It does have to be on the bus lines because our participants mostly are coming to class by Paratransit and city buses, which is key to our attendance.” Available hours should be from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thus far, Jayadev has made presentations to the Sequim Sunrise Rotary, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Sequim Community Church and the Boys & Girls Club.
“We will look at the Boys & Girls Club, but mixing our adults and minors causes issues, so they would have to be scheduled at separate times,” Jayadev said.
Participants are as varied as the rest of the community: Some live in group or companion homes, others with their families, and some live independently. They range in age from teens to seniors and may or may not be employed. As special needs people, they are developmentally delayed and/or physically challenged but have a need and capacity to expand their world with the courses Mosaic provides.
If you would like to help Mosaic find a new home, call Jayadev at 360-797-3602 or e-mail her at email@example.com.