Welcome to Mosaic!
Located in the heart of the City of Kitchener, Mosaic provides individual counselling, group programs, credit counselling and community services to children and adults. Mosaic is recognized for its wide-ranging expertise in the field of mental health, children and youth development, domestic violence prevention and service delivery, and the provision of services for new Canadians and refugees.
The Spirit of Giving
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time once again to think of those who will be struggling at what should be a joyful time. Our Spirit of Giving team is preparing to put Christmas packages together for clients at Carizon Family and Community Services who do not have other means of support. This often includes single working moms, isolated individuals and families who are experiencing hard times due to job loss or illness.If you are able to help us, we would make sure that your generosity becomes a meaningful expression of the care you have for those in need. Our volunteers are ready and willing to go into action, but we need your help.
The following are ways you can help:
Sponsor a family – your family or group can provide money for us to purchase gifts for a family – approximately $300 – $500 allows us to buy gifts and include a grocery store gift certificate. Alternatively, we can provide information on a family, and you can purchase the gifts which we will wrap and deliver.
Provide items – we are always in need of items such as tinned candy and cookies, toiletries for men, women and teens, generic items such as journals, hats, mitts, scarves or pajamas. Your group could take up a collection of these things and we will make sure they get into the hands of our clients. Items should be new, not used.
Make a cash donation – any amount you are able to provide will go directly to families or individuals in need in the form of a grocery store gift certificate.
Phone: 519-743-6333 ext. 243
400 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 1W7
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Websites: www.carizon.ca www.mosaiconline.ca
Winter groups are now available for registration. Please check out our Group Programs for more information.
Carizon Staff Are Celebrating!
It’s National Family Week and We’re Launching Our New Look!
Thousands of Canadians have celebrated National Family Week every fall since 1985, when it was proclaimed an official week by the Government of Canada. “This year’s theme “Strong Families, Strong Communities” reminds us that communities are built by families and families are supported by communities,” says Carizon CEO Sue Gillespie. “What better week for Carizon to launch our new look.”
On April 1st of this year, Mosaic Counselling Family Services and kidsLINK amalgamated to form Carizon Family and Community Services, providing a comprehensive integrated approach to delivering community services. At a staff celebration today, Carizon launches its new logo. “While you’ll still see our long‐standing Mosaic and kidsLINK program logos in the community,” says Gillespie, “our new logo represents our growing ability to provide services that care for individuals and families and contribute positively to the wellness of those we serve.” The logo was designed by Matt Miller, Executive in Residence, Capacity Waterloo Region and well‐known local graphic designer. Staff focus groups were the inspiration for the new design, reflecting their themes of nature symbols that represent growth and nurturing, and circle symbols that capture the wrap‐around and responsive quality of Carizon’s programs and services. Read More…
The Empty Nest Syndrome
Mosaic has a wide range of group programs for men, women and children. Please click here for Fall 2013 Group Program offerings. Registration is required for all groups; please contact us at 519-743-6333 to register or for more information.
Pathways Volunteers Saluted at Kitchener Awards Ceremony!
Children’s Mental Health Week
Merger strengthens ability for service delivery!
Mosaic Counselling and Family Services and kidsLINK (Notre Dame of St. Agatha Inc.) are pleased to announce today the amalgamation of these two long-standing and successful social and mental health service leaders. The Ministry of Government Services has approved the incorporation of the new organization that will operate as Carizon Family and Community Services as of April 1st, 2013.“Both kidsLINK and Mosaic are recognized for their leadership in providing a multitude of services that strengthen individuals, families and neighbourhoods,” says Carizon’s President of the Board of Directors, Rich Steinmann. “This merger will allow these two agencies to enhance their ability to contribute positively to the well-being of children, youth, adults, families and communities.”CEO Sue Gillespie, who will lead Carizon, identifies the ability of the new organization to provide a continuum of care that meets the changing needs of our community. “Combined, kidsLINK and Mosaic have the experience of providing services to our community for more than 216 years. As a leader in social and mental health service delivery,” says Gillespie, “we will draw on that expertise to leverage complementary strengths and proactively pursue an even more impactful future.”
The name Carizon, a combination of the words care and horizon, was designed to capture the nature of the services provided by the agency, as well as its hope and vision for the future of this community.
Mosaic Offers Elder Support Group Program
Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors program, Mosaic is hosting an eight week program, Empowering Seniors designed for seniors in our community on Thursday mornings 10 a.m. -12 noon from April 11 – May 30, 2013. Seniors will learn about:
- elder rights and how to maintain them
- planning around safety and setting boundaries
- resolving conflicts
- power of attorney and future planning
- community resources and support
- financial awareness and potential fraud
Registration is free, however, there is limited enrolment, so register early. Contact: Sandi Sherk at 519-743-6333, x347 or email@example.com.
CTV Investigates Dealing with Debt
CTV anchor Rosie Del Campo looks at the warning signs of financial trouble in the first part of a three part series exploring Canada’s rising household debt to income ratio. Mosaic’s Credit Counselling Manager Heather Cudmore shares her insights.
Mosaic E.D. Sue Gillespie featured as CTV’s Local Hero
On October 3rd, thanks to her successful United Way bid, Sue Gillespie got to be Police Chief for a Day. CTV followed the story and also recognized Sue’s contribution to the community, honouring her as CTV’s Local Hero. Check it out.
Theresa Karn Talks about Couples & Chores on Gary Doyle’s Show
Mosaic unveils Youth Mural Project!
Mosaic, in partnership with Reception House Waterloo Region, held a mural workshop for young refugees, ages 14 – 21. The purpose of the mural development exercise was to work with these young people in order to decrease isolation and to provide an opportunity for personal growth, self-expression, the development of teamwork skills, the discovery and development of artistic talents, and to participate in something fun and unifying. Funds for the Promise of Partnership Program are provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Learn more about the Promise of Partnership Program.
Naomi’s Journey and How Mosaic Made a Difference!
As far back as she could remember, Naomi recalled a childhood of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. As a young woman, Naomi struggled with panic attacks and the fear that others were watching her. While Naomi had managed to support herself, she was unable to do so in a public environment. Naomi did her work in isolation, grocery shopped at night when no one else was in the store, and avoided any non-essential activity that took her outside of her own four walls. It was an isolating and draining existence. One day shortly after Naomi’s 30th birthday, Naomi was recognized for her thorough and efficient work and was offered a new job in an office. The job, however, necessitated that she walk four blocks to her downtown office and interact with people several times a day. Naomi desperately wanted the job, but she just could not get beyond the fear. That’s when she made an appointment at Mosaic Counselling and Family Services and came in to talk to Pauline. Pauline began by listening to Naomi and helping her to deal with her childhood trauma. Pauline also taught Naomi skills to help her manage her anxiety and provided her with tools and techniques to help her to calm herself and to find emotional freedom. Naomi started by walking one block from her home and back, then two blocks, then three. From there, Naomi added other activities, like Tai Chi. It took a number of months, but Naomi eventually accepted that job. Naomi credits Pauline for “opening up her life.” Today, Naomi not only enjoys her new career, but she has joined a hiking club where she walks for miles on end, all the while socializing with others.
Naomi is one example of an individual that has overcome life’s challenges thanks to Mosaic’s Trauma Client Assistance Fund. This fund provides counselling and services to members of our community that have experienced a traumatic event and would otherwise not be able to afford or have access to these services. You can help people like Naomi.