The Mosaic Center, Inc. History
In 2003, God gave a vision to a group of Lufkin women for a Christian women’s education center in Angelina County. This group of ladies, now known as “The Mothers of The Mosaic,” visited the Christian Women’s Job Corp Program in Tyler for inspiration. They prayed about how this vision could become a reality in Lufkin.
Volunteers were trained by the Christian Women’s Job Corp, an affiliate of Women’s Missionary Union for a school: The Mosaic Center, Inc. In 2004, a house was donated for The Mosaic Center’s use, and restoration began by dedicated volunteers.
The vision became a reality and The Mosaic Center, Inc. opened its doors for the first class in the fall of 2005. Eight ladies completed an 11-week program. In 2006 – The Adult Learning Center of Lufkin partnered with The Mosaic Center, Inc. and GED classes began.
In 2007, The Mosaic Center, Inc. received the donation of the historic Denman Home, 601 N. First Street, located in Downtown Lufkin. Renovations of this house began to transform it from a home to a school. And in 2008, classes moved to its current location. That same year, The Mosaic Center, Inc. was awarded The Governor’s State Award, One Star, for a Community Encourager.
Classes rapidly increased in size, and new curriculum was added as the program grew. Angelina College and The Adult Learning Center of Lufkin became huge supporters that contributed to The Mosaic’s success. In partnership with Angelina College, The Mosaic Center began to offer English as a Second Language (ESL), and Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) classes.
In 2020, The Mosaic Center is celebrating the 15 year anniversary of ministry to the women of Angelina County.
Today, The Mosaic Center holds two 12-week Core Program courses each year, one in the spring and in the fall. Each class can accommodate up to 24 women. The Core Program includes Jobs for Life training, GED and Adult Basic Education, computer skills, resume writing, mock interviews, personal money management, 7 Decisions curriculum, health and wellness, parenting, CPR training, Food Handler’s certification, and more. In addition, The Mosaic Center offers a CPS approved, stand-alone Parenting Program. There are 5 staff members, 20 board members, and over 300 volunteers that serve the Mosaic Center in a given year.
God’s provision and blessing are undeniable in the story of The Mosaic Center, and He continues to fill our cup to overflowing. All Glory to God!
WHO WE ARE
Understanding God’s unconditional love for all, The Mosaic Center exhibits an example of God’s love by fostering human dignity and self-respect. The Center seeks to promote and nurture an integrated vision of the whole person – body, soul, and spirit.
- Students of The Mosaic Center develop economic self-sufficiency to strengthen the family unit. This is achieved through education, guidance, job and life skills training, mentoring and follow-up.
- Volunteers of The Mosaic Center find a place of meaningful service through teaching, mentoring and serving
WHAT WE BELIEVE
STATEMENT OF FAITH: We believe in the Trinity, God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the Bible as the Word of God. Salvation comes through grace by believing in Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God, our Savior and Lord. Once saved, the Holy Spirit indwells, thereby instructing, guiding, and empowering the individual to follow the mandate of Jesus Christ in daily living.
God recently paved the way for me to become Executive Director in January 2019, and I am thrilled to be here! God put The Mosaic Center on my heart long ago – before it even existed. God gave me a vision of the church – women from all Christian churches in our community – coming together to provide a place to help women grow in mentorship and training through the love of Jesus Christ. I was blessed to serve as a Mentor for Class 1, and also serve on the Board of Directors for three years and Executive Board for one year. Now as Executive Director, I help plan and implement the mission and daily operations of The Mosaic Center.
While volunteering for Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), I was introduced to The Mosaic Center by others involved with the program as teachers and mentors. Their testimonies about The Mosaic Center’s value, contribution and purpose to the community made me want to be a part in whatever capacity I could add value. I was interviewed and selected to be a volunteer in January 2019. My service included being a computer room assistant, and at various times when needed, I volunteered as a receptionist. Currently, I am the Office Administrator.
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I am originally from Houston but have traveled and lived in various places in Texas due to my previous 30-year computer programming career. In 2013, I moved to Huntington, Texas, where I continue to reside. I am an active member in my church serving in whatever capacity that I can. I have been truly blessed by the opportunity to serve at Mosaic, first as a servant and now as an employee. All glory be to God!
“I have been familiar with The Mosaic Center and the ministry it offers to women for many years. As I was driving past the center a few months ago, I felt a strong sense of desire to work there. I have learned through experience to recognize that feeling as coming directly from the Lord. When I looked at the job description for the Program Director, I just knew it was for me. God was laying my ground work for this position through previous employment and volunteer work. I look forward to learning all aspects of the program and getting involved with teachers, volunteers, mentors, and especially the students of The Mosaic Center. I know God will use each of us as we work together to better the lives of the women in our community. I am grateful and truly feel blessed to be on Staff. “
Assistant Program Director
I joined The Mosaic Center staff in September 2018. I have served at The Mosaic Center since 2015 in various volunteer roles, and am so excited to be a part of the staff! My duties include speaking with potential students, interviewing them, and assisting Carol in the planning, preparation, and execution of our educational programs.
I moved with my family back to Lufkin from Denver, Colorado in 2015. My mother had told me about the ministry for years, and when I got here I knew I had to be a part of it. People sometimes ask me if I miss the beauty of Colorado and I tell them, nothing can compare to the beauty of the power of God transforming lives, including my own, in this house.
The Mosaic Center is excited to welcome Karen as our new Communications/Event Coordinator. Karen served as a Mentor for one of the first classes at The Mosaic Center and fell in love with the ministry. She has a heart for women and wants to see them grow in their knowledge of Christ and find their identity in His amazing love. She believes this ministry has a strong reputation for life transformation and she wants to be a part of impacting this generation and many to come! Her passions include creative design and working with volunteers. She loves connecting with others and sharing common interests.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michelle Briley, President
Dr. Cindy Casparis, Vice-President
Karen Watson, CPA, Secretary
Daren Hamaker, CPA, Treasurer
Ashley Bratton, Parliamentarian
Dr. Doug Ashburn
Mary Virginia Casper
Nita Dickerson, CPA
Sundra Denman Hearne
Hon. Bob Inselmann
Dr. Patricia McKenzie