12/18/2017
AEP Foundation Presents $50,000 to MOSAIC Christian Community Development Association
Ric Pawloski, Executive Director of MOSAIC, accepts the $50,000 AEP Foundation grant from Shelley Klug of I&M

BENTON HARBOR, MI, December 18, 2017 – MOSAIC accepted a $50,000 grant from Indiana Michigan Power on behalf of the AEP Foundation to help start MOSAIC Develop, a workforce development program based in Benton Harbor.

With this grant, MOSAIC Develop will use its current employees in workforce development programs to renovate six to 10 homes per year. By purchasing and renovating these homes, MOSAIC will create local investments and housing opportunities for low-income residents. The program is projected to be 80 percent self-supporting within the first three years.

“This generous support from the AEP Foundation will allow MOSAIC to add affordable housing options to the Mosaic Pathway to sustainability for the community we serve,” said Ric Pawloski, MOSAIC Executive Director, “We are excited for the future of MOSAIC Develop in the coming years.”

“I&M is focused on enriching education and the quality of life in each community we serve,” said Shelley L. Klug, I&M Economic and Business Development Manager, “We are pleased to support MOSAIC with funds to help individuals in Berrien County better their lives and the lives of their families.”

The AEP Foundation grant will be coupled with money from the Upton Foundation’s Big Idea Grant.

MOSAIC Develop will join other successful programs already in action. These programs begin with soft-skills training, advances through supervised work experience, with an ultimate goal of long-term competitive employment. MOSAIC overcomes hurdles such as transportation, reading and math skills, childcare and personal barriers on a one-at-a-time basis. One of the key factors for success is the dedicated mentor provided to each participant. Mentoring is made possible thanks to the surrounding community and businesses supporting programs financially.

About MOSAIC

MOSAIC is dedicated to building a stronger community in Benton Harbor and Berrien County, Michigan. It supports individuals as they take “steps to greatness” by helping them learn new skills, rebuild their relationships, and work toward an independent life. To learn more about MOSAIC and how to get involved, visit www.mosaicccda.com or (269) – 932-3557.

About AEP Foundation

The AEP Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units, including Indiana Michigan Power. The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math and the environment and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger.

 

Ric Pawloski
Executive Director
MOSAIC CCDA
(269) 932-3557
rpawloski@mosaicccda.com
Ric Pawloski, Executive Director of MOSAIC, accepts the $50,000 AEP Foundation grant from Shelley Klug of I&M

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