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Challenge and Mozaic Form Alliance 4/7/21

Dear community partners, 

On behalf of the Challenge Workforce Solutions Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce that we have finalized an alliance agreement with another regional non-profit agency, Mozaic, effective April 7, 2021. This is an outcome that our board and leadership team have been working towards for several months and we are very excited about what this means for the future of the organization.

With over a century of combined service to thousands of individuals across the Finger Lakes region of New York, Mozaic and Challenge have long shared a common commitment: building one strong community where people with varying abilities and barriers gain independence and become an integral part of society.

In 2020, we began exploring the idea of forming alliance to broaden and strengthen this vital mission. We saw that each partner would bring a unique and symbiotic set of skills to the table.

Mozaic, created upon the merger of the Arc of Seneca Cayuga and the Arc of Yates early last year, is a premiere provider with a comprehensive range of clinical, residential, educational, vocational and day service programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as a thriving integrated enterprise, Finger Lakes Textiles, which has been manufacturing winter hats and other apparel for U.S. Armed Forces and the public for over 25 years.

Challenge, as many of you know, is regionally distinctive in its specialized focus on community-based prevocational and supported employment services for people with disabilities, mental health diagnoses, and socioeconomic or legal obstacles, as well as its suite of flexible contract staffing solutions that augment essential operations at Cornell University, Cayuga Medical Center, Wegmans, and many other top area employers.

This alliance will position both agencies to offer a more robust array of person-centered, community-integrated services to an expanded geographical area while promoting fiscal sustainability and opening up new avenues for innovation.

On April 7, we welcomed aboard current Mozaic CEO Allen Connely as President and CEO of Challenge Workforce Solutions. Having lived and worked in over twenty countries before stepping into leadership positions at the Keystone Blind Association and then Mozaic, Allen brings a wealth of experience in human services and the business world.

Allen says, “We are excited about this alliance with Challenge. Both organizations strive to provide the highest quality of service and share commonalities in our culture and best practices. The biggest sources of opportunity come through collaborations with excellent organizations and Challenge definitely exemplifies excellence.”

Challenge Workforce Solutions will be retaining its 501(c)(3) status, its staff, its administrative offices and production center at the South Hill Business Campus, and its numerous community partnerships and connections. For program participants, families, and employers, there won’t be any day-to-day changes, and for donors, your generous financial gifts will continue to support Challenge programming.

If you do have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to check our FAQ section, or contact our Director of Development and Marketing, Tess Fraser, at tess@aboutchallenge.org or 607-272-8990 ext. 125.

As always, we are so grateful for your support—thank you for being part of the Challenge family!

Best,

Kelley Cooper
Vice President, Board of Directors
Challenge Workforce Solutions

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