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United Helpers Mosaic unveils new mural

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What to do with a blank 70-foot wall that is almost three stories tall? That was the dilemma that the United Helpers’ Mosaic crew was faced with at their 101 Ford Street location. As the Mosaic team furthered plans for a bright and vibrant resident gymnasium, the drab, giant wall just didn’t cut it. That’s where the Ryan Bouchey, Mosaic employee and talented artist, came in.

“We knew we wanted color, something motivational,” said Michele M. Montroy, administrator for Mosaic. “Ryan presented us with a great mock-up of an idea to turn the wall into a mural and we thought it was a great idea.”

Mr. Bouchey spent more than three-and-a-half weeks on the mural that features several different types of sporting events and athletes. Bright colors seem to jump off of the once dreary wall and the first names of several of the people served by Mosaic are included the mural.

“I really wanted to bring the room to life,” Mr. Bouchey said. “It was pretty amazing to see the characters on paper and then transferred to the wall.” The mural was created using spray paint and a 30- foot ladder. Basketball, baseball and other sports are featured in the mural, the basketball player depicted is more than 14 feet tall.

“It was a pretty good work out, going up and down the ladder,” Mr. Bouchey said. “I would climb up, work on a section of the mural, climb back down, take several steps back to get a good look at what I was doing and then climb back up.”

The Mosaic Complex at 101 Ford Street in Ogdensburg houses Day Habilitation, Staff Development and Quality Assurance programs for Mosaic. The 25 thousand square foot building has been nearly completely renovated since its purchase in 2013. The most recent renovations involved 15 thousand square feet, and included the inclusion of a resident gymnasium, medical records space, meeting room, a staff gym, and additional office space. The Mosaic maintenance staff is credited with most of the renovation work.

“It’s truly amazing, what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Ms. Montroy added. “Ryan, Rick Pirie, Director of Buildings and Grounds for Mosaic, and the entire Mosaic maintenance team have done a great job bringing this space to life.”

Mosaic is part of the United Helpers family of services. Providing homes and services for people with developmental disabilities and for people living with chronic mental illness, Mosaic is the largest member of the United Helpers family serving more than 500 people each year and employing more than 300 North Country people. To learn more about the services offered by Mosaic, visit online at www.unitedhelpers.org, call the United Helpers Management Company at 393-3074 or search “United Helpers” on Facebook.

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