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KCK nonprofit raising funds to help people with disabilities

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A local group is helping out those with special needs, raising money for wheelchairs, lifts and equipment that makes it easier to communicate.

At Mosaic in Northeast Kansas, they are quietly changing the lives of many people with disabilities.

They are finding them their first jobs and helping many get equipment that could change their lives even more.

Chris Laster is one of Mosaic's most enthusiastic volunteers.

"He comes here every day, Monday through Friday. He works on our cleaning crew," executive director Lana Smith said.  "He just loves to be a part of Mosaic and give back as much as he can."

Many people with intellectual or developmental disabilities want the chance to be independent. They dream of landing their first job.

"We help them learn how to get a job, fill out a job application to interview, and then help them find a job and provide coaching after that," Smith said.

Laster also volunteers at non-profits around the metro to give back.

"I get to see different friends I can come and meet," Laster said.

The organization also offers residential services, case management and musical therapy.  A potential volunteer was inspired by one of their musical performances.

"It just touched my heart. I love helping people especially young men that need a break," Dean Ridgway said.

Ridgway decided he wanted to give back by organizing a motorcycle ride called Cruising for a Cause.

"I want this to be the biggest fundraiser they've ever had," he said.

The funds will help people like Laster who just want a chance to chase their goals.

The Cruising for a Cause starts Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $20 for a single rider and $25 for double riders.  All of the funds will benefit Mosaic in Northeast Kansas.

It will begin at the Central Church of the Nazarene at 12600 W. 87th St. Parkway in Lenexa, KS.

Click here for more information on all of the many services the organization offers and find out how to reserve a spot in Cruising for a Cause.

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