Established in 1964 with the support of the Christ Child Society, we opened for services in the Merrick Community Center (named after the Christ Child Society founder Mary Virginia Merrick) on the East Side of St. Paul; and began serving 15 young adults with a intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD) that lived at home and could not secure adequate services from the public schools.

Christ Child Society/Merrick Community Center

For many years to come, the common perception of society was that people with I/DD needed to be "cared for and kept busy." As a result, our services were originally designed to be mostly recreational in nature as reflected in our original name: Merrick Daytime Activity Center (DAC).

With advocates demanding that people with I/DD return to their communities from the state hospitals and receive a public education, the need for appropriate activities during the day for graduates and adults grew and we expanded to include a location on Payne Avenue. During this timeframe, advocates recognized that people in DAC programs had an interest in, and were capable of, working. Initially this interest was met by bringing assembling, sorting, and packaging work, which was out-sourced by businesses, on-site to be finished by clients at the DAC program (when not using the person's name we use the term "client" to affirm that they have chosen us as their provider).

Now, Merrick, Inc., is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, licensed by DHS as an:

  • Adult Day Services (ADS),
  • Day Training & Habilitation (DT&H), and
  • Supported Employment Services (SES) provider;
  • and also offers the Ticket-To-Work (TTW) option.

Through our two program sites, we provide support to over 375 adults with I/DD and employ more than 145 professional staff.

We offer a variety of business solutions that are cost effective, meet or exceed a company's service or production standards, and include the support necessary to make the partnership successful. Capabilities include:

In addition to our business solutions, we also offer life enrichment and therapeutic programs for clients that have retired, cannot work because of health concerns, or have chosen not to work. In the summer of 2012, we opened our second program site in downtown North St. Paul for Adult Day Services and the newly created Memory Care Services program.

Our other programs and services are coordinated through our main site in a beautifully renovated and energy efficient building located at 3210 Labore Road in Vadnais Heights;

Surveying the possibilities, we have chosen a montage of old compasses as our logo to demonstrate that we are an experienced company that continues to be a pathfinder for those seeking to explore new horizons. Through our business partnerships, employees, and the reliable, loyal, and enthusiastic characteristics of our client workforce, we are helping to change society's perception of the clients we serve not as people with disabilities, but rather people with abilities. Likewise, we encourage you to find the best in each person you encounter today.

 

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