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.
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
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:
- Packaging and assembly
- Plastic recycling
- Paper sales
- Document destruction
- Digital imaging
- Office support, retail, food service, and more.
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
Our other programs and services are coordinated through our main site in a beautifully renovated and energy efficient building located at
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.