Please note that Merrick, Inc. will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29,
in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 2.

Author: jlaustad

Direct Support Professional- Alternative Services (Part-Time)

Assigned to Alternative Services located at 3210 Labore Road in Vadnais Heights.

Primary Duties: A Support Service Staff is needed to provide training, support, and supervision of adults with intellectual disabilities served within our Alternative Services program.  These individuals are interested in community integration, a variety of therapies (including occupational, horticulture, art, music, and pet therapy) arts and crafts, social and recreational activities, sensory integration, and assistive technology

Specific duties include:

• Supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities while they are engaged in social, community, therapeutic, and work activities and ensuring their safety and wellbeing;
• Assisting the individuals with a wide range of needs related to communication, personal cares (including eating and toileting), mobility, etc.;
• Implementing a variety of person-centered planning goals; and
• Documenting on service delivery, progress on goals, outcomes, and relevant events.

Qualified candidates must possess the following:

• A minimum of a high school diploma or GED. A community college AA degree, technical school degree, Human Services degree, or a four year Bachelor of Arts/Science degree is preferred;
• A minimum of six to 12 months of work experience supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities;
• A sincere and passionate desire to work with persons with intellectual disabilities;
• Comfortable and respectful when assisting with personal cares;
• Ability to problem solve and work independently; and
• Proven crisis management and de-escalation skills.

Candidates must also pass a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check, a DOT physical, and drug screen.

This is a part-time position working Monday through Friday for a total of 27.5 hours per week (day hours), and is eligible for pro-rated PTO, but not benefits. The hourly rate of pay starts at $15.00. 

Admission Inquiries

Thank you for your interest in Merrick, Inc. If you need any information regarding intake, referrals, or transition, you can contact

Dede Hauck
Program Director
(651) 789-6233
      Robin Mallek
Program Director
(651) 789-6236

For information regarding Merrick, Inc.’s Adult Day Services, you can contact

Ermelinda Zamora
Center Director
(651) 788-9107
      Therese Timbers
Service Lead
(651) 788-9107

You can also fill out the form below.

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Alternative Services

Clients who choose Merrick for life enrichment activities experience community integration; direct and indirect therapies including occupational, horticulture, music and pet therapy; arts and crafts; sensory integration; social and recreation; positive behavior support planning; augmented communication including assistive technology and American Sign Language; and enriched staff-to-client ratios. Clients have access to multiple activity settings and individualized strategies and schedules to promote optimum achievement of outcomes.

Adult Day Services

With a desire to build a community-based program, Merrick moved Adult Day Services (ADS) to the Franklyn Center in downtown North St. Paul in 2012. The comprehensive day program provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective and nurturing setting.

Merrick strives to enable clients to pursue personal preferences. We use a self-assessment and discovery process to assist clients with identifying specific activities in the community in which to participate.  Clients enrolled in the program are encouraged to foster their own engagement as “citizens” of North St. Paul through opportunities for commerce, volunteerism, community service, and participation in community activities. ADS facilitates group events, activities, and outings based on suggestions from the clients.

Merrick, Inc., has been providing day services to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Ramsey County since 1964. We offer a mix of day training and habilitation services, supported employment services, Ticket to Work and adult day services for more than 375 clients. Merrick is the largest I/DD provider in Ramsey County with a 50-year history of leadership in person-centered planning, meaningful work options, operational excellence, and continuous innovation.

Program Focus

Adult Day Services provides the health, social, and nutritional services necessary to decelerate loss of function, maintain status or improve the client’s capability for self-care as directed in each client’s Individualized Care Plan, to improve socialization skills, and encourage meaningful social experiences with non-disabled peers in the general community. We offer on- and off-site social & leisure activities (e.g. arts & crafts, horticulture, pet therapy, music, social skills games, shopping, tours); physical therapy, and self-advocacy activities. We promote Person-Centered Planning and choices made by the clients. The ADS program strives to be an integral part of the North St. Paul community where clients have meaningful social interactions with members of the community, contribute through acts of volunteerism; and in turn, enjoy opportunities for members of the community to share their time and talents as program volunteers.

Client Profile: Individuals with an Individual Care Plan (ICP) indicating a need for non-vocational support services.
Program Day:  Five hours (Monday–Friday) 
Staff to Client Ratio:  1:3, 1:5 or 1:8
Program funding: CADI, CCSA, DD Waiver, Elderly Waiver, Medicaid, TBI Waiver depending on the client’s resources, or private pay.

Staff Contacts

For information regarding Merrick’s Adult Day Services, you can contact

Ermelinda Zamora
Center Director
(651) 788-9107
      Therese Timbers
Service Lead
(651) 788-9107

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Arcade Bar 932 Arcade Street St. Paul
American Legion 5383 140th Street N. Hugo
Bleecher’s 2220 White Bear Avenue Maplewood
The Country Lounge 3590 Hoffman Road White Bear Lake
The Dog House 2029 Woodlynn Avenue Maplewood
Gulden’s Restaurant & Bar 2999 Hwy 61 N. Maplewood
Hoover’s 755 Jackson Street St. Paul
Jersey’s Bar & Grill 6449 Concord Blvd. Inver Gove Heights
Macaluso’s 3857 Labore Road Vadnais Heights
Manitou Grill & Event Center 2171 4th Street White Bear Lake
The Old Clover 705 County Road F E. Vadnais Heights
Overboard Bar & Grill 4455 64th Street E. Inver Grove Heights
Polar Lounge 2549 7th Avenue E. North St. Paul
Roddy’s 2541 7th Avenue E. North St. Paul
Sherwood Lounge 1418 White Bear Avenue St. Paul
Sidewinder’s 2573 7th Avenue E. North St. Paul
St. Paul Saloon 1045 Hudson Road St. Paul
Sweet Pea’s Public House 472 Snelling Avenue S. St. Paul
The Tilted Tiki Tropical Bar 324 Main Street S. Stillwater
Tracks Bar & Grill 1091 Rice Street St. Paul


Bleecher’sMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Country LoungeNoon -10 p.m.Noon -10 p.m.Noon -10 p.m.Noon -10 p.m.Noon –MidnightNoon –MidnightNoon –Midnight
DoghouseNoon-Midnight4 – 11 p.m.4 – 11 p.m.4 – 11 p.m.4 – 11 p.m.4 p.m. – Midnight2 p.m. – Midnight
El AlamoNoon – 11 p.m.4-11 p.m.4-11 p.m.4-11 p.m.4-11 p.m.Noon-MidnightNoon-Midnight
Hoover’s11 a.m.- 10 p.m.11 a.m.- 10 p.m.11 a.m.- 10 p.m.11 a.m.- 10 p.m.11 a.m.- 10 p.m.11 a.m.- Midnight11 a.m.- Midnight
Jersey’sMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Macaluso’sNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – Midnight
Nickel JointNoon – 10 p.m.4-8 p.m.4-9 p.m.4-10 p.m.4-11 p.m.3 – 11 p.m.Noon – 11 p.m.
Old CloverNoon-Midnight4 – 10 p.m.4 – 11 p.m.4 – 11 p.m.4 – 11 p.m.4 p.m. – MidnightNoon-Midnight
Roddy’sNoon to 11 p.m.5 – 9 p.m.5 – 10 p.m.5 – 11 p.m.5 – 11 p.m.5 – Midnight5 – Midnight
Sherwood LoungeNoon-Midnight3-Midnight3-Midnight3-Midnight3-Midnight3 p.m. – 1 a.m.3 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Polar LoungeMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Sidewinder’sBar and Machine Operation 7 days/week/open until close
St. Paul Saloon1 -11 p.m.1 -11 p.m.1 -11 p.m.1 -11 p.m.1 -11 p.m.1 p.m. – Midnight1 p.m. – Midnight

Meat Raffles/Gift Card Raffles

Bleecher’s2-5 p.m.  6-8 p.m.6-8 p.m. 4-7 p.m.
Country Lounge     5-6 p.m. 
Doghouse     5 – 6 p.m. 
El Alamo     5:30 – 7 p.m. 
Gulden’s5-6 p.m.
Hoover’s     4-6 p.m.1-3 p.m.
Macaluso’s    5-7 p.m. 
Old Clover     5 – 7 p.m. 
Polar Lounge1st Saturday of the month 1-3 p.m.
Roddy’sDuring Viking Games
Sherwood Lounge     5 –7 p.m. 
Sidewinder’s      2:30–4:30 p.m.
St. Paul Saloon     4:30-6:30 p.m. 
Track’s      5-7 p.m.1-2:30 p.m.

Cash Bingo

Arcade BarTuesdays @ 6:30 p.m.;  guaranteed coverall $300/$500;
Bleecher’s Wednesdays and Fridays 6pm – Saturdays 4pm – guaranteed coverall $300/$500
Country LoungeSaturday 2:30 and Tuesdays 6 pm – $1000 coverall in 59#s called every session
Doghouse1st & 3rd Sun. of ea month; 3:30 p.m.; guaranteed coverall $300/$600/$1,000;
Gulden’sWednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.; $1,000 coverall in 59#s called every week
Hoover’sTuesdays 6 pm – $1000 coverall in 59#s called every week; $99 guaranteed consolation
Macaluso’sTuesdays; 6:30 p.m.; $1,000 coverall in 59#s called every week;
Old Clover InnCoach or Cash 2nd Monday of ea. month; 6:30 p.m.; $30/$60/$99 per game;
Roddy’sCoach or Cash 2nd Thursday of ea. month; 7 p.m.; $30/$60/$99 per game;
Mancave/Cash 4th Thursday of ea. month; 7 p.m.; $30/$60/$99 per game;
Sherwood LoungeCoach or Cash 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of ea. month; 7 p.m.; $30/$60/$99 per game;
Sidewinder’sSaturdays; 2 p.m.; $1,000 coverall in 59#s called every week;