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Direct Support Professional — Adult Day Services (Part-Time)

Assigned to Adult Day Services/Memory Care located at 2497 7th Avenue East in North St. Paul.

Our Support Service Staff working in the Adult Day Services Program focus on meeting the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities who are aging, building relationships and community connections, facilitating the use of assistive technology, and offering desired creative activities that promote a healthy, safe, and fun environment.

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Direct Support Professional — Vocational/Enhanced (Community-Based Work Crew/Plastic Pick-Up)

Assigned to Enhanced Services located at 3210 Labore Road in Vadnais Heights. Our Direct Support Professionals working in the vocational programs support, train, and supervise adults with intellectual disabilities who are interested in performing facility-based work contracts and/or community-based work opportunities. Specific duties include:

  • Training and supervising individuals with intellectual disabilities while they are engaged in work/vocational tasks and occasional rec/leisure activities;
  • Overseeing the work performed by the individuals to ensure that they are performing their duties in a manner that meets/exceeds business expectations;
  • Implementing a variety of person-centered planning goals and outcomes;
  • Documenting on service delivery, progress on goals, outcomes, relevant events, activities, and payroll;
  • Assisting with personal cares as needed; and
  • Driving company vehicles.

It is also important to note that this position will be working directly with individuals with disabilities who can become frustrated, noncompliant, and/or aggressive.  To best ensure the clients’ success while they are working or participating in other activities, this staff must:

  • Be sensitive to the clients’ frustrations;
  • Demonstrate proactive behavioral approaches;
  • Possess excellent behavior management skills and the ability to deal with crisis situations; and
  • Basic sign language skills are a plus.

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/developmental disabilities is preferred;
  • A sincere and passionate desire to work with persons with disabilities;
  • Committed to self-advocacy and person-centered planning principles;
  • Proven crisis management and de-escalation skills;
  • Basic computer and data entry skills;
  • Comfortable and respectful when assisting individuals with personal cares;
  • Ability to problem solve and work independently;
  • Meet the physical demands of the position, with or without a reasonable accommodation, including regularly standing, walking, and bending as well as assisting persons with personal cares, ambulation, etc.; and
  • Focused on the quality of work at all times.

In addition, this position requires the Direct Support Professional to undergo a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination and receive a Medical Examiner’s Certificate stating that they are physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle. Moreover, the Direct Support Professional will receive a “Driver’s Stipend” in the amount of $8.00 for each day that they drive the company truck and meet the expected criteria of the position.

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

The position is full-time (40 hours per week, M-F day hours, is benefit eligible) with the hourly rate of pay starting at $15.09. Position includes paid time off and paid holidays. 

Alternative Services (AS)

Clients who choose Merrick for life enrichment services have access to community integration; therapeutic experiences including animal assistance, horticulture, and music activities; 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 emotional, mental, and physical health.

Admission Inquiries

Complete our admission inquiries form for more information about Merrick, Inc.’s Alternative Services.

Adult Day Services (ADS)

About ADS

With a desire to embed services within a community, Merrick opened the ADS program in downtown North St. Paul in 2012. This unique program provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective and nurturing environment.

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.

Program Focus

ADS provides the health, social, and nutritional services necessary to slow the loss of function, maintain socialization skills, and encourage meaningful social experiences with non-disabled peers in the general community. We offer on- and off-site social and leisure activities (e.g. animal assistance activities, arts and crafts, horticulture, music, social skills games, shopping, tours); physical therapy, and self-advocacy experiences. 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.

Admission Inquiries

For information about Merrick, Inc.’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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American Legion*5383 140th St NHugo
Arcade Bar932 Arcade StSt. Paul
Bleecher’s2220 White Bear AveMaplewood
The Country Lounge3590 Hoffman RdWhite Bear Lake
The Dog House2029 Woodlynn AveMaplewood
Hoover’s755 Jackson StSt. Paul
Jersey’s Bar & Grill6449 Concord BlvdInver Gove Heights
Kenyon Bar & Grill632 2nd St BlvdKenyon
Lumberyard Pub*3121 St Croix Trl SAfton
Macaluso’s3857 Labore RdVadnais Heights
Manitou Grill & Event Center2171 4th StWhite Bear Lake
The Old Clover Inn705 County Rd F EVadnais Heights
Overboard Bar & Grill4455 64th St EInver Grove Heights
Polar Lounge2549 7th Ave ENorth St. Paul
Roddy’s2541 7th Ave ENorth St. Paul
Sherwood Lounge1418 White Bear AveSt. Paul
Sidewinder’s2573 7th Ave ENorth St. Paul
St. Paul Saloon1045 Hudson RdSt. Paul
The Tilted Tiki*324 Main St SStillwater
Tracks Bar & Grill1091 Rice StSt. Paul
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Bleecher’sMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Country LoungeNoon – 10 pmNoon – 10 pmNoon – 10 pmNoon – 10 pmNoon –MidnightNoon –MidnightNoon –Midnight
DoghouseNoon – Midnight4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 pm – Midnight2 pm – Midnight
Hoover’s11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – 10 pm11 am – Midnight11 am – Midnight
Jersey’sMachine Operation 7 days a week/open until close
Macaluso’sNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – MidnightNoon – Midnight
Old CloverNoon – Midnight4 – 10 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 – 11 pm4 pm – MidnightNoon -Midnight
Roddy’sNoon – 11 pm5 – 9 pm5 – 10 pm5 – 11 pm5 – 11 pm5 pm – Midnight5 pm – Midnight
Sherwood LoungeNoon – Midnight3 pm -Midnight3 pm -Midnight3 pm – Midnight3 pm -Midnight3 pm – 1 am3 pm – 1 am
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 pm1 – 11 pm1 – 11 pm1 – 11 pm1 – 11 pm1 pm – Midnight1 pm – Midnight

Meat Raffles/Gift Card Raffles

Bleecher’s2 – 5 pm  6 – 8 pm6 – 8 pm 4 – 7 pm
Country Lounge     5 – 6 pm 
Doghouse     5 – 6 pm 
Hoover’s     4 – 6 pm1 – 3 pm
Macaluso’s    5 – 7 pm 
Old Clover     5 – 7 pm 
Polar Lounge      1 – 3 pm; 1st Saturday
Roddy’sDuring Viking Games
Sherwood Lounge     5 – 7 pm 
Sidewinder’s      2:30 – 4:30 pm
St. Paul Saloon     4:30 – 6:30 pm 
Track’s      5 – 7 pm1 – 2:30 pm

Cash Bingo

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

Purse Bingo

American Legion Hugo 4th Monday 7:00 pm
Doghouse Maplewood 2nd & 4th Sundays 3:30 pm
Macaluso’s Vadnais Heights Every Wednesday 6:30 pm
Manitou Grill White Bear Lake 3rd Thursday 3:30 pm
Roddy’s North St. Paul 2nd Thursday 7:00 pm
Sherwood Lounge St. Paul 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7:00 pm
Sidewinder’s North St. Paul 3rd Tuesday 6:30 pm
Tilted Tiki Stillwater 1st & 3rd Mondays 6:30 pm

*Dates & times subject to change. Please check with the location to confirm.