Merrick, Inc. will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.
Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, September 3.

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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 Sunday 3:30 pm
Old Clover Vadnais Heights 2nd Monday 6:30 pm
Roddy’s North St. Paul 2nd Thursday 7:00 pm
Sherwood Lounge St. Paul 2nd 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.

MN Tri Wheel

ThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Country Lounge6 p.m. – Midnight6 p.m. – Midnight6 p.m. – MidnightClosed
DoghouseClosed6 p.m. – Midnight8 p.m. – Midnight5:30-11:30 p.m.
Hoover’s4 – 10 p.m.4 p.m. – Midnight4 p.m. – Midnight3 – 7 p.m.

Direct Support Professional—Adult Day Services

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—Life Enrichment

Assigned to Alternative Services located at 3210 Labore Road in Vadnais Heights. Our Direct Support Professionals working in the Life Enrichment program support and supervise those adults with intellectual disabilities that are interested in community integration; a variety of therapies (including occupational, art, music, and pet therapy); arts and crafts; social, recreational, and horticultural activities; sensory integration; and assistive technology. Job duties include:

    • Supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities while they are engaged in social, community, and therapeutic 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;
    • Documenting on service delivery, progress on goals, outcomes, and relevant events; and
    • Occasionally driving company vehicles.

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 is preferred;
    • Committed to self-advocacy and person-centered planning principles;
    • A sincere and passionate desire to work with persons with intellectual disabilities;
    • Comfortable and respectful when assisting with personal cares;
    • 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.;
    • Ability to problem solve and work independently; and
    • Basic computer and data entry skills.

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

The position is part-time (27.5 hours per week, M-F day hours, is not benefit eligible, and receives paid time off and paid holidays) with the hourly rate of pay starting at $15.00. 

Direct Support Professional—Vocational/Enhanced

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.

Candidates must also pass a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check, DOT physical, and a drug screen.  Both full-time (40 hours per week, M-F day hours, is benefit eligible) and part-time (27.5 hours per week, M-F day hours, is not benefit eligible) positions are available with the hourly rate of pay starting at $15.00. Both full-time and part-time positions receive paid time off and paid holidays. 

Katie G. – Client Spotlight

For the past 17 years, Katie has spent the majority of her waking hours at Merrick. She recently transitioned into the Alternative Services (AS) program after having some struggles in the Utility Services division. Now that she is “retired” and choosing to spend her time with more therapeutic activities, staff and her family members have noticed a distinct difference. “Katie has grown leaps and bounds in personality since transferring to AS. Her social skills have improved significantly allowing her to go from a person feared by others to a person accepted by others and even invited into group activities. She has become more flexible, willing to reason with staff about when and where to do certain things and is gaining trust in others. She has also made a good friend in a fellow client, and they talk, laugh, and just be silly with each other for hours,” reported Program Director Dede Hauck
 
Katie’s love of music makes the music therapy program offered at Merrick a highlight of her week. She has an uncanny ability to mimic sounds and enjoys all forms of music. Since her transition to AS, her family said she is more expressive, communicates with longer sentences and is sharing more of her emotions and choices of activities. 
 
Because Merrick is able to offer different options, Katie was able to find a fit that has let her blossom and become more of her true self. When asked how she likes Merrick, Katie replied joyfully, “Merrick is cool!” We couldn’t agree more! 

Charitable Gambling Info and Hours

A division of Merrick, Inc., charitable gambling includes pulltabs, raffles, bingo, and the MN Tri Wheel all governed by local and state authorities. We currently are licensed to operate 16 locations in the Twin Cities and the proceeds from these activities support our vocational and life enrichment programs. In the most recent reporting year we were the largest charitable gambling operation in the state based on gross receipts and we donate more than $100,000 each year to support our mission. Please scroll down for site locations, games played, and hours of operation.

Charitable Gambling Sites

Bleecher’s 2220 White Bear Avenue Maplewood
Track’s Bar & Grill 1964 University Ave., W St. Paul
El Alamo 429 S. Robert Street St. Paul
Lumberyard Pub 3121 St. Croix Trail S. Afton
Hoover’s 755 Jackson Street St. Paul
Jersey’s Bar & Grill 6449 Concord Blvd. Inver Gove Heights
Macaluso’s 3857 Labore Road Vadnais Heights
Polar Lounge 2549 7th Ave. E. North St. Paul
Overboard 4455 64th St E Inver Grove Heights
Roddy’s 2541 7th Ave. E. North St. Paul
Sherwood Lounge 1418 White Bear Ave. St. Paul
Sidewinder’s 2573 7th Ave. E. North St. Paul
St. Paul Saloon 1045 Hudson Road St. Paul
The Country Lounge 3590 Hoffman Road White Bear Lake
The Dog House 2029 Woodlynn Avenue Maplewood
The Old Clover 705 County Road F East Vadnais Heights


PULLTAB 

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Doghouse

Noon-Midnight

4 – 11 p.m.

4 – 11 p.m.

4 – 11 p.m.

4 – 11 p.m.

4 p.m. – Midnight

2 p.m. – Midnight

Old Clover

Noon-Midnight

4 – 10 p.m.

4 – 11 p.m.

4 – 11 p.m.

4 – 11 p.m.

4 p.m. – Midnight

Noon-Midnight

Sherwood Lounge

Noon-Midnight

3-Midnight

3-Midnight

3-Midnight

3-Midnight

3 p.m. – 1 a.m.

3 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Bleecher’s

Machine Operation 7 days a week/open until close

Track’s Bar & Grill

Machine Operation 7 days a week/open until close

Country Lounge

Noon -10 p.m.

Noon -10 p.m.

Noon -10 p.m.

Noon -10 p.m.

Noon –Midnight

Noon –Midnight

Noon –Midnight

Jersey’s

Machine Operation 7 days a week/open until close

St. Paul Saloon

1 -11 p.m.

1 -11 p.m.

1 -11 p.m.

1 -11 p.m.

1 -11 p.m.

1 p.m. – Midnight

1 p.m. – Midnight

Polar Lounge

Machine Operation 7 days a week/open until close

El Alamo

Noon – 11 p.m.

4-11 p.m.

4-11 p.m.

4-11 p.m.

4-11 p.m.

Noon-Midnight

Noon-Midnight

Nickel Joint

Noon – 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.

Sidewinder’s

Bar and Machine Operation 7 days/week/open until close

Roddy’s

Noon to 11 p.m.

5 – 9 p.m.

5 – 10 p.m.

5 – 11 p.m.

5 – 11 p.m.

5 – Midnight

5 – Midnight

Hoover’s

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.- 10 p.m.

11 a.m.- Midnight

11 a.m.- Midnight

Macaluso’s

Noon – Midnight

Noon – Midnight

Noon – Midnight

Noon – Midnight

Noon – Midnight

Noon – Midnight

Noon – Midnight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEAT RAFFLES/GIFT CARD RAFFLES 

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Doghouse

 

 

 

 

 

5 – 6 p.m.

 

Old Clover

 

 

 

 

 

5 – 8 p.m.

 

Sherwood Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

5 –7 p.m.

 

Bleecher’s

2-5 p.m.

 

 

6-8 p.m.

6-8 p.m.

 

4-6 p.m.

Track’s Bar & Grill

 

 

 5-7 p.m.

 

 

 

1-5 p.m. 

Country Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

5-7 p.m.

 

Jersey’s

 

St. Paul Saloon

 

 

 

 

 

4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

Polar Lounge

1st Saturday of the month 1-3 p.m.

El Alamo

 

 

 

 

 

5:30 – 7 p.m.

 

Track’s

 

 

 

 

 

 6-8:30 p.m.

3-5 p.m.

Sidewinder’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Roddy’s

During Viking Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoover’s

 

 

 

 

 

4-6 p.m.

1-4 p.m.

Macaluso’s

 

 

6-8 p.m.

 

 

5-7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH BINGO 

Bleacher’s Every other Friday bingo $1,000 Guaranteed
Tracks Fridays 6-9 p.m.
Country Lounge
Every Saturday, 2:30 – 5 p.m. for $1,000!
Hoover’s Every Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. for $1,000!
Roddy’s Every Thursday, 6-8 p.m. for $1,000!
Sherwood Lounge 1st, 3rd and 5th (if applicable) Tuesdays of the month for $1,000!
Sidewinder’s Every Saturday, 2 – 5 p.m. for $1,000!

PURSE BINGO 

Bleacher’s Wcwey other Friday 6-8 p.m.–check Bleecher’s website for details
Doghouse 2nd AND 4th Tuesday of the month; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Macaluso’s Every Wednesday; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sherwood Lounge 2nd  Tuesday of the month; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sidewinder’s 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lumberyard Pub 3rd Thursday of the month 7-9 p.m.

 

MN TRI WHEEL 

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Country Lounge 6 p.m. – Midnight 6 p.m. – Midnight 6 p.m. – Midnight Closed
Doghouse Closed 6 p.m. – Midnight 8 p.m. – Midnight 5:30-11:30 p.m.
Hoover’s 4 – 10 p.m. 4 p.m. – Midnight 4 p.m. – Midnight 3 – 7 p.m.

 

Program Policies and Procedures

DHS has a new rule known as The Positive Supports Rule. Due to this new rule and legislative changes to our licensing rule 245D, we have updated some of our program policies and procedures.

Click on the titles below to view a PDF of each document. 

Service Termination Policy Safe Medication Assistance & Administration Policy
Emergency Plan Service Recipient Funds & Personal Property Guidelines
Emergency Use of Manual Restraints Policy Person Centered Planning Policy
Rights of Persons Served Client Grievance Policies
Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults Reporting & Internal Review Policy   

Marcus F. – Client Spotlight

Marcus came to Merrick four years ago with a work history in the oil fields of Mississippi and as an iron worker. When his strong work ethic became apparent, he was asked to join the plastic recycling crew in 2013. For the past two years he has thrived under the leadership of Support Service Staff Liz Tauer who said of Marcus, “He is the heart of the recycling crew, and one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. He works nonstop his entire shift. When he took a week vacation, I filled in for him, and I had the workout of my life!”   
 
Besides for being known for putting his “all” into his work, Marcus also puts his all into being a proud self-advocate. Being a member of both the onsite Shooting Stars group, and the offsite self-advocacy group that meets weekly at J. Arthurs has brought him out of his shell and lets others see his funny and outgoing personality. This fall he will begin the Partners in Policymaking twice weekly classes offered through the MN Governor’s Council of Development Disabilities. The free program is designed to teach people with disabilities and family members the power of advocacy to positively change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.
 
In his free time, Marcus enjoys talking to his friends on the phone. One of his new goals is to become better at using email. He types independently and enjoys communicating with his friends through the computer. He also enjoys dining out and is a proud father and grandfather, showing off photos of his family when asked.
 
Without a program like Merrick and the support of staff and self-advocacy programs, would Marcus find a fit in an integrated employment setting? No one knows the answer, but for now we are glad the question doesn’t need to be asked. Marcus is a great example of someone who has truly blossomed through the support offered at Merrick.