Merrick, Inc., will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, in recognition of Thanksgiving. Normal hours will resume on Monday, November 28.

Author: Megan Kuneli

2022 Online Auction | Ready, Set, Bid!

Published November 2, 2022

Merrick is pleased to announce our 5th Annual Online Auction starting Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

All are invited to browse and place bids on available auction items at No account is needed to browse auction items, but you will be required to create one to place a bid.

The auction will close on Thursday, November 10, at 9:00 P.M. CST.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of our auction items.

  • 52-Bottle Wall of Wine
  • Autographed Football Donated By the Minnesota Vikings
  • Dinner & Show For 2 Donated By the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Foursome of Golf Donated By Majestic Oaks Golf Club
  • MN United FC Tickets Donated By John & Barbara Huston
  • Nutrition Coaching for 3 Months Donated By Success Training & Fitness
  • Private Wine Class for 20 Donated By Total Wine & More
  • White Gold Diamond Stud Earrings Donated By Wedding Day Diamonds
  • Wild vs Hurricanes Tickets Donated By Comcast Business
  • White Gold Diamond Stud Earrings
  • Autographed Football
  • Wild vs Hurricanes
  • Nutrition Coaching
  • Wall of Wine

2022 Empower! Lunch Picture Gallery

Posted November 2, 2022

Photo Credit: Steve Kjelland Photography

Event Program
Table Setting
About Merrick Display
John Barker & Jack Stahlmann
Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
John Wayne & Mary Barker
Welcome Table
Fran & Greg Knothe
Karen DeYoung & Guests
Maguire Agency
Matt Clysdale & Jim Rathburn
Greeting Guests
Warners' Stellian
Techie Dudes' Table
Kowalski's Markets' Table
Bob & Mary Ann DeYoung's Table
Jack Stahlmann & Matt Clysdale
Stephanie Mann's Table
Lenny & Dede Gavic's Table
Karen DeYoung's Table
Mary Barker's Table
John Wayne Barker's Table
Jamey Austad's Table
Karen Herrera's Table
Karen Herrera
Matt Clysdale of Maguire Agency
John Wayne Barker
Stephanie Mann
Twin Cities Sound

Open House Date Change

Published October 19, 2022

As you know, we are currently building out our new program space located at 1239 Willow Lake Boulevard in Vadnais Heights to be the new home for our life enrichment programs and activities. We had previously announced an open house for Wednesday, October 19. However, due to unforeseen challenges, we have decided to change the date of the open house to Wednesday, November 2.

All other details remain the same. Current clients, their families, house staff, and case mangers are all invited to attend. No RSVP is necessary!

We look forward to welcoming you into our new space, and apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change of date.

Merrick Open House Updated Details

1239 Willow Lake Blvd
Vadnais Heights, MN

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
3:30 – 5:30 pm

Executive Director Celebrates DSPs

Published September 12, 2022

It’s Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week! DSPs are the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities, and we could not do what we do without them. Moreover, to help us kick off the week, here’s a message from Merrick, Inc., Executive Director John Wayne Barker.

Lastly, be sure to follow Merrick on Facebook at to see how we’re celebrating our DSPs this week.

Vadnais Heights City Council Honors DSPs

Published September 7, 2022

During last night’s city council meeting, Vadnais Heights Mayor Heidi Gunderson proclaimed the week of September 11-17, 2022, as Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. In attendance were Merrick DSPs Tess Bruhn, Dan Lind, Donna Tate, and Jenn Wold as well as Executive Director John Wayne Barker who gladly welcomed the city’s gesture of appreciation.

DSPs are essential to our work of empowering adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, they rarely receive the thanks they deserve. Hence, why DSP Recognition Week is so important and why we celebrate it each year. DSPs are the heart and soul of supports for people with disabilities. They are the primary providers of community-based long-term support services for thousands of individuals with disabilities in Minnesota. In other words, Merrick could not do what we do without them. Thus, they deserve our gratitude.

Starting Monday, September 12, follow Merrick on Facebook at to help us celebrate our DSPs.

For more ideas regarding how you can celebrate DSPs, visit

Read the proclamation for yourself by clicking here.

Donna Tate, Tess Bruhn, Mayor Heidi Gunderson, and Jenn Wold pose with the proclamation inside city hall.
John Wayne Barker, Donna Tate, Jenn Wold, Dan Lind, and Tess Bruhn pose with the proclamation outside city hall.

2022 Charity Golf Scramble Picture Gallery

Posted June 9, 2022

Photo Credit: Steve Kjelland Photography

01A   Royal Credit Union 1
01A   Royal Credit Union 1 w/clients
01B   Royal Credit Union 2
01B   Royal Credit Union 2 w/clients
02A   Lake Area Bank
02A   Lake Area Bank w/clients
02B   Steen
02B   Steen w/clients
03AB   Warners' Stellian
03AB   Warners' Stellian w/clients
04A   Cashe Software
04A   Cashe Software w/clients
04B   North American Banking Co
04B   North American Banking Co w/clients
05A   SevenHills Cleveland
05A   SevenHills Cleveland w/clients
05B   Total Mechanical Srvcs
05B   Total Mechanical Srvcs w/clients
06A   Maguire Agency
06A   Maguire Agency w/clients
06B   Austad
06B   Austad w/clients
07A   Murphy 1
07A   Murphy 1 w/clients
07B   Murphy 2
07B   Murphy 2 w/clients
08A   Wallace & Versatile Vehicles
08A   Wallace & Versatile Vehicles w/clients
08B   Hough & Marzitelli
08B   Hough & Marzitelli w/clients
09A   Koch NationaLease
09A   Koch NationaLease w/clients
09B   Interstate
09B   Interstate w/clients
10A   Northview Dental
10A   Northview Dental w/clients
10B   Mahre
10B   Mahre w/clients
11A   Greenbaum
11A   Greenbaum w/clients
11B   Sanfilippo
11B   Sanfilippo w/clients
12A   Frandsen Bank & Trust
12B   Brausen Repair
13A   Ferlic Filter
13A   Ferlic Filter w/clients
13B   HSCL
13B   HSCL w/clients
14A   Lindenmeyr Munroe
14A   Lindenmeyr Munroe w/clients
14B   Redpath & Co
14B   Redpath & Co w/clients
15A   Hallgren Clapper
15A   Hallgren Clapper w/clients
15B   Blue Sky Vitamin
15B   Blue Sky Vitamin w/clients
16A   Attorneys Title
16A   Attorneys Title w/clients
16B   Loffler w/clients
16B   Loffler w/clients
17A   Triple Crown Gaming
17A   Triple Crown Gaming w/clients
17B   Twin Cities Metro CDC
17B   Twin Cities Metro CDC w/clients
18A   Hauck
18A   Hauck w/clients
18B   Traudt
18B   Traudt
Turn   Trenary
Turn   Trenary w/clients
Bob & Jim

Report to the Community 2021

Published March 10, 2022

Merrick, Inc.’s 2020-21 Report to the Community is now available! The Report to the Community provides readers with an inside look into Merrick, Inc., over the past year. Moreover, it showcases how your support positively impacts the lives of nearly 400 adults with disabilities served by Merrick. For those interested, the PDF version of the report may be downloaded here. If you prefer a hard copy of the report, feel free to drop by our main office in Vadnais Heights to pick one up. Alternatively, you may contact Megan at (651) 789-6207 or to have one sent to your home.

2022 Policies & Procedures Revisions

Published February 25, 2022

Merrick implemented several policy and procedure changes that impact service delivery. These changes include the following:

  1. In all policies and procedures, persons served are identified as “clients” rather than “individuals” or “people receiving services.” There were also many changes identifying staff persons as “employees” rather than “DSPs,” and we updated manager position titles.
  2. An addition to the Admissions Policy regarding clients being put on a waiting list.
  3. The Guiding Principles were updated with new service definitions due to the waiver reimagine project from DHS.
  4. The Program Abuse Prevention Plans for both locations were updated to include a response for factors that reduce health and safety of clients such as a pandemic and also services no longer provided including Adult Day and Memory Care Services. Both plans also include updated demographics.

A PDF document of Merrick’s revised Policies and Procedures can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Policies & Procedures – 2022 Revisions