Approximately 70% of the clients we serve live in group home settings, about 25% live with their parents or other family members, and 5% live on their own.
We offer clients meaningful work opportunities, therapeutic life enrichment activities, and self-advocacy activities.
The short answer is yes. More than 50 of the clients we serve are paid directly by the employer at, or above minimum wage. For those working as part of a crew or onsite, we operate under a commensurate wage certificate monitored and enforced by the Fair Labor Standards Act. For more info on this topic, we suggest you read our Executive Director’s blog post, Client Wages, found at this link: www.merrickinc.org/barks-bytes/280-wages.html
Yes, clients bring their lunches. We offer healthy choices from onsite vending for snacks and to supplement lunches. Sometimes work crews or small groups go out to eat or host onsite pizza parties.
We currently serve more than 375 clients.
We employ approximately 110 people.
We have two locations: our main program site in Vadnais Heights, and a second site in downtown North St. Paul. For specific driving directions and parking information, visit: www.merrickinc.org/about-merrick/directions-a-parking.html