We believe that all people are on an individual journey to lead a life they desire. For clients at Merrick, Inc., our approach is based in a foundation of person-centered planning and self-advocacy to understand the individual’s path suggested by their unique passions, values, gifts, interests, skills, and preferences that lead toward a life of opportunity, well being, independence, and contribution.
Starting with the tour, the focus is on the prospective client to determine his/her passions, values, gifts, interests, skills, and preferences. Forty-five days after enrollment, staff and the new client complete a Person-Centered Planning Assessment to clarify and confirm outcomes to increase their opportunities for community inclusion and participation, social relationships, skill building, and work. This assessment becomes the cornerstone of the self-discovery process ensuring that, after listening to the desires and needs of the client, outcomes are developed to measure progress toward their desired results.