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 https://www.facebook.com/MerrickInc/ 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 https://www.facebook.com/MerrickInc/ to help us celebrate our DSPs.

For more ideas regarding how you can celebrate DSPs, visit https://www.ancor.org/2022-direct-support-professional-recognition-week.

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.
You're Invited: Merrick's Empower! Lunch

Register Today for Merrick’s Empower! Lunch

Published August 25, 2022

We’re excited to announce that Merrick’s 2022 Empower! Lunch will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, and will feature actor, producer, and director Jack Stahlmann (https://dontflinchguy.com/) as keynote speaker. The Empower! Lunch is a free event in which we will highlight why our community is better because of our services and inspire guests to financially support our goal of providing exceptional life enrichment programs for adults with disabilities. Although the event is free to attend, registration is required, and donations are requested.

If you are interested in joining us, please register at www.merrickinc.org/empower. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you still consider making a donation. Questions should be directed to Megan Kuneli at (651) 789-6207 or megank@merrickinc.org.

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 megank@merrickinc.org to have one sent to your home.

New Services Now at MerrickPositive Support Services & Individualized Home Supports

Merrick Inc., is pleased to announce two new licensed services available to current and prospective clients that can be provided in their home or in the community. These services will be provided separately, or in addition to current services, and will be scheduled at times that work best for the client and their support team:

  • Positive Support Services (Professional, Analyst, Specialist)
  • Individualized Home Supports (with training)

Clients or support teams should contact their case manager who will determine if the services are available within their waiver plan and assist them to identify which service is most appropriate. The case manager will initiate service authorization and if units are authorized, will update the Support Plan and make a referral to Merrick by contacting Brady Mallek, Positive Support Professional at bradym@merrickinc.org or (651) 789-6208.