Instagram Icon
Facebook Icon
Twitter Icon
YouTube Icon
Donate Now Button

2021 Online Auction | Ready, Set, Bid!

Published October 25, 2021

Merrick, Inc., is pleased to announce our 4rd Annual Online Auction starting Monday, October 25, 2021.

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 4, at 9 pm.

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

  • 7-Night Stay at Select Resorts Worldwide
  • 14k Rose Gold Knot Pendant Donated by Wedding Day Diamonds
  • Lynx 2020 Team Autographed Basketball Donated by Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx
  • Matt Dumba Autographed Wild Hockey Jersey Donated by BMO Harris
  • Minnesota Wild vs. San Jose Sharks Tickets Donated by Lake Area Bank
  • Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers Tickets Donated by Larry & Amanda Konsterlie
  • Pathfinder RPG Tower Donated by Jonathan & Megan Kuneli
  • Restaurant Gift Card Bundle
  • Wall of Wine
  • Wild vs. Sharks
  • Rose Gold Knot Pendant
  • Wolves vs. Pacers
  • Pathfinder Tower
  • DSC 0019 Cropped

Bark’s Bytes #42 | Being BOLD

Published September 27, 2021

In mid-March of 2020 our services were shutdown by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Department of Human Services (DHS) as part of Governor Walz’s peacetime emergency plan to mitigate the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. Despite the best efforts of families and residential providers, we quickly understood how detrimental it was to the mental, physical, and emotional health of clients to be isolated at home 24 hours a day with no end in sight. In mid-June we were permitted to begin serving a limited number of clients and felt compelled to serve as many as possible within the DHS restrictions.

To manage the daily challenges of the pandemic it became necessary to have an expectation of how we were going to work towards resuming typical operations. To unify our management team of 18 professionals I offered the mantra of being BOLD which meant ~ Believe It, Own it, Lead it, and Do it and I will explain how this was used in our journey.

Believe it. Was the professional confidence that with a clear intention, sufficient resources, and a little good luck it was possible that each of us could contribute to a shared objective – in this case resuming typical services by 7/1/21.

Own it. With the intention known, each of us had to understand how the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on day programs by MDH and DHS could be met while maximizing the number of clients served. This required split shifts, using common space for workstations, and more frequent cleanings to name just a few adjustments.

Lead it. Perhaps the most difficult aspect was handling the frequent changes and obstacles with an attitude of “we can overcome” rather than “we are at the mercy of others”.

Do it. Can’t say it any better than we all had to step up and get busy doing what we could to serve more clients. It helped that every time a client returned to our program it was cause for a celebration.

I am pleased to report that on 7/12/21 we resumed typical operations serving 85% of the clients enrolled pre-pandemic and have had only one case of Covid-19 traced back to our program. We are working with a few business partners to bring our crews back to their operations and find new jobs for direct-hire clients that were displaced by the pandemic and should be back to full census in the near future.

I do not claim to be management guru and have no desire to go on a speaking circuit or write a book. Still, the BOLD mantra can be useful in coordinating a team’s intention for most challenges, securing each manager’s commitment, reinforcing that one can control their actions, and that any well-intended action is better than no action. Give it a try and I would be interested in any success stories.

Read more

DSPs Recognized by Vadnais Heights City Council

Published September 12, 2021

On Tuesday, September 7, 2020, Vadnais Heights Mayor Heidi Gunderson and the Vadnais Heights City Council proclaimed the week of September 12-18, 2021, as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.

We’re so pleased that the City of Vadnais Heights recognizes the importance of these amazing individuals who are the heart and soul of what we do at Merrick, Inc. Without Direct Support Professionals, our mission to empower adults with disabilities through employment support and life enrichment services would not be possible, and they don’t often get the recognition they deserve.

View City of Vadnais Heights Proclamation

Merrick DSPs at Vadnais Heights City Council
Left to right: Vadnais Heights Mayor Heidi Gunderson and DSPs Shelly Newcomb, Maolanie Thao, Brady Mallek, and Joanne Valenzuela.

2021 Summer Social Picture Gallery

August 11, 2021

Donor Wall
Melissa and staff
John and baby
BOT President Crystal
John and Jim
Dollie and Travis
Tricia and Dorie
Old Friends
Andy, Emerson, and Laura
Terry and Stephanie
Alex and family
Corby and Ginny
Brian and family
Jim and Kristina
Sarah and David

2021 Empower! Lunch | Save the Date

Published July 27, 2021

We’re excited to announce that on Thursday, October 14, Merrick, Inc.’s Empower! Lunch will return to Vadnais Heights Commons after a one-year pandemic-induced hiatus. Even more exciting, this year’s keynote speaker will be Super Bowl champion and 15-year NFL veteran Matt Birk.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Matt Birk was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998. A six-time Pro Bowl Selection and two-time All Pro, Matt proved to be an undisputed leader on the field and was named the sixth smartest athlete by Sporting News. More importantly, he has established a legacy of community service that will last far beyond his years of football.

If you are interested in hosting a table at Merrick’s Empower! Lunch, please contact Karen Herrera at (651) 789-6202 or Full details concerning this event including guest and sponsor registration may be found at

MN Peacetime Emergency Lifted

Published July 9, 2021

The MN peacetime emergency has been lifted effective 7/2/21 and temporary modifications by the Department of Human Services have ended. Merrick, Inc., has resumed typical operations.

Report to the Community 2019-20

Published January 7, 2021

We’re proud to announce that Merrick, Inc.’s Report to the Community 2019-2020 is now available for your viewing pleasure and can be downloaded by clicking here. Readers will encounter the following in this year’s Report to the Community:

  • A Message from the Executive Director
  • A Summary of Our Programs
  • Volunteer, Business Partner, and Client Spotlights;
  • Merrick By the Numbers;
  • and more.

Download 2020 Report

2021 Online AuctionReady, Set, Bid!

Starting on Monday, October 25, you’re invited to place bids at Merrick, Inc.’s 4th Annual Online Auction for the chance to come out on top when bidding closes on Thursday, November 4.

With the holiday season just around the corner, this is a perfect opportunity for you to find a unique gift for a loved one while also supporting a worthy cause.

Go to today to place your bids.