Bowl-A-Thon Postponed

2020 Bowl-A-Thon | Postponed

March 17, 2020

Unfortunately, Merrick, Inc.’s 18th Annual Bowl-A-Thon has been postponed and will not be taking place on Sunday, April 19, 2020, as originally planned. We hope to announce a new date for the event in the near future.

Lake Area Bank presents Merrick, Inc.'s 25th Annual Charity Golf Scramble on May 18, 2020

2020 Charity Golf Scramble | Registration Tees Off

February 14, 2020

Individual golfer and sponsor registration is now open for Merrick’s 25th Annual Charity Golf Scramble on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, WI. Registration is $175 per golfer. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $5000. Additional information can be found on our event webpage.

We look forward to seeing you out there on the golf course.

Merrick's 2020 Bowl-A-Thon

2020 Bowl-A-Thon | It’s Back

Save the Date

January 7, 2020

Mark your calendar for the most fun you can have on a Sunday morning in Minnesota! The annual Bowl-A-Thon on April 19, 2020, presented by IPS Cranes promises lots of fun for everyone. Join us for bowling, games, face painting, a pizza lunch, and raffles. To sponsor a team, volunteer on the planning committee, or help the day of the event, please contact Development and Communications Director, Karen Herrera at or (651) 789-6202.

Bark's Bytes: Blog of Merrick, Inc., Executive Director John Wayne Barker (JWB)

Bark’s Bytes #39 | Smoke & Fire

Published January 7, 2020

In late 2019, it came to my attention that Arc Minnesota was actively building a coalition of stakeholders to develop a 2020 legislative plan to phase out the commensurate wage regulation, known as 14(c), which permits a special minimum wage. After hearing strong opposition from many stakeholders this plan has been shelved for the time being. Still, there are several efforts at the federal level to eliminate the 14(c) regulation, and the Minnesota Disability Services Division (DSD) is moving forward with its plan to redesign Day Training & Habilitation (DT&H) services and impose a 36-month limit on prevocational services (with a possible 12-month extension) for anyone enrolled after 12/31/20.

It is my view that this DSD plan will eliminate the center-based work option for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) even if the 14(c) regulation is retained. To explain my reasoning I wrote a document entitled “Smoke & Fire” that is formatted in the style of a 2015 document entitled “Myths & Realities” written by the RTC on Community Living at the University of Minnesota. My hope is that a reader will better understand the issue if explained in a similar format and structure.

Both documents are attached as a pdf to this editorial and I suggest that the reader print both and read the same section of each before moving onto the next section. In this manner, the contrasting views may be clearer to the reader by the time they finish reading the documents.

At Merrick we have more than 200 clients that earned more than $750,000 last year through our 14(c) center-based work option who either can’t or don’t want to work in a competitive integrated work environment. It is my hope that others will strive to convince DHS to reconsider its DT&H redesign plan and proposed limit on prevocational services so that people with I/DD can make meaningful decisions about how to live, work, and interact with the community as promised in the Olmstead Plan.

ADS New Years Eve Party Picture Gallery

December 31, 2019

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ADS Fall Open House Picture Gallery

November 13, 2019

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VHEDC Award Video

November 11, 2019

Merrick, Inc. was honored to be the recipient of the 2019 VHEDC Community Partnership Award, and looks forward to continuing to grow its partnerships across the Northeastern Twin Cities.

Self-Advocacy Video

November 8, 2019

Merrick, Inc. is licensed in the state of Minnesota to provide day programs and work options for 375 adults with disabilities. We choose to do more than that.

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