Impact and Programs
Client and stakeholder results for 2017 showed a 97.90 satisfaction rating.
Three hundred people found meaningful employment through Merrick. Clients were employed at gas stations, dental offices, grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, partnering non-profit organizations, and on our own work floor.
Seventy-five clients worked on their life enrichment goals and experienced an increase in choices. Activities requested by the clients included musical theatre, yoga, art, horticulture, pet therapy, and music.
Clients at Merrick volunteered in the community by raking leaves for seniors, delivering Meals on Wheels, creating no-sew blankets for a local transitional housing shelter, cleaning up a park, and helping at a local food shelf.
Self-advocates (clients) at Merrick conducted a food and toy drive and presented the donations to the Vadnais Heights Lions Club.
On average, 127 self-advocates participate in one of five weekly self-advocacy groups at Merrick.
Eleven self-advocates have graduated from the Partners in Policymaking program, and intensive eight-month leadership training program.
The Ambassadors for Respect, funded by the MN Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, presented fun and interactive anti-bullying workshops for more than 610 4th grade students at nine local elementary schools.
We hired a self-advocate to conduct 58 training session related to person-centered-planning for Merrick staff and other self-advocates.
To prepare for new employment waivers (if approved by the State of MN), we have established a Job Services Program to offer individualized training for clients at Merrick who wish to pursue a job "in the greater workforce." Our goal is to identify each client at Merrick who wishes to participate in this training and guide them on the journey to this type of employment.
We will better coordinate Department of Human Services Department licensing documentation requirements with Person-Centered-Planning to achieve individual client goals.
We will improve company support of self-advocacy program.
Community or Constituency Served
We provide life enrichment and employment opportunities for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the Northeastern Twin Cities.
Geographic Area Served
We provide life enrichment and employment support for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who live in Ramsey County. Employment takes place in Ramsey, Washington, and Hennepin Counties in Minnesota.