Food Shelf Partner

Help fill empty plates! Become a Merrick Food Shelf Partner today!

Send an email to info@merrickcs.org and download your Partner Packet today!

Merrick Food Shelf Partner Packet

Donations are also accepted online and/or by check. Make check payable to Merrick Community Services.  Memo: Poverty Relief

Mailing address:
1669 Arcade Street N., Suite 4, St. Paul, MN 55106

We accept fresh food all summer!

We appreciate your donation of  non-perishable and fresh food during the summer months

Please contact our Woodland Hills Food Shelf for delivery times.  Phone: (651) 287-2088

Merrick’s Woodland Hills site

1740 Van Dyke Street
St. Paul, MN 55109
Phone: (651) 487-0001.

Mix & Mingle 2017

On October 12, 2017 friends of Merrick huddled up for the East Side at the Super Bowl themed 4th Annual Merrick Mix & Mingle. More than 150 guests gathered at Hotel Metro Saint Paul to show their support for Merrick and the East Side community and enjoy tasty tailgate snacks (including delicious desserts provided by Cookie Cart and Swede Hollow Café), games and raffles, silent and live auctions, and an inspirational program highlighting Merrick’s work and impact. Dan Stoltz, President/CEO of SPIRE Credit Union, spoke about the importance of being both a “go-getter and a go-giver”, and Laarni Shank, a graduate of Merrick’s Construction Training Program, offered powerful remarks about her journey to becoming a professional carpenter.

It is through you that Merrick is able to reach out to a lot of people and provide them with the skills they need. People like me who are searching for a way out of living from paycheck to paycheck. I would like to let you know that each one of you have impacted my life in a way that I could never explain fully… Through Merrick, you have not only helped me secure an attainable promising future for my children, but also break free from a vicious cycle of anger, anxiety, and depression.”

– Laarni Shank

Learn more about Merrick’s Construction Training Program and Laarni’s story by watching this video. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for what was, without a doubt, our best Mix & Mingle to date! Stay tuned for information about next year’s event.

Questions about the Mix & Mingle? Contact Brandon Griffin at bgriffin@merrickcs.org or 651-219-5557.

To see more photos from the 4th Annual Merrick Mix & Mingle, visit our Facebook page.

Community Services

Merrick Community Services provides essential core services aimed at improving the lives of the residents of Saint Paul’s East Side by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and promoting their independence.
 
 
Located at 1669 Arcade Street N., Suite 4, St. Paul, MN 55106.  Phone 651-219-5555

The Employment Services program provides a number of resources and skills to enable clients the tools identify and obtain career opportunities.  These resources provided unemployed and underemployed adults with resume building, job searches, email access, professional computer skills, as well as help to identify employment references and interview skills. The program features an 8 week Construction Training program each year.


Located at 1669 Arcade Street N., Suite 4 St. Paul, MN 55106 651-219-5450
The Family Services program utilizes skilled resources to address the complex needs of families through community referrals from partner agencies. These resources include domestic violence (DV) prevention, mental health DX, as well as individual and family case management services in order to educate and reduce the number of families affected by violence.
 

Located at 1740 Van Dyke Street, St. Paul, MN 55109.  Phone (651) 287-2088
The Food Shelf program provides fresh and healthy food to low income residents on the East Side of St. Paul at its main facility in Maplewood, MN.  Utilizing a Client Choice model, participants can shop for their specific needs while satisfying individual, family, and cultural preferences. The program features both mobile food shelves and multicultural produce distributions.
 

Located at 1740 Van Dyke Street, St. Paul, MN, 55109.  Phone (651) 287-2092
The Senior Services program is dedicated to providing services that enable area seniors to remain independent and to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. Operating the largest Meals on Wheels program in Ramsey County, nutritious food is delivered daily to elderly residents in East Saint Paul. The program also features Senior Mobile distributions and Social Groups to encourage community interaction.
 

Located at1669 Arcade Street N., Suite 4 St. Paul, MN 55106 651-330-9102 Ex. 6570
The Youth Services program offers after-school and summer youth programming designed to promote responsibility, respect for self, others and property. Through interactive, hands-on activities and excursions, youth experience a balance of learning and fun. The Explorer’s Club offers youth challenging and interactive learning experiences in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), healthy living and life skills, and food science.
 

Youth Explorers Club Application

Volunteer

There are three ways you can connect your talents and passions with Merrick:

For questions please contact Merrick
info@merrickcs.org 651-771-9339
 

Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Looking to meet new people or better understand the challenges facing our community? Have a knack for playing with kids or chatting with seniors? Volunteer! Learn more.

Group Volunteer Opportunities
Need Service Hours? Boy and Girl Scouts, church confirmation requirements, and school service requirements can all be accommodated through the many volunteer opportunities at Merrick! Learn more.

Internships
Build your resume, make professional connections, and gain real-world experience while working and serving with your Saint Paul neighbors. Learn more.

Volunteers are an indispensable part of our organization. As a volunteer, we know that you will provide invaluable service, allowing us to reach beyond the constraints of staff time and capacity. Regardless of what particular volunteer contribution you provide, please know that it is critical to our ongoing operations and the success of our organization.
 

Back To School Celebration

Join us on Saturday, August 17th from 10am2pm at the Merrick Community Center for Merrick’s
annual Back to School Celebration event, benefitting economically disadvantaged youth on Saint Paul’s East
Side. For over 15 years, Merrick has hosted the backpack distribution event, benefitting over 800 families by
providing students with school supplies and basic needs items in preparation for the school year.

This free event will feature a variety of fun and interactive games, a bonus produce distribution, live music,
food and fun for the whole family!

HOW CAN I REGISTER FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES?

Each year, Merrick collects and distributes over 800 backpacks to students in need. Thanks to the generosity of donors, volunteers and community partners, families can register for their backpack beginning July 19th by:

*Registering at the Merrick Community Center,
located at 1669 Arcade Street North, Suite 4
between 8am – 4pm, Monday – Thursday.

Registering online at www.merrickcs.org/backpacks

How can I contribute?

Now through August 12th, you can help provide students with the school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom this upcoming school year! All donated school supplies will be distributed at Merrick’s Back to School Celebration on Saturday, August 17th at the Merrick Community Center. All donation must be received by August 12th. See the list of most needed supplies below.

WHO WILL DONATIONS BENEFIT?

Each year, Merrick collects and distributes over 800 backpacks to
students in need. Thanks to the generosity of donors, volunteers and
community partners, Merrick’s Back to School Celebration has
provided low-income families with school supplies and basic
needs for over 15 years!

MOST NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Backpacks
Scissors
Pens
Notebooks
Rulers
Pencil Pouches
Snacks

Pocket Folders
Flash Drives
Erasers
Pencils
Index Cards
Crayons

Pencil Sharpeners
Calculators
Markers
Glue Sticks
Highlighters Colored Pencils
Rulers
Academic Planner

$5 Buys a package of markers for a growing artist
$10 Buys notebooks, folders, pencils, and pens for one student
$20 Buys a new backpack for one student
$50 Buys a backpack and supplies for an elementary school student
$100 Buys a backpack and supplies for a high school student

Click Here To Donate

LEND A HELPING HAND

We need dedicated individuals and corporate groups to help assemble the backpacks August 12th through August 16th and then to distribute them on August 17th.
 

To volunteer call or email:
Brant Ingalsbe
651 219 5555
bingalsbe@merrickcs.org

Volunteer shifts available:
Au
gust 12th -16th (Monday -Friday)9am -12pm or 1pm – 4pm
August 17th (Saturday)
9am – 12pm or 12 pm – 3pm

Ways to Give

Since 1908, Merrick Community Services has been serving Saint Paul’s East Metro through a variety of programs and services. Your donation can inspire hope and create opportunities for a brighter future on the East Side. We look forward to continuing to serve the community and working together to empower individuals, strengthen families, and promote independence!

Donations to our nonprofit organization are tax deductible. Our tax ID is 41-0693851.


Make a Financial Contribution

Merrick Community Services needs your support to continue helping children, families and seniors struggling with poverty on Saint Paul’s East Side.

Thank you! We appreciate your generosity!

Donate Now


 

Employer Gift Matching

Employee matching gifts or funds are grants an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Usually associated with corporate grantmakers, employee matching gifts are often dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Some companies may also give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts.

Procedures vary with each company. Information about their matching gift benefits are usually available from the human resources department.

  1. Ask your company’s human resource office, personnel department, or community relations office if your company has a matching gift program.
  2. If so, ask for a matching gift form and follow the instructions on the form when you make youdonation.
  3. When you make a donation to Merrick Community Services, your company will also make a gift, in some cases, double the amount of your gift.  

To learn more, contact Merrick at info@merickcs.org or call 651-771-9339

Contact Us


Donate Items

Throughout the year, Merrick collects a variety of items that we distribute to those in need. Items that we collect may include:

  • Nonperishable food items
  • Toys (for all ages)
  • Holiday gifts (for older children)
  • Clothing
    • Coats (new or gently used)
    • Winter hats, mittens, and boots (new)

For more information about what kinds of items we can accept, please contact our office.

Contact Us


Volunteer Your Time or Talent

Volunteering your time and talents is another way to support Merrick. Every year, hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours to make our work possible. Volunteers are a crucial part of our organization. Check the link below to see all of the ways to get involved.

Volunteer


Become a Board Member

Learn how you can help Merrick meet the needs of our neighbors to ensure a healthier and more secure East Saint Paul community for all. If you are looking for a way to make a meaningful difference for our community, I hope you will seriously consider joining Merrick’s talented and committed board of directors.

Learn More


Planned Giving

Merrick Community Services has been operating on Saint Paul’s East Side since 1908 and we continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable East Side residents through our self-sufficiency and stability-focused programs. A planned gift is a way to continue your legacy on Saint Paul’s East Side.

Learn More


Special Giving Opportunities

Learn more about the numerous programs and services that Merrick Community Services provides to the residents of St. Paul’s East Side and how your giving can benefit the community.

Holiday Share
Food Shelf Partner
Back to School Celebration

Jobs At MCS

What you should know about Merrick Community Services

For more than 110 years, Merrick Community Services has demonstrated through its mission that it supports individuals and families to navigate life transitions, find health and stability, and promote independence.  

Merrick Community Services was founded on Saint Paul’s East Side in 1908 as the Christ Child Society, a part of a national model of settlement houses, which provided essential services to economically disadvantaged communities.  Today, Merrick Community Services stands as one of the oldest nonprofit agencies in Ramsey County, with a history of assisting individuals and families transition from poverty and become self-sufficient and stable.  The core programs of MCS are Nutritional and Independence Services (comprised of the Food Shelves and MOW/Senior Services) and Employment, Family and Youth Services.

CURRENT OPENINGS

Resource Development Assistant

           

Position Type:             Full-time (32-40 hours per week)
Location:                     Saint Paul, MN
Travel Required:         Local (fewer than 25%)

Required Education:   Minimum, Associate’s Degree: Bachelor’s Degree Preferred

Min Experience Req:  3 year
     

 Description

 

The Resource Development Assistant supports the Director to plan and implement fundraising events, manage donor communication and accounting, as well as provide administrative support to the leadership team. This position reports to multiple supervisors including the Director of Resource Development, the Finance Director, and the Executive Director.

 

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities

    Database File Management

  • Oversees the database for the fundraising program. Keeps information on donors and    
       volunteers current.
  • Regularly updates donor information.
  • Enters all donations from government, foundation, individual and business donors, including
        in
    kind donations.  
  • Primarily responsible for preparing, updating, and issuing thankyou letters to donors.
    · Primarily responsible for performing monthly electronic donation withdrawals using a variety of
       tool
  • Prepares reports and mailing lists as requested by Director.

2.    Cash Receipts and Reconciliation

  • · Coordinates gift receipting with the Finance Department. 
  •  · Generates cash receipts journal from Kindful each month, reviews for accuracy, and forwards
         to Director for approval.  
  •  · Performs accounts reconciliation for Finance Department, including related research and
        preparation of journal entries.
     

3.    Clerical Support

  • Compose and process letters
  • Assists Director with mailings, filing, meeting preparations, reporting.
  • Maintains grant files.
  • Maintains business and individual donor files.

4.    Special Events

  • Identify prospects and solicit donations for events.
  • Track sponsorships and donations.
  •  Write thank you letters and prepare mailings.
  •  Arrange for pickup of donated items.
  • Create event displays, brochures, and other print materials
  • Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Dinner Support (April 2020)
  • Sending invitations to volunteers, handling RSVPs
  • Coordinating event logistics (centerpieces, décor, venue organization)
  • Handling post-event correspondence

Momentum Breakfast Support (May 2020)

  • Handling RSVPs
  • Tracking and supporting the duties of Table Captains
  • Coordinating event logistics (food order, A/V, tables, screen, etc)
  • Pre-event and postevent correspondence with attendees

Mix & Mingle Dinner Support (October 2019)

  • Handling RSVPs
  • Tracking and supporting the duties of Table Captains
  • Coordinating event logistics (centerpieces, décor, venue organization)
  • Pre-event and postevent correspondence with attendees

Qualifications

Requires a minimum of an Associate’s Degree. A Bachelor’s degree in marketing preferred and/or a related field of study or a combination of trainding and experience providing an equivalent knowledge.

  • ·                  Successful experience with marketing, communications, and event management.
  • ·                     Strength-based, self-motivated, and goal-oriented.
  • ·                     Possess strong interpersonal and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • ·                     Cooperative team member who can work independently.
  • ·     Excellent computers skills and experience with databases and MS Office: Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.
  • ·         Experience with donor databases preferred.
  • ·         This position requires valid Driver’s License and reliable vehicle to travel locally.

To Apply:

Send a copy of your cover letter and resume to Daniel Rodriguez, drodriguez@merrickcs.org

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position.  Rather they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position.  Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this job description.  Employment at Merrick Community Services is at-will and may be terminated by either employee or employer for any lawful reason.

Individual

Individual Volunteer Opportunities at Merrick Community Services: 

Our greatest need right now is helping to serve our Seniors. Please see descriptions of all of the Individual Volunteering opportunities below and then complete the Volunteer Application online or download and submit a Volunteer Application (PDF) in person. Meals on Wheels Delivery Driver: Monthly commitment – one assigned day per month from 11am to Noon (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) (Commitment remains in perpetuity until volunteer ends their service). Senior Nutrition Programming is seeking volunteer groups to help with delivering meals to homebound seniors in Saint Paul (focusing on the East Side). Individuals or pairs can sign up for a monthly “meal shift” (i.e. the first Monday of the month). Drivers will be assigned a “route” and will be in charge of delivering hot meals to seniors in their homes over the course of an hour. Some seniors enjoy socializing during the meal drop-off, others are happy just to see a friendly face. Volunteers must have a valid drivers license, have their own transportation, and must pass a background check.

Lawn Mowing & Maintenance: Senior Chore Services is seeking volunteers to help with mowing lawns and essential yard maintenance for seniors in Saint Paul (focusing on the East Side and spreading through other areas of Saint Paul as well). Individuals or pairs can sign up to take responsibility for specific homes – typically mowing once a week and providing other required lawn maintenance so seniors can remain in their homes and within the municipal yard care expectations. Volunteers are asked to provide their own yard clean up materials (mower, rakes, yard bags, etc). Typically volunteers are assigned a specific yard (or more) to provide lawn maintenance, and they are provided the addresses and names of the seniors identified by Merrick needing yard help. Volunteers independently arrive at the identified locations and report back to the Merrick staff person via phone after services have been completed. These efforts allow seniors to save their precious financial resources for other needs, and also put a smile on their faces.

Food Shelf Greeter: Greet clients, have them sign-in and direct them to the waiting area. No heavy lifting required. Shifts are Mondays from 3:00pm-6:00pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Food Shelf Shopper: Accompany clients as they shop in the food shelf. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. Shifts are Mondays from 3:00pm-6:00pm, and Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm.

Food Shelf Stocker: Stock shelves as needed. Unload and organize boxed and packaged food. Must be able to lift at least 30 pounds. Shifts are open anytime during Food Shelf hours.

Food Shelf Truck Unloader: Assist food shelf staff unload large food deliveries. Organize and stock shelves. Must be able to lift approx. 50 pounds. Shifts are available on Friday mornings. We need approximately 6 people per delivery.

Youth Services: Mentor a child in your community. Merrick provides year-round programs for youth ages 5-17. Want more information? Contact our Youth program staff at 651-771-9339, and we’ll help you find your place!

 

Employment Services: Job Search/Resume Creation, Mock Interviews, Interview Prep, Guest Speaking, Advisory Committee: As Needed

If there is a volunteer position that you are interested in, that is not listed above, please contact 651-771-9339

 

Dedication and Open House 2017

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
– Douglas Adams

On September 23, 2017, Merrick program participants, volunteers, staff, donors, community partners, and others came together to celebrate the exciting move. Guests learned about Merrick’s work in the East Side community, explored the facility, and took part in a coinciding block party hosted by our friends and neighbors at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church.

The dedication ceremony included remarks from Merrick’s leaders and project partners, and culminated in a tree planting by individuals who represent Merrick’s past, present, and future. Guests were encouraged to explore the entirety of the new community center by participating in guided tours as well as an activity-based scavenger hunt. Highlights included assembling basic needs bags with Merrick’s Family Services staff, sampling recipes prepared with fresh ingredients found at Merrick’s Food Shelf, decorating cards for Meals on Wheels recipients with Merrick’s Senior Services department, building Lego robots with the Youth Services team, and learning about the tools utilized by Merrick’s Employment Services construction training program.

Nearly 110 years after its founding and almost 10 years after the launch of the capital campaign, this was a momentous move for Merrick. As John Bredesen, Chair of the Board of Directors, pointed out, a quotation from Douglas Adams fittingly captures the essence of Merrick’s journey to 1669 Arcade Street North. Though there were a few twists and turns in its path, Merrick has ended up where it needed to be.

To see more photos from the Dedication and Open House, visit our Facebook page

Past Events

4th Annual Merrick mix & mingle

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Hotel metro, 2201 burns avenue

On October 12, 2017 friends of Merrick huddled up for the East Side at the Super Bowl themed 4thAnnual Merrick Mix & Mingle. More than 150 guests gathered at Hotel Metro Saint Paul to show their support for Merrick and the East Side community and enjoy tasty tailgate snacks, games and raffles, silent and live auctions, and an inspirational program highlighting Merrick’s work and impact. 

Dedication and Open House

Saturday, September 23, 2017
mERRICK cOMMUNITY cENTER, 1669 aRCADE sTREET nORTH

On September 23, 2017 Merrick’s friends, neighbors, and supporters gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new Merrick Community Center at 1669 Arcade Street North. 

Back to School Celebration 2017

Saturday, aUGUST 26, 2017
Merrick Community Center, 1669 Arcade Street North

Thanks to the generous support of the community organizations, churches, and businesses that participated in our Summer School Supplu Drive, Merrick distributed new backpacks and school supplies to 725 East Side students this year. Back to School Celebration attendees also participated in free book and produce distributions, STEM activities, crafts and games, and, of course, enjoyed a snack from the Merrick popcorn machine! 

4th annual Momentum Breakfast

Friday, May 19, 2017
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 1669 Arcade Street North

On May 19, 2017 nearly 200 community leaders, philanthropists, and friends of Merrick came together to celebrate and build on the success of the “Merrick on the Move” capital campaign at 4th Annual Momentum Breakfast. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast from Saint Paul staple The Buttered Tin and heard powerful testimony from Merrick volunteers and program participants. Their stories demonstrate the importance of Merrick’s work to empower individuals, strengthen families, and promote independence on the East Side.

1st Annual Breakfast Scramble Golf Tournament

Friday, May 19, 2017
Phalen Park Golf Course, 1615 Phalen DrIVE

Immediately following the Momentum Breakfast, ten teams took to the course for Merrick’s 1st Annual Breakfast Scramble Golf Tournament. Player had a great time (despite the cool weather) and we look forward to hosting another tournament in 2018!  

2017 Volunteer Recognition and Awards 

Thursday, April 6, 2017
The Church of Saint Pascal Baylon, 1757 Conway Street

More than 600 Merrick volunteers and partners (we call them superheros!) served the East Side community in 2016. The annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards gives us a chance to formally thank them for their dedication. Without the support of our hardworking, devoted, and engaged volunteers our work to improve the lives of residents of the East Side of Saint Paul would not be possible.   

Meals on Wheels

ABOUT US

Meals on Wheels of Ramsey County is a non-profit organization that delivers nutritious midday meals to people who are elderly or disabled, homebound, and unable to prepare their own meals. Priority is given to people age 60 or older looking for a hot daily meal, individuals who have a permanent or temporary illness, injury, or disability and people age 18-60 who are certified disabled through the State of Minnesota.

Our meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday between 10:30am – 12:30pm. Each month, we send out a menu with a variety of options to choose from.  Weekend meals are available as well as frozen meals that are delivered on Mondays. The cost per meal is based on a sliding fee scale.

Operated out of 1669 Arcade Street N., Saint Paul MN 55106. To sign up for meals, please call 651-287-2092 or email vzambrano@merrickcs.org

OTHER RESOURCES

Need Help with the cost of your Home Delivered Meals?  

If you are interested in seeing if you qualify for services through Ramsey County, please call the Ramsey County Senior Department at (651) 266-3613

Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS)

CDCS allows the consumer to be in charge of the service of the services helping them remain at home. This option is similar to the other waiver programs, however, it allows the consumer more choices and involvement with their own care. You can use CDCS if you qualify for programs such as EW, AC, CADI, Title III, or MSHO.

Senior LinkAge Line® is a free telephone information and assistance service, which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services. With a single call, people can find particular services near them or get help evaluating their situation to determine what kind of service might be helpful.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Contact Main

Merrick Community services

669 Arcade Street N., Suite 4, St. Paul, MN 55106
info@merrickcs.org    612-771-9339

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Listing by Function/Department

Executive Director

Daniel A. Rodriguez  drodriguez@merrickcs.org

Director of Finance

Vacant

Director of Resource Development

Vacant

Receptionist & Program Support

Val Neal Davis vnealdavis@merrickcs.org

Accounting Clerk

Terri Wilcox-Larkee twilcox@merrickcs.org

Custodial and Maintenance Support

Ray Brunner rbrunner@merrickcs.org

Alphabetical Listing by last name

Ray Brunner rbrunner@merrickcs.org

Samantha Carlson scarlson@merrickcs.org

Grace Chytracek gchytracek@merrickcs.org

Erin Carroll ecarroll@merrickcs.org

Ken Hulbert khulbert@merrickcs.org

Diamond Hunter dhunter@merrickcs.org

Trenece Jones tjones@merrickcs.org

Barb Mueller bmueller@merrickcs.org

Val Neal Davis vnealdavis@merrickcs.org

Daniel A. Rodriguez  drodriguez@merrickcs.org

Sue Scheel sscheel@merrickcs.org

Paul Shulz pshulz@merrickcs.org

Nou Thao nthao@merrickcs.org

Longkee Vang lvang@merrickcs.org

Dustin Weil dweil@merrickcs.org

Terri Wilcox-Larkee twilcox@merrickcs.org

Food Shelf

1740 Van Dyke Street

St. Paul, MN 55109

651-287-2088

Click here for map

Food Shelf Manager

Samantha Carlson scarlson@merrickcs.org

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Barb Mueller bmueller@merrickcs.org

Logistics Coordinator

Dustin Weil dweil@merrickcs.org

Pickup & Delivery Coordinator

Ken Hulbert khulbert@merrickcs.org

Senior Services

1740 Van Dyke Street St. Paul, MN 55109 (651) 287-2092

Click here for map

Senior Services Supervisor

Erin Carroll ecarroll@merrickcs.org

Meals On Wheels Coordinator

Sue Scheel sscheel@merrickcs.org

Senior Services Intern

Grace Chytracek gchytracek@merrickcs.org

Employment Services

965 Payne Avenue, Suite 300 St. Paul, MN 55130

651-771-9339

Interim Employment Services Manager

Paul Shulz pshulz@merrickcs.org

Family Services

965 Payne Avenue, Suite 300 St. Paul, MN 55130 (651) 771-9339

Family Services Supervisor

Trenece Jones tjones@merrickcs.org

Family Case Worker

VACANT

Case Worker/Employment Specialist

Diamond Hunter dhunter@merrickcs.org

Family Services Case Worker

Sanita Walker swalker@merrickcs.org

Family Services Case Worker

Lauren Becker lbecker@merrickcs.org

Career Services

Merrick’s Career Services program is dedicated to providing resources and skills to assist participants in identifying training opportunities in preparing for a career.  These resources provide unemployed and underemployed adults with resume building, job searches, email access, job readiness training, weekly job clubs, professional computer skills, as well as help to identify employment references and interview skills.  Additionally, Merrick offers a 6 – 8 week Construction Training Program at various times throughout the year.

Staff work with employers to provide pre-screened, qualified job applicants, which are achieved through the Construction Training Program and Employment Readiness training program.   Merrick also provides employment partners with on-going supports and open lines of communication.  Our experience has been that, once a Merrick participant is hired into an organization, they not only excel but also are committed to building a career and growing with the business. 

CAREER RESOURCE CENTER

Merrick’s Career Resource Center enables residents to identify and obtain jobs. Trained staff members assess participants’ work skills, interests, and education to help them successfully navigate the employment search and interviewing process.  Other services and resources offered include resume writing guidance, job retention consultation, work preparedness, transportation assistance, and provision of work-appropriate attire. In addition, a walk-in education and technology center allows participants access to use computers, copy and fax machines, in support of job attainment.

Hours OF OPERATION

1669 Arcade Street North, Suite 4
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Admin Office: (651) 771-9339

Monday – Thursday, 8am – 4:30pm
Friday, 8am – 12pm

Are you or someone you know seeking to explore careers and free local training opportunities? Contact Robert Taylor, Career Services Manager, at rtaylor@merrickcs.org or call 651-219-5555 to set up an appointment.

CAREER PATHWAYS

Merrick Community Services is now accepting applications for its Spring & Fall Construction Training Program. The free training program provides both construction training, as well as the soft skills that will give participants the tools for their trade. See additional contact and enrollment information by clicking on the program flyer HERE.

CERTIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • OSHA 30 Certificate
  • Flagging Certificate
  • First AID, CPR, & AED Certificate
  • Fork Lift Training Certificate
  • Scissor Lift Certificate
  • Boom Lift Certificate

EAST SIDE WORKFORCE EXCHANGE (xCHANGE)

The xCHANGE is a collaboration of 11 non-profit organizations helping East Side Saint Paul residents through a coordinated effort to provide outreach, skills training, life coaching, and community supports.

Through talent sourcing and employer partnership building, the xCHANGE brings organizations and employers together to help workers succeed.

See xCHANGE Introductory document HERE.

PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIALS

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Merrick Community Services is an inclusive environment committed to serving diverse individuals, organizations and communities. Merrick Community Services is an equal opportunity employer committed to equal treatment of all employees without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, physical or mental disability or other basis protected by law.

Nutritional Services

food shelves

Providing a variety of high-quality foods and household supplies, Merrick’s Food Shelves are dedicated to connecting families and individuals with community resources to help eliminate the long-term causes of hunger. These services are offered to the East Side of Saint Paul and Maplewood residents by distributing nutritious foods through a client-choice model.

Participants may use the Food Shelf once every calendar month.

Meals on Wheels

The Merrick Meals on Wheels program is dedicated to providing services that enable area seniors to remain independent and to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. 

Meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday between 10:30am – 12:30pm.

Food Shelves

about us

Providing a variety of high-quality foods and household supplies, Merrick’s Food Shelf is dedicated to connecting families and individuals with community resources to help eliminate the long-term causes of hunger. These services are offered to the East Side of Saint Paul and Maplewood residents by distributing nutritious foods through a client-choice model.

Participants may use the Food Shelf once every calendar month.

how to access the food shelf:

Please schedule an appointment for your Food Shelf visit by calling 651-287-2088.

Please arrive on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you may have to wait for the next available appointment.

who can access the food shelf:

Merrick’s Food Shelves at Arcade and Woodland Hills are open to all Maplewood residents and those Saint Paul residents who live in Merrick’s service area.  (Please call 651-287-2088 for more details).

FOOD SHELF SCHEDULE

Arcade Location - 1669 Arcade Street (Door 3)

Mondays                            Tuesdays
3pm – 5:30pm     10am – 11:30am

Woodland Hills - 1740 Van Dyke Street (Door B)

Wednesdays                   Thursdays
10am – 11:30pm  10am – 11:30am

Back to School Celebration

Join us on Saturday, August 18th from 10am-2pm at the Merrick Community Center for our annual Back to School Celebration event, benefiting economically disadvantaged youth on Saint Paul’s East Side. For over 15 years, Merrick has hosted the backpack distribution event, benefiting over 800 families by providing students with school supplies and basic needs items in preparation for the school year. The celebration features a variety of community partners and volunteers coming together to ensure all youth are prepared for their first day of school. Become part of the celebration today!

STUDENT(s) BACKPACK REGISTRATION

Are you looking for some help with school supplies for your child? Click the link below and complete the registration form completely, or call Merrick Community Services at 
651-771-9339 for more information. 

Note: As of Monday, August 13th, registrants will be placed on a wait list due to school supply availability.

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

Now through August 13th, you can help provide students with the school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom this upcoming school year!

All donated school supplies will be distributed at Merrick’s
  Back to School Celebration on August 18th at the
Merrick Community Center.

MOST NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Flash Drives
  • Index Cards
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Backpacks
  • Notebooks
  • Pocket Folders
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Glue Sticks

SCHOOL SUPPLY DROP-OFF SITE

Interested in making a donation or setting up a school supply drive at your business or church? 
Contact Brandon Griffin at bgriffin@merrickcs.org or call 651-219-5557.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

We are looking for dedicated individuals and corporate groups to help us assemble and distribute backpacks to East Side Saint Paul youth!

Volunteer Shifts Include:

August 13th – August 17th (Monday – Friday)
9am – 12pm     or     1pm – 4pm

August 18th (Saturday)
9am – 12pm     or     12pm – 3pm

To schedule your volunteer shift, apply today at www.merrickcs.org/volunteer 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

Volunteer Recognition & Awards Event 2018

On April 12th, 2018 Merrick will host a Volunteer Recognition & Awards event to celebrate the accomplishments of the more than 800 Merrick volunteers and partners that served the East Side community. These tireless volunteers shared their exceptional talents and gave thousands of hours of their time to make Merrick’s good work possible. Join us for an evening of live music, cocktails, and stories in appreciation of the volunteers and partners having served the East Side of Saint Paul for more than 110 years.
See official Save the Date Invitation By Clicking Here!

When: Thursday, April 12th at 5:30pm
Where:
 The Church of St. Pascal Baylon
               1757 Conway Street, Saint Paul

Directions: St. Pascal Baylon Church – Brioschi Hall|
Located just 5 blocks north of Interstate 94 on the corner of White Bear Avenue and 3rd Street. 
From Interstate 94 take the White Bear Avenue exit and go north five blocks to 3rd Street. The church and school are on the west (left) side of the street. Parking is located one block west on 3rd and Flandrau.

Interested in Being a Sponsor?
Merrick is seeking a Title Sponsor ($3,000) for this event.
Benefits include: company logo featured on Merrick’s website
for up to eight (8) weeks, which includes 4,000 unique visitors;
recognition and logo on all media and event materials; and a
table and opportunity to speak at the event.

How do I get my tickets?
RSVP:
 www.merrickvolunteerevent.eventbrite.com  

Jim McDonough

Special Guest Speaker: Ramsey County Commissioner, Jim McDonough

Commissioner McDonough was born and raised on the East Side of Saint Paul and continues to live there today. Being a lifelong resident has given Jim a unique understanding of the qualities that his neighborhood embodies, including a strong dedication to community and the importance of building relationships. Jim brings “East Side Pride” to all of the boards and committees he serves on.

Jim served as Chair of the Board of Commissioners from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Regional Rail Authority beginning in 2008 and worked tirelessly to bring more efficient and accessible transit to Ramsey County. He’s been instrumental in re-establishing the Union Depot not only as a multi-modal transportation hub, but also as a Ramsey County historical landmark. He is recognized as a national leader in the area of transit and continues to advocate on a local, state and national level for support and revenue for projects within Ramsey County.

Jim is also dedicated to the prevention of sexual violence in our communities. He first became aware of the seriousness of this issue after attending a presentation in 2007 by a renowned sexual violence prevention consultant. He encouraged all Ramsey County departments to assess their role in sexual violence prevention and, in his capacity as President of the Association of Minnesota Counties at that time, urged all 87 Minnesota Counties to assess their roles as well. In 2008, he was presented with an AWARE Award from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault for “his outstanding dedication to raising awareness about sexual violence.” He continues to give voice to these silent victims today.

In his tenure as Commissioner, Jim has served on a variety of committees that include everything from youth services to mental health to supporting our aging population.He and his wife, Carol, have four grown children and are proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

RSVP: www.merrickcs.org/volunteerevent
or contact Brandon Griffin at bgriffin@merrickcs.org

6th Annual Merrick Mix & Mingle 2019 Recap

On behalf of the Merrick Community Services team, we want to thank you for supporting the 6th Annual Mix & Mingle! We appreciate the support of our stakeholders in reaching new heights all in support of Saint Paul’s East Side community. We hope that you enjoyed the event and spending time with your East Side neighbors. Most importantly, we hope that you gained a better sense of Merrick’s services and greater impact in the community.

About the Merrick Mix & Mingle

The Merrick Mix & Mingle is a social gathering of more than 200+ philanthropists, community leaders, organizational partners, and friends of Merrick raising funds for programs that support individuals and families in the East Metro. Hosted at the award-winning Bell Museum, the event includes museum exhibits, a planetarium experience, music, food, bar, an auction, and an inspirational program highlighting Merrick’s life-changing work on the East Side.

6th Annual Merrick Mix & Mingle special Guest

CHUCK RUNYON, CEO OF SELF ESTEEM BRANDS AND ANYTIME FITNESS

 

East Side Saint Paul native Chuck Runyon will be the keynote for this year’s event, bringing his philosophy of leadership and “ROEI” (the return on emotional investment) that emphasizes the intersection of People, Purpose, Profits, and Play®. Together with Dave Mortensen, he is cofounder of Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest co-ed fitness club franchise, and author of Love Work, a book on inspiring a high-performing work culture

A Special Thank you to our sponsors

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Youth Leadership Committee

Merrick Community Services’ Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) is your chance to impact the community and gain leadership skills that will prepare you for the future! Help create the change that you want to see in your community by engaging in social services and lending a voice to programs in your community. Open to all 7th – 12th Grade Students!

The YLC meets bi-weekly between July and September @6pm on Tuesdays for development meetings with Merrick staff and features great food and great conversation! 

All YLC members will receive a $100 Gift Card Stipend for Participation and Graduation!

Additional Activities Include:
*Monthly Volunteering Opportunities
*Team Building Activities & Field Trips
*Career and Resume Building
*College Readiness & Application Support
*And Much More!

Location:
Merrick Community Center
1669 Arcade Street North, Suite 4
Saint Paul, MN 55106
(651) 771-9339

5th Btreakfast attendees

6th Annual Momentum Breakfast

 Please join us for the 6th Annual Merrick Momentum Breakfast celebrating the People of Merrick and the East Side of Saint Paul. This year’s breakfast features community leaders and philanthropists gathering to hear about the inspiring stories from participants and program managers about work on the East Side. Donations are appreciated to continue to help over 30,000 people a year with food, shelter, employment, and youth services.  See official save the date by clicking here!

DATE: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
TIME:
Breakfast from 7:30 am.-9 am.

VENUE: 
Breakfast at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church,
                1669 Arcade Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106

BREAKFAST WILL BENEFIT: Individuals, youth, and families struggling with poverty, hunger, unemployment and other challenges. 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Sponsorship levels include $15,000 (Anchor), $10,000 (Matching), $5,000 (Premium), $2,500 (Platinum), $1,500, $1,000 (Gold), $500 (Silver) and $250 (Bronze). See sponsorship benefits by clicking here.

  • For more information, contact Jonathan Rogers, Director of Resource Development, at jrogers@merrickcs.org
    or call 651-771-9339

Keynote Speaker
Yusef Mgeni

Mr. Mgeni has spent decades in leadership positions with community-based organizations serving low-income persons and communities of color as an administrator, community organizer, college instructor, policy analyst, educator, planner, development director, award-winning journalist/producer and foundation senior program officer.
Mr. Mgeni has a rich experience working and volunteering for dozens of human service, public policy and advocacy organizations and groups working in the areas of counter-racism, civil and human rights, social and criminal justice, health, the elimination of hunger and poverty, education and welfare reform, issues affecting immigrants and refugees, community-based research and capacity-building, technical assistance and organizational development.Mr. Mgeni has also contributed many years of service as a member of the board of directors of numerous local and national progressive, civic and professional organizations; currently as a Vice President of the MN/Dakota Area Conference NAACP, as a mentor for at-risk youth, and as an instructor and external sponsor for prisoners’ organizations in men’s, women’s and juvenile correctional facilities throughout Minnesota and as a member of the Steering Committee for Saint Paul Strong, promoting transparency and openness in local government.

Special thanks to our sponsorS:

Sun Stream Business
Metropolitan State University Logo
West Bend Logo
kiwanis International logo
Missippippi Market logo

Group

Group Volunteer Opportunities at Merrick Community Services:

Please see descriptions of all of the Group Volunteering opportunities below and then have the group leader/main contact person fill out the Group Volunteer Application online. When the group leader/main contact person fills out the application they will select a name for the group. Then each member of the group will need to fill out the Group Volunteers Contact Information form online.

Spring Yard Clean-Up: Groups help with spring clean-up yard work for seniors in Saint Paul (focusing on the East Side and spreading through other areas of Saint Paul as well). Volunteer groups of 2 to 6 can sign up to complete a few hours of yard work in a day, helping to clean up multiple yards so homebound seniors can remain in their well-cared-for homes. Although the chore program does have a couple rakes they can supply, it would be very helpful if volunteers could bring one or two of their own. Merrick will gladly supply bags and arrange the pickup of compost if volunteers do not have the means to haul it to a local site. Typically volunteers choose a weekend day to provide these yard clean-up services, but arrangements can be made to set up a volunteer project at any point during the week. Merrick Senior Staff identifies seniors who could use volunteer assistance, sets the appointments and creates a list with turn by turn maps and directions to make it as simple as possible for the volunteers. Volunteers independently arrive at the various locations, complete the work, and report back to the Senior Services Supervisor once the work is completed. These efforts allow seniors to save their precious financial resources for other needs, and also put a smile on their faces. Youth groups, employee teams, friends, and church groups enjoy taking on these projects. (Spring – March – May)
 
Family Services Holiday Share Toy Distribution: GREAT opportunity for group volunteering with friends, family and co-workers! (Mid-December)


Holiday Share Phone & Data Entry Bank: Provide crucial help to families seeking
Christmas assistance by answering phones or entering information into a database. This includes registering families for Christmas assistance and troubleshooting basic questions about Salvation Army Christmas programs. (November and December)

 
Youth Program Support: Merrick is dedicated to providing a variety of youth services in a safe, healthy environment. Programs are designed to promote responsibility and respect for self, others and property, and are offered during after-school, evening hours, Saturdays and out of school time. Learn more.
 
If there is a volunteer position that you are interested in, that is not listed above, please contact 651-771-9339 or by email at info@merrickcs.org

Partners

MACC Alliance of Connected Communities is a strategic partnership of now 25 community organizations that have joined together to leverage their collective resources and voice. Our unique alliance honors the individual identities and histories of its member agencies an forges innovative partnerships among members and with nonmember agencies, businesses and leaders. MACC members share the goals of serving individuals, families and various communities that are defining the future.
Greater Twin Cities United Way creates a better life for us all by focusing on three key areas: Basic Needs, Education and Health.
UNCA’s mission is to strengthen and empower our member organizations; to foster neighborhood pride, local decision-making, and better social conditions; and to help individuals and families lift themselves out of desperate social conditions in some of America’s most threatened neighborhoods.

Minnesota Food Share

Minnesota Food Share advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota. Click here to see our list of partners.

Breakfast Scramble Golf Tournament 2018

On Friday, May 18th, 2018, 13 teams of over 50 golfers came together at the prestigious Phalen Golf Course in helping to support youth on the East Side of Saint Paul. Not only was the weather a gorgeous 80 degrees with sunny skies, but the 2nd Annual Merrick Golf Scramble featured a new tournament record of 13 under par in it’s largest field yet.

Final Results

1st Place:  (-13) EcoLab
(Adam Tollifson, Manuel Martinez, Dick Opseth, Alex Fidler) 

2nd Place: (-8) Allegra Image360
(Jerry Flaherty, Jimmy Flaherty, John Griffin, Steve Flaherty)

3rd Place: (-8) Merrick Community Services
(Brandon Griffin, Mark Nicholson, Nick Aulwes, Seth Thompson)

Longest Drive (#7) – Jimmy Flaherty
Longest Putt (#18) – Susan Lichliter
Closest to the Pin (#8) – Steve Bradley
Closest to the Pin (#16) – Brandon Griffin

 

2018 Merrick Golf Scramble Champions from Ecolab

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year for the 3rd Annual Merrick Breakfast Golf Tournament! Look for event updates and registration information at www.merrickcs.org/golf or contact Brandon Griffin at bgriffin@merrickcs.org.

special thanks to our sponsors:

Merrick Construction Training Program