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.
Merrick Community Services Statement on the Derek Chauvin Guilty Verdict
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice
— Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King 1964
The verdict represents an important step in the long overdue need to address the institutional and systemic racism that contributed to George Floyd’s murder and that (sadly) African Americans continue to experience daily, we recognize that this is just the beginning of the tremendous work ahead for all of us. Afterall, the moral arc of the universe doesn’t bend toward justice by itself. Each of us has an obligation to do our part: to doing the bending. Only then will real justice occur for all in our society. We are not there yet……not by a long shot, in fact.
So, this is not a time to celebrate, as much as it is a Call To Action.
Each of us has an opportunity and (moral) obligation, in fact, to do our part to dismantle and challenge and change systems that were too often designed to maintain the status quo and perpetuate the privilege and dominance of one culture at the expense of others: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
Merrick Community Services remains committed to breaking the cycle of multi-generational and concentrated poverty in our community. We will continue to work with others in challenging and advocating for systems change. But, to be successful, we all need to be pulling in the same direction – to bend toward justice.
We’re growing stronger, together, every day and every month.
We are so grateful for your support of Merrick Community Services this past year. What a year it has been:
Over 600,000 lbs of food has come through our food shelf.
We’ve provided 19,000 meals to seniors in need/
We’ve supported 1,700 families and individuals with housing, mental health, child care, and other supports.
…and we’re still going!!
A special Thank You,
Wow!! Thank you so very much for helping us approach our goal of $100,00 October 1, 2020 at our Virtual Mix & Mingle Fundraiser!! Relive the experience again 0f our first Virtual
Merrick Community Services Mix & Mingle 2020.
With your support, we can continue our COVID-19 safety protocols with our amazing volunteers to provide a dependable Food Shelf, as well as wellness checks and a hot meal with Meals on Wheels. In the last two weeks alone, we’ve served about 500 families with food shelf items! Click the image below to donate today.
WE AT MERRICK BELIEVE THAT BY WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN TRANSFORM OUR COMMUNITY INTO A BETTER PLACE. WATCH THE VIDEOS BELOW TO LEARN ABOUT THE DAILY IMPACT MERRICK IS MAKING ONE PERSON AT A TIME.
Family Services Video
Community Food Shelf Video
Meals On Wheels Video
Career Services Video