On October 11, 2018 over 200 community leaders, philanthropists, and friends of Merrick came together in “Celebrating 110 Years” of commitment to the East Side Saint Paul community at the 5th Annual Merrick Mix and Mingle at the prestigious James J. Hill Library. We celebrated the rich history of the East Side of Saint Paul, as well as heard powerful testimony from community leaders and program participants. Their stories demonstrate the importance of Merrick’s work in helping families navigate life’s transitions, to find health and stability, and promote independence.

We hope you will join us for next year’s event!

Real testimony

When I entered those prison gates, I had two options: I could either start focusing on a better me... or a worse me"

This year’s guests had the privilege of hearing the journey of recent MCS Construction Training Graduate, Ben Lenoir, who was incarcerated prior to connecting with Merrick’s Career Services staff. 

Ben’s inspirational journey didn’t end when he entered prison. Rather, he chose to focus on improving himself and his skills by obtaining his GED and seeking out the credentials necessary to begin a career in construction.

Ben Lenoir, MCS Construction Graduate, Class of 2018

great stories

Sean Aronson, VP of Media Relations, St. Paul Saints

Just down the street from the Minnesota Twins, people questioned whether a new stadium and another baseball team would work."

A sports staple in Saint Paul, the Saints are no stranger to the East Side community. Especially guest speaker, Sean Aronson, whose versatility and creativity prove as a testament to the franchise that continues to flourish.

Not only did Sean regale us with fascinating stories about Saint’s promotions and topical humor surrounding current events and politics, he also talked about the importance of community and the endless need to give back.

Board Member Updates

Event Pictures

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Our Sponsors

3M IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF MERRICK COMMUNITY SERVICES.

3M is helping to build stronger communities through strategic social investments in education, community and environmental initiatives and through the thoughtful engagement of 3Mers worldwide.

Visit us at 3Mgives.com

SUNSTREAM BUSINESS SERVICES IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF MERRICK COMMUNITY SERVICES

SunStream provides business services to the 7th Farm Credit District — a cooperative that includes AgriBank, the funding bank, and 14 affiliated Farm Credit associations providing financial services to rural communities. We at SunStream are excited about the future as we continue to offer innovative business and technology solutions that meet the needs of our owners and customers. 

Visit us often to find out what is happening at SunStream Business Services.

HEALTHEAST, A PART OF FAIRVIEW HEALTH SERVICES, IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF MERRICK COMMUNITY SERVICES.

Fairview (fairview.org) is a nonprofit health system that provides exceptional care to patients and communities as one of the most comprehensive and geographically accessible systems in Minnesota. Through a close relationship with the University of Minnesota, Fairview offers access to breakthrough medical research and specialty expertise.