OUR MISSION: To improve the lives of the residents of the East Side of St. Paul by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and promoting their independence.

FREE Financial Literacy Workshop
Thursday, April 10th & Tuesday, April 15th
5:00PM - 7:00PM (dinner included)
at Merrick Community Services
965 Payne Avenue, Suite 300
To register or for more details, please call
651-771-9339 by April 8th.

The ten week Highway Heavy Construction Workers Training Program is a specialized pre-apprentice laborer training program that may help you to get an entry-level highway construction job with private construction companies.Trainees will be prepared to work on bike trails,bridges,and highway projects. 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota WorkForce Centers have partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to deliver a program designed to help minorities and women who live close to St. Paul/Minneapolis, Owatonna, Duluth, Bemidji and Mankato get jobs.

Participation in the FREE Highway-Heavy Construction Workers Training Program (HHCWTP) requires that you are a resident of St. Paul and/Ramsey County,have a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid Driver’s License and that you know basic math and reading.For more information on the program: 

Download: 2014 MnDOT-DEED 

HCT Program Brochure

2014 MnDOT-DEED Highway Heavy Construction Training Program

Take time to research your skills, interests and abilities to determine whether or not construction jobs are the right career for you.You should make sure that you are aware of the many different occupations in this industry and also which ones appear to be promising for steady work in the future.   

Here’s some information that can help get you started.

CLICK HERE and explore Merrick Community Services, East Side Job Bank & Construction programs.

Another great way for you to learn more about careers is to visit your local MN WorkForce Center. Many of them have free workshops that help you research careers and/or find employment.


For information about obtaining your GED/HS Diploma contact The MN Literacy Council by going to their website and/or calling them at 1-800-222-1990. They will help you locate Adult Basic Education training centers in your area.


Merrick Community Services has been working in partnership with Saint Paul's East Metro since 1908. We look forward to continuing to serve the community and working together to improve the lives of the residents by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and promoting their independence! ______________________________________


Minnesota Food Share Month

Stretch Your Donation!!

March 1-April 7,2014

An excellent time to make a difference in the lives of children families and seniors on the Saint Paul East Side! During these challenges economic times, we are seeing increasing evidence by the services provided by Merrick

"Poverty Relief programs are needed more than ever" 


Write a check payable to Merrick Community Services 

(Write poverty relief in the memo) and mail to 
965 Payne Avenue, Suite 300,
Saint Paul MN. 55130 

 Donate food by scheduling a drop off at Merrick's food shelf (Click here for food list)

Deliver your check to your organization's named representative who will then forward the donation to MCS

THANK YOU!!Merrick Friends for your generosity on Give to the Max Day!
A special thank you to all our friends and supporters for participating in Minnesota's Great Day of Giving Thursday, November 14th !
We surpassed our goal this year! Although there were a few technical difficulties with the on-line host site in the afternoon, many of you still contributed by dropping off your check and/or letting us know you will be mailing them in!
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the evening gathering at Mancini's Char House as well! THANK YOU AGAIN for making a difference for children, families and seniors on Saint Paul's East Side!
Merrick Community Services is hiring qualified individuals to fill key positions that are currently open. Follow the below links for more information.


Recent Announcements

  • MARCH IS MINNESOTA FOODSHARE MONTH! MARCH IS MINNESOTA FOODSHARE MONTH! Stretch your donation by giving to Merrick’s food shelf during the month of March.  Did you know that food shelves are able to purchase ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2014, 6:30 PM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com
  • THANK YOU SHUHARIKAN DOJO FOR YOUR DONATIONS THANK YOU SHUHARIKAN DOJOFOR YOUR DONATIONS1,002 ROLLS FOR FOOD AND PEACE!The Shuharikan Dojo hosted its second annual food drive fundraiser for MCS in September – raising $618 ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2013, 6:19 AM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com
  • Contractor Positions Available  Merrick Community Services is hiring qualified individuals to fill key positions that are currently open.   Snow Shovelers/Independent Contractors Merrick Community Services is seeking individuals to shovel senior residences in ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2013, 5:27 AM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com
  • National Night Out At Merrick Neighbors, families and friends gathered at Merrick's Community Center on August 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for food, fun, musicand more! A special thank you ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2013, 10:54 PM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com
  • Black History Month, Inspiration, Celebration, Leadership Merrick Hosts Black History MonthHonoring Our Past: Inspiring Youth for Leadership in the 21st Century! Standing room only lead way to a fun and memorable event this year at ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2013, 9:32 PM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com
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Play Hangman

posted Feb 28, 2014, 9:48 PM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com   [ updated Feb 28, 2014, 9:56 PM ]


March is Minnesota Food Share Month

posted Feb 28, 2014, 4:54 PM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com   [ updated Mar 4, 2014, 5:43 PM ]


Donate to your Local Food-Shelf


Year in and year out, Minnesota Food Share works closely with almost 

300 food shelves throughout the state to serve the hungry.

Donate to your local food shelf.




posted Feb 26, 2014, 7:42 PM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 8:33 PM ]




posted Sep 19, 2013, 6:34 AM by merrickcsstp@gmail.com   [ updated Nov 24, 2013, 3:35 PM ]

MERRICK IS ON THE MOVE! As of Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Merrick and its services will be moving to new locations on Saint Paul's East Side.

  • Merrick's Administrative
  •  Employment and Job Training
  •  Youth and Family Services will be moving to

Swedish Bank Building

965 Payne Avenue, #300

St. Paul, MN 55130


Merrick's Main Phone Numbers will remain the same at 651-771-9339. 

Merrick's Hudson Road Food Shelf has outgrown its space and will be consolidated with Merrick's Woodland Hills Food Shelf.

The move will allow for an increase in the number of clients served and new, expanded service hours which include later afternoon/early evening food distribution

Hudson Road site will be Merrick's Meals On Wheels and Senior Programs. MOW Program will be at the Hudson Road Site. For questions and additional information, please contact Merrick Community Services at (651)771-9339. or Merrick's Contact page


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