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Senior Services

Merrick Community Services’ Senior 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. MCS works hard to provide the following services to help seniors on the East Side:  

Meals on Wheels
Operated out of 1740 Van Dyke Ave, Saint Paul MN 55109
To sign up for meals, please call (651) 287-2092 or email

Meals on Wheels of Ramsey County is a non-profit organization that delivers nutritious midday meals to people who are elderly or disabled, home-bound, 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. 

Senior Brown Bag Distribution

Harding High School Rm. 15 & 16 located at 1526 E 6th Street distributed first Tuesday of the month from 1pm – 2pm
Hope' s Church  at 1340 Hazel St. North distributed first Thursday of the month from 1pm – 2pm

Mobile distributions take place the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month between 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Participants are able to receive about 30-35 pounds of food, which includes fresh produce, milk, bread and meat. Participants need to be 55 years of age or older and must fill out an application for the program. Please contact the senior program for more information. 

Social Groups
Taking place at 1740 Van Dyke Ave, Saint Paul MN 55109
For more information,  call (651) 287-2092 or email

Our senior group currently meets every Tuesday between 9:15am – 11:30am at Woodland Hills Church: 1740 Van Dyke Street, St. Paul 55109. Our seniors meet to socialize, craft, participate in off-site activities, trips, snacks and lunches. We have also partnered with NE Seniors for a variety of activities and lunches.

If you are interested in learning more about our programs, please contact Erin Carroll, Senior Programs Manager at 651-287-2092. 

Senior Referral Services
Looking for help for a senior parent, relative, neighbor? Call (651) 287-2092 or email

MCS' senior referral services help point you in the direction you need to go.  If MCS doesn't provide the service, senior staff can tell you who does. 

Need Help with the cost of your Home Delivered Meals?  

What is the Elderly Waiver Program?

The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home- and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and require the level of care provided in a nursing home but choose to reside in the community. The Minnesota Department of Human Services operates the EW program under a federal waiver to Minnesota’s Medicaid State Plan. Counties, tribal entities and health plan partners administer the program. 

To Print out Elderly waiver Fact sheet Click Here


Senior LinkAge Line®  Help is closer than you think!   1-800-333-2433

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.

Information and Assistance Specialists direct callers to the organizations in their area that provide the services in which they are interested. Specialists can conduct three-way calls and offer follow-up as needed.

Specialists are trained health and human service professionals. They offer objective, neutral information about senior service and housing options.

In-Home Help

A number of public and private agencies provide in-home services that help seniors to remain at home independently. Some services are offered free of charge by volunteers, some are based on a sliding fee scale, and some require full payment of hourly fees. The long-term care waiver programs may help pay for these services for eligible seniors.

Financial Help

There are financial aid programs available to aid people who meet certain eligibility criteria who need help with food, shelter, medical care or other basic needs. Most of these programs are funded with federal, state and local monies, managed by the state and administered through the county of residency.

Long-term Care Consultation (LTCC)
This is an evaluation completed by a county social worker and/or a public health nurse. It provides an assessment of an individual’s current living situation and needs, and is at no cost to the person or family. LTCC may also help determine if someone is eligible for a long-term care waiver program.

Elderly Waiver Program (EW) 
The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and require the level of care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) operates the EW program under a federal waiver to Minnesota's Medicaid State Plan. Health plans administer the program.

Alternative Care Grant (AC) 
AC is a companion program to Elderly Waiver with the same general guidelines, but is for persons over age 65 who do not qualify for Medical Assistance.

Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) 
MA-EPD allows working people with disabilities who meet certain criteria to qualify for MA under higher income and asset limits than regular MA. This is offered in conjunction with the MN Work Incentives Connection.

Other Programs for Persons under 60 with Disabilities
Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals Waiver (CADI) and Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver (TBI) and the Community Alternative Care Program (CAC) are similar waiver programs.

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.

Other programs 

Other programs include Utility (Energy Assistance) and Telephone Assistance programs, MN Supplemental Assistance (MSA), Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI), Food Support Program (food stamps) and rent or subsidized housing assistance. 

Our senior programs depend heavily on the services of volunteers. 
Home-delivered meals and chores are supported greatly by volunteers. 

To learn more, contact Merrick's Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 771-9339.