Merrick Community Services’ 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.
Meals on Wheels
Meals are delivered to those 60 and older or those under 60 who are certified disabled. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. An intake is done over the telephone and services can usually be started the following day.
Merrick's Meals on Wheels Program delivery over 40,000 hot nutritious meals yearly to seniors on Saint Paul's East Side.
Harding High School 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
Brown Bag is a monthly food distribution for seniors living on St. Paul's East Side.
A bag of food containing 10 - 12 items is distributed twice a month at two locations. Applications are available at the MCS office. Two different locations distribute groceries each month. (see bold text above)
Seniors, do you have housekeeping, yard work, or minor repairs that you are physically unable to do? Merrick Community Service's chore program can help. A sliding fee scale is available. Chore and home maintenance services provide assistance with household chores and minor home repairs. This includes outdoor chores such as lawn mowing, leaf raking and snow shoveling. It may also include indoor heavy cleaning (washing walls, cleaning basements, etc.), minor home maintenance*, as well as routine indoor housekeeping. (*However, any minor home repairs requiring a licensed and bonded professional (electrical, plumbing, roofing, etc) cannot be carried out by Merrick's Senior Chore services.)
Merrick Community Services’ senior social group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for activities, group trips, socialization and occasional speakers on topics of interest.
Senior Referral Services
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?
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.
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.
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.
Chore and Home Repair Service
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
Elderly Waiver Program (EW)
Alternative Care Grant
Medical Assistance for
Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD)
Other Programs for Persons
under 60 with Disabilities
Directed Community Supports (CDCS)
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.
senior programs depend heavily on the services of volunteers.
To learn more, contact Merrick's Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 771-9339.