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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.