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We Help People with Disabilities in Northwest Missouri

More than half of our board members and staff have a disability. We use our personal experiences to see the abilities people have, and we respect people for who they are.

We believe people with disabilities should have control over their own lives, achieve their own goals, and fully participate in their communities.

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Since 1994, MERIL has provided five core services for people with disabilities in Northwest Missouri:

  • Information and referral

  • Independent living skills training
  • Transition services

  • Peer support
  • Advocacy

Board of Directors

  • Emily Bravo, Chair
  • Kelly Narowski, Vice-Chair
  • Chris Fagan, Secretary
  • Bill McCammon
  • Kenton Randolph
  • Kelsi Moss
  • Kim Wright
  • Katie Carolus

UPCOMING BOARD MEETING: Wednesday, March 27 @ 11:30am

MERIL Office – 4420 S 40th St, St Joseph, MO 64503

Meeting Agenda:

    1. Approval of January Board Minute
    1. Approval January and February Financials  
    2. Discussion of Budget Planning Process for 2024/2025

    Next meeting: May 29 @ 11:30am

    Meet The MERIL Team

    Rachael McElvain
    Registered Nurse (RN)
    Tiffany Diaz
    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    Amber King
    In-Home Services Coordinator
    Monica Boeh
    Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Specialist
    Maria Brandt
    Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Specialist
    Jima Dempsey
    Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Specialist
    Laura Hagan
    Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Support Specialist
    Cherie Supinger
    Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Specialist
    Lauren Lynch
    Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Specialist

    What People Are Saying about MERIL

    “MERIL hooked me up with a CCTV so I can read my newspapers, magazines and whatever else I need to read, and got me connected with the Wolfner Library so I can listen to audio books and got me a (TAP) phone. MERIL has been great! Without MERIL I would be sitting in this house feeling very sorry for myself. I would be pretty bored just sitting around not being able to listen to books.” – Beth Miller

    [Charles is living independently, thanks to his Aunt telling him about MERIL, and for now at least, the cancer is gone. But where would he be without some help?] “Well, before I had it, I was down at InterServ at the shelter because I was on the street. I’d probably be back on the street. Now I’m doing great!!!” – Charles Harris
    “MERIL does things for me that I can’t do. When I had surgery they helped me get my bandages. I’m glad that MERIL is here because at least I get to be home. Otherwise I would probably be in a nursing home, so I’d rather be here. The best choice a person can make is to be with MERIL. They would be a winner. That’s how much I love MERIL!” – Martina Contreras
    “I think it’s important because you get your independence back which is very important when you’re an independent person and all that is taken away from you. It’s hard to get back to where you were.” – Patsy Moss
    “I’m able to stay in my own home and to be able to be with my grandkids and do what I want to do when I want to do it with them and they can come as they please. I’m always out preaching about MERIL, always. Some people say I can’t do this or I can’t do that and I always let them know they can do everything they want to do with MERIL.” – Penny Moreno
    “Employees need to be trained and our employees need to have tact when it comes to dealing with people with disabilities. I challenge all the businesses out there to get with MERIL and do the same thing Hy-Vee has done [MERIL Seal of Accessibility]. It’s been a great experience.” – Brad McAnally, Store Director, St. Joseph HyVee
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