Address: 1727 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 241-3464
Fax (Locust Office): (314) 241-1588
Fax (MERS Workshop): (314) 588-8416
MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries is a non-profit agency that provides for the vocational needs of individuals who have barriers to employment through disability or economic disadvantage.
This service ensures a consumer’s employment in the competitive environment is maintained in a long-term capacity. It is initiated once an individual’s Vocational Rehabilitation supported employment benefits have been exhausted or denied, and the individual’s employment support needs are at a frequency of 25% or less of his/her total hours worked.
The Sheltered Workshop primarily offers consumers in the program a true opportunity to earn money through real work in a controlled and supportive sheltered workshop. At the facility that houses our workshop, however, our agency operates several other programs and business functions, including retail processing of donations and purchased goods, as well as logistical processing of supplies for our stores. When appropriate some workshop employees are given the opportunity to work outside the sheltered environment in one of these functions. Not only does this offer a different type of work experience, but it also provides some time in a more public and integrated work environment.
These work assignments fall between the controlled confines of the Sheltered Workshop and a more open Supported Employment placement, as Sheltered Workshop staff are on-site and ready to assist with any situations that may arise, yet for the most part the consumer is working with a competitive employment workforce.
The Supported Living program targets adults, ages 18 and older, who have a developmental disability and are either residing in their natural home and wish to obtain the skills necessary to be independent in the future, or already live independently in the community but require support for continued success. Supported Living service is teaching independent living skills such as: cooking, cleaning, grooming/hygiene, laundry, comparison shopping, housing, budgeting, bill paying, emergency procedures, and medical needs which include but are not limited to assisting with doctor appointments and medication management.