For clients at Merrick, the services we provide are essential in their quality of life. The remote services many have engaged with is a welcome break in the day and a regular schedule to count on while they await their return to our program buildings or their places of employment. Others have enjoyed the continuation of onsite life enrichment activities and are looking forward to full-day services starting in January.
Several clients cannot return to their jobs until the pandemic subsides, or the vaccines are available to the general population. Fortunately, we offer onsite work support services, and several have found meaningful employment at our 3210 Building.
What has remained unchanged during the pandemic is that we provide access to qualified and caring direct support professionals, reliable transportation to jobs, meaningful work, and high-quality life enrichment experiences.
The average cost for a client to attend Merrick is $80 per day, which includes program costs and transportation. Our winter funding campaign aims to raise $15,000 so we can continue to provide services for people who are seeking work opportunities or those wanting to enhance their quality of life.
Note: The CARES Act provides a new charitable deduction of up to $300.00 per taxpayer in annual charitable contributions for those who DO NOT itemize. Check with your tax preparer for more details.