We help people with disabilities live independently.

Toward "A Barrier-Free Northwest Missouri"

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

We provide resources and services to help people have control over their own lives, achieve their own goals, and fully participate in their communities.


MERIL (Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living) is Northwest Missouri's designated Center for Independent Living.

Our service area includes: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth counties.

Contact Us

Our Office

Open Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4420 South 40th Street, St. Joseph, MO
Phone: 816-279-8558
Email: meril@meril.org
Fax: 816-279-1550
Video Phone: 660-224-4197


Available 24 hours a day. Call 816-244-0834 or email interpreters@meril.org.

our team


Accessibility & Independent Living

Bridge Interpreting

In-Home Services



Board of Directors

You can do small things right now to help people with disabilities.