We connect you with the resources you need so you can live independently in your home and community.

Services at MERIL

The CDS program lets you use Medicaid to hire someone - even a friend or relative - to help with cleaning, cooking, shopping, bathing, and more.

Our professional in-home nurses can help with medication set-ups, diabetic nail care, skin monitoring, and vital sign checks.

Try out phones and other devices designed for people with low hearing, low vision, or other types of disabilities. You may qualify for free devices! We also have a public computer lab and public video phone.

Is your home, business, or public space accessible to people with disabilities? We are here to offer advice about ADA compliance, emergency preparedness, and home modifications (installing ramps, etc.).

We can guide you as you learn new skills (budgeting, cooking, etc.), prepare for life after school, or move from a nursing home back into the community.

We educate the public about disability issues and encourage people with disabilities to advocate for their rights. We host the People First advocacy group and a biweekly "Silent Lunch."

Resources in the Community

The AFL-CIO also has an extensive list of area resources: http://helpmenow.org/resources/

Accessible IRS Tax Documents
Civic Engagement
Communication (Audiology Centers)

St. Joseph

Beltone Hearing Aid Service: 2824 N. Belt Highway, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-233-8011 or
800-828-4494
Cook Hearing Aid, Inc.: 2401 N. Woodbine Road, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-232-4327
Hear Safe: 1343 Village Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-233-0007
Libel Hearing Aid Centers: 1105 S. Belt Highway, St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-676-2900 or 800-456-3020
The Hearing Connection: 3929 Sherman Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-273-0074
Quality Hearing and Audiology Center: 2227 N Belt Hwy, St. Joseph 64506, 816-233-0022

Cameron

Libel Hearing Aid Centers: Cameron Nutrition Site, 315 E. 3rd, Cameron, MO 64429, 800-456-3020

Maryville

Beltone Hearing Aid Service: 127 S. Buchanan, Maryville, MO 64468, 816-233-8011 or 800-828-4494
Horizon Hearing Center of Maryville:  1212 S. Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468, 660-582-5810

Communication (General)
Education

Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education
Accredited Schools Online - RN to BSN Degree Programs
ADA Training
American Association of People With Disabilities
American Business and Technology University
Bartlett Center Childcare Program
Bartlett Center Youth Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater St. Joseph
Building Blocks of ADA
Business Coaching
Catholic Charities
Children First School/Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten
College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
College Students with Disabilities
Community Action Partnership Head Start
County Offices in Missouri
Disability Rights Movement History
Free Braille Course
Guide to Online Medical Assisting Programs
Guide to Online Schools
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Heartland Foundation empower
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults
Hillyard Technical Center
History Degrees Online
InterServ Preschool and Childcare
MPACT - Missouri's Parent Act:  A statewide parent training and information center that serves parents of children with all disabilities.
Maryville University
Medical Assistant Programs and Classes in Missouri
Missouri Career Center
Missouri Western State University
Northwest Missouri State University
Online Colleges - Missouri
Online Colleges - Missouri (Scholarships)
Online RN to BSN Degree Programs Directory
Parents as Teachers
St. Joseph, Missouri School District
Thrivent Financial
U.S. Census Bureau
University of Missouri Extension
Vatterott College
Webster Learning Center
YMCA 
YWCA

Emergency Preparedness
Employment

AgrAbility
Alpha Staffing: 105 S. 4th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-364-0066
Catholic Charities Workforce Development
Community Action Partnership - Missouri Work Assistance
Disability Benefits 101
Entry Level Jobs
Experience Works
Getting Hired - Bridging the Gap Between Job Seekers with Disabilities & Employers Looking to Hire
Goodwill Industries
IMKO: 900 N. Belt Hwy, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-233-4040
Job Accommodation Network
Kelly Services: 3715 Beck Rd., St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-233-3411
Labor Max: 1105 S. Belt Hwy, St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-749-4562
Missouri Career Center: 301 S. 7th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-387-2380
Missouri Division of Workforce Development
Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City
The Staffing Center: 2620 N. Belt Hwy, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-676-0303
UCP Supported Employment: 3303 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-364-3836
University of Missouri Extension
Vocational Rehabilitation: 525 Jules, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-387-2280

Goods & Services

Adopt-A-Family Program 1203 N. 6th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, (816) 364-1131
Adventist Community Services: 17th & Mitchell, St. Joseph, MO 64503, (816) 279-7262
Ambassadors of Faith Food Pantry: 314 W. Valley St., St. Joseph, MO 64504, (816) 238-3028
American Red Cross
Autism Alliance of Northwest Missouri
Bartlett Center Senior Meals 409 S. 18th, St. Joseph, MO 64501, (816) 233-8201
Calvin Center Food Pantry 1412 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, MO 64505, (816) 232-7779
Catholic Charities
Child Abuse Hotline: 800-392-3738
Community Action Partnership 817 Monterey, St. Joseph, MO 64503, (816) 233-8281
Community Action Partnership - Energy Assistance and Weatherization
Community Health Line 816-271-4000
Community Clothes Closet 1203 N. 6th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, (816) 364-1131
Comprehensive Family Care
Consumer Credit Counseling Services 724 N. Belt Hwy, St. Joseph, MO 64506, (816) 364-3337
County Offices in Missouri
ElderNet Senior Services and Information
Empower Missouri
Family Guidance Center 724 N. 22nd, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-364-1501,
Family Support Division 525 Jules, Room 127, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-387-2000
Family Worship Center Food Pantry 12293 County Road 438, St. Joseph, MO 64508, 816-279-4635
FEMA Community Services: 1203 N. 6th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-364-1131
Foster Planning Services 525 Jules St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-387-2000
Grace House 2638 Lafayette St., St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-262-9401
Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries
Immigrant Services 1412 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, MO 64505, 816-232-7779
Inter-Serv Mobile Meals 1412 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, MO 64505, 816-232-7779
Inter-Serv Senior Meals Program 1412 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, MO 64505, 816-232-7770
Inter-Serv Wesley Center 200 Cherokee, St. Joseph, MO 64504, 816-238-4511
Jacob's Closet for Children Wyatt Park Christian Church, 2623 Mitchell Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-232-3374
King Hill Baptist Food Pantry 5708 King Hill Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64504, 816-238-1341
Legal Aid of Western Missouri 106 S. 7th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-364-2325 or 800-892-2101
Medical Alert Systems
MediEquip
Mental Health Crisis Line: 888-279-8188
MERIL (Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living): 4420 S. 40th St., St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-279-8558
Missouri Department of Social Services
Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services
Money Saving Tips for Seniors
Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Family Care
105 Far West Drive, Suite 100, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-271-8110
Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph - Pediatrics 902 N. Riverside, Suite 100, St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-271-1350
Mourning Star Grief Support Group: 3110 Cook Rd., St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-279-3621
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New Life Full Gospel Food Pantry: 323 N. 8th St., St. Joseph, MO 64505, 816-364-1093
Non-English Speaking Services 1412 N. 3rd St., St. Joseph, MO 64505, (816) 232-7779
Northwest Dental Services 3608 Faraon Road 64506 (816) 364-6444
Northwest Health Services 2303 Village Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-271-8261
Open Door Food Kitchen 510 Edmond, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-364-1085
Overeaters Anonymous 2623 Mitchell Ave., St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-232-3374
Patee Market Dental 904 S. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-271-7807
Patee Park Baptist Food Pantry 1107 S. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-233-6446
Pregnancy Resource Clinic 1502 N. 36th St., Suite C, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-387-8090
Public Administrator 310 N. 4th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-271-1442
Rape Crisis Line: 816-232-1225
Red Rack DAV Thrift Store: 3025 S. Belt Hwy, St. Joseph, MO 64503, (816) 279-4900
Second Harvest Community Food Bank 915 Douglas, St. Joseph, MO 64505
Second Season Shop: 702 Messanie St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-279-9136
Services for Young Families 902 Edmond, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-232-2885
Social Security Disability Services
Social Welfare Board 904 S. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-233-5188
St. Francis Xavier Food Pantry 2613 Penn, St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-671-9473
St. James/St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry 5814 King Hill Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64504, 816-238-0853
St. Joseph Cathedral Food Pantry 519 N. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-232-7763
St. Mary's Food Pantry: 1606 N. 2nd St., St. Joseph, MO 64505, 816-279-1154
Stairlift Advisor
Tax Incentives for businesses that remove access barriers
The Center 902 Edmond, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-364-4300
The Goodwill Store 3615 Faraon, St. Joseph, MO 64506, 816-232-0197
UCP of Northwest Missouri
United Way of Greater St. Joseph
University of Missouri Extension Family Financial Education 4125 Mitchell Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-279-1691
Valley Center Food Pantry: 909 W. Valley St., St. Joseph, MO 64504, 816-238-1709
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Wesley Towers Senior Meals Program 10th & Francis, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-232-2839
Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC): 904 S. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-271-4723
YWCA Encore Plus Program 304 N. 8th St., St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-232-4481

Health Care
Housing

A Place for Mom Elder Care & Housing 816-355-7042 or 816-294-9790
Affordable Housing Online
Catholic Charities: 902 Edmond, Suite 204, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-232-2885
Community Action Partnership: 817 Monterey Street, St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-233-8281; 306 N. 4th Street, Savannah, MO 64485, 816-324-3473; 1304 N. Walnut, Suite 200, Cameron, MO 64429, 816-632-7345
Community Housing Management: 730 S. 6th, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-233-4250
Habitat for Humanity: 1823 Jules St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-364-5733
HUD
InterServ: 1412 N. 3rd Street, St. Joseph, MO 64505, 816-232-7779
Northwood Terrace Apartments: 1203 Northwood Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64505, 816-232-3921
Mid America Management Housing: 1205 Angelique, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-279-2784
Pleasant Heights Apartments: 2902 S. 36th Place, St. Joseph, MO 64503, 816-233-0383
Public Housing
St. Joseph Housing Authority: 502 S. 10th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-236-8200
Senior and Assisted Living Facilities
Senior Advisor (community properties)
USDA: offices in Maryville and St. Joseph

Public Safety
Recreation
Support Groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group: Meetings are held the third Monday of the month from 7:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at: Wyatt Park Christian Church, 2623 Mitchell Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64507

St. Joseph Down Syndrome Support Group: For more information, contact Renee Sherman at 816-344-4045 or grover_rar@hotmail.com

Widowed Too Young Grief Support Group: Sponsored by Mosaic Life Care Hospice for those age 60 and under. The group will meet every other Monday (please contact Sr. Susan Holmes, 816.271.7190 or 816.261.5471, for specific dates) from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Mosaic Life Care Business Plaza, 137 N. Belt Hwy, St. Joseph, MO

Transportation

Missouri Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (individuals must be Medicaid eligible):
Call 1-866-269-5927 at least 5 calendar days before the day of the appointment

Jefferson Bus Lines 611 Angelique, St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-364-0486
Northwest Taxi and Shuttle Service, Maryville, MO 660-254-2958
OATS Bus 1306 S. 58th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64507, 816-279-3131
Regional Road Conditions
St. Joseph Transit 702 S. 5th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501, 816-233-6700
U.S. Department of Transportation
Missouri Transportation Resource Catalog

County Transportation Grids

Andrew County
Atchison County
Buchanan County
Clinton County
DeKalb County
Gentry County
Holt County
Nodaway County
Worth County

Worship

Church Directory for Maryville

Church Directory for St. Joseph

Church Directory for Savannah

Deaf Churches

Deaf International Community Church Center of Grace  502 S. Harrison Street, Olathe, KS
Deaf Liberty Baptist Church  7910 W. 75th Street, Overland Park, KS
Northland Deaf Church  101 NE 70th Terrace, Gladstone, MO
Overland Park Church of Christ  1300 W. 119th Street, Overland Park, KS

Churches Using Interpreters

Country Side Baptist Church  14150 W. 175th, Olathe, KS
First Raytown Baptist Church  10500 E. 350 Highway, Raytown, MO
Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church  5502 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO
Living Word Community Church  6901 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone, MO
New Life Cathedral  323 N. 8th, St. Joseph, MO
Prince of Peace Catholic Church  16000 W. 143rd, Olathe, KS
Redeemer Olathe Lutheran Church  920 S. Alta Lane, Olathe, KS
Refuge Church for the Deaf 12807 S. Edinburgh Street, Olathe, KS
St. Joseph Catholic Church  11311 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS
St. Paul Catholic Church  900 S. Honesuckle, Olathe, KS

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