Participant Assistance Fund & Donated Items

Based on individual eligibility and available funding, MERIL’s Participant Assistance Fund is designed to help our service participants in a variety of ways:

  • funding to assist with home modification to promote accessibility (ramps, grab bars, bathroom modifications, etc.)
  • funding to assist with securing durable medical equipment (lift chairs, wheelchairs, walkers, shower seats, etc.)
  • emergency assistance funding
  • provision of adaptive equipment as available (magnifiers, video phones, etc.)

To access this fund, service participants work with Community Independent Living Specialists to request funds or equipment on an individual, as needed basis. The request is then provided to the committee who reviews the requests and recommends approval based on available funding and established criteria.

MERIL also participates in a “Gifts in Kind” program and periodically receives donated goods from local businesses. These items are then made available at no cost to our participants with disabilities.