MERIL helps people with disabilities live independently in Northwest Missouri.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Updates for the MERIL Offices

Effective March 23, 2020:

Visitors and members of the public are not allowed in the MERIL offices.

MERIL staff will continue to be available via telephone and email during regular business hours.

TIMESHEETS must be placed in the outside drop-box only.

Events and meetings hosted by MERIL are likely to be delayed, rescheduled, or canceled. Please review our Events page on Facebook for updates. Or, you can call the office to find out more information about particular meetings.

In addition, we are taking precautions with our staff (such as eliminating in-person meetings, telecommuting when appropriate, etc.) to follow the social distancing recommendations from health officials.

Please remember that the guidelines (e.g., social distancing, handwashing, etc.) from the health officials are being put in place to protect the people in our community who are most vulnerable to the Coronavirus COVID-19 infection: people with disabilities, people who are aging, people with underlying health issues, and healthcare professionals.

This is not a time to be selfish. Even if you are not afraid of the infection yourself, ignoring the health guidelines can spread the virus throughout our communities, overwhelm our healthcare systems, and cause needless suffering.

We will continue to post updates to the MERIL Facebook page regarding our response to this emergency situation.

MERIL may close its offices on short notice in cases of inclement weather. Please check and for timely information about our office closures.
MERIL offices will be closed on the following upcoming holidays in 2020: Memorial Day (May 25), Independence Day (July 3), Labor Day (Sept. 7), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26), the Friday after Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), and Christmas Day (Dec. 25).

Welcome to MERIL. We're glad you found us!

We are a unique and dedicated disability services organization staffed by people with disabilities who bring personal experience and expertise to the in-depth Independent Living services we provide.
For 25 years, we have guided people with disabilities as they achieve their goals of living comfortably and safely in their homes and communities. Whether you are looking for caregivers, nurse services, assistive devices, accessibility information, youth services, nursing home transition assistance, skills training, advocacy, or peer support, we are here to show you the full picture of options available to you.
As a nonprofit Center for Independent Living, our goal is to connect you with resources that will empower you to live life fully.

The best way we can help you is to learn about you.

Call us and tell us about your disability or health condition. We’ll help you find the resources you need.

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