Acoustic Noodles

A Benefit for MERIL and People with Disabilities

Thank you to everyone who made our Acoustic Noodles benefit a success!

We raised $878 during our first annual Acoustic Noodles fundraiser. We want to thank D&G / Cafe Acoustic, The Devil and the Southern Fellowship, Twilight Gardens, and all of the MERIL staff who worked to organize and promote the event. We are already making plans for next year, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, enjoy some videos and photos from the 2018 event:

Rob and Jay say thank you, explain the purpose of the benefit, and draw raffle tickets:

This is the awesome rattlesnake statue that Twilight Gardens donated to our Acoustic Noodles fundraiser. Check out their other items:

A Dinner and Concert that Supports our Community!

Join us on Sunday, April 15, 2018 for an evening of delicious food and great music!

The benefit starts with a gourmet spaghetti dinner at D&G Pub and Grub (1918 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph) from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Then, we move next door to Cafe Acoustic for a rock ‘n’ roll performance from a fantastic local band: The Devil and the Southern Fellowship

Don’t forget to bring a few extra dollars for our 50/50 raffle! Raffle tickets will be sold at the venue during the event.

All of MERIL’s proceeds go directly to services that help people with disabilities live independently in their homes and communities. 

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

This event is for adults 18 years old or older. Children are allowed to eat dinner (for the full ticket price) but they are not allowed to attend the concert.

Tickets are $20 if purchased at MERIL’s offices or at D&G. Tickets are $22 if purchased on due to the PayPal processing fee. Tickets purchased online will be available at D&G on the night of the event. Tickets purchased at the door on the night of the event are $25.

We are not able to offer refunds on ticket purchases. Ten dollars of the ticket purchase price is tax-deductible. Additional donations are very much appreciated and can be made through our PayPal account.

Gourmet Spaghetti Dinner

An off-the-menu classic with a sophisticated twist.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill spaghetti dinner! Select noodles are paired with a two-day meat sauce recipe, oven-toasted garlic bread, a fresh vegetable salad, an artisan dessert, and a soft drink of your choice. Additional alcohol purchases are available.

DSF Rock Concert

A rare acoustic show from a local favorite!

The Devil and the Southern Fellowship is a pillar in the St. Joseph music community. These guys are great musicians and their live shows are a blast! 

Turn up your speakers and listen to a few songs from a recent concert:

Who You're Helping

All of our proceeds go to direct services.

We at MERIL provide resources and services to people with disabilities so they can live independently in their homes and communities. Learn more about us on our About Page.

If you are unable to attend the fundraiser, please consider a donation to our PayPal account. Any amount you can contribute will help make a big difference in someone’s life.

Here are some recent success stories featured in our newsletter:

Jessica moved from a nursing home to her own apartment with the help of MERIL and the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.

Money Follows the Person: Transitioning to independent living

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a program that provides funding for people with disabilities who want to live in their own homes instead of in a nursing home or residential care facility. MERIL provides information and personalized guidance to those who participate in the program.

One year ago, Jessica Zielinski contacted MERIL to learn about resources for people with disabilities in Northwest Missouri. Jessica was living in a nursing home in Maryville, recovering from a brain tumor surgery. She had experienced stroke-like symptoms and had limited ability of her left leg. She had been in the nursing home for about a year, and was now ready to move into a place of her own.

Read more on our News Page.

MERIL LPN Tiffany Diaz (left) with In-Home participant Roy (right). Roy receives nurse visits in his home so that he can remain independent and healthy.

In-home nurse visits keep patient healthy and independent at home

Tiffany Diaz, LPN, and Roy Dalbey exemplify the success of MERIL’s In-Home Services program.

Roy has received in-home nurse visits from MERIL for almost a year. He receives weekly help setting up his medications and doing vital sign checks, and he receives monthly diabetic toenail care.

Roy said he appreciates the consumer-based nature of MERIL’s In-Home Services program, which focuses on patients’ independence and control over their own medical treatment.

Read more on our News Page.

CDS participant Virginia (front) with her daughters Connie (left) and Debora (right). Virginia hired her daughters to be her part-time caregivers so she can continue living in her own home.

We recognize CDS attendants Debora Simerly and Connie Thomsen!

This month we would like to spotlight two sisters who take exceptional care of their mother.

Debora Simerly and Connie Thomsen are fantastic attendants for their mother Virginia. Virginia said the girls are very close and know that Virginia’s preference is to stay away from the hospital and nursing home.

Virginia praised them for their flexibility, honesty, and willingness to learn new things such as assisting with dressing wounds. She said the biggest blessing she feels from having her daughters serve as her attendants is that they always do what is best for her.

Read more on our News Page.

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