Merrill Community Agencies Move to Ministry Good Samaritan Campus
Six community assistance agencies in Merrill have a new home thanks to the support of Ministry Health Care.
In February, the offices and programs of Comunidad Hispania, Merrill Community Food Pantry, Merrill Area United Way, North Central Community Action Program, St. Vincent de Paul Outreach and Merrill Salvation Army moved from the Community Care Center at 401 West Main Street to the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Campus.
Ministry Good Samaritan leaders contacted the agencies about their need for new space. Many of the local community organizations had been seeking funding for much needed repairs to their current location and the space at Ministry Good Samaritan offered a far superior alternative.,
Under terms of the agreement, each agency is provided space in the Menard Center with Ministry Good Samaritan also covering the costs of utilities and maintenance as part of its regular operation of the hospital campus.
“We are excited to bring these vital community organizations to our facility and hope our support will allow them to continue and expand their services to people in need in the Merrill area,” said Mary Krueger, president of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. “Each agency aligns directly with our mission to improve the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor.”
Dennis McCarthy of Merrill is involved with many of the agencies. He serves on the Ministry Good Samaritan Board of Directors, as well as leadership groups for the Food Pantry, Comunidad Hispania and St. Vincent de Paul.
“This is really a godsend for all of the organizations involved and we are grateful for the support of Ministry Health Care,” said McCarthy. “By removing the burden of operating an aging building, we will be able to better focus our efforts and resources to helping those in need in our community.”
McCarthy estimates the organizations will save nearly $30,000 each year as a result of the move to the Menard Center, which he adds provides improved and increased space and accessibility for those who utilize the services.
The following programs are at home in the Menard Outreach Center:
Comunidad Hispania provides outreach, education and support services to Lincoln County’s Hispanic community.
Merrill Community Food Pantry provides supplemental food to those in need that fall at or below the Federal poverty guidelines. Recipients are able to receive food on a monthly basis as a supplement to their current Foodshare benefits, or on an emergency basis.
Merrill Area United Way creates opportunities and supports multiple organizations to positively change lives in three major impact areas: Income/Basic Needs, Education and Health. Merrill Area United Way assists with the funding of 19 agencies providing programming in the impact areas with a focus on the building blocks for a better life and creating a community where people can succeed.
North Central Community Action Program (NCCAP) acts as an advocate, provider and facilitator of programs and services for low-income individuals. Its programs create opportunities for people and communities to obtain skills, identify, utilize resources and explore innovative options necessary to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency. This includes emergency rent assistance, Section 8 voucher program, Supportive Housing Program, Food Pantry Screening, Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing.
St. Vincent de Paul Outreach provides temporary/emergency assistance for shelter, food, emergency lodging, rent, transportation, clothing, utilities and other financial assistance as needed based on funds available and level of need. St. Vincent de Paul works in conjunction with other community service organizations to meet emergency needs.
Merrill Salvation Army provides emergency financial assistance to those in the Merrill area.
The street address for these agencies will be 503 South Center Avenue. They will maintain their own phone numbers and internet addresses.
Published July 2015