Intellectual & Developmental Disability

Supported Employment:

This program is designed to meet the employment needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The components involved are Discovery and Exploration, Job Development, Job Coaching, and Long-Term Retention.

Supported Employment Services are available at all Career Center locations.  For contact information and program specifics at each location, as well as referral/private pay options:

Supported Living:

Individuals in St. Louis City with various disabilities are assessed for strengths and needs in living independently. MERS Goodwill provides assistance with identification of the apartment or house, referral to other neighborhood services, and long-term supports.

Offered through the Aftergut Center:

Organizational (Sheltered) Employment:

Provides employment and case management services to persons who are choosing a sheltered workshop setting. Participants are required to be certified eligible for commensurate wages through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Some of the piece-rate work experiences available include packaging, assembly, collating, and machine operation on site at the MERS Goodwill facility or with employer partners in the community.

Offered at the Jennings location: 7 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.