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Our Commitment to Community Engagement

By Ashlyn Schnider

May 2, 2017

Since 1908, Merrick Community Services has provided the East Side community of St. Paul with a wide variety of community building services. From employment & training programs, to providing education & engagement opportunities for youth, Merrick’s mission is dedicated to improving resident’s lives by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and promoting their independence.

Merrick’s substantial work in St. Paul has led them to seek a new, centralized location to better serve the neighborhood at large. Expanding their real estate allows them to consolidate their administrative infrastructure, while ensuring they remain easily accessible to residents who depend on their service. Investing in a new location also enables Merrick to carefully consider their future growth and its impact on the region, as well as seek future community partners who share their mission.

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church / a prominent local faith-based organization has been searching for a value-oriented tenant to occupy underutilized space in their building; a natural partnership between Merrick and Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church / the two organizations has emerged as a symbiotic solution – together, they can provide the greater St. Paul community with a diversity of integrated community services, while optimizing their available real estate.

Collaborating with Cresa, our three teams have brought in a multitude of local businesses to build out an efficient and engaging space for Merrick. The project is currently under construction, and Cresa anticipates Merrick will be fully utilizing their new space by the end of the year.

Jon Bonkoski, a new senior project manager with Cresa, is helping Merrick navigate the nuances of the project. Jon is a project management expert with over 13 years of experience in a variety of industries, and he looks forward to seeing Merrick grow through their increased capacity to impact the community.

To learn more about Jon, our new rockstar PM, click here