History of Merici

A small group of parents met in the Summer of 2005 to discuss the development of a residential program for their adult children with developmental disabilities to discuss the question of  “Who will provide if I no longer can?”

Families desired services and programs that would provide a stable and secure environment,  and would maximize individual potential under a perpetual support system of competent professionals. The desire to have individuals and families come together as a community to support one another is our focus.  The mission of the Village of Merici is to foster independence development and assure purpose-filled lives for adults with developmental disabilities. This will be accomplished by building and sustaining a neighborhood village which offers a continuum of supports and options in all areas of living including residential, occupational, educational, spiritual and social.

The name The Village of Merici was chosen after St. Angela Merici, patron saint of the disabled and a leader in community development including the Ursulines.

Founding members of The Village of Merici realized that the development of such a community will take careful, strategic planning based on funding availability, professional development of necessary staff and community outreach and support. The realization of The Village of Merici will be based on the availability of those resources.

The Village of Merici obtained  IRS 501 (c)(3) determination effective November 5 , 2007  as a public charity.

Who was Angela Merici

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Angela Merici, daughter of a pious, middle class farm family, was born in Desenzano, Italy, around 1474. Angela’s time was a time of contradiction; a time of violence and a time of compassion; a time of poverty and a time of wealth. Angela, product of that time,allowed the Holy Spirit to transform her life. Living most of her life in Brescia, a city in northern Italy, Angela became well known for her ministry of service to the marginalized:the displaced, the poor, the orphaned, the sick.

One of her quotes that stood out to us and spoke to us is, “If according to times and needs you should be obliged to make fresh rules and change current things, do it with prudence and good advice .”

In her Footsteps: Take a look around you. Instead of just driving or walking without paying attention today,open your eyes to the needs you see along the way. What people do you notice who need help but who are not being helped? What are their true needs? Make a commitment to help them in some way.