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Merger should better serve Mid-Missouri

Merger should better serve Mid-Missouri

January 5th, 2019 in Opinion

We’re excited about the merger between two Mid-Missouri not-for-profit organizations that, together, will be able to serve their clients better and more efficiently than they did separately.

As we reported on Wednesday, the regional Goodwill organization has merged with the Missouri Rehabilitation and Employment Group (MORE Group) as of Jan. 1.

The approximate 15 staffers from MORE Group will transfer to the larger MERS Goodwill at the end of the month. MERS employs about 2,300.

MERS is the largest provider of youth employment services in the state. It provides employment services for people with disabilities, those who are victims of domestic violence and people who have faced criminal convictions. It serves most of Missouri, excluding the Kansas City area and northwest Missouri, and it serves portions of Illinois.

The MORE Group has served Jefferson City for about a decade through individualized, quality services that team individuals with disabilities and businesses. It strives to allow people to create value through their work and let them be recognized for their contributions to the greater good, according to its website.

Greg Wingert, president, CEO and founder of MORE Group, said it serves about 200 clients a year. Working primarily with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, a state agency, it maintains about a 70 percent placement rate.

For people with disabilities seeking work, there’s no set formula for success. Each person is different, and needs individual attention and a specialized plan to succeed.

We believe this merger has the capability to do that, in part because it, hopefully, will lead to an expansion of services. Plus, the combined group should be able to handle a wider variety of needs and cases, rather than have to shuffle people off to other agencies.

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