Merimna, meaning “to care” is a year round residential program located on our Goshen campus. Mermina provides residential care and works to increase the daily living skills of those who do not need 24 hour care. Merimna homes is a private pay mission driven home as opposed to a state funded setting. Merimna is funded through individual contributions such as Social Security or employment wages, housing grants and the generosity of congregational, individual and business support. MDC Goldenrod assists the individuals in Merimna with food, housing supplies, transportation and seeks to provide recreational and spiritual development activities.

Waiver Services

MDC Goldenrod is a state approved Medicaid Waiver provider. MDC Goldenrod provides a variety of services allotted by the Medicaid Waiver such as Residential Habilitation, Community Habilitation, Personal Assistance Care (PAC) and Respite care. Well trained Direct Support Professionals deliver the services as provided on each individual’s waiver. All services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual and his family.

Residential Habilitation can be provided in the family home, the individual’s home or a home operated by MDC Goldenrod. Residential Habilitation can be both 24 hour or non 24 hour. The purpose of Residential Habilitation services is to provide meaningful daily activities while enhancing the daily living skills of each person served. MDC Goldenrod works closely with a team of service professionals to ensure all needs such as medical, recreational, spiritual and independent living skills are met.

Community Habilitation can be provided one on one or in a group setting. Community Habilitation occurs in the community. The purpose of Community Habilitation is to learn, develop, and enhance community based skills. This is done through meaningful activities in the community based on individual preference. This can include volunteer activities, learning opportunities or other opportunities to increase community based skills.

Participant Assistance and Care (PAC) provides meaningful activities and daily living skills assistance while helping individuals to live successfully in their own homes and participate fully in their communities. This can happen in the individuals home  or out in the community.  PAC funding is available through the Family Supports Waiver.

Respite care is provided in the family home or an MDC Goldenrod setting as well. Respite is designed to give the primary caregiver a break. Respite occurs based on the needs of the family. Respite can occur when, where and how the family wishes. MDC Goldenrod is working to expand Respite services. Stay tuned for more news.

Respite Care

The MDC Goldenrod provides families and guardians who have a relative or loved one who needs continual care, with a respite – or break – from caregiving duties.  There are often occasions when caregivers need to be away from home and require a place for loved ones to stay.  Through providing a safe home away from home, a community of respect and high quality care, MDC Goldenrod can provide much needed support.

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Project Promise

Project Promise is a program to meet the spiritual and social needs of adults with disabilities. Project Promise meets two times a month for worship and craft activities. In addition to the worship and craft activities, Project Promise hosts an annual Easter play, a field day, a retreat, a chicken BBQ and various other activities. Project Promise is little to no cost to the participants for most activities. Volunteers are responsible for the success of Project Promise with the guidance of a committee and one part-time employee. Project Promise is blessed with generous community and congregational support. Click here to learn more.

Goldenrod Gardens

Goldenrod Gardens is currently going through a transition from program funding to a completely volunteer run greenhouse. Goldenrod Gardens will work with the community to provide a limited selection of produce. In addition, Goldenrod Gardens hosts “hosta digs” to support the greenhouse. The Greenhouse is located at the Middlebury campus of the MDC Goldenrod Community (corner of county roads 16 and 43, 1.5 miles east of Middlebury, Indiana.) Goldenrod Gardens does provide meaningful and valuable learning opportunities for people with disabilities to work side by side with community members. We are always looking for volunteers.

Our Mission is to provide meaningful work for residents and friends as well as provide quality organically grown products.

Supported Living

Supported Living is a residential program that is supported by state/federal funds that provides living expenses for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each individual is provided with the support they require. This may be support 24 hours a day /seven days a week or just a few hours per week depending on individual needs and abilities. Support can be provided in the homes owned and operated by MDC Goldenrod or in an apartment rented by the individual(s). These residences have no more than 4 individuals living together.  Support can also be provided to an individual who lives in their own family home.