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What is Merakey?

Merakey is a not-for-profit developmental, behavioral health, and education provider. We offer a variety of services to individuals and communities across the country. We offer these services to 50,000+ people each year at nearly 700 locations, all focused on one goal.

Our Purpose

Putting our heart and soul into exceptional care.

Our programs support individuals with all kinds of needs, from people with addiction or intellectual and physical disabilities, to homeless veterans and children in need of homes. We help people who need someone to support and fight for them. It’s just the right thing to do. Our hope is that we’re helping to create communities where everyone can reach their fullest potential.

Our Vision

To be a nationally recognized provider of the highest quality health and human services.

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An Open Heart Has Room For Everyone

We celebrate diversity and encourage everyone to reach their fullest potential – all races, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, and experiences.

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Our Team Sets Us Apart

Nothing is more important to our mission than our incredible team. Merakey is made up of more than 10,000 of the most committed, qualified individuals in education and human services. Many of us are proud to have been here for decades, committing our lives to our mission.

See Our Team in Action

Merakey Celebrates Direct Support Professional Recognition Week | September 13 - 19

Merakey Celebrates Direct Support Professional Recognition Week | September 13 - 19

Published: Oct 02, 2020
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Merakey Celebrates Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week | September 13 – 19

Merakey Celebrates Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week | September 13 – 19

Published: Sep 24, 2020
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National Hispanic Heritage Month - Sharing a Personal Journey

National Hispanic Heritage Month - Sharing a Personal Journey

Published: Sep 24, 2020
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Would you like to join the Merakey team in our mission?

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We Work With the Best in the Industry

Our partnerships with organizations and certifying bodies are crucial to our goal of providing an incredible level of service to our communities and helping every individual live up to their full potential.

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We’ve Been Helping People for 50+ Years

Our journey started with the passing of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963. This act provided federal funding for services to support the mentally disabled. Our founders wrote a proposal to use some of these funds to open the Northwest Center, one of the first service providers in Philadelphia.

The Northwest Center opened its doors at 27 E. Mt Airy Avenue in Philadelphia in October 1969. Its legacy lives on, first as Northwestern Human Services, and since 2018 as Merakey. The name Merakey is based on a Greek word that means to put something of yourself in your work, which is what we do every day as we work on our mission of helping those who need it most. From one site in Philadelphia, we have grown into one of the largest non-profit human services providers in the country.

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