Goodwill's Metropolitan Employment Rehabilitation Services merged with the Missouri Rehabilitation and Employment Group on Tuesday and hails the move as a way to provide more resources for people seeking help in finding jobs. 

MERS Goodwill not only helps people find employment but also prepares them for interviews and acts to ensure they remain employed. MERS Goodwill uses revenue from its retail thrift stores to fund these programs.

The Missouri Rehabilitation and Employment Group offers employment assistance to people with disabilities looking to enter the workforce. It has operated in Columba since January 2009. 

All 15 members of the Missouri Rehabilitation and Employment Group will join MERS Goodwill. The merger will expand Goodwill's employment services in Columbia and Jefferson City, according to a news release.

MERS Goodwill's services help employ seniors, veterans, young people and people with autism, among others.  

The news release said the organization also plans to open an Excel Center adult high school in Columbia in October. It would be the fourth such school in the state. The other three are in Springfield, St. Louis and Poplar Bluff. The schools help students 21 and older earn high school diplomas and certificates. They also offer free on-site day care and life coaches. 

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