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50 For 50 #50: Look to the Future

Posted on: December 28, 2019

This is the 50th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. Thank you for reading our 50 For 50 series.

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50 For 50 #49: Fifty Years By the Numbers

Posted on: December 26, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the 49th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. A lot has changed with IKRON in the last 50

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IKRON staff and participants at our 2019 holiday party

50 for 50 #48: IKRON's First Christmas

Posted on: December 24, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 48th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. IKRON still possesses, and frequently reads

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Andrea Bennett

10 Questions Plus with Andrea Bennett

Posted on: December 24, 2019
Tags: staff profile

This week's 10 Questions Plus is with Andrea Bennett from the Mighty Vine Wellness Club. Q. Where are you from? A. Cincinnati, born in Mt. Healthy Q. What would you name your autobiography? A. The Anna B Story Q. If you could be any fictional character,

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IKRON logo with presents

Happy Holidays from IKRON!

Posted on: December 23, 2019

From everyone at IKRON, we wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season. May your days be merry and bright! The IKRON office will be closed December 24-25 and January 1 so staff can enjoy time with loved ones. We count you as a valued member of the

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50 For 50 #47: What You Can Do When You Have a Dream

Posted on: December 22, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 47th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. For our final video of this series, watch

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An early participant in the craft room at UC Rehabilitation Center. This photo was used in the 1981 news article.

50 For 50 #46: The News Spreads

Posted on: December 21, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the 46th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. IKRON still possesses, and frequently reads

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IKRON participants hard at work in the computer lab

Nobody Gets Left Behind

Posted on: December 20, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

Our world is run on computers, and to lack computer knowledge is to be left behind. But that's the reality many of our participants are in when they first walk through our doors. Some didn't get the opportunity to learn computer skills until now. Some have

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Page from the 50th Anniversary Journal

50 for 50 #45: Never Looked Back

Posted on: December 19, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the 45th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. At our 50th anniversary celebration earlier

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IKRON staff at work on the fourth floor

50 For 50 #44: Impact 100

Posted on: December 18, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 44th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. In 2008, in the face of a long waiting list

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Dr. Scotty Myers (right) and participants at an IKRON Thanksgiving

50 For 50 #43: So Much More

Posted on: December 17, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the 43rd in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. Today, staff member Jen Tittermary shares

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Participants in IKRON's former computer lab

50 For 50 #42: New Skills

Posted on: December 16, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 42nd in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. IKRON still possesses, and frequently reads

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50 For 50 #41: Simply Spectacular

Posted on: December 15, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the 41st in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. Summer Youth Work Experience participant

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IKRON staff in the early 2000s

50 For 50 #40: Keep Your Friends Close

Posted on: December 14, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 40th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. In 2005, a new opportunity came IKRON's way

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An IKRON participant hard at work in the kitchen

More Than Just Lunch

Posted on: December 13, 2019
Tags: job development

No one is at their best when they are hungry. In our tristate region, about one in four adults is food insecure. Many of our IKRON participants are among that number--unsure of where their next meal will come from. For many of our participants, the meals we

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An IKRON staffer does some repair work in the building

50 For 50 #39: The Day Started Out Great

Posted on: December 12, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 39th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. IKRON still possesses, and frequently reads

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Hannah Russell

10 Questions Plus with Hannah Russell

Posted on: December 11, 2019
Tags: staff profile

Today's 10 Questions Plus is with Counselor Hannah Russell. Q. Where are you from? A. Cincinnati born, Northern Kentucky raised Q. What would you name your autobiography? A. A Multifaceted Masterpiece Q. If you could be any fictional character, who would

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IKRON's Current Building

50 For 50 #38: IKRON's Current Home

Posted on: December 11, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 38th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. In the late 70s, it became apparent that

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Dr. Scotty Myers in her office

50 For 50 #37: Remembering Dr. Scotty

Posted on: December 10, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 37th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. It is with fond memories this day that we

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An IKRON participant ready for her first day of work after a successful interview process

50 For 50 #36: Mock Interviews

Posted on: December 9, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the 36th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. IKRON still possesses, and frequently reads

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50 For 50 #35: IKRON is for People

Posted on: December 8, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 35th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. Listen to IKRON founder Dr. Julian Myers

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Early participants working on items for the thrift store

50 For 50 #34: Hand Up Initiative

Posted on: December 7, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

Since 2015, IKRON has participated in the City of Cincinnati's Hand Up Initiative (HUI), a program that targets low-income neighborhoods with job training and other resources. HUI aims to help folks transition to employment and attain greater

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a Cincinnati metro bus in downtown

Getting There From Here

Posted on: December 6, 2019

No one can work at a job that they can't get to. At IKRON, we help our participants identify and cope with all kinds of barriers to employment, such as disabilities, educational deficits, mental health challenges, and more. One persistent barrier is

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Early participants outside the UC Rehabilitation Center

50 For 50 #33: Starting a New Career

Posted on: December 5, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 33rd in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. Following a work-related injury, Sidney

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IKRON Program director Melissa Harmeling, 2016 Career Quest awardee Katie Pilgrim, and IKRON CEO Randy Strunk

50 For 50 #32: Career Quest

Posted on: December 4, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 32nd in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. IKRON's Career Quest program provides

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A participant shares struggles with an IKRON staff member

The Courage to Ask

Posted on: December 3, 2019
Tags: giving tuesday

When participants step inside IKRON's door for the first time, they can feel lots of things: nervous, excited, skeptical, or relieved. More than anything else, though, our new participants often feel alone. Our job from day one is to change that feeling.

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IKRON's original building on Scioto Street

With Your Help, We Can Give More Second Chances

Posted on: December 3, 2019
Tags: giving tuesday

In IKRON's 50 years, we've seen thousands of changed lives. Folks come to us discouraged, many having given up hope of ever finding a second chance. Here at IKRON, they find the acceptance, encouragement, and second chances they were looking for. We love

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IKRON participants on an outing

Be a Hero to IKRON Participants

Posted on: December 3, 2019
Tags: giving tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, the emails fly fast and furious, telling you about all the good work that nonprofits in our community are doing, and inviting you to be part of that work. Here at IKRON, we're no exception! But we know that for a lot of folks, as much as

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IKRON participants gathered for a group

50 For 50 #31: Try, Try Again

Posted on: December 2, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the 31st in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. IKRON still possesses, and frequently reads

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50 For 50 #30: "They Will Inspire You"

Posted on: December 1, 2019
Tags: summer youth

This is the 30th in a continuing series of stories--one every day for 50 days--to conclude IKRON's year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Missed one? No problem! See the entire series on our news page here. Historically, people have come to know

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