50 For 50 #14: The Mighty Vine

Posted on: November 14, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary
Participants enjoy the Mighty Vine Wellness Club

Participants enjoy the Mighty Vine Wellness Club

This is the fourteenth 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 1989, IKRON's participant-run Self Government Group brainstormed ideas that could expand services to individuals with mental illness, and voted unanimously to develop a fitness facility on site at IKRON.

The group wrote a proposal to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and won a grant to create a wellness center to help individuals struggling with physical fitness who might not feel comfortable in, or be able to afford, a traditional gym setting. The IKRON Wellness Club, now the Mighty Vine Wellness Club in honor of our home on Vine Street, was born.

The Mighty Vine continues today as a peer-operated service that is open to the public as well as a regular part of IKRON's programming. Participants and guests have strength training and cardio options to help meet their wellness goals.


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