50 for 50 #45: Never Looked Back

Posted on: December 19, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50
Page from the 50th Anniversary Journal

Page from the 50th Anniversary Journal

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 this year, we passed around a journal and asked everyone there to write down a memory of IKRON. Today's entries are from current IKRON staff.

"I worked with great interns this past year." - Sister Mary Lynne Calkins, Social Worker, HRC

"Congrats IKRON! Such a wonderful place that has been a blessing in my life and the lives of many. It will be 10 years for me since I walked in these doors and I have no regrets. Thank you and continue to work your magic." - Christy Capell, Youth Group Leader

"Congrats, IKRON. I've only been here for about two years now, but it's been the best two years of my working life. I appreciate and value all of the things I've learned here and will never forget this place." - Erik Edwards, Education and Mighty Vine Wellness Club

"Congratulations to IKRON's 50 years! I still remember the day I met Randy as a counseling student as Xavier. I thought I was interested in schools, but after hearing his passion about IKRON and how folks are helped--conveyed in such a humble way--I came in to see more. I have never looked back since then! Wonderful mentorship and guidance under what the Myers started is the foundation of the work done here. The people that make up the IKRON family are amazing." - Melissa Harmeling, Director of Program Services

"IKRON has been a blessing to me since 2009. Thank you." - Viola Harrison, WARMLINE

"I remember the love and support I felt at a low and subsequent high in my personal life, not only from coworkers, but participants as well. IKRON truly cares for everyone. What a beautiful thing to be in this world." - Shelly Krotine, Intake Coordinator

"IKRON is respectful and focused on its mission." - Beth Maltry, Career Specialist

"What a beautiful place to learn. IKRON and its staff and students have shaped my life as a clinician!" - Janie O'Brien, Clinical Director

"I believe in love and to me, IKRON allows love to thread together the services provided. IKRON is unlike other community mental health services. Respect and basic humanity is at the core of IKRON--not profit and productivity. It is an honor to be a clinician at IKRON. Here's to 50 more great years!" - Alissa Pease, Counselor

"It has been a pleasure working at IKRON." - Pat Prince, WARMLINE

"IKRON brings energy and fuels peoples' lives! I will never forget the first orientation I led of about 13 people enthusiastic and eager to apply to their skills. I love the love of self-development shared here!" - Hannah Russell, Substance Abuse Group Leader

"It has been an absolute honor to work at IKRON and serve students and the community and to work alongside a wonderful staff. The growth and impact of IKRON's work is exciting but the core values stay the same." - Sarah Stafford, Counselor

"Congratulations, IKRON. I have been with you 13 years and loved every minute of it. People often ask me how I can have been the leader of the SE program for 12 years and is there anything else I want to move up roles at IKRON, but I feel I have the best job in the world. I love everything I do, I love my group, and everything IKRON stands for. There's nowhere else I'd rather be." - Jen Tittermary, Supported Employment Group Leader

"No difference between participants and staff--we are all equal." - Rose Vogt, WARMLINE

We're proud that as board and staff have come and gone throughout our 50 years, our mission of helping people lead more fulfilling lives has remained strong, and that so many of the people who've helped make IKRON what it is have celebrated with us in 2019.

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