IKRON Celebrates 50 Years in Cincinnati

Posted on: July 1, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary
Friends at the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Memorial Hall

Friends at the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Memorial Hall

On June 22, friends and supporters gathered at Memorial Hall to celebrate 50 years of IKRON in Cincinnati.

In late 1968, Drs. Julian and Scott Myers gathered a group of University of Cincinnati Rehabilitation Counseling faculty and students to work on a common dream: a rehabilitation center that would provide needed mental health counseling along with vocational training, which could also be a training center for counseling students. They scrounged for money and equipment, renovated and painted an old condemned house on the outskirts of UC's campus, and opened for business on January 13, 1969. What started as a dream and a hope continues today as IKRON, where thousands of Cincinnatians with barriers to employment have come for counseling, training, and a brighter future.

At the 50th anniversary party, Barry Myers, the son of our founders, said, "Fifty years is a big deal. There were times we didn't think we would make it. But the work we do is so important."

Others from the early days shared stories and memories, and current staff talked about the ways in which the Myers' vision has grown, expanded, and continues in 2019 and beyond.

We're proud to have been a part of this amazing community for 50 years, and look forward to spending 50 more with friends like you! See photos from the event here, courtesy of our fabulous photographer Kayla Hovey, and our photos and write-up in Cincinnati Refined here.

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