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IKRON graduates waiting for their ceremony to begin

50 For 50 #12: Latonya

Posted on: November 12, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the twelfth 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. Two of the biggest barriers for Latonya

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An early participant repairs a chair in IKRON's workshop

50 For 50 #11: Early Gifts

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

This is the eleventh 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

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Darla (left) and Melissa (right) in the Cincinnati Public Radio studio.

50 For 50 #10: Courage to Ask for Help

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

This is the tenth 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. Darla Menz, Director of Employment

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a group of participants is gathered around a table

50 For 50 #9: Joys of the Present

Posted on: November 9, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the ninth 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's story is from one of our talented

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Dr. Scott Myers (right) in the early days of IKRON

50 For 50 #8: The Kursban Center

Posted on: November 8, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the eighth 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. While IKRON was getting its start as the

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Participants on a Self Government Outing

50 For 50 #7: Self Government Group

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

This is the seventh 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. The Self

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Some of our excellent current interns

50 For 50 #6: Why I Chose IKRON

Posted on: November 6, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the sixth 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. When IKRON's interns finish their course

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Participants in a group discussion

50 For 50 #5: Group Work

Posted on: November 5, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the fifth 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

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Participants start the day with some mild exercises

50 For 50 #4: Gaining Confidence

Posted on: November 4, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the fourth 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. As part of our day program, participants

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50 For 50 #3: IKRON is a Dream Maker

Posted on: November 3, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

This is the third 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 Hence, it had been years since he had

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IKRON's first building on Scioto Street in Cincinnati

50 For 50 #2: Our First Building

Posted on: November 2, 2019
Tags: 50 For 50

This is the second 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. Before the University of Cincinnati

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a desk with a record, a typewirter, a cup, a pinecone, and Scrabble tiles sitting on top

50 For 50 #1: How IKRON Got Its Name

Posted on: November 1, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

We're so excited to launch our new series today, 50 For 50: one story per day from IKRON's history for 50 days, to conclude our year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Where did the name IKRON come from? We started off life as the UC Rehabilitation

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IKRON Ink Fall 2019

Posted on: October 31, 2019
Tags: IKRON Ink

  From the Executive Director... 2019 has been an exciting year of celebrating 50 years of IKRON. From our humble beginnings as the UC Rehabilitation Center in a small

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Cheryl Krummen, Placement Coordinator extraordinaire

10 Questions Plus with Cheryl Krummen

Posted on: October 30, 2019
Tags: staff profile

We're excited to share staff profiles to let you get to know the folks who make up IKRON a bit better. Cheryl is our Placement Coordinator and has graciously agreed to go first in our series called "10 Questions Plus." Q. Where are you from? A. Cincinnati,

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Celebrating 50 Years of IKRON

Announcing 50 For 50

Posted on: October 29, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary, 50 For 50

It's a challenge to squeeze 50 years of changed lives and new hopes into just one year of celebration, but we're not letting that stop us from finishing up the year right. Starting on Friday, November 1, we're going to share one story from our archives every

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Angela Kenney at her new job. Photo courtesy of OOD.

IKRON Featured in OOD Newsletter

Posted on: October 28, 2019
Tags: job development

Congratulations to Job Coach Joey Oakwood and jobseeker Angela Kenney for being featured in this month's Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities newsletter. OOD says, IKRON’s Joey Oakwood provided job coaching to Kenney. She gained communication

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IKRON Participant Michael Deleon

What Does IKRON Mean to Me?

Posted on: October 16, 2019
Tags: participant updates

By Michael Deleon, IKRON Participant People ask, “What is IKRON?” The technical meaning of IKRON is “Integration of Knowledge and Resources for Occupational Needs.” To me, IKRON means much more than that! You see, I am a 52-year-old

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October 2019 Graduation

Finish Strong: 59 Participants Graduate from IKRON in October

Posted on: October 11, 2019
Tags: graduation

We couldn't be prouder of the 59 participants who finished up their time with IKRON on October 4, after earning jobs, earning GEDs, and putting in a lot of hard work to overcome the obstacles in their paths. Randy Strunk, IKRON Executive Director, welcomed

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Golfers lined up and ready to go

IKRON's 15th Annual Golf Outing

Posted on: September 20, 2019
Tags: summer youth

Dozens of young adults pass through IKRON's doors every year, taking part in education groups, transitional youth programming, and our summer youth programs. To support these young people working on the next steps of their career, 89 friends of IKRON gathered

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Summer Youth at Clifton Market

What I Did On My Summer Vacation: 34 Students Participate in IKRON's Summer Youth Programs

Posted on: August 21, 2019
Tags: summer youth, youth program

Thirty-four teens spent part of their summer at IKRON, learning the skills that will help them succeed when they're ready to enter the workforce. Summer Youth participants start by learning the skills they need to succeed: Communication; Enthusiasm and

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IKRON's Inaugural 5K

Party Like it's 1969: IKRON Hosts Inaugural 5K at Smale Park

Posted on: July 26, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

On July 20, IKRON staff and friends gathered for an unusual reason: to run or walk 5K in Cincinnati's Smale Park. The Summer of Love Fun Run/Walk included tie-dyed t-shirts, 1969 costumes, and prizes. Despite a record-breaking heat wave, over 100 people

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Friends at the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Memorial Hall

IKRON Celebrates 50 Years in Cincinnati

Posted on: July 1, 2019
Tags: 50th Anniversary

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

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IKRON Staff

IKRON is a Top Workplace for the Fifth Time

Posted on: June 18, 2019
Tags: top workplace

Every year, the Cincinnati Enquirer asks, "Where are the best places to work in Cincinnati?" For the fifth time, IKRON has made the list. This award is special to us because the Enquirer asks the people who make IKRON what it is--the employees. After

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IKRON 2019 May Graduates

When I'm 64: IKRON Celebrates May Graduates

Posted on: May 17, 2019
Tags: graduation

On May 10, IKRON celebrated with 64 graduates who have let nothing stand in the way of their dreams. Some participants come to us with a disability. Some had a bad work experience that has been difficult to overcome. Some are struggling to stay sober.

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 IKRON Board of Trustees: Board President Neal Shah, Joan Murray, Vice-President George Stricker, Jeff Dierker, Executive Director Randy Strunk, Treasurer Jennifer Rulon, Scott Schmitz.

IKRON Annual Meeting 2019

Posted on: April 10, 2019
Tags: student of the year

IKRON board, staff, and friends celebrated another year together and kicked off a year-long celebration of IKRON's 50th anniversary at the Annual Meeting on April 4. Executive Director Randy Strunk and Board of Trustees Vice-President George Stricker

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IKRON is Celebrating 50 Years 2

IKRON's 50th Anniversary Dinner on June 22nd

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

Join IKRON for our 50th Anniversary Dinner Celebration at Memorial Hall on June 22nd from 6-9 PM. Tickets are available to purchase on Eventbrite or by contacting Adrienne Gallagher at agallagher@ikron.org. Enjoy food and desserts from some of the top

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IKRON Fun Run/Walk 5K!

IKRON'S Summer of Love Fun Run/Walk 5K on July 20th

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

Join us for our 1st IKRON Summer of Love Fun Run/Walk 5K! Come celebrate IKRON's founding year with a 1969 themed run/walk. 1969 attire is strongly encouraged, but optional. The race starts and ends at International Friendship Park along the beautiful Ohio

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Randy and Melissa with SWORWIB representatives

IKRON Featured in SWORWIB Newsletter

Posted on: February 18, 2019

IKRON is honored to have been featured in The Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board's February newsletter as a Super Partner. SWORWIB says, "Both Randy Strunk and Melissa Harmeling are recognized for their leadership in Hamilton

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IKRON graduates celebrate

You Are the Friend We Need

Posted on: November 27, 2018
Tags: graduation, giving tuesday, donate

When participants step inside IKRON's door for the first time, they can feel lots of things: nervous, excited, skeptical, 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 2018 Students of the Year

Now Is the Time for Champions

Posted on: November 27, 2018
Tags: giving tuesday, donate, student of the year

Every hero needs a hand from time to time. Someone to step in at just the right moment and give just the right kind of help the hero needs to take that next step of their journey.Here at IKRON, we believe every participant deserves to be the hero of

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So Much to Be Thankful For

Posted on: November 21, 2018
Tags: thanksgiving, giving tuesday, holiday

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you're having a safe and relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends. Check out IKRON's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages all weekend to see more of what we're thankful for. Here are some of our favorites: I am

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Smile with IKRON on Prime Day

Posted on: July 16, 2018
Tags: donate

Planning to snag some deals on Amazon for Prime Day? Great! But can we ask one small favor first? When you log into Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com, Amazon's program for nonprofits. When you shop on Smile, the nonprofit of your choice gets a portion of your

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Executive Director Randy Strunk with a new IKRON graduate.

Golf Outing, Annual Meeting, & More: IKRON Ink Summer 2018

Posted on: July 12, 2018
Tags: top workplace, IKRON Ink, graduation

From the Executive Director... Summer is an exciting season at IKRON, starting with our spring graduation in May, our summer youth kickoff in June and continuing until August, and our annual Golf Outing in July. I hope to see you at the golf outing on July

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Summer Youth student at the IKRON Building

Summer in the City: 43 Teens Gain Work Experience at IKRON

Posted on: July 9, 2018
Tags: summer youth

The IKRON building is full this month as Summer Youth students gain valuable work skills to get them ready for the competitive workplace. Between our two summer programs, Career Exploration and Work Experience, 43 total students will pass through

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Still Moving Forward: Summer Youth Alum Finds Success

Posted on: June 25, 2018
Tags: summer youth, job development

Previous Summer Youth participant Eli has continued to expand his work experience since he walked through IKRON’s doors last summer. Through the course of the 2017 Summer Youth program, Eli learned critical job skills like teamwork, enthusiasm, and

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IKRON is a Top 100 Workplace for the Fourth Time

Posted on: June 15, 2018
Tags: top workplace, award

Every year, the Cincinnati Enquirer asks, "Where are the best places to work in Cincinnati?" For the fourth time, IKRON has made the list. This award is special to us because the Enquirer asks the people who make IKRON what it is--the employees. After

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2017 long drive challenge winner melissa

Register Now for the 14th Annual IKRON Golf Outing on July 28, 2018

Posted on: May 23, 2018
Tags: golf outing, youth program

Summer is here, and that means it's time for the IKRON Golf Outing! Mark your calendar now for July 28 and round up your three best friends to join you on a fun day of golf for a great cause.Registration is $400 per foursome or $100

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collage of graduates at the IKRON office on May 4

Hard Work Pays Off for 56 IKRON Graduates

Posted on: May 11, 2018
Tags: graduation

On May 4, a very special group of people gathered at the IKRON office to celebrate. Family, friends, and IKRON staff gathered to witness 56 IKRON participants become IKRON graduates. Staff members talked of the hard work that brought each graduate to this

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2018 students of the year honored at the annual meeting

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2018 Annual Meeting

Once a year, IKRON’s board, staff, friends, and other partners gather to consider the year behind and look forward to what’s ahead. We celebrate successes and set new goals. And we take the time to give honor where it’s due. IKRON is

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IKRON participant on her first day of work

For Better Tomorrows: Giving Tuesday 2017

Posted on: November 28, 2017
Tags: giving tuesday, donate

Here at IKRON, we believe in the power of work to empower people to live more meaningful, dignified lives. That's why we come in every day determined to do everything we can to help our participants succeed. Maybe their mental health has kept them out of the

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IKRON participants at graduation

On Giving Tuesday, You Can Create Second Chances

Posted on: November 27, 2017
Tags: graduation, giving tuesday

When Cynthia first came to IKRON, she had not worked for many years. However, she made it clear from the beginning that she was prepared to work hard and only needed someone to give her a chance. Not willing to sit back and let that chance come

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IKRON staff collage

IKRON Gives Thanks

Posted on: November 23, 2017
Tags: thanksgiving, giving tuesday, holiday

As we think about all the things we're thankful for, you are at the top of the list! Our friends, supporters, graduates, and others who've come to be part of IKRON not only make every day possible, but also make it a joy to be part of something bigger than

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IKRON Cincinnati building

Graduation, Summer Youth, and More: IKRON Ink Fall 2017

Posted on: November 21, 2017
Tags: IKRON Ink

From the Executive Director... Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading the inaugural issue of IKRON Ink! We're excited to share what's been happening around IKRON Cincinnati. In the coming months, we'll have more to share about what staff and students

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Hamilton County Passes Mental Health Levy

Posted on: November 8, 2017
Tags: mental health levy, election

The Hamilton County mental health and addiction services levy renewal passed on November 7 with over 70% of the vote. The demand for mental health services in Hamilton County has been on the rise. In 2015 alone, over 24,000 people benefited from the mental

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IKRON fall graduation 2017

Well On Their Way: Celebrate With These 56 IKRON Graduates

Posted on: October 20, 2017
Tags: graduation

On October 13, we celebrated with our largest group of graduates ever—56, surpassing the previous record of 52 set in May.  IKRON’s graduation ceremonies have been a key part of our program from our days on the University of Cincinnati

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eli working during the summer youth program at IKRON

37 Teens Explore Careers at IKRON

Posted on: September 1, 2017
Tags: summer youth

The third year of IKRON's Summer Youth Program (SYP) was a tremendous success, with happy students reluctant to say good-bye in early August when the five-week program reached its end. In addition to students feeling safe and supported at IKRON as they

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team playing at IKRON annual golf outing

Lucky 13: IKRON's Most Successful Golf Outing Ever

Posted on: August 1, 2017
Tags: golf outing, youth program

On July 27, IKRON hosted our 13th annual Golf Outing, raising over $26,000 to benefit youth of all walks of life in the greater Cincinnati area who have barriers to employment. Thanks to our bunch of dedicated of golfers, 2017 was our biggest year yet.

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IKRON One of Seven Participating Orgs in Cincinnati’s Successful Hand Up Initiative

Posted on: May 1, 2017
Tags: hand up, city of cincinnati

Two years in, the City of Cincinnati’s Hand Up Initiative has helped nearly 500 people get jobs, which is about two-thirds of those enrolled in the program (as of April 2017). Hand Up has purposefully reached out to the city’s lower-income areas

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Everybody Rides Metro Comes to an End

Posted on: December 30, 2016
Tags: cincinnati metro, transportation

Everybody Rides Metro (ERM), a subsidized transportation option for low-income Cincinnatians, was discontinued at the end of 2016 after eight years and over two million bus rides. ERM was funded by the now-expired Job Access and Reverse Commute Program,

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IKRON Is a Top 100 Workplace for the Third Time

Posted on: July 5, 2016
Tags: top workplace, award

The Cincinnati Enquirer polls area employees every year to find out: where are the best places to work in Cincinnati? For the third year in a row, IKRON is on the list for 2016. We couldn’t be prouder to be a place where our staff come to work knowing

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Melissa Harmeling Receives the Mary Corre Foster Community Counselor Award

Posted on: January 9, 2016
Tags: award

We’re delighted to announce that our own Melissa Harmeling has received the Mary Corre Foster Community Counselor Award from the Greater Cincinnati Counselor Association. Watch the video here.

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IKRON Is a Top 100 Workplace for the Second Time

Posted on: June 22, 2015
Tags: top workplace

IKRON is honored to have been named a Top 100 Workplace in Cincinnati for the second year in a row, because it’s IKRON’s staff who put us there. Being a place where employees enjoy coming to work is a key part of our success not only as a

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IKRON to Participate in Hand Up Initiative

Posted on: May 11, 2015
Tags: city of cincinnati

IKRON is happy to be partnering with the City of Cincinnati in the new anti-poverty Hand Up Initiative, designed to get folks who are living in poverty back to work and on to a better quality of life. The Hand Up Initiative is another way of coming at the

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Crystal Clear Cleaning Receives Employer of the Year Award from IKRON

Posted on: April 10, 2015
Tags: award, employer of the year

Every year, IKRON names one employer that has gone above and beyond not only in hiring IKRON participants, but also in providing a safe and encouraging work environment that we have confidence to continue recommending to our participants. In 2015, that

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IKRON is a Top 100 Workplace in Cincinnati

Posted on: June 20, 2014
Tags: top workplace

IKRON is honored to have been named a Top 100 Workplace by the Cincinnati Enquirer, including being ranked highest in Meaningfulness. This award is based on surveys from the folks who know us best—our staff! Read more about 2014’s Top Workplaces

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IKRON founder, Dr. M. H. Scott Myers, passed away on December 10

Posted on: December 12, 2011

IKRON founder, Dr. M. H. Scott Myers (known to us at IKRON as "Dr. Scotty"), passed away on December 10.

See Dr. Scotty's obituary here.

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Randy Strunk Receives a Heroes Award from the Partnership For Mental Health

Posted on: May 27, 2008
Tags: award

IKRON Executive Director Randy Strunk was honored alongside many others at the third Hope and Heroes Awards from the Partnership for Mental Health. Heroes are honored for being a role model and advocate for the mental health community. We’re delighted

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IKRON Receives Impact 100 Grant to Renovate the Building’s Top Floor

Posted on: May 1, 2008
Tags: grant

In order to give ourselves more space for programming, counseling, and all-around serving more participants, IKRON applied for and was awarded at $111,000 grant from Impact 100 to renovate the top floor of the building and make it completely accessible. Read

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Dr. Julian Myers, IKRON Founder, Passed Away

Posted on: April 25, 2005

Dr. Julian Myers, founder of IKRON, died on April 22, 2005. See his obituary here.

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