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Niles – 135th Anniversary

Today, Niles operates a residential treatment center and provides day programs to assist youths and families, but its roots go back to 1883. At that time, Samuel Eason began caring for homeless, orphaned children near 18th and Vine Streets. It started with one man, an African-American bricklayer, doing what he could for those in need, and through the decades, more has been done. In September, an event was held to mark the 135th anniversary. Mayor Sly James presented a mayoral proclamation. He also gave a speech, as did the Honorable Ardie Bland, board member. The festivities even included cake. 

Robbie Larson, Blake Rhoades, Jay and Kendra Trump, and Blythe and Ryan Hinderliter



Erin Stucky, Astra Garner and Alex Mendez


Chad Anderson, Vaughn Burkholder and Jason Hooper


Annmarie Arensberg, Sharon Sanders, Sara Schlagel, and Latisha Smith

Also featured in the November 10, 2018 issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: David Riffel


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