Most of you know Ron Kibbey and if you
don’t, you are certainly missing out! Ron
has worked for Bluegrass for over 25 years.
He is currently the Clinical Coordinator for
the Clark County Office and is simply known
as "the guy who helps people."
addition to working full-time for Bluegrass,
Ron has volunteered for numerous
organizations such as YMCA of Winchester,
Clark County KY-ASAP, Adolescent Health
Advisory Committee, the Clark County
Children’s Council and many more.
While Ron was on the Clark County
Children’s Council, he recognized the need
for working parents to have safe,
after-school childcare options.
As a member of the council and having worked
with DCBS for 11 years, Ron often saw
parents had no option other than to leave
their children home alone after school,
which could lead to unsafe behaviors.
Ron was instrumental in working with schools
to allow them to serve as a site for after
school child care. The council also worked
with United Way to secure funding for the
program. One elementary school started
a pilot program and has since expanded to
include every elementary school in the
county. The program was originally
known as Latchkey, but today is Kids’
Ron's actions and
contributions to the community haven't gone
unnoticed. He was featured in Steve
Flairty's Kentucky Everday Heroes 2. Flairty
notes, “Fortunately, for the people in the
Winchester community, Kibbey has been
content to be 'stranded' there for more than
thirty-seven years and along the way, has
helped significantly changed the landscape
of human services in Clark County. In his
years of service he has accumulated a healthy
dose of experience based wisdom. In
regard to the oft-stated admonition to “pull
yourself up by your bootstraps”, he has some
strong thoughts. 'In theory anyone can
do that, but what if you don’t have any
boots?' We need to help those people find
the boots, to help them remove the barriers
to achieving for themselves.”
out the video below to hear, in Ron’s own
words, how he "cosmically" landed in Clark
part of working with Bluegrass:
I love the collaboration
and working with community partners.
Organizations working together make
it better for our community in
general and our clients
specifically. That is what, in
my mind, makes for community mental
knows me well knows the answer to
that one—Casablanca with Humphrey
Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Every time it is at the Kentucky
Theatre I am there. (“Here’s
looking at you, kid!).
valuable thing I own:
My books and my
music. I am passionate about
both and have quite a collection.
Biggest inspirations in my life:
also say they are my heroes:
Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
We can change the world without
has been for
years: Masterpiece Theatre on
well, my dog is
at the top of my list. But I
also have a fondness for the buffalo
and the giraffe (go figure!).
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