CHRIS 180, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization dedicated to healing children and families with holistic, trauma informed health services, recently hosted a grand opening for its Center of Excellence for Training, Education and Connections.
Founded in 1981, CHRIS 180 (an acronym for Creativity, Honesty, Respect, Integrity and Safety) has transformed more than 70,000 lives through its programs.
The 20,000 square foot center, located at 1030 Fayetteville Road SE, will serve as an updated, multi-purpose facility for CHRIS 180’s CHRIS Training Institute, Adoptions and Keeping Families Together programs, a ropes course for therapeutic activities as well as corporate team building, and administrative offices. As a result of the center, CHRIS 180 will expand counseling through the CHRIS Counseling Center and more than double its footprint from serving 6,500 people in 2016 to over 14,000 in 2020.
“We believe every person should be treated with dignity and respect and that each individual should have access to high quality trauma informed services, so being able to more than double our capacity and extend our services to those with need is a huge achievement and very exciting,” said the organization’s CEO Kathy Colbenson. “We are so very grateful to the philanthropic community for their investment in our mission.”
“In the state of Georgia alone, there are 10,000 children in foster care who also have a sibling in foster care and only 30 percent of these siblings live together,” said Colbenson.
For more information, visit CHRIS180.org.