CHRIS 180, an Atlanta-based nonprofit 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 in Atlanta. CHRIS stands for its core values: Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety, and the organization serves children and families in Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties plus other parts of the state. 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 center and more than double its footprint from serving 6,500 people in 2016 to over 14,000 in 2020. Above: CHRIS 180 President and CEO Kathy Colbenson, LMFT, third from left, cuts the ribbon to open the new Center of Excellence for Training, Education and Connections as, from left, CHRIS 180 board chair Susan O’Farrell; Carmen Chubb, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ chief of staff; DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond; Cyril Turner, co-chair of the CHRIS 180 Turning Point capital campaign; and the Rev. Chianti Harris, pastor of outreach and community development at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church; look on.

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