CHRIS 180 opens new facility

An Atlanta-based non-profit organization held a grand opening of its facility Tuesday.

CHRIS 180 is dedicated to healing children and families with holistic, trauma-informed health services. It opened its new 20,000-square-foot Center of Excellence building.

Organizers say the building will serve as an updated, multi-purpose facility for its adoptions program and Keeping Families Together program.

The non-profit says the facility will be foundational to its ongoing efforts to expand psychiatric support, group counseling, and trauma-informed health services.

“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 CHRIS 180 CEO Kathy Colbenson.  “We are so very grateful to the philanthropic community for their investment in our mission.”

The new facility is located at 1030 Fayetteville Road Southeast.

“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. “We are grateful the State supports CHRIS 180’s innovation in creating more homes for siblings and, we are so grateful for the support of donors who helped us create more homes for siblings.  And, for donors who support our efforts to help strengthen families so that children can remain safely with their own families and avoid foster care. Ultimately, our efforts are focused on building community by enabling children and families to live in safe homes and receive trauma informed services and healthcare.”