Resource fair highlights substance use recovery programs during National Recovery Month Atlanta-based mental health nonprofit CHRIS 180 will host its first fair highlighting the organization’s programs and services available for those on their journey of recovering from addiction.  The community is invited to attend the event Saturday, October 2, at CHRIS 180 located at 1030 Fayetteville Road SE in Atlanta from 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. to close out National Recovery Month, which is annually observed in September. CHRIS 180’s recovery programs provide trauma-informed, wraparound care for those struggling with substance use disorder and...

At just 12-years-old, Jocelyn had her first encounter with CHRIS 180. Her grandmother was looking for help after taking in Jocelyn and her brother, in the wake of their mother’s issues with substance use.  Knowing that both children had experienced significant trauma, the family turned to our Keeping Families Together program. Jocelyn’s involvement with CHRIS 180’s wraparound services changed the direction of her life. It even led her to evolve from being a client to working as a behavioral health provider. Jocelyn found herself at CHRIS 180 once more when...

Without the support of her parents, CHRIS 180 client Sabrina was facing homelessness at age 18. She was connected to  CHRIS 180 where she found the stability, acceptance, and resources that could help her make 180-degree change in her life. Sabrina originally shared the story below at The 2021 CHRIStal Ball.   “My story starts in Savannah, Georgia, where I grew up. My parents were invested in being a family that conformed to Savannah’s norms. The southern equivalent of the American Dream of a white picket fence – whatever that may be....

40th Anniversary Celebration for nonprofit brings in more than $800,000 Atlanta-based mental health nonprofit CHRIS 180 celebrated its legacy of leadership during its largest fundraiser, The CHRIStal Ball, on August 19. The event raised over $800,000—a record-breaking amount in CHRIS 180’s forty years of service—to support the organization’s programs and resources that provide trauma-informed counseling and wraparound care for children, youth, young adults and families throughout Metro Atlanta. The CHRIStal Ball was held in-person at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and virtually on CHRIS 180’s Facebook and YouTube pages. “We are incredibly grateful and...

40th Anniversary Celebration for nonprofit highlights a legacy of leadership   Atlanta-based mental health nonprofit CHRIS 180 is preparing its largest fundraiser, The CHRIStal Ball, as an in-person & virtual event on Thursday, August 19 at 6:00 P.M. at the Mercedes Benz Stadium and virtually on CHRIS 180’s Facebook & YouTube pages at 7:00 P.M. “The CHRIStal Ball is a pivotal part of our fundraising effort and enables us to power the mental health and wraparound services we provide for the community,” said Kathy Colbenson, LMFT, President and CEO of CHRIS 180. “We’re...

Home for neighborhood matriarch will provide stability for young mothers CHRIS 180, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed holistic health services to children, youth and families, held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce the launch of a project to stabilize families on Atlanta’s Westside. CHRIS 180 partnered with the MicroLife Institute to construct a single-family home in the Washington Park neighborhood for Deborah Glover, a 71-year-old woman who has lived in the area for decades, in a shed without water or electricity. Glover connected with CHRIS 180 through its Community Health...

We all need rest to function well in each area of our lives. Sleep, exercise, video games and spending time with loved ones are a few examples of activities commonly used to recharge. But sometimes, what you think is a break is actually a form of escapism that saps your time and energy. CHRIS 180 clinical experts Chris Haider-Bardill, LPC, CPCS, and Rob Collins, LCSW, LSSGB, discussed escapism and its role in our lives during a Lunchtime Live episode in May 2021.   What is escapism? Typically, escapism involves engaging in an activity to...

Michelle’s Story When Michelle lost her housing, a friend told her about CHRIS 180 and our Drop-In Center. The Drop-In Center provides a range of free services for youth ages 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness. These services include meals, life coaching, job and housing assistance and walk-in therapy sessions. But Michelle was hesitant. She had just come out as a trans woman and worried about reaching out for help and being met with judgment. However, when Michelle arrived at the Drop-In Center for the first time, she was surrounded by a welcoming...

On June 8, 1981, a new nonprofit organization named Georgia CHARLEE opened its doors to fill gaps in the foster care system. Georgia CHARLEE – now known as CHRIS 180 – was organized by a purpose-driven group of women from The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA), who saw a need for a safe, stable, environment for youth in foster care. “At the time, we were so concerned about foster children who were literally getting tossed around from home to home,” said JLA Past President Ann Cramer, who serves on CHRIS...

Valancia Abdullah considers it her calling to care for youth who some may think of as “challenged.” After working with special needs students at Atlanta Public Schools, in 2000, she joined CHRIS 180’s foster care program. She serves as a Resident Assistant. The kids affectionately refer to her as Ms. Val. “The RA to me is just like being a mom in care: we have to make sure their needs are met,” Abdullah shared. “They look up to us. They’re learning from us. Kids who are grown now have come back...