I have spent the majority of my career in mental health, working with youth and young adults, so I know that what happens to you as a child plays a significant role in the person you become. When we’re young, our brain is elastic and ready to adapt to our circumstances. Our surroundings teach us answers to many questions: Do I feel safe? Are my needs being met? Can I trust the people in my world? Who are healthy and safe people? Therapeutic interventions help us unpack the lessons we learned as...

“Before becoming a foster parent, I never really had to care for anyone but myself. Being a foster dad and being responsible for another human being has humbled me a lot. It made me realize that there are things in this world that are so much bigger than me. It has changed both me and my partner for the better,” shared Larry, who fosters with his partner David through CHRIS 180’s Gateway to Adoption program. Foster parents who provide a loving, secure and stable home can help children in foster care...

Nonprofit Organization Aims to Hire for Roles Across Program and Administrative Areas  Atlanta-based mental health nonprofit CHRIS 180 will host a job fair Friday, June 17, from 9:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. at the organization’s headquarters located at 1030 Fayetteville Road SE Atlanta, GA 30316. Hiring managers will be conducting interviews for more than 50 positions across varying programs and departments and some candidates will be hired on the spot, pending background checks. Hiring bonuses will also be offered for select positions. There are immediate openings for program managers, therapists, social service workers,...

Gun violence and gun control has become a highly politicized topic of discussion in America. In the past few years, as we lived through the COVID-19 pandemic,  there has been an increase in news coverage about school shootings, protests and demonstrations, police brutality and  deadly crimes.  According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of Americans (48%) see gun violence as a major problem in the country. In our April 2022 episode of CHRIS 180’s Lunchtime Live Series,  four of the organization’s trauma-informed experts discussed  the work they do to prevent...

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, where we celebrate the great service that our foster parents pay to their community by inviting foster children into their homes. Since our founding in 1981,  CHRIS 180 has served foster children throughout the state of Georgia that are in the custody of the Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS). These children, who range in ages, have been separated from their families for a variety of reasons and our foster parents step in to parent them during this season of need. While...

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Georgia’s metro-Atlanta area organizations and leaders have come together as the Coalition for the Georgia Child Victims of the Opioid Epidemic. Through this public/private partnership of 20 organizations and individuals, the coalition works to establish a community-driven, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis. [caption id="attachment_22708" align="alignnone" width="791"] Coalition for the Georgia Child Victims of the Opioid Epidemic[/caption] The opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll...

For a plain unit of language, the word “volunteer” does a lot by itself: It can be a noun, verb and adjective. (n.) a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service… a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. (adj.) 1: being, consisting of, or engaged in by volunteers; a volunteer army. 2: growing spontaneously without direct human control or supervision… growing without being seeded, planted, or cultivated by a person; springing up spontaneously: volunteer cauliflower. (v.) to offer oneself for some service or undertaking. The desire...

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been an increase in mental health issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder found in women. According to a study at the University of Chicago Medicine, “29% of women reported symptoms of depression and anxiety — nearly twice the estimated pre-pandemic rates. One in six women screened positive for symptoms of post-traumatic stress.” A panel of CHRIS 180 mental health experts including Markie Nickens, LMSW, Shanessa Crook, M.S., CMHC, Cindy Song, LMSW and Chief People Officer Queie Barnett, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, discussed...

CHRIS 180 celebrates women’s role in creating brighter futures for every child, adult, family and community we serve and is proud to have an Executive Leadership Team that is 76% women. In honor of Women’s History Month, three of our leaders shared their reflections on working for and with women­­­­­—and how being women impacts their work. Chantel Kufeji, LMSW, is the Program Director for CHRIS 180’s Migrant Wellness program, which works to reunite unaccompanied minors with their families. Sharing about the strengths of the women and girls she works with, she...

As we celebrate Black History Month, CHRIS 180 is honored to spotlight the work of some of our team members and their reflections on the trauma-informed care they provide in their own communities.  Our team remains committed to providing the children, youth and families we serve with support that shows  they are experts on their own lives. [caption id="attachment_22524" align="alignleft" width="455"] Helen Yohannes, far right, poses with YouthBuild 180 participants on a Westside job site.[/caption] Helen Yohannes is the Program Manager of CHRIS 180’s YouthBuild 180, a program that provides youth ages...