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...

In a typical year, the holidays mean spending time and celebrating with family and loved ones. At CHRIS 180, we love getting to celebrate the season with volunteers, staff, donors, and the clients we serve. But just like everything else in 2020, the holidays will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve had to cancel and rethink many events we usually host in order to keep our youth and staff safe. Despite changes and safety concerns, CHRIS 180 will still work to make sure each youth in our foster homes and all the clients that we serve have...

One of the great things about being an adult is getting to choose when we want to try new things. Sure, everyone else is watching Mrs. America or Tiger King, but you? You’re going to binge watch all seven seasons of Buffy. For the eighth time. You might temper that with trying a new food for the first time or deciding to find out what squid ink pasta tastes like. Most people with children not only know every word to the song Let It Go, from the movie Frozen, but they...

We’ve all heard the term, but what exactly is mindfulness? How can it really help me?  Mindfulness and relaxation practices have been around for ages, but in recent years have gained attention for their calming effects on people of all ages.  Being mindful is synonymous with staying in the moment and being present.  You might be thinking, “I’ve tried meditating, it doesn’t work for me”, or “there are so many people in my house – how can I possibly practice mindfulness?”  These are all valid statements, and valid thoughts that...