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CHRIS 180 Launches Cure Violence Program, Offers Mental Health Services, Food Distributions Amid Pandemic

Ashleigh Dennis-Silas, the clinical director of CHRIS Counseling Center-Gwinnett, and Alfred Garner, the director of Zone 3 Community Initiatives, join "Closer Look" to discuss how their organization is responding during the pandemic and the Cure Violence Atlanta program.
Ashleigh Dennis-Silas, the clinical director of CHRIS Counseling Center-Gwinnett, and Alfred Garner, the director of Zone 3 Community Initiatives, join "Closer Look" to discuss how their organization is responding during the pandemic and the Cure Violence Atlanta program.
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Roughly one year into a global health crisis, several studies and reports suggest many people are suffering from some COVID-19-related psychological distress, such as anxiety or depression.

Staff members at CHRIS 180, a Georgia-based organization that has been at the forefront of behavioral health and child welfare services for more than 35-plus years, say their organization has increased its efforts to serve families and individuals across metro Atlanta amid the ongoing health crisis.

“We hear what people are saying,” said Ashleigh Dennis-Silas, the clinical director of CHRIS Counseling Center-Gwinnett. “Sometimes, we hear what they don’t say, and then we within our networking of resources do the best that we can to tailor a program that’s specifically for them, and that’s regardless of age.”

Dennis-Silas and her colleague Alfred Garner, the director of Zone 3 Community Initiatives, were guests on Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

They talked with show host Rose Scott about several wraparound services that CHRIS 180 is offering during the pandemic and the organization’s Cure Violence Atlanta program.

Guests:

  • Ashleigh Dennis-Silas, the clinical director of CHRIS Counseling Center-Gwinnett
  • Alfred Garner, the director of Zone 3 Community Initiatives and manager of CHRIS 180’s Cure Violence Atlanta program

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.