43-year-old Excelsior Continues Legacy of 42-year-old FACES


September 1, 2016

Excelsior to Continue Child Abuse Prevention Work of Longstanding Family Advocacy Program
43-year-old Excelsior Continues Legacy of 42-year-old FACES

(Aurora, CO – September 1, 2016) Excelsior, a mental and behavioral healthcare organization serving at-risk youth and families in Colorado, is continuing the legacy of like-minded organization, FACES (Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support) who ceased operations on August 31, 2016. Excelsior will continue the home-based counseling and parenting education services that FACES has provided to vulnerable children (ages 0-17 yrs) and their families in the Denver metro area for 42 years.

FACES CEO, Rita Harding, said, “As we prepare to close our office and transition our programs to Excelsior, we know that they will continue our commitment to the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and family violence in our community.  With Excelsior’s long history of service to Colorado’s youth and families, we are confident that we leave our legacy in good hands.”

With therapeutic, educational and wraparound programs, Excelsior’s Community-Based System of Care is equipped and committed to continue FACES’ legacy of child abuse prevention work. Excelsior operates with the same family-focused, community-based approach as FACES, including therapeutic, educational, wellness, and preventative approaches designed to preserve the family unit by minimizing out-of-home placement and empowering the family to successfully address challenges at home. The addition of FACES’ programming will expand the age range of Excelsior’s clientele to include young children under the age of seven. Excelsior has hired FACES’ former Program Director, Debbie Hart, to ensure continuity of care and oversee Excelsior’s Early Childhood Development and Family Support Program.

Excelsior’s CEO, Susan Hébert, comments, “We are honored to continue the legacy of an organization which has been so dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect including early childhood intervention. Through this continuation of services, we will provide our Colorado youth and families the resources and opportunities needed to contribute their highest human potential to our communities and our world.”

About Excelsior: Excelsior provides mental and behavioral healthcare services to at-risk youth and their families. Through a community-based system of care, Excelsior builds upon individual strengths and empowers families to succeed in addressing their challenges. Excelsior’s customized programming is designed to reach youth early, preserve the family unit and achieve positive, lasting change. For more information, please visit: www.ExcelsiorCares.org.

For further information, please contact Leah Goss at 303-693-1550 x232 or leah.goss@excelsiorcares.org.