Event Description:

Please join us as we celebrate 130 years of healing and hope in Atlanta on October 25th, 2018 from 6:00-10:00pm at Serpas True Food in the Old Fourth Ward! Celebrating this milestone reminds us that it would not be possible without the support of our community and the relationships developed over the past 130 years. We invite you to this social evening of delicious food, celebration, and special recognition of Anita and Tom Adams and Gail Lewin for their years of compassion and support for Hillside.

Special Recognitions:

Anita and Tom Adams

As longtime residents of Atlanta, Anita and Tom Adams have always held Hillside in a special place. Tom’s involvement with Kiwanis club, along with their neighbor Jo Williams’ relationship with Hillside, cemented their dedication to our mission and children. One of their fondest memories was when their daughter, Susan, became Chair of Hillside’s Board of Directors, further reinforcing the family’s special commitment. Some other highlights of the family’s involvement include dedicating the Jo Williams cottage to their beloved neighbor and Tom negotiating Hillside’s purchase of the Monroe property. In his spare time, Tom volunteers with the Appalachian Trail and cheers on the Vanderbilt and Atlanta Braves baseball teams. After a long and rewarding career in deaf education and audiology, Anita now enjoys listening to books on tape. The two are film buffs who participate in a weekly movie group, viewing everything from Oscar contenders to obscure documentaries. After their years of civic engagement, they encourage people to show up and to find ways to give back.


Gail Lewin

Gail first became involved with Hillside in 2008, after participating in a Halloween 5k. The following year, she and her team volunteered on campus at a special event, and she was hooked! She vividly recalls collecting pajamas for Hillside kids and receiving a thank note from a boy who wrote that he had never owned pajamas before. From that moment on, she has been fully committed to Hillside’s mission and the children we serve. In her spare time, Gail enjoys researching her genealogy, baking, visiting her Maine cabin, and helping her grandson Keith plan his October wedding. She and her husband like to watch TV or play a competitive game of cribbage in the evenings. Her personal motto is “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” She embodies this philosophy with her tireless support and advocacy for Hillside’s children. Each year, she coordinates and participates in BOMA Skills Day, BOMA Field Day, and the BOMA Holiday Party.

About Hillside

Hillside provides mental health treatment and support services for children and families. Our clients range in age from 6-21 and struggle with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. We offer residential treatment, in-home intervention, foster care, and out-patient services across the greater Atlanta area. Hillside is dedicated to providing Healing and Hope for children and families.

Founded in 1888, Hillside is one of Atlanta’s oldest non-profits and was the first social service agency in the city. It began as a shelter for homeless women and needy children through the efforts of a sponsoring group of women. The home, which was to become Hillside, was initially given the name “Home for the Friendless” and operated from a ten-room house. The home cared for women, children, and newborn babies; foster care placements and adoptions were also arranged as needed. Space quickly became inadequate, and the home moved in 1889 to a house at Peters and Fair Streets, and then again in 1892 to a site at Highland Avenue and Randolph Street.

Just as Hillside’s location and facilities have changed over time, the mission of serving children with the most need has also evolved. Today, Hillside operates as a private nonprofit organization offering a continuum of services for children and adolescents with emotional struggles. Now located on Courtenay Drive in Midtown Atlanta, our 13 acres houses residential, school, and administrative offices.

Hillside is honored to be the first child and adolescent residential treatment facility awarded the highly coveted and professionally respected DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™. The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification is an international organization devoted to ensuring programs and individuals offering Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) meet rigorous standards and demonstrate fidelity to this evidence based treatment model. Program certification confirms Hillside’s commitment to provide DBT effectively and with fidelity as developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and colleagues.

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Sponsorships are still available. Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities that include exciting benefits such as brand placement in Atlanta Magazine, corporate ice cream parties with the kids, and photo booth branding. Sponsorships are limited and we ask for commitments to be made by September 10th. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Evan Pearson at Epearson@hside.org