Thursday, July 20, 2006

Former Rainbow House Executive Director Phil Kouns Joins Christian City As Special Assistant to the President for Program Development

Phil Kouns recently joined the staff at Christian City as Special Assistant to the President for Program Development. Kouns was the founding Executive Director of Rainbow House, an emergency shelter for children in Clayton County, and served in that position for 18 years. He is widely recognized for his commitment to the needs of children in crisis and has received many awards and accolades, the most recent being the Lifetime Achievement Award from Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children. With 26 years in the field of Child Welfare/Human Resources and as an ordained minister, it is clear he has a "passion for ministry."

In his new role, Mr. Koun's main responsibilities will include the development of our children’s programs beginning with the construction of our new 30 acre Children’s Village at Christian City. Additionally, he will form a program that will define the training and development needs for new foster parents. The intent of the program is to go into the community and recruit potential foster parents, train them on campus, develop a support system and a follow up system so when they receive children into their care they will be fully prepared and supported.

Mr. Kouns commented, "Leaving Rainbow House was a monumental decision for me and a painful decision, but not in respect to the excitement of the challenges here. I've known about Christian City my entire life, there is no other place I would have considered going."

Christian City's Home for Children, located in Union City, has been meeting the needs of abandoned and abused children for over 40 years. With the support of the community, they have provided a safe and loving home to over 1000 children in crisis. Mr. Koun's expertise and understanding of the needs of these children will help carry Christian City into the future and will help form the direction for the next 40 years to come.

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