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22/08/2017
FCS Construction Event Release

NEW FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICE HEADQUARTERS

TO BE NAMED “THE HONEY ALEXANDER CENTER”

FCS and Alexander Family Announces Dedication During Aug. 22 Construction Kickoff

Mayor Barry also in Attendance

NASHVILLE, TENN. – AUG. 22, 2017 – Family & Children’s Service (FCS) is pleased to announce the naming of its future headquarters as “The Honey Alexander Center.”

The announcement took place during a unique “Construction Kickoff” event for the new FCS headquarters at 2400 Clifton Ave, Nashville, Tenn.

“Honey Alexander has been a great advocate for families and children in the Nashville community for decades,” said FCS CEO Michael McSurdy. “We’ll take pride every day working in a building named for someone who has done so much for families in need.”

As Tennessee’s First Lady during the 1980’s, Mrs. Alexander chaired Tennessee’s Healthy Children Initiative with the goal of providing pre-natal health care for every child. She served as a member of the Southern Regional Task Force on Infant Mortality, the Governor’s Task Forces on Day Care and on Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the U.S. Health Secretary’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

In 1976 Mrs. Alexander co-founded Leadership Nashville. In 1987 she helped found Corporate Child Care Management, Inc. which in 1998 merged with Bright Horizons, Inc. to become the world’s largest provider of employer-sponsored day care. She has been active with the Adventure Science Center, Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center, the Junior League of Nashville, the Dede Wallace Center and The Hermitage. Nationally, she has been vice-chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a board member of Family Service America and the National Archives Foundation.

The Honey Alexander Center is scheduled to open in SPRING/SUMMER 2018 and will feature:

· 32,000 sq. ft. of office and meeting space on 1.8 acres of land

· Counseling offices and group therapy rooms, administrative offices, a state of the art call center for the region’s crisis line, a 200+ person training center and event space with catering kitchen, and ample parking and outside space.

FCS celebrated its 75th anniversary this year.

Mayor Megan Barry said, “Family and Children’s Service is a critical partner in our city and state efforts to ensure that our most vulnerable populations have access to the services and care they need to live full and enjoyable lives. It is fitting that FCS would choose to name this facility after Honey Alexander, who shown dedication and commitment to the betterment of Tennesseans throughout her life.”

“2017 had already been a momentous year for FCS,” McSurdy said. “Today’s ‘Construction Kickoff’ and, most of all, our honoree, make it perfect.”

Family and Children’s Service by the numbers:

· Number of employees: 90

· Number of Agencies where FCS counselors and staff work in Nashville & Middle TN: 31

· Annual budget: 5.6 million

· Founding: 1943

· 43,000 total clients served in 2016

· 2,154 clients served in counseling programs

· 3,872 clients served through support and case management

· 23,715 crisis calls answered

· 13,326 individuals connected to healthcare

· Over 10,000 hours of volunteer and intern services provided

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MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Atkinson, APR; Amy Atkinson Communications on behalf of Family & Children’s Service; cell 615.419.8483; email amy@amyacommunications.com

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