“This is probably one of the most critical undertakings that we will pursue in the city of Memphis because it impacts all of the things we deal with today. Our families crying out for help—real help.”

~ The Honorable A C Wharton
Mayor of the City of Memphis

 “Every community has a high level of toxic stress. What we’re hoping to answer is ‘what do we need to do about it?’”

~Barbara Holden Nixon
ACE Center Task Force Founder

“The original ACE study showed us very clearly that stress and trauma affect everyone. The traditional thinking in social work is ‘it’s all about poverty.’ Well, it’s not all about poverty. Issues such as addiction and suicide and ill health can penetrate all people, regardless of income or background.”

~Robin Karr-Morse
Author, Therapist and ACE Task Force Executive Committee Consultant