(Union City, Ga – Dec. 7, 2017) – A new lighted fountain and landscaped plaza has been installed at the entrance to Christian City’s Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing & Rehab Centers in Union City. In a special ceremony attended by residents, staff and friends of Christian City, the Crutchfield Fountain Plaza was dedicated in memory of Robert L. Crutchfield, President & CEO of Christian City from 1993-2015, and his father, Brooks Crutchfield. A resident of Stone Mountain, Bob Crutchfield, passed away on September 20, 2017, following complications from ALS.
Just before sunset on December 4, guests gathered around the fountain for the dedication ceremony. Len Romano, President & CEO of Christian City, welcomed guests and called attention to the memorial plaque installed at the plaza entrance. “The engraving on the plaque captured Bob’s smile, a light that continues to shine on Christian City,” Romano said. “We were blessed to have Bob as CEO and leader for 22 years,” he said.
John Kimmons, a recently retired 40-year employee of Christian City, reflected on his close relationship with his former CEO, friend and spiritual leader. “Bob and I shared two passions: golf and the ministries of Christian City,” Kimmons said. “His philosophy was to ‘always play the ball where it lies, not just in golf, but in life.’ Bob believed in being prepared for whatever comes your way in life, and I’m grateful that he shared that advice with me,” said Kimmons.
Myrna Johnson, Director of Life Enrichment at Christian City, spoke about Crutchfield’s effective leadership style. “He taught me how to get our seniors excited and help them remain active,” Johnson said. “Bob was an obedient, Christian servant, and he always made me feel good about my service at Christian City,” she said.
The program continued with words of dedication, a responsive reading, and a blessing led by Chaplain and Chief Spiritual Care Officer, Carl Ryden.
Bob’s wife of 54 years, Judi Crutchfield, thanked guests for their love and support and led the crowd in a countdown to activate and illuminate the fountain.
The program concluded with closing remarks from the vice chair of the Christian City Board of Trustees, Delores Epps, as she reflected on Bob’s genuine sense of humor during his leadership of Christian City and her appreciation for the opportunity to be a part of the nonprofit’s ministries.
The approach to Crutchfield Fountain Plaza includes commemorative brick pavers representing the generous donors who contributed to the ministries of Christian City during a 1996 campaign. Upon renovation of the ground floor of the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing & Rehab Centers earlier this year, the commemorative floor tiles from the main lobby were replicated in the fountain plaza brick pavers. New landscaping, lighting and surrounding walkways will allow residents and guests to enjoy the illuminated fountain at all hours of the day.
About Christian City
Christian City was established 52 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children and older adults, living at Christian City, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The campus includes the Children’s Village, patio homes and apartments for active seniors, a thrift store, 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, 150-bed assisted living center, and two memory care units. For more information or to learn more, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.
PHOTOS (by Larry Regier)
Photo above: Judi Crutchfield is pictured with the memorial plaque installed at the entrance to the Crutchfield Fountain Plaza at Christian City.
Photo above: Judi Crutchfield is pictured at the Crutchfield Fountain Plaza at the entrance to Christian City’s Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers.
Photo above: John Kimmons (at lectern), a recently retired 40-year employee of Christian City, speaks to guests at the Crutchfield Fountain Plaza dedication at the entrance to Christian City’s Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers. At far right is Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano.
Photo above: Guests at the Crutchfield Fountain Plaza dedication ceremony gather for a group photo following the program on December 4. The newly installed fountain plaza is located at the entrance to Christian City’s Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers.