UNION CITY, Ga. – January 7, 2021 – Two Sparrows Village has announced a partnership with Christian City, Inc. to create an inclusive neuro-diverse housing option for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. A Christian City cottage originally built in 1981 for the children’s residential program will be renovated and repurposed to create four independent-living apartments for Two Sparrows Village residents to live on the 500-acre campus in south metro Atlanta. Scheduled to begin in 2021, the partnership will also include an adult day service program for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. Opportunities for recreational programming, volunteer activities and employment will be provided by Christian City. The John and Polly Sparks Foundation has provided funding for the cottage renovation.
Jacque Thornton, Executive Director of Two Sparrows Village, remarked, “We are excited to partner with Christian City to lead and address this important housing option for our neighbors and the I/DD community. Communities like Two Sparrows Village foster natural interactions with neurotypical neighbors, roommates, co-workers, and volunteers.”
Keith Horton, President & CEO of Christian City, said, “The individuals served by Two Sparrows Village are differently abled, but they deserve quality affordable housing with supportive services and workforce opportunities. In line with our mission to extend Christ’s call to love our neighbor, Christian City is pleased to have the opportunity to expand housing and provide services for this vulnerable population through a partnership with Two Sparrows Village.”
A dedication ceremony is planned for 10am on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Christian City, located at 7345 Red Oak Road in Union City, Ga. Benefactors and the Two Sparrows Village board of directors and leadership team will gather to celebrate this groundbreaking development south of I-20 in Metro Atlanta. Development partners, Terry Chapman, Kim Mills-Smith with KS Home Solutions, and Delta Air Lines are managing the cottage renovation. George Martin, Christian City COO, will speak to the attendees, as well as Two Sparrows Village Founder, Jennifer Conforti, and Two Sparrows Village President, Janet Preston.
About Two Sparrows Village
We believe all adults should have opportunities for an independent life consistent with their individual capabilities. Those with intellectual disabilities thrive in environments that include life-long learning, meaningful friendships, and opportunities to contribute to their communities. As special-needs children grow older and age out of the education system, living arrangements for those with intellectual disabilities are limited. Two Sparrows Village provides a supportive living environment for adults with intellectual disabilities within an inclusive community that promotes greater independence and an exceptional quality of life for adults with lifelong challenges. For more information, visit www.twosparrowsvillage.org or call 404-538-2285.
About Christian City
Christian City was established 55 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 senior adults, living at Christian City, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. With a $10.2 million annual budget, the 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and adjacent to the Fayette County border, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, active senior living patio homes and apartments, thrift store, assisted living center, skilled nursing & rehab center, memory care, home health and hospice care. Christian City Children & Family Programs help provide children in crisis a safe home in a loving family environment to grow and thrive. The nonprofit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its campus in south Fulton County. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.