The health and safety of our residents and staff is always our top priority at Christian City. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have initiated timely recommended precautionary protocols to keep everyone at Christian City safe. We are grateful to our active senior residents and Children & Family Programs staff and youth who have obediently sheltered in place according to guidelines set forth by our government officials.
A mobile testing unit operated by the Fulton County Board of Health offered COVID-19 voluntary testing on May 6, 11 and 12 at Christian City. Assisted Living Center and Active Senior Living residents and staff were invited to voluntarily participate in testing. To date, almost 1,000 people have been tested at Christian City, including residents of neighborhoods surrounding Christian City. The National Guard has completed testing of all residents and staff of the Christian City Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center.
During the COVID-19 crisis, we have initiated recommended precautionary protocols, and we are grateful to our active senior residents who have obediently sheltered in place according to guidelines set forth by our government officials. The following protocols and additional communications have been in place during the crisis to mitigate the risk of exposure to the coronavirus:
- Daily sanitizing of all common areas, such as hallways, elevators, laundry rooms, etc. in our apartment buildings
- Restricted hours and days for laundry room use to allow for more sanitization
- Most common areas in apartment buildings closed down
- Suspended campus shuttle transportation
- Delivery options made available for groceries and medications
- Tutorials offered for online banking opportunities
- Online recreational classes initiated
- Donated food deliveries provided by staff and volunteers of Graceland Thrift Store.
- Daily welfare phone calls from staff to active senior residents.
- Signage posted throughout campus to educate and inform residents on CDC guidelines for actions to stay safe during the COVID crisis.
- Notes and videos received from the community are being shared with senior residents via their monthly newsletter, the Christian City website, and social media.
- During the COVID-19 crisis, we have canceled all in-person Campus Recreation programming. However, to make sure that our residents still have resources to support their physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, financial, and social wellness, a Senior Wellness page has been added to the Christian City website. Through this page, resources will continue to be added as we help our senior residents remain actively engaged while they are staying safely at home.
Christian City’s Assisted Living Center and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center are operated by our trusted health care partner, PruittHealth. Responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak is the top priority for PruittHealth as the safety and health of patients, residents, and partners is of utmost importance.
Family members of assisted living and skilled nursing residents at Christian City may call the PruittHealth Emergency Operations Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with questions or to schedule a video chat with a loved one: 1-855-742-5983
To sign up for updates and read FAQs, go to PruittHealth’s Emergency Preparedness webpage here – http://www.pruitthealth.com/emergency-preparedness.
- Christian City Children & Family on-campus programs have followed a shelter-in-place protocol since mid-March.
- Ministering house parents in the Children’s Village Residential Program are continuing to serve our youth not only as parents, but also as teachers. They are home schooling along with all the other families in Georgia during the statewide shelter-in-place order and school shutdown for the remainder of the school year. Here’s the extra challenge for house parents: 6-10 youth in a home, all in different grades, and attending a variety of schools based on their various learning needs.
- Human service professionals, therapists, and psychiatrists have all shifted to tele-support and have regular video calls with the youth in the program.
- One house parent couple has been designated as our campus support handling food pick-ups and facilitating deliveries on-campus during this time.
- Temperature of all youth and staff are checked daily and recorded. All are monitored for any virus symptoms as well.
- Admissions into the Children’s Village Residential Program is on a case-by-case basis. One of the cottages has been designated to house new admissions for a 14-day quarantine period prior to their entry into a primary cottage.
- Christian City’s Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program continues to remain on-call 24/7 to respond to questions or concerns of our children and foster or adoptive parents.
- We are accepting new children into our homes for respite or long term, if our foster or adoptive parents are comfortable, and the home is a good match for the child’s needs.
- Increased scheduled visits with our children and families to once/week via technology (typically required visits are twice/month).
- A new virtual support group takes place every other week versus our original monthly in-person support group.
- We are exercising creative thinking in supporting our foster parents and children mostly virtually during this time.
- We are conducting virtual info sessions with prospective foster and adoptive parents – the first step for those wanting to learn more about our program/fostering/adopting.
- Some home visits are being conducted virtually to start or continue the home studies of those in the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
- We are grateful to our faithful friends in the community who have stepped up to help us continue to serve our children and seniors during the COVID-19 crisis. There are several ways you can help Christian City continue to meet their essential needs.
Donate Items needed
Below is a list of the ongoing needs of our children and senior adults during this challenging time. To donate items on this list and make arrangements for delivery, please contact Lissa Rand at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-703-AMEN.
- Food: Commercially-prepared food, restaurant gift cards, and groceries (boxes of produce and pantry items) for Children’s Village cottages, Thrive residents, and active senior residents. Food donations are also needed for Crossroads foster families, some of whom have lost their jobs.
- PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment): masks, gloves, full length disposable paper gowns. If you would like to sew masks, here is a pattern we received from our friends at Piedmont Newnan Hospital https://www.piedmont.org/media/file/COVID-Cloth-Facemask.pdf?bblinkid=216531236&bbemailid=20770550&bbejrid=1453939570
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfecting wipes, Lysol, peroxide – for foster families
- Chromebooks or laptops for children at Children’s Village
- Chromebooks or laptops to loan to active senior residents to participate in virtual recreation programs facilitated by our campus recreation director
- Coloring books, puzzle/word search books, and jigsaw puzzles for our senior residents.
Stay in touch and tell your friends and family about Christian City
Give a financial donation
Encourage our seniors who are sheltering in place
- Make a Senior Smile by recording a fun video – More info here – https://christiancity.org/get-involved/
- Even though we cannot have volunteers physically volunteering on our campus during the pandemic, find out how here how you can virtually volunteer during this time.
During the pandemic, as we follow CDC guidelines for the health and safety of residents and staff, volunteers are presently unable to serve in person at Christian City. And they are surely missed! We were so sorry to postpone our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon in April, but we will reschedule soon.
However, volunteers can still help in other ways as we social distance at Christian City. You can virtually volunteer!
Send a Note!
- Send messages of encouragement for senior residents, Children & Family Program residents, or Christian City staff.
Record a Video!
- Encourage some smiles at Christian City by recording a quick video (one minute or less) and post it on your Facebook page with #ChristianCityStrong (Be sure your post privacy settings are set to public so we can see it!) Go to www.christiancity.org/smile to see videos received so far.
- If you don’t want to post your video to Facebook, but still want to share your video with Christian City, send an email to email@example.com and we will respond with other ways to get it to us. Or you can call Janetta Knighton at 770-703-2701 for help getting your video added to the bunch posted on the website.
Thank you for virtually volunteering during the crisis and doing your part to make people at Christian City smile! We look forward to seeing all our volunteers in person soon!
- Updates are being provided to active senior residents via phone messaging from the CEO, printed newsletters, flyer postings, and signage placed throughout the community. In addition, each active senior living resident is receiving a daily phone call from staff. Families of assisted living and skilled nursing residents are receiving weekly updates via email from staff.