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Cathy Mullinax Ledford

RESIDENT OF HOME FOR CHILDREN IN ’70s AND ’80s

Cathy Mullinax Ledford – “…my house parents became my ‘real’ parents…”

I was 10 years old when I came to live at Christian City along with my sister and brother. I’ll never forget the date – April 10, 1977. All my worldly possessions were in a small garbage bag and my hair was in ponytails. Our single mother loved the three of us very much, but she was unable to provide for us. I didn’t know my biological father, but I loved my mother beyond words and knew she loved us unconditionally.

While I’m sure the decision was heartbreaking for our mom, she entrusted Christian City to raise us with strong Christian values in a healthy, happy home. That was one of the best decisions she ever made. Even though I was only in fourth grade, I believe I knew I wanted to break the cycle that led to a life of poverty and poor life choices for my family. I also believe God has a hand in everything through His will.

Thankfully, God led us to the home of Mom and Dad Kimmons at Christian City, a couple with a special gift for loving each child in their care. They encouraged each one of us…

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…to do our best as individuals. My house parents became my “real” parents, and they still are to this day. We talk on the phone regularly, meet for Sunday meals, and celebrate holidays and special occasions together as a family.

When the Kimmons home became a “boys” cottage, I had to move. Eventually, I was blessed to move to the Moore cottage in seventh grade. By that time, I knew and accepted that I would not be reunited with my mother, and I was at peace with it. God closes and opens doors for a reason. In the end, it’s always a blessing.

Mom Moore is one of the most gentle, loving, kind and caring women I have ever known. In fact, John Kimmons and Sarah Moore are two of the most Christ-like people I know today. I named my daughter after Mom Moore. Their positive influence on my childhood was life-changing; and they planted the seed that helped me to break the cycle of poor decision-making that had perpetuated through several generations of my mother’s family.

Dad and Mom Kimmons also planted the seed that led me and my husband, Stuart, to start a small business that has provided for our family and allowed us to send our children to Christian school. I met my husband of 25 years when we were in the same eighth-grade homeroom and on the track team, but we didn’t begin dating until after college. When we married in 1993, my dad, John Kimmons, walked me down the aisle at the church we attended as a family.

Stuart and I have been blessed with three children, now 23, 21 and 19, who have thankfully made good decisions in their lives due to their personal relationships with Jesus Christ and ongoing involvement with our church family. Our son, Justin, is in the U.S. Coast Guard; daughter, Sarah, will graduate from nursing school in May 2019 with a BSN degree; and the youngest, Kaitlin, was the valedictorian of her high school class. She is a freshman at Kennesaw State majoring in civil engineering.

It was at Christian City that I experienced the value of a strong Christian family and accepted Christ as my savior. In turn, my husband and I make every effort to live by example for our children. When I developed breast cancer in 2013, my strong faith in God along with the love and faith of my family and friends saw me through the difficult times. Today, as a cancer survivor, I look forward to seeing God’s plan unfold in our children’s lives so they can be a blessing to others.

Thank you for letting me share my story with you. Having been raised at Christian City, I know first-hand the true blessing that the Children’s Village has been in the past, is today, and will continue to be for countless children in need. God is faithful.

My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Thanks to God, Christian City was in my path, and I am here to share this blessing with you today.

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Arlene White

ACTIVE SENIOR RESIDENT & VOLUNTEER

Arlene White- “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Hello! My name is Arlene White. I’ve been a resident of Christian City’s active senior living community since August 2016. It is said “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” in an expression taken from a Chinese proverb. I’d like to share some steps along my path to residing at Christian City during retirement.

Never one to be idle, I’ve had plenty to keep me busy during my lifetime. I have family residing in the Atlanta Metro area consisting of my son and two daughters, two granddaughters, and two grandsons. My working career spanned years of working in the finance and accounting field with government agencies, non-profit organizations, mortgage companies and other private corporations.

An abiding faith in Christ and love for people has kept me involved with church groups and volunteer activities from my youth. I volunteered with the American Red Cross…

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…as a physician’s assistant at United States Air Force Hospital, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal; Project Open Hand in meal delivery to elderly and disabled residents in Atlanta; United Missions as computer literacy facilitator and volunteer coordinator in Smyrna, Angkor Resource Center’s corporate office in Riverdale assisting in voter education for Cambodian citizens in Atlanta Metro Area; and Liberty Point Elementary School as a guest reader.

In fact, I was introduced to Christian City through the Senior Usher Ministry of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Campbellton Road, as we volunteered by engaging with assisted living residents with guidance from nursing staff. For some years, my knowledge of Christian City’s many facilities, services, and amenities remained limited because I was only familiar with the assisted living and skilled nursing and rehab center. That view would be altered, of course, as life changes ushered (pardon the pun) me into being involved with Christian City as a resident.

I was, as I often like to say, a few doors down from 60 when my youngest daughter completed college, married, and started a family. I was employed as an office administrator at the time and started thinking about what I’d do upon retiring in 10 years or so. Knowing full well I couldn’t be (here’s that word again) idleand stay home in retirement, I decided to go to college. Yes, college! I would work toward getting that “piece of paper” which was my mother’s term for diploma.

A two-year course of study earned me a certificate in General Business from a technical school in my hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi, when I was in my early 20s. It served me well in earning a living, but I wanted to do more in retirement.

You can imagine comments I got from people when I told them of my intention. Some asked why I should bother since I was approaching the end of my career and had succeeded in getting my children through school with them obtaining advanced degrees. My perspective was that it was my children’s success, not mine. Others reminded me it had been years since I’d been in a classroom and I wouldn’t be able to keep up with younger people straight out of high school.

A Bible verse countered that reasoning: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV).” I enrolled at KSU because it was a good fit for this non-traditional student; though I must admit most people my age were graduate students not undergrad. I started out by taking a class or two each semester while I continued full time employment.

Little did I know a health issue would impact my plan to remain in the workforce until full retirement age. I received comfort from the Bible and support from my family during that season. I held to the following verse from the New Testament: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2 KJV).”

I kept the following verse from the Old Testament at the forefront of my mind: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11-13 KJV).”I lived in my son’s home for the duration of my health issue. He and my daughters saw to my immediate physical needs while out-of-state family, friends, and church family fervently prayed for me.

After about two years, I regained enough strength to move out of my son’s home with renewed enthusiasm to earn a degree. I searched unsuccessfully for active senior communities in Cobb County near KSU. My daughter suggested I look for a place closer to her home in Fairburn and my son’s home in the City of South Fulton. When she called one day and suggested I consider Christian City as a place to live, I told her I didn’t need assisted living! Again, that was my limited view of Christian City at the time.

She asked me to look at the website because Christian City had an active senior living community of patio homes and affordable apartments. I was totally surprised and wasted no time in calling to make an appointment. After a visit and contemplation, an apartment proved to be the better option for me. I now live in an apartment at Christian City.

I never imagined living in a community with so many activities and a host of caring people.  Even if I had nothing to do away from home, I am afforded access to an activities center, pool, events on-site (something is going on at Christian City every day), off-site trips and transportation to stores, banks, pharmacies. I never knew active senior living could be so ideal.  My son visited shortly after I moved in to be sure I was “safe and happy” (as he put it). He left with the assurance that I am indeed.

My university studies continued despite the long commute and I declared a major. I graduated magna cum laude on May 9, 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African Diaspora Studies from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at KSU. It only took me eight yearsto earn a four-year degree! My only question upon graduation: what would I do now to remain active? Volunteer at Christian City, of course! With perfect timing, a volunteer opportunity for a freelance writer appeared in Christian City’s monthly Partyline newsletter. I inquired. After completing volunteer orientation, I was directed to the Marketing and Communications department to assist in that area.

But there’s more! Professors at KSU encouraged me to apply for grad school. I did and was accepted into the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program in the English Department. My concentration is Creative Writing and support area is Rhetoric and Composition.

Who knew?  God knew! I’m convinced all of this was orchestrated by God as part of His plan for me. KSU didn’t know about my volunteer status with Christian City; Christian City wasn’t aware of my entering grad school at KSU. But God knew, and I’m grateful to Him for ordering my steps.

The testimony I have at this juncture in my life may be uttered in lyrics of a song from my childhood rendered by the senior choir at Greater Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church in Vicksburg: “I’ve learned how to lean and depend on Jesus; He’s my Strength and He is my Guide. I’ve learned how to lean and depend on Jesus; I found out that if I trust Him, He will provide.”

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Dreambuilder Award Presented to Christian City CEO, Len Romano

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce has presented the 2018 Carolyn Cary Dreambuilder Award to Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano. The award was renamed in 2017 for Fayette Chamber founder, Carolyn Cary, the first recipient of the Dreambuilder award in 2002.

“The award is given to an individual or company that has had a significant vision for our community,” said Fayette Chamber CEO, Colin Martin. “Like Carolyn Cary, award recipients have selflessly given of their time and talents to make a difference in Fayette County; and their community spirit and dedication are shown both in word and deed,” Martin added.

The award recipient is selected by the outgoing board chair and announced at the chamber’s annual meeting. “Len’s dedicated service on the board of the Fayette Chamber for the past few years has been invaluable. Combine that with his amazing leadership of an organization that brings hope to the abused and the neglected, we see a dedication to this community that will have a lasting impact for generations to come which led to his selection for this well-deserved award,” said Stephen Childs, 2018 Fayette Chamber Board Chairman and an executive with Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America.

About Christian City
Christian City was established 54 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 in south metro Atlanta. The 500-acre campus includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, 500 homes 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, call 770-703-2636 or visit www.christiancity.org.

PHOTO (by Larry Regier): Lee Whetstone (left), 2019 Chairman of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and Regional Business Manager with MAU Workforce Solutions, presents the 2018 Carolyn Cary Dreambuilder Award to Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano. Pictured at right is Colin Martin, Fayette Chamber President & CEO.

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Little Free Libraries Installed at Christian City

Union City, Ga – January 14, 2019 – Cooper Roman, a Boy Scout and Peachtree City resident, recently built and installed four Little Free Libraries on the campus of Christian City. The libraries are located outside each of Christian City’s three Active Senior Living patio home clubhouses and next to the Dog Park.

Christian City’s senior residents are excited about the libraries. They provide meeting places for neighbors to connect and share their favorite books as they take one and leave one.

Tyler Wright, Director of Campus Recreation, says, “We’re grateful to Cooper for initiating and completing this project for us. The Little Free Libraries are more than just another campus amenity; they are a way for our seniors to engage with their community in a positive way. We’re excited to read and share the joy with others!”

Cooper first learned about Christian City during his family’s search for housing for his grandfather. “My mom has also volunteered at Christian City and given presentations there,” Cooper said. His work on the project at Christian City contributed to earning his Presidential Service Award. Cooper has been in Scouting since third grade. He is a sophomore at McIntosh High and a member of the school’s lacrosse team.

About Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. A Little Free Library is a small, freestanding box with two shelves that hold books, providing 24/7 access to encourage reading. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. More info at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

About Christian City

Christian City was established more than five decades 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 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Program for Runaway & Homeless Youth, Thrive Graduate Transition Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, patio homes and apartments for active seniors, a thrift store, skilled nursing center, assisted living center, memory care, home health and hospice care. Individual and group volunteer opportunities available. More info at www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636.

(PHOTO by Larry Regier)

Cooper Roman, a Boy Scout and Peachtree City resident, recently built and installed four Little Free Libraries on the campus of Christian City. Cooper is pictured with several active senior residents and staff at the library located next to the Dog Park. From left: Cooper Roman, Danny O’Neal, Tyler Wright (Director of Campus Recreation), Arlene White, Gloria Kerns (with her dog Zippy), and Renee Trice.

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Soiree in Senoia Raises Funds for Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program

Union City – November 15, 2018 – More than 100 people came out to Bistro Hilary on November 12 for Soiree in Senoia benefiting Christian City’s Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program. Guests were treated to a warm, inviting atmosphere, delicious food, an online silent auction, and an informative and inspiring message about fostering and adopting children. Visit the event photo gallery here.

Len Romano, President & CEO of Christian City, opened the program by welcoming guests. LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer, explained the need for foster care and adoptive families, stating that more than 15,000 children are in the foster care system in Georgia. A video presentation highlighted a recent placement by the Crossroads Program of a six-child sibling group. Jennifer and Peter Barnett, a Peachtree City couple, are in the process of adopting the children. Peter says, “These children have changed our lives tremendously. They’ve been such a blessing to our family.”

Guests watched a trailer for the movie “Instant Family” (releasing Nov. 16), which provides a realistic portrayal of fostering and adopting. Michaela Guthrie, Crossroads Program Executive, spoke about growing up in foster care along with her twin sister. “Our goal at Crossroads is to find loving homes for children who are victims of abuse or neglect, especially the hard-to-place children in the foster care system: large sibling groups, teenagers and medically fragile children,” said Guthrie.

Chairman of the Christian City Board of Trustees, Delores Epps (an adoptive mother herself), closed the program by encouraging guests to share information about the Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, consider becoming a foster parent, and donate to support the program financially.

Christian City’s Crossroads program was launched in 2018 with a mission to find and equip loving families for children in need of a home. Each family is given specialized care and attention to ensure adequate training and support. For more information about the program, visit our Crossroads page or contact Michaela Guthrie.

About Christian City
Christian City was established 53 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 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Program, Transitional Living Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, patio homes and apartments for active seniors, a thrift store, skilled nursing center, assisted living center, memory care, home health and hospice care. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636.

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Celebrities Attend Bob Crutchfield Memorial Golf For Kids Tournament

Atlanta, Ga. – October 30, 2018 – Christian City hosted celebrities and players at the sixth annual Bob Crutchfield Memorial Golf For Kids Tournament in support of the Christian City Children’s Village. The tournament was held Monday, October 8, at the Chateau Elan Golf Club.

Among the players were celebrity athletes including College Football Hall of Fame Kicker and former Chicago Bears player Kevin Butler, former Atlanta Braves players Alejandro Peña and Luis Gomez, and former standout Georgia Bulldogs DJ Jones and Fred Gibson.

The tournament was followed by a dinner, award ceremony and a panel of celebrity athletes who engaged with the crowd and discussed their professional careers and why they chose to participate in the tournament. Additionally, the Program Executive of the Children’s Village, Sarah Booth, shared a powerful story of her own childhood at the Children’s Village and how she came to work for Christian City later in life.

“We are so grateful for the sponsors and players of this tournament.  It is because of their support that Christian City is able to break the chains of generational poverty, frustrate human traffickers and provide hope and healing for abused and neglected children,” says Christian City President and CEO, Len Romano.

All proceeds from the Bob Crutchfield Memorial Golf For Kids tournament benefited Christian City’s Children’s Village, an organization that provides care for homeless and runaway children. For over fifty years, Christian City Children’s Village has acted as a safe haven for these children through residential programs, adoption programs and independent living programs. Additionally, they are partnered with twenty-six QuikTrip gas stations in Atlanta in support of the Safe Place Program.

At the suggestion of Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy, the Golf For Kids tournament was started by Dale Cardwell of TrustDale. The first Golf For Kids Tournament focused on raising money to build a cottage for housing children and subsequent tournaments have provided support for the Children’s Village. This year, Christian City’s Golf For Kids tournament hosted more than 100 golfers, 42 sponsors, and raised $47,000 which was used to help abused and abandoned children who now live safely at Christian City Children’s Village. This year the tournament was named in memory of Christian City CEO Bob Crutchfield who passed away from ALS to honor his legacy of service and his love of golf.

More information on the Christian City Children’s Village is available here.

About Christian City
Christian City was established 53 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 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Program, Independent Living Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, patio homes and apartments for active seniors, a skilled nursing center, assisted living center, memory care, home health and hospice care. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636.

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Christian City Hires Director of Major Gifts

Union City – September 11, 2018 – Newnan resident Anne Josey has joined Christian City Inc. as the director of major gifts. Reporting directly to the chief development officer, Josey will develop and implement strategies to raise funds through private foundations, corporations/businesses, government entities, and individuals.

With three decades of fundraising experience, Josey has raised funds for a variety of nonprofit organizations including United Way of Greater Atlanta, Piedmont Hospital Foundation, Emory University, and the Atlanta Ballet.

“We are thrilled to have Anne join the Christian City team,” said LaVann Landrum, chief development officer at Christian City.  “Along with having decades of wonderful experience and expertise that she can bring to the team; she and her husband were phenomenal chairs of our Drive & Dine event this year.  We know she will do great work for Christian City.”

Len Romano, CEO of Christian City, says, “We continue to work toward solving problems in society and we continue to answer the call to serve – to extend Christ’s call to love our neighbor.  Anne’s role will directly affect our efforts by gaining more support from our community.”

As director of major gifts, Josey will be responsible for maximizing grant funding and sponsorships as well as maintaining relationships with current and potential donors.

Josey is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College where she received her bachelor’s degree in French and political science. She and her husband Taylor live in Newnan Pines.

About Christian City

Christian City was established 53 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 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Program, Transitional Living Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, patio homes and apartments for active seniors, a skilled nursing center, assisted living center, memory care, home health and hospice care. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636.

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Christian City to Showcase Patio Homes for Active Seniors

(Union City, Ga – August 2, 2018) Active seniors considering moving to a retirement community are invited to tour available patio homes during an open house event at Christian City on Saturday, August 18, 9 am – 1 pm. “We have a number of one and two-bedroom patio homes that are move-in-ready and available for lease now,” said Jane Finch, Executive Director of Active Senior Living at Christian City.

There are four neighborhoods of patio homes on the 500-acre Christian City campus, located in south Fulton County between Fairburn and Fayetteville. Active seniors over the age of 60 can lease a home for life.

“Our program allows the resident to pay a one-time amount to lease a home for the remainder of his or her life,” says Finch. Utilities are included for select communities. And a monthly maintenance fee covers trash removal, recycling, pest control, and general maintenance service.

Amenities available to residents include a strengthening center, indoor swimming pool, walking paths, planned activities, events and classes at the recreation center. Arts Alliance member and volunteer chaplain Jan Gwaltney has enjoyed living in her patio home at Christian City for eight years. “Christian City is not just affordable. It’s a special, neighborly place to live,” she says. “From live concerts and resident art shows to recreational activities and classes, there is always something to do. We look out for our neighbors, and I feel safe here,” Gwaltney says.

The open house event will be held on Saturday, August 18, from 9 am to 1 pm, in the clubhouse at Christian City’s Hilltop Acres Active Senior Living neighborhood, located at 7500 Lester Road in Union City. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2683.

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Christian City Residents Celebrate Independence Day with Golf Cart Parade

July 7 was a great day for community fellowship at Christian City! More than 120 senior residents, children, house parents and staff members joined together at the Christian City Recreation Center to celebrate Independence Day. A campus-wide parade of patriotically decorated golf carts driven by senior residents was followed by a block party with a cookout and live music by the Newnan Brass Band.

“We have over 90 veterans living at Christian City,” said Len Romano, President & CEO. “This event was a great way to bring our residents together to not only celebrate America’s birth but also honor the men and women who have helped preserve our freedom through their service in the military,” Romano said.

Residents of the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Centers waved and took pictures as the golf carts passed by their buildings. The parade then circled through the patio homes, apartment communities, and Children’s Village before finishing at the Recreation Center.

Jacquelyn Jackson, a resident of the Garden Terrace community at Christian City for four years, enjoyed shopping at Graceland Thrift Store’s grand reopening sale on Saturday before joining her neighbors at the block party. What’s her favorite thing about Christian City? Without hesitation, Ms. Jackson says, “The people!”

No doubt, the neighborly environment at Christian City draws many retirees to the community. Brenda Mueller enjoyed visiting her friends at Christian City before moving in four years ago. Now they are neighbors. “When I saw the name Mueller on the fire hydrant outside my home, I decided this must be the right place for me,” said Brenda with her trademark sense of humor and quick wit. Don’t call her a retiree though. Brenda has been employed as a bus monitor for Fayette County Schools for the past 12 years and has no plans to retire any time soon. “I love my work,” she said.

Her active lifestyle doesn’t stop when she arrives home at Christian City. Ms. Mueller loves to take walks with her dogs who prefer to create their own route rather than following the marked walking paths throughout the campus. “I let them decide where we’re going to walk each day,” she said.

Saturday’s block party and cookout were centered around the new Recreation Center, which is a recently remodeled ranch-style brick home built during the early days of Christian City’s Home for Children. The roof was raised and interior walls removed to provide a large open space for a billiard table, coffee bar and bistro tables, big-screen TV and a comfortable seating area for conversation. Just outside, residents can enjoy a game of bocce ball or shuffleboard, practice a few shots on the putting green, or stretch their legs on the cushioned walking path.

Campus Recreation Director, Tyler Wright, enjoys seeing active senior residents coming together for fun and fellowship in the new building. “Residents like having a place to play cards, Bingo, Yahtzee and board games with their friends and neighbors. Last week, a group of men gathered here to watch the Atlanta Braves game and have lunch together. We also host lots of educational classes on a variety of topics from art and crafts to computers,” Wright said.

Reliable volunteers like Danny and Debbie O’Neal and Van and Brenda Williams, make hosting big events possible. For Saturday’s event, the O’Neals created a fun photo background and fully decorated the Rec Center in red, white and blue. Both couples arrived early to set up and stayed late to clean up. “I don’t know what I would do without the generous volunteer efforts of our residents who offer to help,” Wright said.

Living at Christian City is a family affair for Van Williams, four of his siblings and two nieces, all residents of Christian City. They meet for lunch every day. Van’s sister, Doris Haynie, has lived in the Dogwood Circle community for 17 years, and it’s no surprise that her favorite thing about living at Christian City is being with family.

Before Doris and her husband retired and moved to Christian City, she led the hospital auxiliary for about 17 years in Habersham County, located in the north Georgia mountains. Her husband was employed by the state taking care of Georgia’s historical sites. Doris knows a thing or two about organizing people and events, but now she enjoys participating in the activities planned for Christian City residents. “Riding in the breeze on the golf cart this morning and seeing people along the way was great,” said Doris.

As the Independence Day celebration reached high gear, the circle of friends gathered in the Rec Center grew larger. Brenda Mueller and six of her neighbors in the Dogwood community – Gerry Stone, Eloise Barter, Lee Carder, Sue Loyd, Annie Scarbrough and Jerry Jacobs – laughed and joked about memorable housewarming gifts, Merle Norman babies, nicknames, Rummikub games and a life-size cardboard cutout of Clint Eastwood. No doubt, this close-knit group of neighbors looks out for one another and enjoys life to the fullest. “Decorating and driving the golf cart was a lot of fun today. I especially enjoyed blowing the horn!” Brenda said with a bold laugh.

In fact, boldness, zeal, and longevity are common traits among many Christian City residents. 94-year-old Louise Brown, who started the golf cart parade years ago when she was a patio home resident, enjoyed serving as the parade caboose in this year’s Independence Day parade. Louise is part of the sibling group mentioned earlier. Now a resident of Christian City Assisted Living Center, she participates in water aerobics every morning and enjoys driving her golf cart around campus. When asked at lunchtime about her favorite part of Saturday’s event, Louise said, “It’s not over yet!” That’s the Christian City spirit – always looking forward to what comes next!

About Christian City

Christian City was established 53 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. The 500-acre campus in South Fulton County includes the Children’s Village, Safe Place program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption program, patio homes and apartments for active seniors, a skilled nursing center, assisted living center, memory care, home health and hospice care. An open house showcasing available patio homes will be held on Saturday, August 18, 9am-1pm. For more information about the open house, call 770-703-2683. For general information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-AMEN.

PHOTO (by Larry Regier): Active senior resident, Jan Gwaltney, waves to her neighbors as the Independence Day golf cart parade passes through one of the patio home communities at Christian City.

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Christian City Launches Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program

In Georgia, there are currently over 15,000 children in the foster care system. This number has doubled within the past five years due to the ever-growing opioid epidemic. Christian City recognized this issue and in February of 2018, launched the Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program to provide private and public foster care, foster-to-adoption and public adoption for children within a 50-mile radius of their location, which is just south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We wanted to respond to this issue by increasing the number of loving homes available to children in foster care and that is when we decided to launch the Crossroads program,” said Len Romano, President & CEO of Christian City.

The program is designed to help children from newborns to the age of 21 years find a loving home. The Crossroads Program provides families who are interested in adoption or foster care with initial training, home study, 24/7 on-call support and unlimited access to Christian City’s thrift store and pantry.  These services are provided to ensure the foster children and families have specialized care and support.

“We offer a crisis program for the foster child and adoptive parents. If a caregiver reports to us the child is under distress when acclimating to their new environment, we bring the child back onto the Christian City Children’s Village campus for 48 hours. Here, we give the child the attention and any skills they may need to help them reintegrate into their new home,” said Michaela Guthrie, Program Executive for the Crossroads Foster Care and Adoption Program.

Starting July 1st, Christian City will have a contract with the state to help the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services place children in foster care or adoptive homes.

More information on the Christian City Children’s Village Crossroads Foster Care & Adoptive Program is available at https://christiancity.org/crossroads/.  Interested parties may also reach out to Program Executive Michaela Guthrie at mguthrie@christiancity.org or 770-336-6566

About Christian City

Christian City was established 53 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 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Program, Transitional Living Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, patio homes and apartments for active seniors, a skilled nursing center, assisted living center, memory care, home health and hospice care. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636.

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