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$42,605 Raised for Christian City Children’s Village

Dale Cardwell hosts Golf Fore Kids at Chateau Elan

More than 100 golfers and 41 sponsors joined Consumer Investigator, Dale Cardwell, at Chateau Elan to enjoy a day of golf while helping children in need. This year’s Golf Fore Kids tournament raised $42,605 to support the abused and abandoned children who now live safely at Christian City Children’s Village, located in south metro Atlanta.

“We are grateful for the strong show of support for our children,” said Christian City President and CEO, Len Romano. “Individuals, churches, foundations and businesses provide financial support that helps us fulfill our promise to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care. In fact, philanthropy sustains the Children’s Village operating budget of $3.5 million per year, which includes our 24/7 Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth,” Romano said.

Statistics show that timely help for runaways is critical. 30% of runaway children are lured into sex trafficking in their first 48 hours on the street. “Our staff and volunteers help identify, recover and restore children who have run away from home or have been forced from their home,” said LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer.

Working with QT gas stations, fire departments and school systems across metro Atlanta, Christian City Children’s Village provides a safe haven for children who may otherwise become victims of human trafficking. “Dale Cardwell and all who supported our golf tournament are changing the lives of children, providing them with hope, and helping to break the cycle of generational poverty,” Landrum said.

First place in the tournament went to Mike Sorrow, Allen Queen, Mike Schisler and Bob Dixon, Southwest Christian Care’s team. Placing second was Chris Foster and Larry Minogue, sponsored by A Hand to Hold, and David Sweeting and David Gay, sponsored by Arbor-Nomics. Third place went to Mister Sparky’s team, Richard Spooner, Gerald Talbot and James (Jimbo) Bailey. First Christian Church of Stockbridge once again won the “Church Challenge” with John Clabby, Joel Johnson, George Whitley and Dean Cowan taking home the trophy for 2017. To view the event photo gallery, go to https://christiancity.org/golf.

About Golf Fore Kids

Golf Fore Kids is an annual fundraising event featuring a day of golf, networking and fellowship, with proceeds benefiting Christian City Children’s Village. The top sponsors in the 2017 tournament were TrustDale, Aquaguard Foundation Solutions, Nestle Purina, Communications Cabling Specialists, Terry Chapman, J. Smith Lanier and Action Plumbing.  For information about participating in the 2018 tournament, contact Ashley Bonner at ashleyb@christiancity.org or 678.466.1093.

About the Children’s Village

Christian City Children’s Village is a non-profit program that provides a loving and secure environment in family-structured homes. Children ages 5-17 live with full-time house parents, where they work to heal their wounded spirits and break the cycle of abuse they have endured. A warm home, healthy meals, clean clothing, quality education, necessary counseling, and a lot of loving care are provided to the children who are victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment.

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 in south metro Atlanta. The 500-acre campus includes the Children’s Village, 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 770-964-3301 or visit www.christiancity.org.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Tyler Wright)

Southwest Christian Care placed first place in the 2017 Golf Fore Kids tournament at Chateau Elan where $42,605 was raised for Christian City Children’s Village. From left, Allen Queen, Bob Dixon, Mike Schisler and Mike Sorrow.

PHOTO ABOVE (by Larry Regier)

First Christian Church of Stockbridge once again won the “Church Challenge” at Golf Fore Kids 2017, benefitting Christian City Children’s Village. Pictured with Len Romano (center), President and CEO of Christian City, are Joel Johnson (left) and John Clabby. Not pictured: George Whitley and Dean Cowan.

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Former Christian City CEO, Bob Crutchfield, Remembered

Robert L. Crutchfield, President and CEO of Christian City from 1993 to 2015, passed away September 20, 2017, following complications from ALS.

“He was a truly honorable man,” said Carl Ryden, Chaplain and Chief Spiritual Care Officer at Christian City. “Bob came to Christian City as one who felt called of God to serve in ministry, dedicating himself tirelessly to what he deemed a most important work for the kingdom.”

Many who live and serve at Christian City know personally of Bob’s warmth and enthusiasm for the fellowship shared as “family” at Christian City.  He was known as a man of both humility and integrity – born of a strong conviction of gratitude for what God had given him. “His highest aim for Christian City was the continuance of our ministry commitment and the spiritual well-being of our resident community,” Ryden said.

In 2015, Crutchfield informed Christian City’s Board of Trustees, financial supporters, friends and residents of his ALS diagnosis, announcing that he would be retiring due to his declining health, and the search was underway for a new CEO to take over leadership of Christian City.

As he reflected on the transition ahead, Crutchfield said, “Just as the Lord has done for more than 50 years, since the start of the Christian City Home for Children in 1965, I rest assured that He will continue His faithful service to Christian City into the future. He works through loving people like you who have supported us through your prayers, time, talent and financial support over the years. God bless you for all that you have done and will continue to do. I deeply regret that I will not personally have more time to serve along with you.”

Only three CEOs have served Christian City during the organization’s 52-year history. Crutchfield succeeded the non-profit’s first CEO, Bob Puckett. Upon Crutchfield’s retirement in December 2015, Len Romano became President and CEO of Christian City after a 36-year career with YMCA.

“Bob’s legacy will live on at Christian City,” said Romano. “Despite his declining health, he worked tirelessly to facilitate a smooth transition when I assumed the CEO role almost two years ago. His dedication to the ministries was evident in his strong leadership. Bob left big shoes to fill, and I am honored to follow in his footsteps,” Romano said.

Bob was the son of Brooks B. and E. P. Crutchfield. He was a lifelong resident of the Atlanta area where he attended East Atlanta High School and excelled in athletics. He married his high school sweetheart, Judi, in 1963. Bob was an excellent basketball player and played semi-professionally after attending Georgia State University where he received his BBA in 1971. He was a scratch golfer and founding member of Smoke Rise Golf Club.

Upon graduation from college, Bob worked for LEAA and the Fish and Wildlife Administration to pursue his love of the outdoors. He received his real estate license in 1980. After having a distinguished commercial real estate career, he became President and CEO of Christian City in 1993 to fulfill a passion for helping others.

Through his commitment to understanding that every person has a unique set of circumstances and needs regardless of their creed, Bob lived by the motto of “Above all else, never waiver from the fundamental calling to minister to the needs of our community in the name of Christ.” This unwavering pursuit changed the lives of hundreds of employees, children, residents, volunteers and supporters throughout his career.

“Bob was a faithful servant leader,” said Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer of Christian City Children’s Village. “We will remember him as a strong, gifted and capable leader during the more than two decades he served as CEO. He demonstrated a genuine love and interest in caring for both the children and seniors living at Christian City,” Kouns said.

Crutchfield, 74, died Tuesday, September 20, 2017, at Hospice Atlanta in Brookhaven. He leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years, Judith Wages Crutchfield, his sons, Robert Bryan (and wife Mathilde Tissot), Joel Keith, and his brother, James Kim.

A memorial service was held September 24 at Smoke Rise Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Crutchfield requested donations be made to Christian City Children’s Village at www.christiancity.org/give.

PHOTO (by Larry Regier)

Bob Crutchfield, former President and CEO of Christian City, speaks at a retirement dinner held in his honor in 2015. Crutchfield passed away on September 20, 2017, following complications of ALS.

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Christian City Assisted Living Administrator Wins State Award

Union City, Ga – Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center was recently named 2017 Executive Director of the Year by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) during the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living’s (GHCA/GCAL) summer convention.

Langston is well respected by both residents and staff at Christian City Assisted Living Center, which is operated by PruittHealth. “Hudie’s passion for providing quality residential care shows in his leadership,” said Len Romano, President and CEO of Christian City. “He has dedicated his career to taking care of vulnerable people. This award was well-deserved,” Romano said.

Langston was among the 20 graduates of GHCA’s first Georgia Leader Program class in 2015. Regarding the statewide award he received, he said, “I was totally surprised and appreciated the recognition in front of my peers.” Naming several Pruitt Health leaders who positively influenced his career over the past two decades: Melvin Moses, Kevin Metz, Suzanne Gerhardt, Loretta Barnes, and George Hunt, Langston said, “Their leadership, mentorship and advice helped me to reach this point in my career, and I’m grateful to each one of them.”

Born in Flint, Michigan, Hudie and his family moved to Nashville when he was three years old. They relocated to Georgia when he was 13. A graduate of Shamrock High in DeKalb County, Hudie excelled as a multi-sport athlete in basketball, football, track and cross country, receiving MVP awards in both basketball and track & field.

Hudie’s passion for athletics continued at Georgia Southern University where he majored in recreational therapy. “My first jobs were at Parkway Medical Center and Grady Health System in Atlanta,” Langston said. “One position was full-time and the other part-time. I worked the two jobs simultaneously, and both involved providing structured therapeutic recreational services for youth and adults with psychological disorders,” he said.

His next career step took Hudie to long term care for seniors at Ashton Woods Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, which is now PruittHealth-Brookhaven. He oversaw the activities department and worked as a recreational therapist before being named Assistant Administrator. After serving in similar capacities at PruittHealth’s skilled nursing facilities in Lilburn and Austell, Hudie joined Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville as Interim Administrator of the Richard B. Russell building before being named Associate Director for the campus. He then moved on to become the Administrator at PruittHealth-Franklin before being named Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center in 2017. “I thought I would be here for only nine days, but this opportunity turned into a long term position,” Langston said.

When asked about his leadership role, Langston responded, “Christian City is a God-centered campus with leadership support focused on helping staff members maximize their potential. Thus, we have a seasoned staff in the Assisted Living Center. When I am not on site, I have peace in knowing that our residents are under the excellent care of our cohesive team. The staff sincerely cares about the residents as well as one another. They are passionate about their jobs and willing to go the extra mile, always keeping residents’ best interest at heart,” he said. “It is a joy and privilege to work here and serve here, because I’m in an environment where I’m being fed spiritually. My job helps me with my continued growth as a Christian,” Langston commented.

Following the recent acts of violence in Charlottesville, CEO Len Romano spoke out about how love can make hate go away, saying, “I am hopeful that at Christian City we understand that God created us in His image and because of that we will treat everyone we meet as special and deserving of love.” Hudie responded saying, “Love is the most powerful spiritual gift. Let’s continue to spread it at Christian City and in our communities.”

Faith has been at the forefront of Hudie’s life. He was a member of Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta for ten years where he served as the Host Team Coordinator and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2009. He is now a resident of Norcross and member of Victory World Church where he serves as Assistant Team Leader of the nursing home ministry that provides spiritual services for residents at Meadowbrook Health and Rehab. “Each Sunday, we facilitate a church service for the residents and do one-to-one visits,” he said. Hudie was named Volunteer of the Year in 2014.

From high school athletics to church volunteer and Administrator of the Year, Langston is no stranger to awards and accolades. When asked what’s next in his list of aspirations, he said, “These rewards are nice, but my real rewards come from God.” At age 45, he wants to focus more on family and take time to enjoy life. “I want to eliminate stressors as much as possible, be around like-minded people, have a sense of peace, and be a blessing to others,” Langston said with an award-winning smile.

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. The campus includes the Children’s Village, 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 or to learn more, call 770-964-3301 or visit christiancity.org.

About PruittHealth

Since 1969, PruittHealth has been a family-owned organization committed to the care of patients in our communities. We provide a seamless network of post-acute care services and resources, offering skilled nursing care, home health care, end-of-life hospice care, rehabilitation, and pharmacy/infusion services across the Southeast. We serve communities across more than 170 provider locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and one center in Florida. For more information, visit www.PruittHealth.com.

About ACHCA

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators is a non-profit professional membership association which provides superior educational programming, professional certification, and career development opportunities for its members. Guided by the vision that dynamic leadership forges long term health care services that are desired, meaningful, successful, and efficient, ACHCA identifies, recognizes, and supports long term care leaders, advocating for their mission and promoting excellence in their profession. For more information, visit www.achca-gachapter.org.

About GHCA/GCAL

The Georgia Health Care Association/Georgia Center for Assisted Living is a non-profit association of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and home and community based case managers called SOURCE. Advocates for Georgia’s elderly since 1953, the association represents 95% of skilled nursing care facilities in Georgia and represents the best interests of patients, residents and consumers as well as owners, administrators, and other personnel. GHCA strives to enhance the ability of its members to provide competent and compassionate care to meet the ever-changing health care needs of Georgia’s infirm, elderly and disabled citizens. For more information, visit www.ghca.info.

PHOTO: Hudie Langston (left), Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center, was named 2017 Executive Director of the Year by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) during the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living’s (GHCA/GCAL) summer convention.

PHOTO: Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center, visits with resident, Willa Mae Heisler, in the dining room. (Photo by Larry Regier)

PHOTO: Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center, recently participated in Southwest Christian Care’s annual Hustle for Hope Run/Walk in Union City. (Photo by Larry Regier)

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BB&T Peachtree City Supports Christian City

Union City, Ga – Thanks to a group of seven community-minded employees at BB&T’s Peachtree City branch, Christian City Children’s Village recently received five new desktop computers through the bank’s “Lighthouse Project.” The group also volunteered their time and effort at Christian City, helping with several different projects across the 500-acre campus.

Connie Hall, volunteer coordinator at Christian City, commented, “We were thrilled to get the call from BB&T’s volunteer team about their desire to help our children and seniors.” Even when rainy weather hampered the planned community garden project, the BB&T volunteers gladly moved indoors and assisted with other projects on the “needs” list. “From organizing a storage closet to visiting with senior residents, we greatly appreciated each and every contribution from the BB&T volunteer team,” Hall said.

BB&T employee and volunteer project captain, Gail Belliston, recently moved to Georgia from Utah. “I heard about Christian City Children’s Village through Peachtree City Christian Church,” said Belliston. “Until we volunteered on the campus, I had no idea there were so many different ministries at Christian City. Now I want to do more,” she said.

Belliston’s co-worker and member of the volunteer team, Carol Wilcox, especially enjoyed interacting with the residents of the Christian City Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center. “The senior residents really appreciated our visit. We played bingo, told stories and jokes,” Wilcox said. “It feels good to bring a smile to someone’s face.”

BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project” encourages employees to give back to their communities by volunteering. In conjunction with their volunteer efforts, the team can apply for financial assistance to support the needs of the organization. “Part of our bank’s mission is to help communities achieve financial security and economic success,” Belliston said. “In addition to our volunteer projects, we were pleased to support Christian City Children’s Village by providing needed computer equipment to help the children continue their success in school and maintain a 100% graduation rate,” she said.

About Christian City Children’s Village

Christian City Children’s Village, located between Fairburn and Fayetteville, cares for victims of child abuse and abandonment. The children now live safely in family-style homes with full-time house parents on the 500-acre campus established in 1965. The program’s positive impact is demonstrated by a 100% high school graduation rate.

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. The campus includes the Children’s Village, 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 victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770-703-2636 or visit christiancity.org.

 

PHOTO: Christian City Assisted Living Center resident, Thomasine Randolph, enjoys playing a game of bingo along with BB&T employee volunteer, Nikki Slater.

PHOTO: Team captain of BB&T’s employee volunteer group, Gail Belliston, organizes a storage closet at Christian City’s welcome center.

PHOTO: Employees from BB&T’s Peachtree City branch recently volunteered at Christian City. From left, Candace Swiftbird, Gail Belliston, Carol Wilcox and Brandy Wingate also presented five new desktop computers to Christian City Children’s Village through BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project.”

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Fayette County Publix Shoppers Support Christian City Children’s Village

Union City, Ga – Shoppers and associates at Fayette County Publix stores generously donated $11,596 to Christian City Children’s Village during the annual “Food For All” campaign last December. More than $1.4 million was distributed to 60 nonprofit organizations in Publix’ Atlanta division through the 2016 fundraiser.

Art Durden, store manager of Publix/Tyrone, presented the donation to Christian City saying, “A bullet point in our mission statement is to be involved as responsible citizens in our communities. This campaign allows us to involve our customers and associates in that effort.”

On behalf of Christian City, Len Romano thanked Publix Super Markets for making a difference in the lives of children in metro Atlanta’s southern crescent. “Financial support from the community allows us to care for the children who come to Christian City in great need,” Romano said. “We are grateful to the many individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and foundations who support our ministry to care for children who are healing, growing and thriving on our campus. The Publix Food For All campaign is an excellent example of a community coming together to provide for children in need,” he said.

Christian City Children’s Village, located between Fairburn and Fayetteville, cares for victims of child abuse and abandonment. The children now live safely in family-structured homes with full-time house parents on the 500-acre campus established in 1965. “We are a nationally-licensed Safe Place agency, which allows us to help identify, recover and restore children who are runaways, homeless, or fleeing physical or sexual abuse,” said Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer. “Our ministry strives to give hope to children who need love and support to heal their wounded spirits and thrive.”

The program’s positive impact is demonstrated by an ongoing 100% high school graduation rate among high school seniors at the Christian City Children’s Village. LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer, expressed thanks to Publix saying, “Fundraisers like the Publix “Food For All” campaign help us to fulfill our promise to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care. With an annual operating budget of $3.5 million, every donation counts. We are grateful for each and every Publix shopper who chose to help our children by donating to the campaign.”

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. The campus includes the Children’s Village, homes for active seniors, a 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 150-bed assisted living center, and two memory care units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770-703-2636 or visit christiancity.org.

About Publix

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 200,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,145 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 20 consecutive years.

PHOTO: On behalf of Fayette County Publix shoppers and the “Food For All” campaign, Art Durden, manager of Publix-Tyrone, proudly presents $11,596 to Christian City Children’s Village. Accepting the donation are (left) Len Romano, President/CEO of Christian City, Philip Kouns, COO of Christian City Children’s Village, and LaVann Landrum, Christian City’s Chief Development Officer.

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Christian City Assisted Living Center Administrator Receives Statewide Recognition

Norcross, Georgia, June 28, 2017 – PruittHealth is pleased to announce that Hudie Langston, Administrator at Christian City Assisted Living Center, was recently named Assisted Living Executive Director of the Year for 2017. The award was presented by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) on Tuesday, June 13 during the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Center for Assisted Living’s (GHCA/GCAL) Summer Convention in Amelia Island.

“I am thrilled that Hudie was named as the 2017 Executive Director of the Year. It is an honor that his hard work and dedication to the residents at Christian City Assisted Living Center is recognized among his peers statewide,” said Neil L. Pruitt, Jr., Chairman and CEO of PruittHealth.

Presented annually by ACHCA, the Executive Director of the Year Award is given to individuals who demonstrate leadership that is worthy of statewide recognition. Recipients have achieved noteworthy goals and contributed to the quality of life of their center’s residents.

“On behalf of GHCA/GCAL, I applaud Mr. Langston on receiving this recognition and thank him for his commitment to ensuring the highest quality of care is provided to the vulnerable individuals he serves,” said GHCA/GCAL President and CEO Tony Marshall. “Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!”

About PruittHealth

Since 1969, PruittHealth has been a family-owned organization committed to the care of patients in our communities. We provide a seamless network of post-acute care services and resources, offering skilled nursing care, home health care, end-of-life hospice care, rehabilitation, and pharmacy/infusion services across the Southeast. Our organization is well known for its holistic model of care, as well as its proactive performance improvement programs, and its continuous commitment to caring and to quality. We serve communities across more than 170 provider locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and one center in Florida. The PruittHealth seamless care network ensures that on any given day, our 24,000 patients are cared for by PruittHealth’s 16,000 employed partners. Our highly-trained staff and commitment to providing each patient and their family with the level of care and dignity we would expect for our own loved ones are why PruittHealth has remained a leader in healthcare for more than 45 years. For more information please visit: www.PruittHealth.com.

About ACHCA:

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators is a non-profit professional membership association which provides superior educational programming, professional certification, and career development opportunities for its members. Guided by the vision that dynamic leadership forges long term health care services that are desired, meaningful, successful, and efficient, ACHCA identifies, recognizes, and supports long term care leaders, advocating for their mission and promoting excellence in their profession. For more information, visit www.achca-gachapter.org.

About GHCA/GCAL:

The Georgia Health Care Association/Georgia Center for Assisted Living is a non-profit association of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and home and community based case managers called SOURCE. Advocates for Georgia’s elderly since 1953, the association represents 95% of skilled nursing care facilities in Georgia and represents the best interests of patients, residents and consumers as well as owners, administrators, and other personnel. GHCA strives to enhance the ability of its members to provide competent and compassionate care to meet the ever-changing health care needs of Georgia’s infirm, elderly and disabled citizens. For more information, visit www.ghca.info.

 

 

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Clothes Less Traveled Supports Christian City Children’s Village

June 20, 2017 – Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop in Peachtree City continues to serve the community by awarding a generous grant of $25,000 to Christian City Children’s Village, a safe place for children who have been abused or abandoned. Kevin Barbee, Executive Director of Clothes Less Traveled, presented the check to leaders and staff of Christian City Children’s Village.

“We have so many people to thank,” said LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer of Christian City. “The dedicated volunteers, staff and board members of Clothes Less Traveled along with those in the community who donated and purchased items at the thrift store made this generous donation possible. On behalf of all the children who receive hope and healing at Christian City Children’s Village, I am deeply grateful,” Landrum said.

About Clothes Less Traveled

Clothes Less Traveled serves the needs of the community by operating a thrift shop where gently-used household goods and clothing are sold at fair and reasonable prices. The thrift store also provides an opportunity for volunteers to perform community service in a positive and productive way. Profits are distributed as scholarships, vouchers and grants to qualified recipients and 501c3 organizations. The store is located in Peachtree City. For more information, visit www.clotheslesstraveled.org or call 770-486-8517.

About Christian City Children’s Village

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 senior adults, living hope-filled lives in the 500-acre community located nine miles south of the Atlanta airport.

Christian City Children’s Village provides a loving and secure environment in family-structured homes. Children ages 5-18 live with full-time house parents, where they work to heal their wounded spirits and break the cycle of abuse they have endured. A warm home, healthy meals, clean clothing, quality education, necessary counseling, and a lot of loving care are provided to the children who are victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment. Some children live at Christian City Children’s Village briefly, while others spend their entire childhoods there. The program is sustained through generous community support from individuals, churches, civic groups, businesses and grantors. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org    or call 770-964-3301.

 

Photo: Clothes Less Traveled awarded a grant to Christian City Children’s Village. Pictured from left are Children’s Village staff members, Jill Thompson, Tanner Amaral, Kelvin Thompson and Sarah Booth, along with LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Development Officer; Len Romano, Christian City President & CEO; Kevin Barbee, Executive Director of Clothes Less Traveled; Ashley Bonner, Christian City Development Director; Philip Kouns, Children’s Village COO; and Caroline Strate, staff member.

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Fayetteville Christian Church Cares for Caregivers

(June 16, 2017) – Nursing homes are fertile ground for volunteer service. Visitors are always welcomed and appreciated. When church and school groups want to brighten the day of seniors who can’t get out and about, they often think of nursing homes in the area. Visiting senior residents is a popular way for anyone with a heart for service to give back to their community.

Others serve nursing home residents every day as a career. It’s their job to take care of those who are no longer able to take care of themselves. From therapists, nurses and CNAs to housekeeping and food service, a variety of staff members serve the needs of nursing home residents 24/7. Many say they have a passion for taking care of older people. Others say it’s their calling and they feel blessed to be a blessing. Selflessness is a common thread.

Not everyone thinks of caring for the caregivers, but a volunteer team at Fayetteville Christian Church did. The team contacted the volunteer coordinator at Christian City and made arrangements to provide a brown bag lunch with homemade chicken salad sandwiches to staff members on all three shifts at Christian City’s Assisted Living Center and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

“We are overjoyed with the ongoing generosity of Fayetteville Christian Church,” says Connie Hall, Volunteer Coordinator at Christian City. “For the second year in a row, a volunteer team has shown their love for our staff by preparing and delivering lunch,” Hall says.

As the volunteers distributed lunches to staff members, they enjoyed the opportunity to share their mutual appreciation for one another’s service. “It doesn’t take much to bring a smile to someone’s face,” says Helen Thornton, who has served as a church secretary at Fayetteville Christian for almost 40 years.

“Fayetteville Christian Church is a part of Christian City’s founding and historic church tradition,” says Carl Ryden, Chaplain and Chief Spiritual Care Officer at Christian City. “The congregation has supported Christian City from its early days. The church has members serving in all areas of our ministry, from board leadership to staff and volunteers,” Ryden says.

Fayetteville Christian Church leads the campus Sunday afternoon worship service several times each year, and Christian City is one of the missions supported financially by the church, also. Ryden expressed his appreciation to the volunteer group saying, “You are not just meeting a need, but also affirming a ministry.”

Len Romano, Christian City CEO, greeted and thanked the volunteers, saying, “You are helping Christian City extend Christ’s call to love your neighbor. Through your selfless service, you are providing life-changing hope to the seniors and children who live here on our campus.”

Audrey Bates, Christian City board member emeritus, is the last original charter member of Fayetteville Christian Church, which was started in 1971 as the first Independent Christian Church in Fayette County. She served as music director for 22 years. “Christian City has been a part of my life since its beginning in 1965,” Bates says. She helped raise money to build the first children’s cottage and has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Bates’ family has hosted Christian City children for weekend and holiday visits over the years as well.

During this campus visit to serve lunch to the staff, Bates took the opportunity to visit her former neighbor in Christian City Assisted Living Center. Several of their church members now live at Christian City in active senior patio homes and apartments, while others are in the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers.

The church visits each Sunday to serve communion to the three members who are unable to come to church. Senior pastor of Fayetteville Christian, Andrew Higle, has volunteered his service as Chaplain of the Day at Christian City as well. Many members donate items to Graceland Thrift Store, where profits benefit Christian City Children’s Village education fund.

“We believe in the mission and vision of Christian City, and we want to support the physical care and spiritual care that is provided to residents,” says Minister Higle. “For many years, we have supported the care provided to abused and abandoned children who come to Christian City Children’s Village. And the senior residents need to know that we love and care about them, because that is what Christ has called us to do,” Higle commented.

Christian City is one of 18 missions supported by Fayetteville Christian Church. The missions team holds several fundraisers each year – a fish fry in May, yard sale in July, and barbecue in September. The ring leaders of the food-related volunteer efforts are Brian and Barbara Enright, members of Fayetteville Christian for the past 11 years. “We provide about 75% of the church’s specialty cooking,” says Barbara. Brian does the cooking and Barbara specializes in desserts. The couple had been out of church for 35 years before they were coaxed to attend Fayetteville Christian by Barbara’s mother in 2005. Now retired, the Enrights use their talents to prepare meals that convey their church’s love for its members and the community.

Christian City staff and caregivers are often called “loving people, loving people.” On this day, the tables were turned. Fayetteville Christian Church fed the caregivers with good food and love through the selfless service of a delicious homemade lunch in a simple brown bag. As Helen Thornton said, “It doesn’t take much to bring a smile to someone’s face.” To learn more about Christian City, visit www.christiancity.org. For more information about Fayetteville Christian Church, visit www.fayettevillechristian.org.

PHOTO ABOVE: Volunteers from Fayetteville Christian Church deliver brown-bag lunches for the staff of the Christian City Assisted Living Center and Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center. From left: Helen Thornton, Dean Laffan, Audrey Bates, Barbara Enright, Larry Etheridge, Linda Etheridge, Brian Enright and Connie Hall, Christian City Volunteer Coordinator.  (Photo by Larry Regier)

PHOTO ABOVE: Christian City Board of Trustees member, Audrey Bates (left) provides a lunch to Christian City Dietary Aide, Marie Regis. (Photo by Larry Regier)

PHOTO ABOVE: Members of Fayetteville Christian Church have faithfully supported Christian City for more than 45 years. Volunteers from the church serve in many different roles across the campus. On April 25, the group pictured here prepared and delivered brown-bag lunches for the staff of the Assisted Living Center and Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center.  From left: Fayette Christian Church members, Barbara Enright, Audrey Bates, Brian Enright, Len Romano (Christian City CEO), Larry Etheridge, Linda Etheridge, Dean Laffan and Helen Thornton.  (Photo by Larry Regier)

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Christian City Seniors Show Serving Hearts

Senior Residents Fulfill Dreams by Helping Homeless in Atlanta

(Union City, Ga – March 31, 2017) Church worker. Social worker. Missionary. These are just a few of the things that Christian City residents dreamed of becoming in their younger days. Some of their dreams came true as they aged. Others remained aspirations as the residents came to live in the nursing home and assisted living center at Christian City. Many of the residents share a common desire to serve and help others, regardless of their age and living situation.

“The mission of Christian City is to extend Christ’s call to love your neighbor through housing, health care and crisis intervention for children, families and older adults. And our promise is to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care,” said Steven Sheets, Administrator of Christian City’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “Our residents, staff and volunteers seek to live out this mission and promise every day at Christian City,” Sheets said.

Each year, the Pruitt Health team at Christian City, serving in skilled nursing and rehab, assisted living, pharmacy, hospice and home health, interview senior residents to hear about their dreams. Some of the dreams are big, like a vacation to Hawaii. And some are simple, such as attending a baseball game. But, one common thread ran through many of the interviews this year: serving in simple ways and helping others was the dream of many senior residents at Christian City.

“The staff put their heads together to fulfill the dreams of our ‘giving’ residents,” said Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City’s Assisted Living Center. “Matthew 25:40 tells us, ‘The King will reply, truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ This is the foundation of this project for our residents who have a heart for serving others,” Langston said.

“Some residents of nursing homes and assisted living homes are viewed as less fortunate and unable to help others at this stage of their lives, but these residents feel that they still have so much to give. When presented with the opportunity to help those in need, the residents jumped at the chance!” said Langston.

Rick Couch, Christian City maintenance director with ties to an organization that feeds and ministers to the homeless in Atlanta, was quick to come on board to help with the project. He reached out to Broken Pieces Ministry about a partnership, and the ministry director, Joel Crumpton, thought it was a great opportunity to enrich the lives of senior residents as well the homeless. Broken Pieces provides a hot meal and ministry service to the homeless every Tuesday and Thursday. This has allowed them to build a relationship of trust and faith with the director and those who serve with him.

The seniors wanted to help serve a meal and also provide a gift that would help the homeless individuals know they are loved by these senior servants. Several of the men who regularly come for a meal at the location managed by Broken Pieces were asked to name a need that could be fulfilled by the Christian City senior residents. “Their answers were simple: a pair of waterproof boots, a bike and to eat a steak again!” said Couch.

In fact, five of the seven homeless men interviewed requested shoes: four pairs of waterproof boots and a good pair of tennis shoes. “None of the items requested were anything elaborate, just the basic needs of someone on the streets where walking is the main means of transportation,” said Couch.

PHOTO: Five residents of Christian City Assisted Living Center observe meal service as Christian City staff and Broken Pieces Ministry representatives serve a hot Chick-fil-A dinner to a group of homeless individuals in Atlanta.

On an evening in early March, the Atlanta Dream Center hosted Christian City residents and staff along with Broken Pieces to share a meal and their gifts for the homeless individuals. The group also shared in a service to shed light and hope for all in attendance.

Christian City staff members escorted the residents and assisted them with giving the purchased gifts. In addition to providing the boots, shoes and other requested items for the seven men interviewed, Christian City senior residents, along with their family members and staff, had prepared snack and hygiene bags to provide to the 50 homeless individuals who attended the night of the meal service.

PHOTO: Christian City staff members and Broken Pieces Ministry serve a hot Chick-fil-A dinner to a group of homeless individuals in Atlanta. The “Pruitt Health Committed to Caring” and “Second Wind Dreams” project fulfilled several Christian City Assisted Living Center residents’ dreams to be missionaries and help those in need.

The participating residents felt blessed to give back to those in need. Some of their comments were, “Believe in yourself. Don’t give up. If you believe, He will come into your heart.” Without a doubt, dreams were fulfilled, and servant hearts were made full through this effort to help someone in need.

About Christian City and Pruitt Health

Pruitt Health operates the 150-bed Assisted Living Center and 200-bed Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located at Christian City in south metro Atlanta. The 500-acre campus also includes over 200 patio homes, more than 300 subsidized apartments, and many volunteer opportunities for active seniors. Pruitt Health’s on-site pharmacy, home health care, and hospice services complete the full continuum of care for seniors at Christian City.

Christian City Children’s Village continues to provide family-structured homes for children ages 5-17 who have been abused or abandoned. Since the first cottage opened on Valentine’s Day 1965, hundreds of children have lived and thrived at Christian City.

For more information about Christian City, visit christiancity.org. To learn more about Pruitt Health, visit pruitthealth.com.

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Renovations Revealed at Christian City Open House

(Union City, Ga – March 22, 2017) More than 300 people attended an open house on March 16th to celebrate renovations to the main floor of Christian City’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living Center. 

More than 300 people attended an open house on March 16th to celebrate renovations to the main floor of Christian City’s Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living Center. The crowd gathered in the newly renovated auditorium for a short program.

 
The 500-acre campus located on the south side of metro Atlanta in Union City is home to more than 1,000 seniors. Event attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and guided tours of the renovated main floor of the facilities.
Popular features of the new space include several new dining options, renovated and refurnished lobby areas, therapy rooms, offices, a library, chapel and 232-seat auditorium. Several smart TVs installed around the main floor broadcast activities, events and transportation schedules, dining menus, and other helpful information of interest to residents, patients, their families and guests.
 

Renovations included the addition of a ‘50s-style diner on the main floor.

A ‘50s-style diner, casual dining room, and separate formal dining room are now available on the main floor,” said Steve Sheets, Administrator of Christian City Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “Our chef works with our dietician to offer a healthy menu with a variety of food choices for our Assisted Living residents, Skilled Nursing & Rehab patients and their families,” Sheets said. Table-side service will begin soon.

 

Dining options for residents and their families include the formal dining room, pictured above.

In addition to these three dining options on the main floor and meal service on each residential floor, residents and patients now have a full-service kitchen/dining room space that may be reserved by families to celebrate a special occasion with their family member in residence at Christian City. “We listened to the families of our residents and found that they desired a space to enjoy a home-cooked meal with their loved one without leaving Christian City,” said Hudie Langston, Administrator of Christian City Assisted Living Center. The special occasion space includesa full-service kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, built-in cabinets, a food service island, and a dining table with seating for eight. 
 

Families of Assisted Living residents and Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation patients now have a full-service kitchen/dining room space that may be reserved to celebrate a special occasion with their family member in residence at Christian City.

The outdoor courtyard, which is also furnished with plenty of tables and comfortable seating, is accessible from the special occasion kitchen/dining space and from the newly renovated auditorium. Programs ranging from live music and line dancing to educational and entertaining speakers take place in the auditorium. “Our residents enjoy a variety of activities and events, both on-campus and off-campus, that add to the vibrancy of senior life here,” said Len Romano, President and CEO of Christian City.

 
Spiritual life is also an important part of living at Christian City. “We have staff chaplains who, along with a group of dedicated volunteer chaplains, bring spiritual support to the residents of our communities,” said Carl Ryden, Chaplain and Chief Spiritual Care Officer. Christian City provides a variety of spiritual programming, including worship, Bible study and other special services in both the auditorium and newly renovated chapel.  “Residents attend from across the campus, including those who find it difficult to participate in off-campus activities at their own churches. Area churches provide a vital help by coming to Christian City to lead services for our residents”, said Ryden.

 

The main floor also includes a newly renovated and beautifully furnished library featuring not only a wide variety of books for residents to check out and comfortable spaces to gather and read, but four computers with internet connections are also available for use by residents. As guests toured the main floor during the open house event, they also took note of a series of eight “I am” statements gracing the renovated walls of the main floor. Serving as both artwork and core value statements, the series speaks to the Christ-centered values that have guided Christian City’s leaders since the organization’s founding in 1965 when the first cottage for eight homeless boys opened. The March 16, 2017, open house program opened with a short video highlighting the 52-year history of Christian City.

A newly renovated and beautifully furnished library features a wide variety of books for residents to check out and comfortable spaces to gather and read. Four computers with internet connections are also available for use by residents.

 
President and CEO, Len Romano, welcomed event guests and spoke about the company’s recent rebranding effort. “The fish at the center of our new logo points upward to heaven in honor of Jesus. In addition to symbolizing the Christian Trinity, the three leaves in our brand mark also indicate the unity and interconnectedness of our staff, residents and volunteers,” Romano said. “Christian City has had an amazing journey over the past 52 years. Who knows what’s next? We have a 500-acre campus and more than 200 acres are still undeveloped,” he said.
 
After fulfilling the community’s need for a children’s home in the mid-‘60s, the need for active senior housing, a nursing home, and assisted living center were fulfilled at Christian City over the next two decades. Fred Watson, current Board of Trustees member and leader during the building of the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in the ‘70s, shared with the crowd how the Center came to be built almost 40 years ago.
 
Watson shared a few little known facts about the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation building. “The blocks on the outside of the buildings were also being used in the construction of Peachtree Center in downtown Atlanta at the time,” Watson said. “Our architect was an associate with John Portman’s company, the builder of the Peachtree Center complex. These blocks were made in Asheville, North Carolina, especially for our building and Peachtree Center, and our architect was very particular about the color and quality of the materials.”
 

Fred Watson, current Christian City Board of Trustees member and leader during the building of the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in the ‘70s, shared with the crowd how the Center came to be built almost 40 years ago.

The general contractor for the nursing home had previously built a couple of notable structures in Georgia, according to Watson. “Our builder had not previously built a nursing home, but he did build the Scream Machine roller coaster at Six Flags over Georgia and Sanford Stadium at The University of Georgia,” Watson said.

 
Watson recalled touring the new space in 1978 with John Sparks, founder of Huddle House and friend of Christian City. Upon completion of the nursing home, Sparks provided all the necessary kitchen equipment at no cost to Christian City. The John and Polly Sparks Foundation has continued to support Christian City’s ministries over the years for both children and seniors. Brock Peyer spoke at the open house on behalf of the Foundation.
 
“We had no money, but we had a vision,” Watson said. “We received assistance from various church members and board members to secure financing. We did a lot of praying and we had faith,” Watson said. “I spent some of the best days of my life at Christian City,” he concluded.
 
Carl Ryden closed the program with a prayer of dedication for the renovated space. “Thank you for giving us the privilege of serving one another….may the unconditional love of Christ be found in and through the services provided here,” Ryden prayed.
 

Rehabilitation services include physical, speech and occupational therapies which are provided on an outpatient basis and for long term patients at Christian City.

Today, the Christian City Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is consistently ranked as one of the top nursing homes in the country. “We are pleased to have been included in US News & World Report’s list of best nursing homes for three consecutive years,” said Steve Sheets, Administrator of the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “We are committed to providing quality care and rehabilitation for our patients, which also provides peace of mind for their families,” Sheets says.

 
During his remarks, Sheets thanked the companies and key individuals involved in managing the $5 million renovation project: General contractor, Choate Construction’s John Schrader, Dean Pye and Alex Duer; Sharon Foley and Mara Neuman with Foley Design; and Nicole Frazier and Chuck Brown with Pruitt Health’s Planning and Development department.
 
Last, but not least, Sheets thanked the Director of Facilities Management at Christian City, John Kimmons, for overseeing the 11-month renovation project. Kimmons received a standing ovation in honor of his upcoming retirement on March 31 after 40 years of employment at Christian City, serving first as a house parent in the ‘70s.
 
In 2009, Christian City partnered with Pruitt Health to operate the 150-bed Assisted Living Center and 200-bed Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, which are owned by Christian City. The 500-acre campus also includes over 200 patio homes, subsidized apartments and many volunteer opportunities for active seniors. With the addition of Pruitt Health’s on-site pharmacy, home health care, and hospice services, the full continuum of care for seniors was made complete at Christian City. Christian City Children’s Village continues to provide family-structured homes for children ages 5-17 who have been abused or abandoned.
 
For more information about Christian City, visit christiancity.org. To learn more about Pruitt Health, visit pruitthealth.com.
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