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Fayetteville Kohl’s employees volunteer at Christian City

Photo: Employee volunteers from Fayetteville Kohl’s gathers at Christian City’s Community Garden for Kohl’s annual “Go Green” initiative. From left, Kimberly White, Director of HUD Affordable Housing at Christian City, joins volunteers, Leslie White, Patricia Robertson, Carnell Redden, Tony Keel, Denise Anderson, India Foxworth, and Maria Winfrey (not pictured: Bethany Warren and Deanna Malone). Christian City Facilities Director, John Kimmons (back row, far right) and Johnny Kimmons assisted the volunteer group.

As part of Kohl’s “Go Green” initiative, a group of employees from the Fayetteville Kohl’s store volunteered to spruce up the Christian City Community Garden.

The group of seven Kohl’s employees braved the heat and worked in the garden along with Christian City employees and residents to accomplish their mission. In just a few hours, the team planted four butterfly bushes, placed garden soil in six garden plots, affixed personalized name tags on 55 garden plots, and spread new mulch at the front entrance.

“Thanks to the dedicated volunteers from Kohl’s in Fayetteville, our community garden is now ready for the summer growing season!” said Connie Hall, Christian City’s volunteer coordinator. “We appreciate the valuable assistance these volunteers provide on our campus each year through their ‘Go Green’ initiative.”

The community garden at Christian City began as an Eagle Scout project initiated by an employee’s son. Thanks to onsite construction assistance provided by employee volunteer teams from Georgia Power, Delta Air Lines, Post Properties and Batson-Cook, phases 1-3 were completed in 2015. The final phase is planned for future completion.

Photo: Fayetteville Kohl’s volunteer, Carnell Redden, places soil in garden plots at Christian City’s Community Garden for Kohl’s annual “Go Green” initiative.

Senior residents at Christian City now have the opportunity to grow fresh vegetables and flowers in the garden, which includes 8 wheelchair accessible beds. The garden is maintained by residents and volunteers.

In past years, Kohl’s employees have helped with the container garden on the Christian City Nursing & Rehab Center patio reserved for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. They have also assisted in Polly’s Garden at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

About Christian City
Christian City was established 50 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are almost 1,000 residents living on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus includes The Children’s Village, a thrift store, four subdivisions of patio homes for seniors in a “life lease” setting, four apartment complexes for seniors on limited incomes, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living/personal care home, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information about Christian City, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-964-3301.

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SAAHU Raises Funds for The Children’s Village

PHOTO: From left: Donna Hill, President of SAAHU; LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Development Officer; Renie Cochran, Golf Event Chairperson; Sarah Booth, The Children’s Village Program Director; and Ashley Bonner, Christian City Director of Fund Development.

The South Atlanta Association of Health Underwriters (SAAHU) recently presented a check for $2,000 to Christian City for funds raised at the SAAHU 5th Annual Golf Tournament at Orchard Hills Golf Club in Newnan, with proceeds benefitting The Children’s Village at Christian City. Pictured, from left: Donna Hill, President of SAAHU; LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Development Officer; Renie Cochran, Golf Event Chairperson; Sarah Booth, The Children’s Village Program Director; and Ashley Bonner, Christian City Director of Fund Development.

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Fayette Publix Stores Raise Funds for Children’s Village

PHOTO: On behalf of Fayette County Publix stores’ customers, Art Durden (center), manager of Publix-Tyrone, proudly presented $11,009 to The Children’s Village at Christian City with the proceeds from the 2015 Food For All Campaign. Accepting the donation are (left) Philip Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village, and Len Romano, President/CEO of Christian City.

Union City, Ga – Customers at Fayette County Publix stores gave hope to abused children in our area by donating a total of $11,009 to The Children’s Village at Christian City during the annual “Food For All” campaign in December 2015. The Children’s Village at Christian City is home to children who have been abused or abandoned. They now live safely in family-centered homes with full-time house parents on the campus located between Fairburn and Fayetteville.

Accepting the generous donation, Len Romano, President & CEO of Christian City, praised Publix Super Market’s commitment to raise money to help fight hunger in our area. “Ongoing support from annual fundraising campaigns like “Food For All” has a great impact on The Children’s Village at Christian City and on the community,” Romano said. “Thanks to generous support from individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and foundations, we are able to care for the abused and abandoned children who are healing, growing and thriving on our campus.”

Christian City was established 51 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 living on the 500-acre Christian City campus, which includes The Children’s Village, a thrift store, independent living homes for seniors, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living/personal care home, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information or to learn how you can help, call Ashley Bonner at 678-466-1093 or visit christiancity.org.

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Chief Development Officer named at Christian City

(Union City, Ga) – Newnan resident, LaVann Landrum, has joined Christian City, Inc., as Chief Development Officer. She will lead fundraising and development efforts for the nonprofit organization with a primary focus on financial support for The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Landrum has raised funds for a variety of nonprofit organizations during a 25-year career that includes positions with Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, Georgia Center for Children, Mercer University and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has also been involved as a volunteer with numerous organizations, including current service on the Coweta Community Foundation board.
Len Romano, Christian City CEO and Sharpsburg resident, welcomed Landrum, saying, “LaVann’s vibrant background in fundraising and organizational leadership will be instrumental in her new role. Through her involvement in the southern crescent and city of Atlanta, LaVann will introduce The Children’s Village at Christian City to groups and individuals interested in supporting victims of abuse and abandonment who come to us from across metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia.

As chief development officer, LaVann will work with the philanthropic community that sustains Christian City. She will lead the Christian City development team to continue its active engagement of donors and volunteers through campaigns, special events, grants and other opportunities to generate the needed resources to continue to meet the mission of the organization.

“Without the faithful support of many individuals, churches, civic groups, businesses and foundations, The Children’s Village at Christian City would not exist, and our children would not receive the loving care that helps them to heal and thrive,” says Landrum. “I look forward to getting to know those who are already supporting Christian City and also increasing awareness across metro Atlanta of our important mission and ministries.”

Landrum is a graduate of Fayette County High School and the University of South Carolina. She resides in downtown Newnan with her husband. Their four children are all in college.

About Christian City
Christian City is a nonprofit organization located nine miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, ages 5-17, the majority of which are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Christian City offers them a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and an opportunity to heal and grow.

The 500-acre Christian City campus also includes “aging in place” housing and healthcare services for more than 1,000 senior residents. Independent living, assisted living, a skilled nursing and rehab center, Alzheimer’s/dementia-care unit, home health and hospice care services are available to the seniors who live at Christian City. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org, or call 770-703-2636.

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Operation Round-Up Supports Victims of Abuse

Photo: A grant from Coweta Fayette EMC Operation Round Up paid for the replacement of carpeting at The Children’s Village at Christian City. From left, Len Romano, Christian City CEO; Kay Harkness, Lead House Parent at The Children’s Village; Coweta-Fayette EMC Trust Board Vice Chair, Glenn Valencia; and Philip Kouns, The Children’s Village COO. Pictured in the center is Kay’s precious and faithful pet dog, Jake.

A generous grant of $5,820 from Coweta-Fayette EMC Operation Round-Up covered the cost of carpet replacement at The Children’s Village at Christian City, a safe haven for victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. The check was presented by the Coweta-Fayette EMC Trust Board Vice Chair, Glenn Valencia.

“We are grateful to all the members who rounded up their Coweta-Fayette EMC bill to make this donation possible,” said Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano. “The ministries of Christian City are sustained by generous support from individuals, churches, civic groups, and grants like this one from Operation Round-Up,” he said.

About Operation Round Up
Founded in 1993, the Operation Round-Up program offers Coweta-Fayette EMC members the opportunity to literally “round up” their bill to the next highest dollar, with the difference being contributed to a fund which is awarded to various individuals and organizations in need. The program is managed by the Coweta-Fayette Trust Board as a not-for-profit organization.

About The Children’s Village at Christian City
Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, aged 5-17. The majority who come to the program are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Children are placed through State custody, private placements, or through the Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth. Located 9 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, The Children’s Village at Christian City provides a welcoming home environment, loving house parents in family-focused homes, and a chance for the children to heal and grow.

For more information about The Children’s Village at Christian City, visit christiancity.org. To find out how you can help, contact Ashley Bonner at 770-703-2636 or ashleyb@christiancity.org.

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The Children’s Village at Christian City Hosts Celebration Event

PHOTO: More than 200 people came together on April 21 to celebrate the completion of new facilities at The Children’s Village at Christian City. A food storage facility, swimming pool, outdoor amphitheater and landscaping have been completed at the campus.

Union City – More than 200 people came together on April 21 to celebrate the completion of new facilities at The Children’s Village at Christian City. Thanks to generous support from the community, a food storage facility, swimming pool, outdoor amphitheater and landscaping have been completed at the campus. Supporters who gathered for the ribbon cutting included volunteers, church groups, civic groups, grantors and many individuals who give their time, talents and monetary assistance to help the abandoned, abused, and neglected children who now live hope-filled lives in safe loving care at The Children’s Village at Christian City.

PHOTO: Michael Scherer spoke about his experience growing up at Christian City in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He is now an associate pastor in Tennessee where he lives with his wife and three children.

Michael Scherer spoke about his experience growing up at Christian City in the ‘70s and ‘80s. “Christian City helped me develop into the man I am today,” he said. Scherer came to the campus when he was six years old and lived there through college. He is now an associate pastor in Tennessee where he lives with his wife and three children.

Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer of The Children’s Village, welcomed the crowd as they gathered in the new amphitheater. “We are overjoyed with the support we receive from the community,” said Kouns. “Your faithful dedication to The Children’s Village is the reason we are able to continue providing loving care for the many children in need who come to us.”

Kouns introduced President and CEO, Len Romano, who joined Christian City in December 2015 after a 38-year career with YMCA, most recently as CEO of Greater Omaha YMCA. Romano followed Bob Crutchfield, Christian City CEO for the past 23 years, who was also in attendance at the event.

Romano expressed his gratitude to the crowd of supporters, with special thanks to The John and Polly Sparks Foundation, Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Georgia Power employee volunteers, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Midwest Food Bank and sustaining monthly donors, saying, “It is a blessing to be able to come together with all of you to support the ministries of Christian City.” He also praised the current staff and the vision of those who established Christian City in 1965, recognizing one of the founders of Christian City, Rose Marie Harper, who was in attendance.

Elected officials from Union City, Fulton County, Fayette County and the State of Georgia came to show their support, including Emma Darnell and Vince Williams. “Mayor Williams is doing an awesome job for Union City,” Romano said. On behalf of Governor Deal and the State of Georgia, Senator Donzella James praised Christian City, reading a proclamation designating “The Children’s Village” Day.

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About Christian City
Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, aged 5-17, who are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Located 9 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Christian City offers the children a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and an opportunity to heal and grow. The campus also includes affordable housing for nearly 1,000 senior adults – from patio homes and subsidized apartments to a full continuum of care including assisted living, nursing & rehab, home health and hospice care. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org, or call 770-703-2636.

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Assisted living resident, 96, becomes honorary Delta flight attendant

Delta turned 96-year-old Clem Ferguson’s dream into a reality last week when she joined the airline’s new hire flight attendants at the In-Flight Training Center to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a flight attendant.

Christian City, a local assisted living home in the Atlanta area, and its partner Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for elderly individuals, teamed up with Delta to make Ferguson’s dream come to life. Get full story…

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PTC fifth grader collects cereal for The Children’s Village

Photo: Peachtree City brothers, (from left) Andrew, Samuel and Matthew Johnson, sons of Missy Johnson, deliver 117 boxes of cereal to The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Samuel Johnson, a Peachtree City fifth grader, collected 117 boxes of cereal for The Children’s Village at Christian City. The idea for a cereal drive came from his mom’s conversation with Ashley Bonner, Director of Fund Development, at Christian City. They were discussing the needs of the kids who live at The Children’s Village, and Samuel overheard.

Looking for something to do during the school break, Samuel created a flyer and asked neighbors, friends and family for donations. His idea was a big hit, and he quickly surpassed his goal of 50 boxes. His mom boosted the effort by posting information about the cereal drive on her Facebook page. In the end, Samuel more than doubled his original goal.

The Johnsons delivered a carload of cereal to Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer of The Children’s Village, in early February. “Support from the community is so important to The Children’s Village. Food alone is a huge expense for us,” said a thankful Kouns. “We love to see families working together on a generous project like this. It’s especially heartwarming to be a witness to kids helping kids,” he said.

For more information about The Children’s Village at Christian City, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770.703.2636.

 

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Volunteers Serve at The Children’s Village on MLK Day

PHOTO: To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., employees from Georgia Power dedicated themselves to “a day on, not a day off” on MLK Day. The volunteers and some of their children arrived at The Children’s Village at 8am Monday, along with Bill Davenport, Georgia Power’s Metro South Area Manager, to help with a landscaping project.

Dozens of volunteers braved the cold weather to serve at The Children’s Village at Christian City for “A Day On, Not a Day Off” on MLK Day. A group of employees from Georgia Power joined together with the 8th Grade Transit Group from Woodstock City Church to plant shrubs in the recreation area at The Children’s Village. Julie Thames, co-owner of Flintwood Farms in Fayetteville, volunteered her time to design the landscape plan and manage preparation of the planting area. Another group stocked the food storage facility with a shipment from Midwest Food Bank.

“We are overwhelmed with the show of volunteer support on this important day of the year when we remember the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Phil Kouns, COO of The Children’s Village. “The volunteer effort today saved thousands of dollars in landscaping labor for our non-profit organization; and the food room is now sufficiently stocked to serve the needs of the children who live at The Children’s Village at Christian City,” said Kouns.

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PHOTO: On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Children’s Village house parents, children and staff helped unload six pallets of food and dry goods from Midwest Food Bank for use in the cottages at The Children’s Village. Pictured (from left): Len Romano, Christian City President/CEO; Phil Kouns, The Children’s Village COO, Bob Cover, Midwest Food Bank volunteer; and Will Garner, Midwest Food Bank Executive Director.

With help from the house parents, children and staff of The Children’s Village, Will Garner, Executive Director of Midwest Food Bank, and faithful Midwest volunteer, Bob Cover, unloaded six pallets of food and dry goods for use in the cottages at The Children’s Village. A total of 250 cases of product, including a pallet of frozen food, was delivered to the food storage facility at The Children’s Village on MLK Day.

Midwest Food Bank is a faith-based, non-denominational, non-profit food bank, based in Peachtree City, that provides food and other supplies at no cost to non-profit organizations that are helping people in need. “We are proud to partner with organizations like The Children’s Village at Christian City that are changing lives and making a positive impact on the community,” said Garner. “We are blessed to be able to help people who help people.” Midwest Food Bank routinely provides food to The Children’s Village throughout the year.

To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., 200 employees of Georgia Power’s Metro South area dedicated themselves to “a day on, not a day off” on MLK Day. About three dozen of those volunteers arrived at The Children’s Village at 8am Monday along with Bill Davenport, Georgia Power’s Metro South Area Manager and member of the Christian City Board of Trustees. Most of the employees brought their children along to teach the value of community service to the next generation.

Group leader of the Georgia Power volunteers, Keron Davis, recalled bringing her children to volunteer alongside her in previous years. “Both of my children are in college now, and they have commented that volunteering has made a positive difference in their lives,” said Davis. “I’ve been volunteering for this MLK Day project for six years. You can see the difference you’re making at Christian City, whether you serve with the seniors in the nursing home or at The Children’s Village,” she said.

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PHOTO: Boys from the 8th Grade Transit Group from Woodstock City Church in Cherokee County, a partner church of North Point Ministries, volunteered to help with landscaping at The Children’s Village at Christian City on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The 2016 MLK Day volunteer effort included a group new to the Christian City campus. Richard Kirkwood and Rich McGraw brought the 8th Grade Transit Group from Woodstock City Church in Cherokee County, a partner church of North Point Ministries. The cold weather didn’t seem to bother the boys as they worked together to plant shrubs and spread pine straw in the recreation area under construction at The Children’s Village. “We are thankful for the opportunity to come out with the group to volunteer today. This has been a good experience for our 8th graders,” said Kirkwood.

“We appreciate the faithful community support of Christian City,” said Len Romano, CEO. “Volunteer effort and financial donations sustain us and help us to provide quality care for the youth and senior adults who live on our campus,” Romano said.

Christian City is a non-denominational, non-profit organization established 50 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day in 1965. Today, there are almost 1,000 residents living on the Christian City campus, which has grown to more than 500 acres. The campus now includes The Children’s Village, four subdivisions of patio homes for senior adults, four apartment complexes for seniors on limited incomes, a thrift store, a 200-bed rehabilitation and nursing center, a 200-bed assisted living/personal care home, and two specialty units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Christian City is located in Union City, just south of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636.

For pictures from the MLK Day activities, please visit the picture gallery.

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Owens Corning–Fairburn Donates to The Children’s Village

Photo: Leaders of Owens Corning–Fairburn present a $5,000 donation to The Children’s Village at Christian City. From left, Velma Hopper, Controller; Lisa Anderson, Human Resources Leader; Ken Maulsby, Maintenance Leader; John Power, Plant Leader; Phil Kouns, COO, The Children’s Village; Len Romano, CEO, Christian City; Frank Shriley, Operations Leader; and Beth Posey-Leonhard, Technical Leader.

The leaders of Owens Corning–Fairburn presented a check for $5,000 on behalf of the Owens Corning Foundation to support the ongoing needs of neglected, abused and abandoned children who now live safely at The Children’s Village at Christian City, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Union City, just south of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Owens Corning Foundation seeks to make a significant impact in the areas of critical needs: shelter and safe, efficient housing; basic health and wellness; and educational opportunities for those in need.

Since 1965, Christian City has offered life services and a safe haven for children in crisis, aged 5-17. The majority who come to the program are victims of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Some are placed through State custody, others come through private placements, and some come through the Safe Place program for runaway and homeless youth. Christian City offers these children a welcoming home environment, loving house parents, and a chance to heal and grow.

“Community support is what sustains our ministries,” said Christian City President & CEO, Len Romano. “Because of the faithful dedication and generosity of individuals and companies like Owens Corning, the youth who live at The Children’s Village will continue to receive the care they need.” For more information about The Children’s Village, visit christiancity.org or call Ashley Bonner, Director of Fund Development, at 770-703-2636.

 

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