September 17, 2015

In This Issue:
The Center for Children & Young Adults (CCYA) is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk.
The kindness and generosity of individuals and organizations continue to make a difference in the lives of the kids we serve. 

Thanks to those who gave in
July 2015:

Steve & Sandy Budow
Frank & Gay Baldasare
Karen & Martin Slack
Gerald & Barbara Dyck
Larry & Cathy Shuler
Linda Hamrick
Linda Hamrick
Larry & Kay Anderson
Ingrid Hunter
Joe Wright
RJ Briscione
Beth Ferguson
Rita Furness
Adrienne Kaufman
Martha Bechtel
Valerie Green
Sarah Davis
Katherine Mielcuszny
Linda Pace
Carol Carr
Betts Fisher
Nancy Young
Catherine Haire
Arleen Holliday
Lisa Enochs
Glenda Evers
Susan Bixler
Leslie Rubin
Laronica Lightfoot
Debora Wagner
S Bradley
Maureen Lok
Kim Sherk
Tammy Cohen
Mike Dewitt
Sandra Penton
Brenda Rice
Mark Steele
Una Nyhan
Sherry & Steve Shellman
Christine Ratcliff
Deborah Rickett
Patricia Bedell
Jessica Thomas
Erica Cochran
Stacie Jones
Shannon Montovani
Misty Olive
Alenandra Lerner
Marc Azar
Sabre Linahan
Matthew Williamson
J Corneil Hurst
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
SunTrust Campaign
UW of Greater Atlanta
IBM Employee Services Center
GE UW Campaign
GE UW Campaign
Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust
UW of Metro Atlanta
The Local Exchange
Marietta GA Chapter
Morgan Stanley
United Way of Greater Atlanta Combined Fed
Congregation ETZ CHAIM
IBM Employee Services Center
IBM Employee Services Center
UW of Greater Atlanta
GE UW Campaign
GE UW Campaign
UW of Greater Atlanta
UW of Greater Atlanta
UW of Metro Atlanta
UW of Greater Atlanta
The Robert Polly Dunn Foundation
Cobb County Friendship Club
The Office Depot Foundation
Kohl's Community Relations
AT&T Employee Giving Campaign
Cynthia Barton
Mel Sweeney
Peggy Cannon
Glennda Baker
Mary Ann Jenking
Bonnie Easley
Melinda Stuck
Kelly Johnson
Ida Newman
Cooking with Chef Brandon
Chef Brandon prepares 3 meals a day for our kids here at The Center, but our recent partnership with BJ's Charitable Foundation has allowed him to share his skills and experience with our kids through weekly cooking classes. Both our girls and boys benefit from learning fundamental cooking techniques and prepare recipes from scratch under the direction of Chef Brandon. Brandon has even been able to incorporate the produce from our CCYA community garden, introducing the "Farm to Table" aspect of cooking. The kids are loving the new cooking classes, and Brandon is getting just as much joy being able to use his culinary experience with the youth living here at The Center. The kids have prepared homemade lasagna, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, blackened fish, stuffed bell peppers, beef stir fry with vegetables over rice and more! Chef Brandon is introducing the kids to different flavors and textures as well as a variety of ethnic cuisines. We are so grateful for being awarded the grant money from BJ's so our kids can experience the art of cooking. A special thanks to Chef Brandon for teaching our kids the importance of being able to prepare foods themselves while giving them a variety of tastes! 
Aroma Wrap Partners With CCYA!
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Aroma Wrap. Possibly the finest neck wrap ever created! Using ultra soft fabrics and the ability to add your favorite essential oils for a personalized aromatherapy. This specially designed wrap allows complete coverage of the aching and tense muscle relief areas of the neck and shoulders. It can be used as a heated or cooled wrap by simply placing in the microwave for moist heat benefits or the freezer for soothing cool down experiences.
The great news is when you purchase one for $39.95, CCYA gets $10.00! Please put CCYA in the coupon code box, this will insure we receive the donation
They also have their newest sensation which is a sleeker "scarf like" version for those on the go. It can be worn at the office, gym or at home.
When you purchase one for $29.95, CCYA will get $7.00! Please put CCYA in the coupon code box, this will insure we receive the donation.
These are perfect gift ideas for friends and family, and we promise they will not be disappointed! Please go to to order your today! Do not forget to put CCYA in the coupon code box.
Thank you in advance for your support! 
Calling All Anglers! 

Join us for another tournament at Lake Lanier
and help raise funds for our youth!
Saturday, October 3rd (safelight)
Charleston Park, Lake Lanier
5850 Charleston Park Road
Cumming, GA 30041
$100 Pre-registration entry fee
$125 the day of the event

For more details, please contact Andrea Watkins at 770-485-1639 or
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
Please help CCYA by participating in a School Pajama Day during the month of November 2015.  Wear your pajamas to school and help raise awareness in your community that Every Child Deserves a Safe Place to Sleep!
Are you a member of your child's school PTA? Are you a teacher in Cobb County? Can you help us get a Pajama Day at your school?
Each participating student will donate $1.00 for the opportunity to wear their pajamas to school on the school's designated day in November. Please contact Andrea Watkins at or (770)485-1639.
Georgia Gives Day, 
Thursday, November 12!
Please consider making a donation to CCYA on the largest giving day in Georgia! Whether you have $10 or $10,000, every dollar adds up on GA Gives Day! We are looking for CCYA Champions. If you would like to be a person that helps us become the beneficiary at your office, school or just in your circle of family and friends, please contact Andrea Watkins, Director of Development at or (770)485-1639.