November 11, 2014

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 August 2014: 

Rodney Wilson

Brenda Rice

Sherry & Steve Shellman


Larry & Cathy Shuler

Community Care Food Bank

Frank & Gay Baldasare

Gerald & Barbara Dyck

Karen & Martin Slack

Galberaith Holdings

Joan DeMalteris

James Norris

Donald & Kelli Price

Una Nyhan

Mark Steele

Melinda Jones

AT&T Employee Giving

IBM Employee Services

United Way



Cobb County Board of Commissioners

Sally Davis

Bill Lovett

Linda Petkus

The Assistance League

Dough in the Box

Papa Johns

Kelly Johnson

GA Gives Day! This Thursday, November 13th! 
Mark your calendar it is quickly approaching! Thursday, November 13th is Georgia Gives Day! People from across the state will support their favorite local charities in a unique 24 hour marathon giving event. Please show your support for the work we do in caring for Georgia's homeless youth. To make a donation, please follow these three easy steps:
* Go to
* Click Donate Now
* Find The Center for Children and Young Adults (be sure to type "and" instead of the & symbol) 

It only takes a small donation to make an impact. At CCYA:
$3.50 pays for one serving of a group meal
$5.00 pays for a bed pillow
$8.00 pays for a bath towel and wash cloth
$12.00 pays for a boy's haircut
$15.00 pays for a pair of shoes
$20.00 pays for 32 bowls of cereal

CCYA Gives Thanks! 
Bowling for Dollars!!!!

We are so thankful for all of our wonderful volunteers and donors. It is because of you that we are able to care for the children living at CCYA. Each volunteer and each donor is special to us. They say "it takes a village" and we are grateful for your support. We would like to thank some of our October volunteers.


The Cobb County Sheriff's Department held a bowling fundraiser for CCYA on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Marietta Lanes on Cobb Pkwy. 12 Lanes were reserved for the bowling tournament. It was a spirited event with the CCYA team of Victor Brown, Roderick Powell, Brett Green and David Borna, walking away with the 3rd place trophy!! We are thankful to the Cobb County Sheriff's Department for their commitment to the Center for Children & Young Adults.
The Big Bad Bass Fishing Tournament  
The Sherry Family hosted a Fall Fishing Tournament Oct. 4th on Lake Lanier. We had 25 boats fishing for the biggest bass. It was a beautiful day, and after a full day on the lake, the anglers were greeted with a BBQ lunch as well as awards and prizes! It was a successful day and all the proceeds benefited The Center for Children & Young Adults. Thank you Sherry Family for your continued support! 

Pumpkin Painting Party
Kathy Wickman and her prayer group from Transfiguration Catholic Church hosted a pumpkin painting party for our kids on October 12th. 

Our kids loved this! They painted pumpkins and were able to win prizes for different categories. We appreciate when groups engage our kids in these activities and share their talents and time. The afternoon ended with one of the kid's favorite snack, WINGS! We give thanks to Transfiguration Catholic Church! 

The Countdown to Christmas 
The Countdown to Christmas
is right around the corner and we need your help! We have many volunteer and donation opportunities this holiday season! We can never take away the hurt our kids feel without being with their families during the holidays, but we try really hard to make it special for them while they are here. Please contact us if you can help in any of the following ways.

Midnight Santas
Deliver a special treat to the dorms between 9pm and midnight during the school holidays (favorites: donuts, McDonalds, Taco Bell, ice cream, and favor bags) 

All ages welcome!

Please contact Kimberly Tinsley at 770-333-9447 x103 or

Be An Angel
Sponsor a youth's Wish List for the holidays. We serve boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 21 living on campus and young adults who have graduated into self-sufficiency (ages 18-23 living off campus in a college dorm or apartment)

We ask that all gifts are delivered unwrapped on or before Monday December 15th to enable our Santa Workshop elves to sort and wrap before the big day!

To receive one of our kid's lists please contact Andrea Watkins at 770-333-9447 x116 or

Santa's Workshop
Come wrap gifts for all of the kids to open on Christmas morning!

Dates: Dec. 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, & 22nd
Two shifts 10:00 am - 12 noon OR 2:00-4:00 pm

All ages welcome!

Please contact Kimberly Tinsley at 770-333-9447 x103 or

Cookie Coutures
Bring in baked goods between Dec 15th-31st to share in one of our dorms or bring to the main dining hall to share with the entire campus! Cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes.... The kids will love it all!

Please contact Kimberly Tinsley at 770-333-9447 x103 or

And the Winner Is.............
CCYA's very own Kimberly Tinsley, Director of Volunteer & Youth Activities! Kimie was nominated for the 21st Annual Human Services Award in the professional category and was honored at a luncheon on November 5th at the 
Mansour Center. There is no doubt that Miss Kimie has gone above and beyond for the kids living at CCYA. Kimie is devoted to all the youth here and supports them like a parent would. Kimie attends all their graduations, school plays, and football games. She encourages, comforts and consoles them and she shows no favoritism. Kimie stays late when our kids need help with their school projects. She does last minute shopping for dresses when they decide to go to the prom. We are lucky to have her, but most of all our kids are blessed to know her. Congratulations Kimie! 

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