December 4, 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 October 2014: 

Jason Meninger

Frank & Gay Baldasare

Lee Ann Sherry

Gerald & Barbara Dyck

Heidi Odegard Community Care Food Bank

Mark Brinkman

S Bradley

Larry & Catherine Anderson

Karen & Martin Slack

Susan Wright LM Aero Club

Brenda Rice

Larry and Cathy Shuler

High Achievers Training LLC

Robert Briscone

LaToya Matthews

Randy Heott

Sherry & Steve Shellman

Atlanta Braves

United Way of Greater Kansas

Una Nyhan

Mark Steele

United Way

United Way of Kansas

IBM Employee Services

Club of Hearts

United Way of Greater Waterbury

AT&T Employee Giving

GE United Way Campaign

Wells Fargo Foundation


Carol Carr

Kelly Johnson

Elaine Gill

Deborah Cronin

Cory Flynn Children's Restoration Network

TEI Industries

StarBrite Corporation

Circle for Children

Mount Bethel

Renee Johnson

Stephen Hidlebaugh  Leasing Impressions

Transfiguration Catholic Church
Make a Difference in a Child's Life 
This Christmas 

As of today, the beds in our shelter are nearly full. Therefore, we still have many opportunities for you and your family to get involved!


BE AN ANGELand shop for one of our kids for Christmas. We need your help in making this a Christmas to remember. For some of our kids, this is a memory they will hold onto. This is a great opportunity for co-workers, family, and friends. Do you belong to a group that would be interested in helping?


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


BE A MIDNIGHT SANTA and 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 ELF IN SANTA'S WORKSHOP and come wrap gifts for all of the kids to open on Christmas morning!


Dates: Dec 16, 17, 18, 19, & 22


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

A Thanksgiving to Remember

AIS Food & Supply Drive


The Atlanta International School held a food and supply drive for CCYA the week of Thanksgiving. We were in awe of their generosity and the abundance of items that were delivered throughout the day. Each time the doorbell rang, we thought it was the last delivery, but they kept on coming! Each delivery included special notes and blessings. We are so grateful for community partnerships like this one.


Breakthrough Fellowship Church hosted our CCYA family for Thanksgiving Lunch. The kids and staff all jumped in the vans to head over to the church to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, all the trimmings, and dessert. The girls helped transform the church into a dining room for the event. They showed football games on the big projector screen, and the kids danced and enjoyed the time they spent with parishioners. Thank you so much Breakthrough Fellowship Church! 


Sope Creek Elementary Wears 
PJ's for CCYA 

What a perfect way to raise money while having fun! Sope Creek Elementary organized a fundraiser with their students. The kids donated a dollar to CCYA so they could wear their pajamas to school. We saw everything from Ninja Turtles to Hello Kitty! Collaboratively teachers and students raised a total of $1,380.30!!!! We were so touched by all the kids and their reactions when the classroom representative began bringing in the donations. A special thank you to Principal Martha Whalen for her support and fourth grade teacher Susan Jenkins for helping the kids organize the fundraiser. Thank you Sope Creek for your Community Partnership!

If you are interested in organizing a Pajama Day at your school please contact Andrea Watkins, Director of Marketing & Fund Development at or 770-333-9447 ext.116.

Georgians are Generous People

Thank you to all of our supporters who donated on
Georgia Gives Day! We raised over $8,000 for the kids living here at The Center for Children & Young Adults. November 13th was Georgia Gives Day. Together Georgians supported the organizations and causes in their own backyard. Whether you gave $10 or $100, it all adds up and certainly did for CCYA! The generosity of our community impacts what we do for the kids that live here and we are grateful. Although it was GA Gives Day, we also had donations as far as Virginia, Illinois, and Florida! Thank you everyone who helped us to spread the word to their friends and family! 



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