Volunteers who work at Delta recently completed a project to help youth and senior residents served at Christian City in Union City.
Delta employee volunteer groups have been working since April 2 to renovate the Jim Turner Memorial Cottage, which was originally funded by Delta employees in the early 1970s to house abused and abandoned children who came to live at Christian City. Over the past eight weeks, different volunteer groups of 25-30 Delta employees have been arriving each day to assist with the renovation. A re-dedication of the cottage was recently held at Christian City.
The former children’s cottage is being repurposed into two separate apartments (a duplex building). One apartment will house families working to reunify with their children who live in the Children’s Village Residential Program. The other apartment will be available for Christian City’s senior adult residents to use when they have family visiting.
Christian City was established 54 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 at Christian City, a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of donors for financial support. The 500-acre campus, located 15 minutes south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and adjacent to the border with Fayette County, includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Thrive Transitional Living Program, active senior living patio homes and apartments, thrift store, assisted living center, skilled nursing & rehab center, memory care, home health and hospice care. Christian City’s Children & Family Programs help provide abused and abandoned children a safe home in a loving family environment to heal their wounded spirits and thrive. The non-profit serves the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond from its 500-acre campus in south Fulton County. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org.
Rhonda Silvis contributed to this article.