Christian City celebrates 50th anniversary


Supporters gathered to celebrate Christian City’s 50th anniversary of serving  children and seniors.  The first cottage at Christian City’s Home For Children was opened to eight boys on Valentine’s Day, 1965. “We were thrilled that over 1,000 guests braved the cold weather to attend the event,” said Bob Crutchfield, President and CEO. ”That kind of dedication is indicative of the support Christian City has received throughout its long history.”

The evening was hosted in the Delta Flight Museum at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Guests enjoyed gourmet hors’ d’oeuvres as they toured the museum and mingled with other long-time supporters of Christian City. The program featured a multi-media presentation, guest speakers, and performances by a 70-piece orchestra and 200-voice mass community choir conducted by Maestro Ken White.  Congratulatory remarks were made by Governor Nathan Deal, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, Dan Cathy and  “Bubba” Cathy of Chick-Fil-A, Paul Bowers, President/CEO of Georgia Power and Ron Anderson, former CEO of Delta Air Lines.

Below, guests Phil and Bonnie Smelly. Photo/Submitted.

“We were overwhelmed by the turnout,” continues Crutchfield, “The evening was a huge success. We’re so grateful to all the individual volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors, and especially the sponsorship of John and Polly Sparks Foundation. For a limited time, they have offered a 1-1 match for all donations made to Christian City.” (To find out more about this special opportunity, call 770-703-2636.) Major sponsors for the event also included Chick-Fil-A, Georgia Power Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Kroger, Pruitt Health, Post Properties, and Infinity of South Atlanta.

Below, Gwen Griffin of Fayette Woman, Christian City Trustee Nora Blair, Union City Mayor Vince Williams, Heidi Becker, Joyce and Cal Beverly of The Citizen. Photo/Submitted.

The 500-acre Christian City campus is located in Union City, just south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport – and offers services for seniors and a residential home for children. Facilities for seniors represent the second largest active retirement community in the metro Atlanta area. This includes the largest assisted living facility, plus a 5-star nursing and rehab center, recognized in US News & World Report as one of the best in the nation. The Children’s Village offers 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. Christian City provides a welcoming home environment and all that is needed for success including nutritious meals, psychological, medical and dental attention, clothing and a quality education . All services at Christian City are 501(c)3 not-for-profit. To learn more, call 770-703-2636 or visit