The Center for Children & Young Adults

History: In 1981, the first homeless shelter dedicated to children up to age 18 opened its doors in Cobb County. Forty years later, The Center for Children & Young Adults can serve up to 42 homeless youth, ages 12-20, from 13 counties of metro Atlanta.

Did you know: With more than 7,000 homeless youth served to date, CCYA has three dormitory-style buildings and three programs that provide a wide range of services and shelter, including food, clothing, and GED instruction. Youth can also engage in horticulture, art and music therapy.

Mission: CCYA provides safe and suitable housing, youth development activities, and comprehensive supportive housing services for at-risk homeless youth who have been abandoned, abused, neglected and/or sexually exploited.

How you can help: Donations are always appreciated, as well as gift cards, complete bed linen sets, towels, beverages, snacks, paper goods, bath mats, and cleaning supplies. Volunteers can help with a variety of projects, including painting and office support.

To learn more: Visit ccyakids.org or email athornton@ccyakids.org.