About Us

 

Everything we’ve done, and continue to do, stem

from addressing the needs of our children and adults.

 

Our Services

About Us

Everything that we have done, and continue to do,

stem from addressing the needs of our children and adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Services

Mission

CCS is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs, and their families, by providing direct services and community-based support throughout the state of Georgia.

Vision

Georgia communities where people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs can say, “I am the best person I can be.”

Core Values

Equality

We believe that all children, adults, and families are valued members of society.

Community

We believe that all children, adults, and families have the right to live in a stable, loving, safe, and secure community-based environment.

Quality

We provide outcome and support services that focus on the strengths of children, adults, and their families which integrate home, work, school, and social environments.

Teamwork

We strive to work as a team to design programs for children, adults, and families based on individual needs and circumstances that provide a supportive environment and foster emotional growth.

Empowerment

We exist so that our children, adults, and families have the best possible chance to become more independent, contributing members of our society.

Our History

1982
1982
About Us

Founding

In 1982, Sally Buchanan founded Creative Community Services with the goal of helping adults with developmental disabilities live in the most independent environment as possible and give them what everyone deserves-the support of a loving family.

1988
1988

Georgia’s most vulnerable children

In 1988, Creative Community Services opened its doors to a new type of client -Georgia’s most vulnerable children. Up to this point, kids throughout the state of Georgia with severe mental health concerns had three options: be transferred to another state, psychiatric care facility, or homelessness, because no community-based program existed in Georgia that understood their needs. Creative Community Services became the first agency in Georgia to provide Therapeutic Foster Care.

1988
1988

Adventure Youth Program

The organization’s Adventure Youth Program began because there was a need for youth in care to have access to outdoor activities.

2010
2010
2010 MAAC About Us

MAAC Partnership

Creative Community Services partnered with MAAC to provide life coaching to pregnant and parenting foster youth.

2011
2011
About Us 2011 TPC & SOAR

Teen Parent Connection & SOAR

CCS recognized the need to reach a higher number of pregnant and parenting foster youth and received their first Promoting Safe and Stable Families grant to provide Teen Parent Connection (TPC) services. This is also the year our SOAR program started, granting the children and adults in our care access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy.

2019
2019

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity plays a significant role in the foster care system, both in terms of the children who enter care and the parents who provide foster care, as well as the teams that help support foster families. Aiming to actively address and mitigate implicit and unconscious bias and discrimination within the foster care system, the organization established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives.

2023
2023

Kinship Therapeutic Foster Care Program

CCS’ Kinship Therapeutic Foster Care program officially launched to intensely focus on maintaining family connections, increasing placement stability, and minimizing the trauma of family separation for our youth in care.

Our History

1982
1982
About Us

Founding

In 1982, Sally Buchanan founded Creative Community Services with the goal of helping adults with developmental disabilities live in the most independent environment as possible and give them what everyone deserves-the support of a loving family.

1988
1988

Georgia’s most vulnerable children

In 1988, Creative Community Services opened its doors to a new type of client -Georgia’s most vulnerable children. Up to this point, kids throughout the state of Georgia with severe mental health concerns had three options: be transferred to another state, psychiatric care facility, or homelessness, because no community-based program existed in Georgia that understood their needs. Creative Community Services became the first agency in Georgia to provide Therapeutic Foster Care.

1988
1988

Adventure Youth Program

The organization’s Adventure Youth Program began because there was a need for youth in care to have access to outdoor activities.

2010
2010
2010 MAAC About Us

MAAC Partnership

Creative Community Services partnered with MAAC to provide life coaching to pregnant and parenting foster youth.

2011
2011
About Us 2011 TPC & SOAR

Teen Parent Connection & SOAR

CCS recognized the need to reach a higher number of pregnant and parenting foster youth and received their first Promoting Safe and Stable Families grant to provide Teen Parent Connection (TPC) services. This is also the year our SOAR program started, granting the children and adults in our care access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy.

2019
2019

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity plays a significant role in the foster care system, both in terms of the children who enter care and the parents who provide foster care, as well as the teams that help support foster families. Aiming to actively address and mitigate implicit and unconscious bias and discrimination within the foster care system, the organization established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives.

2023
2023

Kinship Therapeutic Foster Care Program

CCS’ Kinship Therapeutic Foster Care program officially launched to intensely focus on maintaining family connections, increasing placement stability, and minimizing the trauma of family separation for our youth in care.

Our History

1982
1982
About Us

Founding

In 1982, Sally Buchanan founded Creative Community Services with the goal of helping adults with developmental disabilities live in the most independent environment as possible and give them what everyone deserves-the support of a loving family.

1988
1988

Georgia’s most vulnerable children

In 1988, Creative Community Services opened its doors to a new type of client -Georgia’s most vulnerable children. Up to this point, kids throughout the state of Georgia with severe mental health concerns had three options: be transferred to another state, psychiatric care facility, or homelessness, because no community-based program existed in Georgia that understood their needs. Creative Community Services became the first agency in Georgia to provide Therapeutic Foster Care.

1988
1988

Adventure Youth Program

The organization’s Adventure Youth Program began because there was a need for youth in care to have access to outdoor activities.

2010
2010
2010 MAAC About Us

MAAC Partnership

Creative Community Services partnered with MAAC to provide life coaching to pregnant and parenting foster youth.

2011
2011
About Us 2011 TPC & SOAR

Teen Parent Connection & SOAR

CCS recognized the need to reach a higher number of pregnant and parenting foster youth and received their first Promoting Safe and Stable Families grant to provide Teen Parent Connection (TPC) services. This is also the year our SOAR program started, granting the children and adults in our care access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy.

2019
2019

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

Diversity plays a significant role in the foster care system, both in terms of the children who enter care and the parents who provide foster care, as well as the teams that help support foster families. Aiming to actively address and mitigate implicit and unconscious bias and discrimination within the foster care system, the organization established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives.

2023
2023

Kinship Therapeutic Foster Care Program

CCS’ Kinship Therapeutic Foster Care program officially launched to intensely focus on maintaining family connections, increasing placement stability, and minimizing the trauma of family separation for our youth in care.

Our Partners

Our Leadership Team

Sally Buchanan

Sally Buchanan

Founder and CEO

Linda Coil

Linda Coil

Chief Financial Officer

Charon Mathews

Charon Mathews

Office Manager and HR Liaison

Kalie Giovanni

Kalie Giovanni

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Quinterra Wright

Quinterra Wright

Director of Recruitment and Retention

Don Pennington

Don Pennington

Director of Intake

Jamie Hubbard

Jamie Hubbard

Director of Compliance

Brandie Chapman

Brandie Chapman

Director of Developmental Disabilities

Octavia Harvard

Octavia Harvard

Director of Therapeutic Foster Care

Courtney Norris

Courtney Norris

Director of SOAR

Tanya Leonardo

Tanya Leonardo

Director of SOAR

Rochelle Grice

Rochelle Grice

Director of Teen Parent Connection

Lena Keith

Lena Keith

Director of Kinship Therapeutic Foster Care

Our Board

Gayle Ely

Gayle Ely

Board President

Rick Walters

Rick Walters

Board Secretary

Cassandra Williams

Cassandra Williams

Treasurer

Jim Kerlin

Jim Kerlin

Board Member

April Ogden

April Ogden

Board Member

Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn

Board Member

Ashley Edwads Altman

Ashley Edwads Altman

Board Member

Join Our Team

We are looking for caring and motivated professionals to join our family here at CCS! Social work is incredibly rewarding, but can also be emotionally tough at times. That’s why we cultivate a familial culture to encourage and motivate each other through teamwork. Our star employees are mission-driven, and we want to keep it that way. If our mission speaks to you, then you may be a great fit for CCS!

We are currently hiring for:

Fill out an application and send it with your resume directly to Human Resources at cmathews@ccsgeorgia.org, or fax your application to Human Resources at 770-469-6210. We are always on the look-out for great talent and may have the perfect fit for you very soon!