CultureOfCaringPhotoThe thoughts of everyone at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta turned back to school this month. But as they considered what to do for local kids as they prepare to hit the books, they wondered if they could cast their net of caring a little wider and make just a little more of a difference.

So they partnered with Creative Community Services of Georgia (CCS) to arrange a Back to School Drive for the statewide organization. CCS aims to improve the quality of life for children, teenagers and adults with developmental and mental health needs by providing direct services and community-based support. This far-reaching agency offers individualized services from therapeutic foster care to respite care, from helping teens transition into adulthood to supporting pregnant and parenting teens in foster care.

CCS also created the Therapeutic Foster Care program to create a better living environment for children with behavioral challenges and/or developmental disabilities. Most of the children who enter CCS’s Therapeutic Foster Care program have already lived through 15 to 30 unsuccessful foster placements. Without CCS, these children usually have only two options: hopelessness or a psychiatric care facility. CCS prides itself on providing a safe, nurturing, home environment with a strength-based, solution-focused approach to care.

Staff at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta had a week to gather donations, guided by a list of the most commonly requested items for Gwinnett County. Needless to say, the staff break room – the designated collection area – got crowded very quickly with notebooks, pens, highlighters and all manner of supplies! The supplies will enhance the learning environment for the children and ensure that they are prepared for school this fall.

More than 200 items collected and donated to the CCS of Georgia and were happily delivered by the team at Sonesta Gwinnett Place.

“CCS provides children with the opportunity to be successful, and we’re honored to be able to assist the children in the Therapeutic Foster Care program,” said David Kohlasch, General Manager of the Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta. “Our employees were excited to donate school supplies and provide children in our area with a better opportunity to achieve success this school year.”

If you’d like to learn more about the good work of Creative Community Services, you can visit their website at And to learn how to make your own donation, call them at 770-469-6226 or email them at