The Atlanta Children’s Shelter Board of Directors today announced Sandra Holiday will resign as Executive Director effective Nov. 11 after more than 12 years of service with the organization. 

“Sandy’s leadership will have a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals and on the Shelter for years to come,” said Board Chair Alison Chiock. “We will be forever grateful and wish her the best in her future endeavors.” 

Holiday led the Shelter through the expansion of adult mental health services and child therapy, launched our parent scholarship fund, piloted our transitional housing program, spearheaded the creation of the kindergarten classroom and navigated the organization through the pandemic. 

The Board is actively working to name an interim executive director and anticipates announcing the transitional leader by early November. Meanwhile, the dedicated staff at the Shelter, led by its four program directors, continues to serve families facing homelessness without interruption, including all plans for the annual Holiday House in December. 

“While we will miss Sandy greatly, we feel confident in what the future holds for ACS,” said Chiock. “The landscape of serving families facing homelessness has changed – with the need for dependable access to quality transitional housing greater than ever – and we look forward to finding the next Executive Director who will lead the Shelter into its next chapter.” 

The search for ACS’s next full-time Executive Director will begin immediately. The Board anticipates identifying the new leader by the first quarter of 2023.