In 1957, a group of concerned citizens of Whitfield County recognized the need for programs and services for children with developmental disabilities.

Cheerhaven evolved from this concern, later expanding to serve adults with disabilities. Cheerhaven services focused on supporting and serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Northwest Georgia area. Because all efforts and success relied on partnering with businesses, families, neighbors and other community agencies, Cheerhaven became Cross Plains Community Partner, Inc.


Cross Plains, a private non-profit agency, supports and serves men and women with developmental disabilities and their families in Northwest Georgia. Programs consist of Community Access, Supported Employment, and Support Services.



To be a partner in creating community where all people have the opportunity for choice, leadership and employment.


Every Individual at CPCP being able to say, “I am an important part of my community.”


  • Trust – Empowering others to do their part in meeting the organization’s goals
  • Respect – Listening and learning from one another
  • Partnership – Working together to accomplish our mission


Our stakeholders: people we serve, families, employees, board of directors, community businesses, United Way, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Our Reach: Northwest Georgia

Our Funding: the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, United Way, private donations, community businesses, and fundraising activities.



5Our Board of Directors:
Trey Kenemer, Chair – Xpress Global Systems
Wendy Tieck, Past Chair – Shaw Industries
Ryan Bishop, Treasurer – Mohawk Industries
Inez Cannon – DBHDD (Retired)
Lindsey Coker – Park Creek Elementary School
Dale Cruise – Wells Fargo Bank
Beverly Davis
Jamie Gentry – Shaw Industries
Jeremy Harden – Aflac
Catlin Pyne – Whitfield County Public Defender
Will Robinson – American Risk Advisors
Robin Roe – Dalton State College
Tommy Slaton – Cross Plains Community Partner
Deb Sneary – Whitfield County Schools
Pat Townsend – Cohutta Banking Company


Our Philosophy:

7Cross Plains strives to create a culture that is rooted in a foundation of person centered practices. A philosophy and belief that quality of life can only be determined by listening to those we serve and establishing services that meet the person’s definition of a good life and meaningful day.

The use of person centered approaches is embedded into every aspect of the day-to-day work of the organization and is used to facilitate and strengthen relationships between employees, partners, and the broader community. The organization’s culture promotes continuous learning and focusses on the utilization of people’s strengths and skills. Foundational to person centered thinking is listening to one another, which helps us to identify new ideas and creative solutions that emerge from conversations, differences, and diversity.



We believe that all relationships are built upon trust, respect and partnership and we foster and cultivate an environment that expects this as the norm for those we serve, employees, and all stakeholders.