May Is Mental Health Month!

      As some of you may know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month; most likely you are seeing things on social media, hearing about it on the radio, etc.  Given the devastating health crisis of the past 18 months, it is more important than ever to be aware of mental health.  Unfortunately, many … Continued

Giving Does More Than Good – by Joshua Loud

Giving creates positive change in people, institutions, and communities. It sustains a multitude of valuable organizations. It launches innovative new programs and services. Whatever your inspiration, it’s likely you’ll get something out of giving too. Hope. A feeling of goodwill. A sense of community and common ground. Maybe even save a little (or a lot) … Continued

Stories of Hope … Victory Over the Darkness

  “Absolutely lost and alone, completely succumbed to a life of corruption, darkness, and despair is where this story should start. My life had completely fallen apart. I had no self-confidence, and it was visible in all my mannerisms as I clawed my way into any circle that would accept me. No direction other than … Continued

The Extension Says Goodbye to Men’s Director Mr. Robert Jordan

“Farewell with a Saddened Heart and, Excitement for the Next Assignment CAVU (Clear Above Visibility Unlimited) * Navy phrase for bright future”   “My humble beginnings started with The Extension in 2006 as a resident. I served ten years in the United States Navy from 1986-1996 and was married with four beautiful daughters. Our world … Continued

The Northwest “Good Deed Team” Helps The Extension

  Our friends at Northwest Exterminators have kept The Extension pest-free for many years. This month, the Northwest Exterminator’s “Good Deed Team” came together to help our residents. Our technician Adam Owen stated, “Having the opportunity to support organizations like The Extension is why the Northwest Good Deed Team exists. While Northwest may be in … Continued

Stories of Hope – Shannon Dudley

“By God’s grace and mercy, I made my way home to the women’s campus of the Extension on June 7, 2016.  As a young child, my parents divorced when I was two years old.  My mom and her parents, my grandparents, raised my sister and me.  When I was eight years old, my mom remarried.  … Continued

Stories of Hope – Regaining My Balance

I was born and raised in Hoover, AL where I spent most of my life. My parents divorced when I was 3 and I lived with my alcoholic father. I grew up in an extremely strict household and my dad demanded perfection from me. When I was 14 I started drinking and experimenting with drugs, … Continued

Give Your Body the Gift of Exercise!

  March is National Women’s History Month.  It is a time when we recognize and celebrate women around the world.  Therefore, this month I am going to focus on how we as women can take better care of ourselves and really begin to enjoy the life, we have been blessed with at every stage.  I … Continued

The Sunshine Vitamin

February was cloudy, dreary, and just all around making me feel down in the dumps.  So, what’s a girl to do?  I need some vitamin D.  Vitamin D is one of those vitamins that we all take for granted here in the south.  Many northerners suffer from vitamin D deficiency, because winters up there are … Continued

Letting Go of Toxic Relationships

  Life skills classes are an important part of our program at The Extension. Learning to interact with others, and with ourselves, in a healthy way is a skill that we can all improve on. Charmon Talley is the Executive Director of the Georgia Association Recovery Residences (GARR), a certified Substance  Abuse Professional (SAP), and … Continued