The Extension is honoring Julia Elliott this month for 30 years of service at The Extension men’s campus. Julia and her husband Don will be retiring and moving to Texas to be full-time grandparents. Julia has been serving with the East Cobb Church of Christ since 1989. She and her team have seen The Extension evolve from a homeless shelter into an award-winning addiction treatment center over the years. Julia talked about the transformation. “I think that The Extension is much more effective as a treatment center because you are addressing the root cause of homelessness. It has been so rewarding over the years to see the guys grow and mature and then come back to be sponsors for the new guys.”
The East Cobb Church of Christ team is known for their Taco Salad night and have the preparation down to a science. Julia enjoyed coming and serving with the team initially because she could bring her kids along and teach them the importance of serving others. She and her kids love talking and joking and encouraging the guys as they come through the line. “I remember one time, one of the guys saying that he did not think anyone cared about people like him, he just assumed nobody cared before he came to The Extension. When he sees people like us come, not getting anything out of it, just to come and serve him, he was really touched! At the risk of sounding preachy, I think it is easy to stay in our churches and assume that everyone is ok and never really get outside of that. I just get so much out of getting to know these guys and seeing them reunited with their families.”
The Extension appreciates Julia and the East Cobb Church of Christ’s years of dedication and service. We will miss seeing Julia and wish her well on her next adventure!