Winning with Walking

By Renee McCormick | August 27, 2021

We often associate exercise with something that has to be harsh, punishing, and unenjoyable so then, we try to avoid it because, well that just sounds awful!!!  Or we associate exercise with losing weight and since we continue to feel like we “fail” at the whole weight loss thing, we also think we “fail” when…

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A Mother’s Story

By Renee McCormick | August 27, 2021

“I am the mother of a recovering heroin addict. That is a sentence I never thought I would be saying, but I am grateful I am now able to add recovering to that sentence. My son had a long struggle with drugs. I believe he began in his senior year of high school with pot,…

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A Taste of Success! Shawn McKinney

By Renee McCormick | May 27, 2021

Handyman McKinney’s I came to The Extension in September of 2017. I was in desperate need of help. I needed a change. All the wrong choices in life brought me to The Extension. It was “the last house on the block” as they say. I got started in construction right out of high school around…

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May Is Mental Health Month!

By Renee McCormick | May 13, 2021

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 of us are…

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Giving Does More Than Good – by Joshua Loud

By Renee McCormick | April 28, 2021

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)…

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Stories of Hope … Victory Over the Darkness

By Renee McCormick | April 28, 2021

  “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…

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

By Renee McCormick | April 28, 2021

“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…

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The Northwest “Good Deed Team” Helps The Extension

By Renee McCormick | March 30, 2021

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 the…

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Stories of Hope – Shannon Dudley

By Renee McCormick | March 24, 2021

“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. …

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Stories of Hope – Regaining My Balance

By Renee McCormick | March 24, 2021

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,…

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