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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Life. Worth. Recovery

By theextension | July 23, 2021

Growing up in a household with no structure I started using alcohol as a coping mechanism at a very early age.  I would come and go as I pleased.  Lacking discipline, I started to run with the wrong crowds, just trying to fit in.  As my drinking progressed, I thought that having a child would…

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Story of Hope

By theextension | July 8, 2021

I am 32 years old and have suffered from a heroin addiction for the better part of my adult life. I sacrificed anything meaningful or life-affirming that I had to continue to feed and maintain this habit. I thought that I would end up dying in my addiction, becoming just another statistic. Thankfully, God had…

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It’s Amazing What You Can See When the Light Comes On

By theextension | July 8, 2021

My name is Dan and my story starts out one beautiful and sunny day in March of 2012.  I say my story starts there because that’s when my life changed and became a story worth sharing.  For transparency’s sake though let’s go back to the early days.  My formative years weren’t all that unusual or…

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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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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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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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Law & Order

By tdriver | November 26, 2018

Growing up, I developed self-discipline through ice-skating. Because I was overweight and naturally clumsy, ice-skating was particularly challenging. Starting at the age of eight, I learned how to really work hard for something. By the time I was thirteen, I joined the team representing my rink here in Georgia. I discovered what it meant to…

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