West Cobb Magazine

Lend a Helping Hand – The Women’s Extension July 2009

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The Women’s Extension   By Tyler Driver

 On the first day of May, seven women came to The Extension seeking help, and for the first time in our history we said, “Come in; we have a place for you.”

It was the culmination of literally years of toil and uncertainty, of asking then asking for more, of praying for wisdom and praying for strength, of tremendous effort followed by even greater reward. That reward is hope for homeless, addicted women in our community. This 20 bed facility was dedicated on June 15th as the Barbara J. Crafton Center, in memory of the mother of longtime Extension supporters Tyler, Paul and Scott Crafton. The Center was masterfully renovated by the good people at Cork- Howard Construction Company from two formerly vacant buildings several blocks from the Marietta Square.

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The facility looks great— the first thing you will notice is the great landscaping in the front yard, designed by the landscape architects at Goodman & Associates and installed by volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Marietta.

Despite the intensity of the renovation effort, in many ways the real work has just begun. We need your financial, in-kind and volunteer support to help us provide the life-saving and life-changing services these women desperately need. By supporting The Extension you are providing hope to men and women and their families served by our programs. You are helping these men and women become accountable to themselves, their families and the community. We can not do this alone. Everyone’s support is critical. To learn more about The Extension, you may visit them online at  www.theextension.org

About the Author: Tyler Driver is the Executive Director of The Extension   The Extension is a non-profit, community-supported organization serving Cobb County and the entire metropolitan Atlanta area.  They  provide addiction recovery services through a comprehensive Residential Recovery Program for homeless 47 men, outpatient counseling and various outreach initiatives.  They recently opened a residential program for 20 homeless, addicted women in a separate new facility in Marietta. He maybe reached at t.driver@theextension.org. or 770-590-9075.

PREPARE  A  MEAL – A GREAT WHY TO LEND A HELPING HAND  

Did you know that last year volunteers served over 30,000 meals at The Extension? That’s a lot of meals and a lot of committed volunteers. Now, with the opening of our new women’s program, we need more—more meals and more volunteers.

Our current biggest need is volunteers to prepare and serve dinner to the 20 residents of the women’s program. We also have openings on our dinner calendar for the 47 residents of our men’s program.

Some volunteer groups prefer to prepare and serve breakfast. Others provide breakfast items for our residents to enjoy when we don’t have a volunteer group scheduled to serve. Still other groups prepare sack lunches that our residents take with them to work.

Serving dinner is a great way for church and civic groups, as well as families and friends, to serve the community and at the same time enjoy fellowship together. It is especially gratifying when the volunteers sit down with our residents and share the meal together.

You’ll find our residents to be welcoming and extremely grateful for your service.

Here are the particulars:

Dinner is served at 7:00pm. You can prepare the meal at our facility or off-site. In addition to food, most groups also provide iced tea or something else to drink. We have plates, glasses and flatware, as well as pots and pans and related serving utensils. The residents do all of the clean up. On Sundays the group that prepares and serves dinner also provides worship immediately afterwards. 

Breakfast is served at 7:00am during the week and 9:00am on weekends. We’ll have coffee on hand, but it will help keep our costs down if you can provide it. As with dinner, we have everything you’ll need to prepare and serve the meal, and our residents will handle cleaning up the kitchen and washing the dishes.

 Sack lunches are kept on-hand and given to our residents each morning when they leave for work. We prefer non-perishable items in the sack lunches, but we are certainly grateful for perishable lunches as well. You can bring the lunches already assembled or assemble them at our facility. We like to have several days supply on hand all the time. Preparing sack lunches is a great way to get kids involved in service to the community.

 Form more information visit: www.theextension.org/meals

To schedule your group to bring a meal, contact Barbara Frost at 770-590-9075 x302 or email her at BFrost@theextension.org

 

 

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