My name is Peter Tennis, I have been in Marietta for 30 years, and have come across many, many men who have been residents at The Extension. The vast number of them have graduated and their stories still ring as the new men become acclimated to recovery in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
When two of my business colleagues became involved in the growth of the facilities, in fund-raising and volunteering, I saw clearly their commitment and compassion for this successful residential recovery center.
As I start my 2nd year as a Member of the Board, I encourage those whose families have been touched by chronic addiction to seek help at The Extension.
In June of 2013 I entered the Extension a broken and hopeless man. 51 years old, drinking a fifth of bottom shelf whiskey every day (Until I lost my job and home), with no friends and no hope of the future getting any better for me. I had just been released from the hospital after a nearly successful overdose suicide attempt, my third in six months.
For 8 years I lived in a cheap motel room and made just enough money each day to pay a day's rent, buy a bottle and a pack of cigarettes, and if there was enough money left, to buy some food. When I could not afford food I would steal from the restaurant that I worked in. When I was fired from my job, my room was immediately forfeit, and I had nowhere to go. During the next 6 months I was in and out of different institutions and hospitals, but no one could seem to help. Every time I thought I was starting to "get it", I would end up taking another drink and the whole downward spiral would return.
I came into the Extension desperate, but not really wanting to stop drinking. I came in just looking for a bed until I could come up with the resources to attempt suicide again, but a couple of days in the atmosphere that pervades the Extension showed me that there might be hope. I decided to try to put down the bottle and improve my life, and the staff at the Extension showed me how.
My life is not perfect. Unlike some success stories you will read about, I am still struggling financially. Physical damage done to myself over the years has made it almost impossible for me to work, and I am currently disabled and barely getting by, but with the program of recovery I learned at the Extension (And a reliance upon a God of my understanding), I no longer have to try to cope with my troubles by hiding at the bottom of a bottle. My life situation may not be perfect, but I am reasonably content and no longer hate myself.
I sponsor other men in the program, I am a member in good standing at my AA clubhouse, which I have a key to and arrive early every morning to open the clubhouse for the day, and I am the secretary of my home group. The Extension gave me a desire to live and the tools to do so, as well as a spirit of service to my fellow sufferers. Life is pretty dang good!
I came into the Extension directly from the hospital after a 9 day stay due to an intentional overdose. When I arrived I had nothing, including no hope. It has been two years since that day and I am still sober and doing well. I credit the Extension for saving my life and putting me on the path to a life better than anything I have ever experienced before. The spirit of God dwells in this place, and those that work there are doing His work.
If it wasn't for the extension my relationship with my family and fianće wouldn't have been as strong as it is today. Because of the extension they gave my fianće's his life back and made us stronger than we will ever be. This place really does make miracles happen.
This is an amazing organization that truly saves lives and heals families. The residents receive comprehensive addiction counseling, education services, financial management classes and family counseling. The organization serves both men and women, on separate campuse. They come to us after living on the streets or in the woods, and leave as sober, employed, productive members of society and reunited with their families.
I have been a board member for 9 years, and have seen the amazing life-changing results in our residents. They come to us broken, and they are able, with God's grace and their own work of recovery, to become healthy productive citizens of their community. We depend on the community for funding and volunteers who are essential to the health of the organization.
Although health issues required me to complete my rehab program at another program, I had the opportunity to do my first 3 weeks at The Extension. This place is more than a rehab or shelter- it's a family.
I am forever grateful for the Extension!!! Short and sweet I am the man I was intended by god to be today!!!The extension taught and gave me a understanding of life I had never heard of!!! The Extension is my home away from home in Howell,Mi.!!!!!
The extension gave me a new life!!! I am forever grateful for what the extension taught me about life it taught me how to be a dad a son a friend and a brother!! It is truly a GOD thing and GOD lives there the staff is amazing and all of the people behind the scenes are amazing as well I will forever be indebted to the extension for saving my life!! I suggest that everyone come check out what we do on Thursday night at 6pm it's amazing and the spiritual energy and power that runs through JJ when he speaks is truly from GOD thank you to every person who has helped the extension grow I'm forever grateful!!!
I volunteer at the Women's Extension. This place is the best recovery home I have ever volunteered at in the 19 years I have been in recovery working with women. They get a well rounded program. Not only 12 step programs but counseling as well. The ladies get the chance to work on all aspects of their recovery. The volunteers that come here are awesome also.
I was a resident there for 15 months. I was a hopeless drunk who was headed for prison or death. I learned to live sober and be accountable for my decisions. You slowly become hopeful and develop an entirely new way of looking at life. 5 years later it's still the best decision I've EVER made.
When I arrived @ The Extension I was homeless,broke and addicted,they took me in and It felt like home from the first day.Now I am a productive member of society instead of a burden.This place changed my life.