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Joy House opens new counseling office in Ellijay

Steve Lowe, front, and Bill Wattenbarger, back, stand outside the Joy House’s new counseling center on Sailors Drive. (Photo by Whitney Crouch)
by Whitney Crouch

The Joy House recently expanded its ministry in order to offer “Christ-centered counseling” in Gilmer County, reported counselor Dr. Bill Wattenbarger.

The nonprofit is primarily known for its Jasper-based residential program for struggling teens, but in 2012 it launched a counseling center in Pickens County for the community at large. This fall, the ministry opened a satellite office on Sailors Drive in Ellijay.

“We are an independent, Christian counseling ministry … (and) try not to identify as a certain denomination. We’re believers called to minister to people in times of need, fear and doubt,” stated Wattenbarger. “If people don’t know where to go and which way to turn, they can talk with someone whose only interest is helping. I’m objective, and my only interest is to help them get to a better place.”

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