Message from Chad

Julie’s Dream is the realization of Julie Muir Harlan’s long-time dream and vision for her life’s work starting in 2018. As we continue on this wonderful journey, we are humbled and grateful for the love, support and interest so many have shown over the past three years. And we are eager to see what God continues to have in store for this endeavor.

It was Julie’s great hope that through this organization, she could provide an opportunity for disadvantaged youth in Atlanta to experience the hope and love of Jesus Christ by participating in outdoor and wilderness adventures and witnessing firsthand the beauty of God’s creation.

Her roots in serving her community ran deep. She was a long-standing volunteer at Agape, serving dinner to the children several times each month for many years. And Julie was always the champion of community service initiatives at Novare Group, where she served in various executive roles during her career. In fact, one of the projects she initiated at Novare involved its employees re-painting and decorating the Wilderness Works City Camp. City Camp serves many homeless and at-risk youth and provides a safe place to sleep, enjoy fellowship, activities and nutritious food.

Our family has made it our firm intention to relentlessly pursue blessings out of the darkness of Julie’s sudden passing in 2017. That is what Julie would have done. And through her example, we feel called to do the same. As she said many, many times – even in the face of Stage 4 stomach cancer and repeated setbacks – God is good ALL the time. She clung to two wooden crosses, one in each hand representing both of our sons, until the moment she went to heaven. Her faith inspired – and continues to inspire – so many and we know she is doing big work in heaven. We are also confident she is smiling down on the work we are doing here on Earth.