94.9 WDKB presented this week’s T-Mobile #HometownHero award to:

Julie Johnson Zielinski

Thanks to Sarah in Genoa for nominating Julie! She wrote:

“Julie runs DeKalb County Strong. DCS started in July 2019 in response to the St. Alban’s apartment fire which displaced over 100 people, but she has continued to provide resources for the community. DCS is run by Julie and her husband, but they brought on another couple due to rapid growth. They have a large supply of food, clothing, kitchen items, and more which is available for free to anyone in need. Julie provides assistance by conducting private appointments to help maintain and respect anonymity for those who prefer. She also makes the extra effort to ensure her food supply doesn’t go to waste. If any food nears its expiration date before people take it, Julie donates it to a local farmer in order to be used for pig feed. How amazing is that?!”