For the fifth year, North Lanier Baptist Church is spreading hope by offering free essential services to low-income residents in Forsyth County as part of the church’s 3 Days of Hope event.
The event, which will run Oct. 5-7 at 829 Atlanta Highway, offers residents free dental care, basic computer repair for windows-only devices, family law and estate planning consultations, oil changes, haircuts, manicures, vision screenings and more, as well as its fourth annual job fair.
The fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, will include local job postings, resume building and interview coaching services, help finding financial aid for training courses and more.
The Georgia Department of Labor will also be in attendance, as well as Lanier Technical College, which will present the options residents have for no-cost or low-cost courses.
“Our desire at North Lanier is to live and love like Jesus,” said lead Pastor John Lay. “We are most like Him when we are going, serving and loving people [and] we do all of that through 3 Days of Hope.”
The event began a few years ago after an adult Bible study group realized the homeless population in the county was growing.
“In spite of the fact that Forsyth County is a very affluent community, we became aware of the homeless population and struggling population, and that really moved us,” said Karen Harrold, director of communications for the church. “We wanted to provide some essential services for free to relieve the pressure [on] them.”
Though appointments are not needed for most services — which will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis — an appointment is required for dental care.
Residents can call (404) 858-4127 to schedule their appointment, and the line opened Sept. 28. It will remain open until all appointments are filled.
In addition, while residents do not need appointments for legal consultations, reserving a specific time is recommended. They can call (404) 904-5478.
For more information, residents can visit 3daysofhope.us.