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Three Days of Hope begins Thursday at North Lanier
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North Lanier Baptist Church is once again spreading hope with its annual 3 Days of Hope event this Thursday through Saturday.

The church, which is located at 829 Atlanta Highway, will provide free services such as vision screening, estate and family legal services and dental care to the Forsyth County community.

They will also provide beauty services – free haircuts and manicures – on a first come, first serve basis.

One of the highlights of the event is a job fair, which will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fair 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.

The Place of Forsyth County will also make a presentation, said Karen Harrold, director of communications for the church.

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,” Harrold said. “We wanted to provide some essential services for free to relieve the pressure [on] them.”

The event, she said, primarily serves to help elderly and single parents, though anyone is welcome to attend.

Harrold said the church is expecting more than 500 people to show up this year, with more than 400 last year and more than 300 the first year.

And while they have taken a year off from health screenings — in past years they have offered cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests, among others — the job fair is highly anticipated, according to Harrold.

Community partners will also be offering free oil changes and the church’s youth will be washing cars, Harrold added.

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