Buford Human Services Center

Buford Human Services Center (BHSC) is a "one-stop" integrated center, offering a wide array of health and human services, and programs to low income individuals, families, and seniors.

The Center partners with other government and nonprofit agencies, and volunteers to provide resources and programs that promote health, financial growth, self-esteem, self-efficiency, and self-empowerment. 

Those interested in partnering with the Buford Human Services Center should request a proposal package by emailing bhscbuilding@gwinnettcounty.com.

 

The Buford Human Services Center houses the following agencies:

Buford Public Health770.614.2401
Buford Senior Center678.225.5367
Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS)877.423.4746

Buford Human Services Center is located at 2755 Sawnee Avenue in Buford. Please click here for directions.

OneStop newsletter
Classes are subject to change. For the most current class listings at Buford Human Services Center, call 770.225.5360. 

Click here to view the OneStop newsletter. The publication includes information about various programs and services offered by the division, as well as four-month calendars of classes and events for the Norcross and Buford Human Services Centers and the Centerville Community Center. Featured articles touch upon other programs and resources available in the community.


Classes at Buford Human Services Center

Health and Human Services offers many classes, events, and workshops for all ages at its service centers and senior centers. To see a full listing, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com and select Health and Human Services from the drop-down menu. 


Clubs
Canasta and Rummikub • FREE!
Monday through Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Make new friends while learning to play Canasta and Rummikub. If interested, call the senior center at 678.225.5367.

Education for Adults

Charla de Higiene Dental • ¡GRATIS!
11:30am hasta mediodía. 2 de junio, y 7 de julio. Educación dental para padres y abuelitos para crear un habito para nuestros hijos y nietos sobre la importancia del cuidado de nuestros dientes temporales y permanentes. Dentro de la capacitación se adiciona la explicación en cuanto al cuidado de la aparatología especial que utilizan algunos adultos referentes a prótesis fijas, removibles o totales. Cupo limitado. Para más información acerca de la charla dental, llame a Constanza Welch al 678.437.0155.

AARP Driver Safety Program for Seniors 50+
Wednesday, June 4 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Learn defensive driving techniques and how to adjust to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. For insurance discount, contact provider. Cost: $12 for AARP members with membership card; $14 nonmembers. Call the Buford Human Services Center to pre-register.

Amateur Art Classes for Seniors • FREE!
First and third Monday of the month from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Come join a group of enthusiastic seniors and share the love for painting. Participants must provide their own paper, canvas, or wood plus acrylic paint in primary colors. Most paintings are completed in a series of Mondays. Space is limited. Please register in advance.

Hearts for Veterans • FREE!
Mondays from 10:00am to 1:00pm. A certified chapter service officer will be available to support the achievements of our veterans and be available to answer questions and assist with filling out VA claims. Call Aslyn Bonds at 404.834.9784 for more information. 

Knitting • FREE!
Wednesdays and Fridays: July 2 to July 30 from 9:30am to 11:30am. Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn is used to create a cloth. Knitting can improve your health by relieving stress and help with hand-eye coordination. Participants will learn to create scarfs and matching hats. Please bring needles and yarn. No advance registration is required. 

Project Safe Place
The Buford Human Services Center is a registered Safe Place location for children and teens who feel they are being threatened by a stranger; picked on by other kids; latchkey kids who have lost their keys; runaway teens or those who have been kicked out of their homes; youth with friends who are drinking and driving; teens experiencing family crisis/breakdown in communication; or children from neglectful or abusive homes. Provided by the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. Visit www.gwinnettchildrenshelter.org or call 770.614.2400 for more information.


Health and Safety

GMC’S Care-a-Van Mammography
Monday, May 5 from 8:20am to 2:20pm. The Care-a-Van will be at the BHSC to conduct digital mammograms. To make an appointment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call 678.312.3444.

Living Well: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Wednesdays: June 18 to July 23 and August 20 to September 24 from 9:30am to noon. Struggling with ongoing symptoms of chronic illness? Workshops teach techniques dealing with fatigue, stress, and difficult emotions; how to control health challenges and life; and ways to communicate with family, friends, and health professionals. Cost: $5 non-refundable registration fee for six weeks. Must have a minimum of eight participants to hold class. Program is sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission, Area Agency on Aging and taught by GA Division of Aging, Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension Service, and Gwinnett County Health and Human Services. For more information and to purchase book before attending class, email ingrid.patrick@gwinnettcounty.com.

Belly Dancing • FREE!
Wednesdays from 4:45pm to 5:45pm for adults. The muscles surrounding the hip, the largest joint in the body, are used and exercised during hip drops and figure eights. Improved hip flexibility can lead to improved balance when walking as well. Please consult with your doctor before you begin any exercise program. Space is limited and registration in advance is strongly recommended.


Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) Literacy and Civics Classes • FREE!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. No classes in June. Students need to take a test to determine the current level of proficiency. Students will then be placed in one of six levels. Classes are for adults from any culture or nationality who want to learn or improve English as their second language. Classes are provided by the Asian American Resource Center. Please call 770.270.0663 for more information or email education@aarc-atlanta.org. Call the center for registration dates and more information. Para información en español, llame al 678.225.5360.

English as a Second Language • FREE!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to noon. No classes in June. Classes for adults from any culture or nationality who want to learn or improve their knowledge of English. Classes are provided by the Asian American Resource Center. For more information, please email education@aarc-atlanta.org or call 770.270.0663. For registration dates, call the Buford Human Services Center. Para información en español, llame al 678.225.5360.


Mentoring

CPACS • FREE!
Fridays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Group’s goal is to support and mentor youth to keep them in school, provide possible job opportunities, and when needed, offer GED courses to eligible candidates. Some services are provided off-site. Group is always looking for peer volunteers. For more information, please call the Center for Pan Asian Community Services Gwinnett at 404.457.9223.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Monday through Friday: June 9 to June 13 from 8:30am to 11:30am. For grades K through 8. Cost: $20 for new Girl Scouts; $10 for current Girl Scouts. Camp theme is “It’s Your Planet, Love It!”. Girls will have fun learning how to cook outdoors, find out about Mad Science, play games, explore nature, show their creativity, and develop camping skills. Email Mary Hughes at mhughes@gsgatl.org or call 770.702.9149 to register.


Support Group

Breastfeeding Support Group • FREE!
Once a month from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Program for all pregnant women and breastfeeding moms. Sponsored by the Department of Public Health. For more information, please call 678.982.4687 or email eveperumal@gmail.com.

Gamblers Anonymous • FREE!
Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Gamblers Anonymous is a program for individual gamblers and family members, friends, and loved ones who have been impacted by gambling. This group is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem.