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

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 678.225.5360. 

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

Resume Writing Skills • FREE!
Saturdays: October 11, November 8, or December 13 from 9:30am to noon. Program is open to all individuals including the under employed or unemployed. This resume writing class is part of a career development and job readiness workshop. Job readiness training helps to seek, obtain, and maintain jobs. For more information about this workshop, call Lift Up Atlanta at 404.547.1472. Please call the Buford Human Services center to register at 678.225.5360. Space is limited; advance registration required.

Interviewing Skills • FREE!
Saturdays: October 11, November 8, or December 13 from 9:30am to noon. Program is open to all individuals including the under employed or unemployed. This interviewing skills class is part of a career development and job readiness workshop. Job readiness training helps to seek, obtain, and maintain jobs. For more information about this workshop, call Lift Up Atlanta at 404.547.1472. Please call the Buford Human Services center to register at 678.225.5360. Space is limited; advance registration required.

AARP Driver Safety Program for Seniors 50+
Wednesdays: December 3 from 9:00am 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: $14 for AARP members with membership card; $16 non-members. 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 3:00pm. Come join a group of enthusiastic seniors and share the love for painting. Participants must provide their own paper, canvas, or wood and 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 achievement 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.

Canasta and Rummikub • FREE!
Monday through Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Make new friends while learning to play Canasta and Rummikub. Rummikub contest every Monday morning. For more information, please call the Buford Senior Center at 678.255.5367.


Health and Safety

Affordable Care Act Information • FREE!
Tuesdays: September 30; October 14, 16; December 12, 16, and 30 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Community educators from the Hispanic Health Coalition are available in the lobby to provide information on healthcare reform and options for health insurance for you or your family members. Information provided in both Spanish and English. No appointment necessary.

Nutrition Certificate Program • FREE!
Fridays, October 3 to November 21 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. In this eight-week interactive class, learn to shop, save, and make healthier food choices using the UGA Food Talk program. To register, please call the Buford Human Services center. Class provided by the Gwinnett Extension.

Programa Certificado de Nutrición • ¡GRATIS!
Viernes, este programa es por 8 jueves seguidos empezando con el 3 de Octubre hasta el 21 de noviembre desde las 12:30pm hasta las 2:00pm. Programa puede ser dado en español. Aprenda comprar, rebajar gastos y escoger productos saludables usando las metas del programa de la Universidad de Georgia; Food Talk. Esta clase es ofrecida por Gwinnett Extension. Para más información y para inscribirse llame al Centro de Servicios Humanos de Buford.


Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) Literacy and Civics Classes • FREE!
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  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. 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. 

Beautiful Beginnings
Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Girls ages 6 – 10 year old. Meeting dates: September 30, November 11, and December 9 for 2014. Meeting dates in 2015: January 6, February 17, March 3, and April 7. Girls build self-esteem, age appropriate leadership capabilities, and much more. For more information on I AmBEAUTIFUL, please call 404.545.9051. Space is limited please register in advance.

Beautiful Beacons
Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Girls ages 11 – 14 year old. Meeting dates: September 30, November 11, and December 9 for 2014. Meeting dates in 2015: January 6, February 17, March 3, and April 7. Girls build self-esteem, age appropriate leadership capabilities, and much more. For more information on I AmBEAUTIFUL, please call 404.545.9051. Space is limited please register in advance.

Beautiful Bridges
Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Girls ages 15-18 year old. Meeting dates: September 30, November 11, and December 9 for 2014. Meeting dates in 2015: January 6, February 17, March 3, and April 7. Girls build self-esteem, age appropriate leadership capabilities, and much more. For more information on I AmBEAUTIFUL, please call 404.545.9051. Space is limited please register in advance.

I am BEAUTIFUL • FREE!
Tuesdays from 9:30am to 11:00am and 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Office open during these hours; register early for Beautiful Beginnings, Beautiful Beacons, Beautiful Bridges as space is limited. All groups meet at the Buford Human Services Center once a month on Tuesday nights. Group’s goal is to build self-esteem and leadership capabilities in girls and women of all ages. For more information on I Am BEAUTIFUL, please call 404.545.9051.


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.

Prostate Cancer Survivor Shares His Story • FREE!
Friday, November 7 from 10:00am to 11:00am. Women and family members are encouraged to attend. Ken Stevens will host the discussion group. Sponsored by the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, www.georgiapcc.org. For more information, please contact kennethcstevens@bellsouth.net. Call the center to register.