This Week at the Wimberly Center: Week of April 5th
Gooooood Morning friends!

We have tons of good stuff for you this week!
Let's get started.

Have a wonderful week!
Lawncare Schedule for the week of 4/5
Just a reminder, it is the growing season and our landscaping crew is extremely busy. Please remove all toys or any other obstructions from your yard so our landscaping crew can efficiently mow!

4/5: Braselton & Statham
4/6: Fort Yargo & Upper Smith Heights
4/7: Lower Smith Heights & Vacant Lot
4/8: Finish Lower Smith Heights & Wimberly Center
4/9: Mulching Hardigree Terrace

NGL Mowing Schedule: Oakwood, Glenwood, & Capitol Avenue.
Do you want a career, not just a job in construction? Then Construction Ready (CR) is the training you need to get you started. Construction Ready is a four-week boot-camp-style training program designed for residents of Georgia and connects graduates with top construction companies. Training is FREE to eligible applicants who reside in Georgia.

Funding from the Governors Emergency Education Relief funds (CARES Act) has been made available to meet education and workforce development needs allowing for "Construction Ready" expansion to train Georgia residents for Careers in the construction industry.
The value of training to each student is $5,000.
A four-week training class begins Monday, June 21, 2021. Instruction takes place Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for four weeks. PPE and lunch are included with the program. Graduates can earn up to eight industry recognized credentials:

  1. National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Credential
  2. OSHA 10-Hour Card
  3. First Aid/CPR/BB/AED Certification
  4. Powder Actuated Tool Certification
  5. Laser Tool Certification
  6. Forklift Safety Awareness
  7. A.T.S.S.A. Utility Flagger Certification
  8. Competent Person Training in Fall Protection

An information session is scheduled April 13 at 6 p.m. in the student center at the Barrow Arts and Sciences Academy, 1007 Austin Road, Winder.

You may join the meeting in person, or you may join us on Zoom. Please refer to this flyer for more information.
Weekly Food Distributions
4/6: Mobile Food Pantry at Spirit of Sharing, Inc. & SOS Youth Action Team in partnership with Feeding Barrow & River Hills Church. 11:00 AM Rain or Shine, 199 James Albert Johnson Ave, Winder, GA 30680. Pop the trunk & they'll load!

4/6: There's Hope for the Hungry Food Distribution at Bear Creek First Baptist. 10:00AM - 1:00 PM, 1786 GA -82, Winder, GA 30680. Bring a friend in need!

4/8:Community Food Pantry at Crossview Church 10am-12pm, must show ID. 1219 HWY 124, Hoschton, GA 30548. Call 678.425.9831 for more info.

April is National Fair Housing Month
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicked off Fair Housing Month 2021. This year’s Fair Housing Month theme, Fair Housing: More Than Just Words, reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to fair housing.

“Fair Housing Month is a time to recommit to our nation’s obligation to ensure that everyone has equal access to safe, affordable housing,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “Unfortunately, housing discrimination still exists, from individuals and families being denied a place to call home because of the color of their skin or where they come from, to landlords refusing to allow persons with disabilities to keep assistance animals, to individuals being denied a place to live because of who they love. In this moment of unprecedented crisis, fair housing is more important than ever. 53 years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, our journey to justice in housing continues.”

Each April, HUD, local communities, fair housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country commemorate Fair Housing Month by hosting an array of activities that highlight HUD's fair housing enforcement efforts, enhance Americans’ awareness of their fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of ending housing discrimination.
Secretary Fudge will commemorate Fair Housing Month with a virtual celebration on April 7th at 2 p.m. Eastern time that will also feature the Justice Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Pamela Karlan; HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Jeanine Worden; and HUD Senior Advisor Alanna McCargo.

In addition to highlighting HUD’s enforcement activities, a central focus of this year’s commemoration will the Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to end housing discrimination, provide redress to those who have experienced housing discrimination, to eliminate racial bias and other forms of discrimination in all stages of home-buying and renting, and to secure equal access to housing opportunity for all.

Last year, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies received more than 7,700 complaints alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act's seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, and disability. During that period, the categories with the highest number of complaints were disability and race, respectively. HUD also received complaints that alleged lending discrimination as well as numerous complaints from women who faced unfair treatment, including sexual harassment.
"Although the Fair Housing Act became law in 1968, we still have major challenges ahead of us,” said Jeanine Worden, HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “This April, on the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, HUD is renewing its commitment to level the playing field so every person has the same opportunity to live where they choose and benefit from all of the opportunities this nation offers.”

For a complete listing of HUD Fair Housing Month events and activities, go to:

People who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (Relay). Housing discrimination complaints may also be filed by going to housing.
Stimulus Check Update

Find when and how the IRS sent your 2021 Economic Impact Payment with the Get My Payment tool.
Barrow County Farmers Market opens THIS Saturday!
Winder Housing Authority unveils new website
Did you know???
That you can have your rent payments automated from your bank account!
Now Hiring: PSSI is seeking 4 to 5 Fulltime Employees!
Church of the Month for April
The Church of the Month for April
Winder First Baptist Church
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9-12 am. 
Please have clients contact them for an appointment at or call (770)867-9255.

Food Talk: Better U
The UGA Extension | SNAP-Ed Program is now offer SNAP-ED virtual health and nutrition education classes to a set cohort of SNAP-eligible adult Georgians who are 18 and over.

The classes meet once a week for 4 weeks and each class lasts 1 ½ hour. Each week, participants get complimentary gifts that correspond with that week’s lesson topic and, after completing the entire program, participants also get a certificate of completion from the University of Georgia. Below is the Better U overview and recruitment flyer. The classes will be on Wednesdays, May 12th- June 2nd, 5:00-6:30 pm via-zoom in Barrow County.

Please email if you would like to participate in this FREE class!
Looking for affordable housing in Barrow County?
Looking for resources in Barrow County?
Check out the NEW Resource Guide!
Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. will be opening up the Cooling LIHEAP program soon!
Find us on Facebook
Now Hiring!
Checkout our new website!
Now Offering: Wellness Checks
Seniors- do you live alone and have few visitors?
Sign up with the Winder Housing Authority for wellness checks!

We will come by Monday’s and Thursday’s just to check on you!

Call Mary at 770-867-7495 to request this service”.
Spirit of Sharing Offerings:
SOS Dance: Every Tuesday in gym
Class times - K-2: 5:00-5:30
3rd and up-5:30-6:15
If you missed the registration, you can register during class
Masks are mandatory!
Basketball for Youth: Starting October 27th, the gym will be open 6:30-7:30 pm for youth to play basketball. Adults will be onsite for coaching and supervision. Limited to the first 20 kids that register on the 27th.

199 Wood Ave, Winder, GA 30680
Little Free Pantries are everywhere!
Our friend Frank Olinger has made a nifty document that shows where every Little Free Pantry is located.

These are great for those in need OR if you have an abundance and want to donate.

We may be a little biased but the one at the Wimberly Center is our favorite. :)
Barrow County Family Connection |