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Group seeks help to help young women transition from foster care
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Meeting

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Department, 365 Riley Road, Dahlonega

More info: northernstarga.org or 770-364-9319

Community members can learn how they might help young women move from foster care to independent living at a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lumpkin County Parks & Recreation Department, located at 365 Riley Road in Dahlonega.

Northern Star, a group that offers services to young women, has been organizing for about two years and will host the meeting. It will be the group’s first public meeting to seek additional support.

The group seeks additional volunteers – individuals and businesses – to support its goal.

Northern Star offers services to girls 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system and who have no other place to go.

Mandy Williams, executive director of Northern Star, said young women from 18 to 21

who have been in state-sponsored group homes may end up with nowhere to live. Those women also are likely to be without basic life skills such as shopping for groceries, caring for children, applying for college or jobs, or paying bills, Williams said.

Northern Star plans to help provide those skills. It can help the women find jobs, complete high school and/or navigate a path to college.

Services the group will offer include getting a driver’s license, interviewing for jobs, managing money, building relationships and nutrition and cooking.

The organization has four houses in Dahlonega, acquired at the beginning of 2016, that can accommodate three women per house.

“We are asking the entire community to invest and make a difference in the lives of young ladies from Northeast Georgia aging out of foster care,” Williams said. “There are so many ways the community can support Northern Star’s participants, from being a mentor family to partnering with us for career opportunities.”

Northern Star serves 13 counties in Northeast Georgia: Hall, Lumpkin, Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White.

Williams said there is no independent living program for young women in the region.

For more information, visit northernstarga.org or call Williams at 770-364-9319.

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