Nyanza Smith is counting her blessings this Thanksgiving.
Her daughter Nianna is thriving as a sophomore at the University of West Georgia, where she is on a scholarship and studying to be a neonatology nurse.
Younger daughter Tanesha, 17, is an academically gifted junior at Winder-Barrow High School and a much-appreciated volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Winder/Barrow County, where she tutors other children.
Also near the top of Smith’s list of blessings is simply having a place to live in Winder.
“I thank God for not being on the street,” said the resident of the Glenwood Terrace public housing complex. “It has been a real blessing to be in Winder.
“When I first moved into the neighborhood, I thought, ‘Oh, Lord, what am I doing here?’ But it has changed so much.”