Support Groups for Jan. 3, 2022 | Journal-news
Editor’s Note: Due to a large number of cancellations at this time, it is recommended that you contact the host to be sure the event has not been canceled.
• Alzheimer’s and Dementia Group will meet 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every second Friday of the month at Berkeley Senior Services, located at 217 North High Street, Martinsburg. Support groups are a great place to seek advice and find useful resources. For more information, call 304-263-8873, ext. 114.
• An Alzheimer’s Association Family Caregiver Support Group is meeting virtually 10-11 a.m. the fourth Friday of each month. The program is free and open to family and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in Martinsburg as well as neighboring communities.
For more information about the caregiver support group meeting or other Association programs and services, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register call 304-343-2717.
• The Diabetes Wellness Group meets 1-2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 1004 Tavern Road, Martinsburg. For more information, contact the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Department at 304-596-6839.
• The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter will host a monthly support group beginning at 10 a.m. the fourth Friday of each month at the Jefferson County Commission on Aging, 103 West 5th Ave., Ranson.
This group is for individuals who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. For specific questions about the Ranson Support Group, call Chasidy Rosa Morales at 304-725-4095 or Germaine Gauthier-Schwarz at 304-728-4154.
For more information regarding Alzheimer’s disease, or to connect to information and support through the free 24/7 Helpline, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. A complete listing of all community workshops can be found at www.alz.org/wv.
• Hospice of the Panhandles Grief Programs will be held at 330 Hospice Ln., Kearneysville. For more information, call 304-264-0406.
— Grief in progress is a 6-week support group that teaches about grief and loss will be held 1-2:30 p.m. weekly on Tuesdays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 15. It gives participants the opportunity to share with others who are also grieving a loss.
— A common bond is a 6-week support group for those grieving the loss of their spouse or life partner and will be held 1-2:30 p.m. weekly on Thursdays, Jan. 20 through Feb. 24. This group will help participants understand the process of grief, learn new ways of coping and provide practical information and resources. The goal is to reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress and increase feelings hope and empowerment.
— Gone too soon is a six-week group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one from overdose or long-term substance abuse. The loss may have occurred recently or several years ago. The group will be held 1- 2:30 p.m. weekly on Wednesdays, Feb. 2 through March 9,
— Grief 101 is an introduction to the grieving process and an explanation of the Grief in Progress group. The introduction will be held 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12
• Homewood at Williamsport, 16505 Virginia Ave., hosts monthly Alzheimer’s support groups at noon the third Wednesday of each month. Anyone caring for a person with memory loss is encouraged to attend and bring a bagged lunch. For more information or to RSVP, call Shelby Vaughn at 301-582-1750.
• The Somerford Place-Memory Care Assisted Living group meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Somerford Place is located at 10016 Sharpsburg Pike in Hagerstown, Maryland. Respite care is available with advance notice. For more information, call Sheri Evans at 301-791-9221 or visit their website at https://www.loc8nearme.com/maryland/hagerstown/somerford-house-and-place-hagerstown/5800548/
• Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Square, Hagerstown, hosts a monthly caregiver support group from 7-8 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Pastor Jerry Lowans at 301-739-9344.
• Circle of Hope grief support group is held 5:30-6:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month at 2337 Valor Drive, Winchester, Virginia. This grief support group is geared towards family and friends who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to an act of violence. This is a closed and private group. If interested email Crystal Pruitt at email@example.com. Facebook private group: Circle of Hope Grief Support Winchester.
• A specialty group for people living with early-stage memory loss and caregivers is held at 4:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Somerford House, 10114 Sharpsburg Pike. For more information, call Cathy Hanson at 301-696-0315.
For more information about upcoming education and programs, call 301-696-0315, 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/maryland.
• A Caregiver Support Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Berkeley Senior Services. The group provides an opportunity for caregivers to interact with other caregivers, share techniques and provide educational information.
For more information, call Katherine Donovan at 304-263-8873, ext. 114.
• The Open Hearts Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday at the Pleasant View Community Center, 10525 Martinsburg Road. The group welcomes newcomers who have been or are affected by someone’s drinking or addiction and those who attend other 12-step programs such as Debtors Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. The group keeps the focus on our own recovery and not on the alcoholic/addict.
For more information, call Donna at 304-754-6760 or Susan at 240-344-6175.
• Hope For Today Al-Anon Family Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Bedington United Methodist Church, 580 Bedington Road, Martinsburg. The group welcomes newcomers, who have been or are affected by someone’s drinking or addiction. The group’s focus is on recovery and not on the alcoholic/addict.
For more information, call Karen at 304-676-4378.
• Alcoholics Anonymous In-Person Meetings
— Eastern Panhandle Recovery Foundation Location must wear mask
118 Martin St., Martinsburg WV All of the meetings below are at this location.
– Eye Opener Group will meet 7:30 a.m. daily
– The Early After Work Friends of Bill W. will meet 5:30 p.m. daily
– Men’s Group will meet 7 p.m. Mondays
– 11th Step Group will meet 11 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
– Nooners Group will meet noon Fridays
– Behind the Star Group will meet noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Francis-Asbury United Methodist Church, 106 Wilkes St., Berkeley Springs [Behind The Star Theater (Wilkes and Congress St)]
– Bedington Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Bedington United Methodist Church, 580 Bedington Road, Martinsburg. The group welcomes newcomers, who have been or are affected by someone’s drinking or addiction. The group’s focus is on recovery and not on the alcoholic/addict. For more information, call Karen at 304-676-4378.
– Good Orderly Direction (GOD) Group will meet 7 p.m. Mondays at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1643 Pitzer’s Chapel Road, Martinsburg.
– Marlowe Group will meet 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Harmony United Methodist Church, 9455 Williamsport Pike, Marlowe.
– Berkeley Springs Group will meet 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 180 South Washington Street, Berkeley Springs.
– Out-Right Mental Defectives Group “OMD” will meet 9:30 p.m. Saturdays at Snyder’s Bible Church, 10980 Martinsburg Rd., Hedgesville.
– Scrabble Road Group will meet 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Harmony United Methodist Church, 9455 Williamsport Pike (Rt 11 North), Marlowe.
– Batt Group will meet 5 p.m. Sundays at Cacapon State Park- Rt.522, 818 Cacapon Lodge Rd., Berkeley Springs. Follow the A.A. signs to the location.
– HOW Group will meet 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Hedgesville United Methodist Church, 201 S. Mary Street, Hedgesville.
• Alcoholics Anonymous On-Line meetings
– Eye Opener Group meeting will be held 7:30 a.m. daily. To join from your computer, tablet or smartphone go to https://www.gotomeet.me/EyeOpenerGroup You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 604-461-373
– Daily at 5:30pm — Early After Work Friends of Bill W. Group will meet 5:30 p.m. daily. To join go to 5:30 EAWFOBW Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9123697254 Meeting ID: 912 369 7254 Password: 118
– Doomsdayers Group will meet 7 p.m. daily by joining zoom meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/942899066?pwd=cG12dFdSdlorYytlOThIeUNmOFpHdz09 Zoom Meeting ID: 942-899-066
– Women On A Journey Group will meet 2 p.m. by joining Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/274008239?pwd=MTlyYitTdFRSSURJUU5hOS9FWlpzZz09 Meeting ID: 274 008 239 Password: woaj
– Good Orderly Direction Meeting (On-line) will meet 7 p.m. Mondays Zoom ID: 810-6302-0966 Password: help
– Men’s Group will meet 7 p.m. Mondays by joining with your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://www.gotomeet.me/EyeOpenerGroup You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 604-461-373
– Campfire Group will meet 8 p.m. Fridays by joining Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/264155384 ID: 264 155 384 Password: 571122
• Rainbow of Hope: Pregnancy After Loss, is a unique support group in that it will be an online, peer-to-peer support group for those considering getting pregnant again after loss, trying to conceive after loss, pregnant after loss and/or parenting after loss. The group will help connect families with similar stories, hopes and fears. The group will also have a few “meet up” activities in the community throughout the year.
For more information, visit www.paila-WCMD.com.
• NARCONON can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Over the last several years drug overdoses have continued to increase. At this point, the Surgeon General has issued a statement for all communities to increase Narcan availability since research shows when communities increase education and availability, the number of overdose deaths decrease. For more information, visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/where-to-get-narcan.html
For free addiction screenings or referrals, call 1-800-431-1754.
– Local Narcotics Anonymous groups will meet at the following times:
– Not High at Noon Group, Zoom Virtual Meeting ID: 729 239 454 password 870767; phone- 1-312-626-6799: noon Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
– Surrender to Win, Zoom Virtual Meeting ID: 869 2440 7272; phone- 1-301-715-8592: 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
– Never Alone, Never Again Group, Asbury United Methodist Church, 110 North St., Room 105, Charles Town: 8 p.m. Monday.
– Living the Program, Mt. Zion Methodist Church, 530 W. Martin St.: noon Tuesday. Beginner’s meeting the first week of every month.
– New Hope Group, Zoom Virtual Meeting ID: 767 214 451, password: 111111, phone- 1-312-626-6799: 7 p.m. Tuesday.
– Keep it Simple Group, Calvary United Methodist Church, 220 W. Burke St.: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
– It’s a Brand New Day Group, Charles Town Baptist Church, 203 S. Mildred St., Charles Town: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
– Just for Today, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave.: 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
– Start to Live Group, Zoom Virtual Meeting ID: 767 214 451, password: 111111, phone — 1-312-626-6799: 8:15 p.m. Friday.
– Saturday Night Live Group, United Reform Church, 113 E. Burke St.: 7 p.m. Saturday.
– Foundations Group, Zoom Virtual Meeting ID: 570 573 3573, password: Recovery20, phone- 1-312-626-6799: 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
– Free At Last, St. Marks Episcopal, 180 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs: 6 p.m. Sunday.
– Miracles Do Happen, Zoom Virtual Meeting ID: 184 272 929 password 987654: 6 p.m. Sunday.
– New Hope Group, Otterbein United Methodist Church, 549 N. Queen St.: 7 p.m. Tuesday.
• The Charles Town Overeaters Anonymous group meets at 7 p.m. every Friday at Asbury United Methodist Church, Charles Town, room 102. Participants are asked to enter via the office door in the rear. Group welcomes all food related issues; overweight, anorexic and bulimic. For more information, visit www.OA.org.
• The Cardiovascular Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6–7 p.m. in suite 2400 of the Dorothy McCormack Center. For more information, contact Blue Ridge Healthcare at 304.264.9837. Pre-registration is not required to participate in the support group.
• The Inwood Chapter of “TOPS Club Inc.,” (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday evening at St. Leo’s Catholic Church on Sulpher Springs Road, Inwood. Private weigh-ins are held from 5-5:30 p.m., with the support meeting starting at 5:40 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend and the first meeting is free of charge. Annual membership for TOPS is $32 a year and Chapter dues is $4 a month. TOPS provides education programs, support, and friendship.
For more information, call Faye Bender 304-267-2896 or Adrienne Kief 304-260-9081.
• Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24 year olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14 year olds.
Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty and other fears while growing up. For some teenagers, divorce, the formation of a new family with step-parents and step-siblings, or moving to a new community can be very unsettling and can intensify self-doubts. For some teens, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems and stress.
Depression and suicidal feelings are treatable mental disorders. The child or adolescent needs to have his or her illness recognized and diagnosed, and appropriate treatment plans developed. When parents are in doubt whether their child has a serious problem, a psychiatric examination can be very helpful. For more information on teen suicide, visit http://bit.ly/TeenSuicideFFF.
• A Grief Share support group meeting may be just what you need if you’ve recently lost a loved one or feel you haven’t successfully and fully dealt with grief from a past loss. Meetings are held from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday at Charles Town Baptist Church, on Samuel Street in Charles Town. Attendees will receive a helpful workbook, watch information packed videos from popular Christian teachers and counselors and participate in a caring small support group setting. All are welcome. The $20 material fee for the workbook can be waived upon request.
• “Choosing Me,” a healing support group for victims and survivors of domestic violence, will meet at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday at The Laurel Center, Winchester, Virginia. Arrival begins at 5:15 p.m. The group provides a safe place to learn about abuse while considering its effect on your life. It works to restore a more hopeful outlook while empowering participants with healthy coping strategies. Attendees will receive social support and positive feedback from other victims/survivors.
• Friends Weight Loss meets at 1 and 7 p.m. every Monday at 1107 Winchester Ave., with weigh-ins at 12:30-1 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. A new members class is held at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. For more information, call 304-886-3124 or visit www.friendswl.com.
• RAPP (Relatives As Parents Program) for Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties will meet from 6-8 p.m. the second Friday of each month, November through April (except December) at Calvary United Methodist Church. Refreshments and child care will be provided. For more information, call Vivian Jackson at 240-422-6444 or visit the website https://www.rappeasternpanhandle.com/
• The Four State Community Veterans Engagement Board in cooperation with Honor Alliance, will initiate weekly opportunities for Veterans and their families to discuss challenges, frustrations or needs for assistance. The weekly meetings will be 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday at the HUB located at 126 East Burke Street in Martinsburg. The group will also meet the 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Hospice of the Panhandle, located at 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. These meetings are designed to provide “neutral ground” to those seeking services improving the lives of Veterans and their families. There will be information provided concerning mental health and general issues such as transportation, job search assistance and benefits assistance for examples.
For further information, call 304-240-0969 or visit the website at fourstatecveb.org.
• The Addiction Action Committee, of Winchester, Virginia, has a website, RoadtoRecovery.info, that includes awareness and education initiatives to inform the community about the disease of addiction, promote prevention, and offer helpful resources, locally and beyond. The website provides information for those struggling with addiction, family members of individuals living with addiction, parents and community members. The website provides information on the following ways the community can get involved:
– Recognize the signs and symptoms of drug use, dependence and addiction.
– Seek help for your loved ones living with addiction.
– Clean out your medicine cabinet and remove unwanted or expired medications. Take your unwanted medications to a drug collection unit like the one in front of the Timbrook Public Safety Center at 231 East Piccadilly St., Winchester, Virginia.
– Lock up your prescription medications at home.
– Report information on drug activity in your community by contacting the Northwest VA Regional Drug Task Force at 540-535-0304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website includes the number for Concern Hotline, 540-667-0145, where callers can speak to a person 24 hours a day.
• Gamblers Anonymous of Hagerstown, Maryland meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Valley Grace Brethren Church, 17310 Gay St. This meeting is open for support for the gambler. For other GA meetings in this area, visit www.gamblersanonymous.org.
For more information, call Chris at 301-331-8790.
• A ‘Recovery Program’ will be held at 2 p.m. every Sunday at Grace Point Church, 889 Providence Church Road. Leading the program will be Pastor Steve and Ashley Mohn of A Better Life Ministries.
For more information, call 304-754-4403. “Cast your burdens on the Lord and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22.
• The Four State Community Veterans Engagement Board in cooperation with Honor Alliance, will initiate weekly opportunities for Veterans and their families to discuss challenges, frustrations or needs for assistance. The weekly event is held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday’s at the HUB located at 126 East Burke Street in Martinsburg.
It is designed to provide “neutral ground” to those seeking services improving the lives of Veterans and their families. There will be information provided concerning mental health and general issues such as transportation, job search assistance, and benefits assistance for examples. Peer support groups available from 4-6 p.m.
For further information please call 304-240-0969 or visit the website at fourstatecveb.org
• A Breastfeeding Support Group offered by Shenandoah Community Health offers free support and encouragement to new mothers. The group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. every Friday in the Sandra Vickstrom Board Room of Shenandoah Community Health on Tavern Road. The program is facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and weekly topics include information on preparing to breastfeed (pregnant mothers welcome), encouragement, latch, mastitis, weaning, sleep, returning to work and problem solving. Free baby weight checks are also available. No registration is required.
• The ACPA Chronic Pain Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at the United Methodist Church on Greenwood Road in Winchester, Virginia. This group is free and open to anyone who has chronic pain or a chronic pain illness, and their families.
For directions or more information, call Randy Woolf at 703-231-2685.
• Celebrate Recovery will be held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at New Destiny Ministry Center, 437 Border Road, Kearneysville. Group is open to anyone with the courage to be honest about life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups and is willing to open their life to healing and change.
For more information, call 304-596-3284.
• The Mild Brain Injury Recovery Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Winchester Medical Center at Shenandoah University Health Professions Building, 1775 North Sector Court, 1840 Amherst St., Winchester, Virginia. The group’s goal is to help each other thrive after a traumatic brain injury; both for the survivor and the caregivers. For more information, email Kathleen Mancini at TBI@mindspring.com or call Betty Friant at 540-550-1784.
• Parents of Addicted Loved Ones provide hope and support through addiction education for parents dealing with an addicted loved one. PAL can also help spouses who feel they have to parent a partner with addiction issues. PAL is especially helpful for parents and spouses; however, all other sober family members and friends (18 or older) are welcome at their meetings. PAL weekly meeting will be held 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday, at Faith Bible Church, 9495 Hedgesville Road, Hedgesville. To attend PAL meetings remotely via ZOOM, log in by 6:45 p.m. for 7 p.m. meeting by using the link and Meeting ID: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87101203031 Meeting ID: 871 0120 3031. For more information visit www.palgroup.org, or www.faithbiblewv.net or call Pastor Andrew Hamrick by calling 304-229-0967.
• The TOPS Club Inc., (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Martinsburg Chapter meets every Thursday at the Berkeley County Health Department Community Room, 122 Waverly Court. Private weigh-ins start at 6 p.m., meetings begin at 6:45 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Annual membership for TOPS is $32, which includes the TOPS magazine. Chapter dues are $2 per month. TOPS provides friendship, support and educational programs.
For more information, call Robin VanFleet at 304-692-6743 or email email@example.com
• A Domestic Violence Support Group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at The Laurel Center. This is a support group to educate men and women on the issues of domestic violence, offer a safe place for sharing and growing with the goal of developing healthier and more hopeful lives.
For more information or to RSVP, call Kelly at 540-667-6160.
• The Man-to-Man prostate cancer support group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at City Hospital’s Dorothy McCormack Center in Martinsburg, in the second floor conference room. Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their spouses or loved ones are invited to attend.
For more information, call Steve and Olga Adams at 304-754-7101 or Paul and Diane Kradel at 304-267-2520.
• The Depression, Bi-Polar Support Alliance (DBSA) of West Virginia meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday every month at the McCormack building next to City Hospital in the conference room on the second floor. All activity is strictly confidential. There are no fees or dues. Open to the community.
For more information, call Victor at 540-303-4750.
• Serenity, a cancer support group, will meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Charles Town Baptist Church, 203 East Congress St. The group will provide emotional and spiritual support to any individual with any form of cancer. This includes those that have been recently diagnosed, those presently in treatment, cancer survivors, as well as their caregivers. Each meeting begins in the church’s fellowship hall with a short period of greeting and registration. Then attendees will break out into small groups that meet in the classrooms. For more information, call 304-725-5917.
• The Alzheimer’s Association, Western Maryland Chapter, offers family and caregiver support group meetings in Washington County, Maryland, free of charge.