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Support groups

October 03, 2005

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups



Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., area. An anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family member's or friend's drinking. Free. Call 1-301-663-6626 for a list of meetings in the area.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)



Maryland 77 Hagerstown Chapter, today, weigh-in is 8 to 9:15 a.m., meeting is 9:15 to 10:30 a.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 712 W. Church St., corner of Church and Winter streets, Hagerstown. Sharon Twigg will present the program. Call 301-791-4909 or 301-739-6267.

Grandparents as Caregivers support



Tuesday, Oct. 4, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Drive, Hagerstown. Sponsored by Washington County Commission on Aging to offer support and education to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The program will be "Health Insurance and the Kinship Care Program." Child care and light supper is provided. For times and information, call Linda Crone, 301-790-0275, ext. 219.

MOMS Club Hagerstown North Chapter



Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m., Homewood Retirement Village, Williamsport. This chapter of the national nonprofit support group is for all mothers who stay at home with their children. Angela Borum will speak about children and allergies. The group is looking for moms interested in starting the MOMS Club - Hagerstown, South Chapter. Activities include speakers, play groups and community service projects. Mothers may bring their children to all MOMS club activities. Call Jessie Frushhour, 301-432-6099.

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Headway support



Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 to 9 p.m., Robinwood Medical Center first-floor conference room near the vending machines, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. Use the yellow entrance. The speaker will be Ron Shives, head of the Navigator Program, which helps disabled people find employment. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month to offer support for survivors of traumatic head and brain injuries and their families. Call 301-714-4028.

Labor of Love support



Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Washington County Hospital, room 124 in Pangborn Hall, 251 E. Antietam St., Hagers-town. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month and is open to anyone who has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn loss. Call 301-739-3863.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill



Washington County, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of North Potomac Street and Randolph Avenue, Hagers-town. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month to educate and inform residents of Washington County about mental illness and to support individuals with mental illness and their families and caregivers. Call Connie Pauley, 301-824-7725.

"Parents and Children Together" adoption support



FREDERICK, Md. - Thursday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 15. The free support group for adoptive parents and their children is cosponsored by Families Plus!, The Frank Adoption Center and Adoptive Families and Friends. For times and locations of meetings, call Mary Jean Pavelko-Snyder, 1-301-393-5345.

CoDependents Anonymous



Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. Twelve-step meeting for men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The group meets every Thursday. Call Claudia, 1-301-293-2243, or Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to www.coda.org on the Web.

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