Support groups

February 27, 2006

Al-Anon/Alateen family groups

Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., area. This is an anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family member's or friend's drinking. There are no fees. Call 1-301-663-6626 for a listing of meetings in the area.

Bereavement support after the loss of a spouse

A new support group for those who have lost a spouse will be forming soon at Rest Haven Funeral Home. It will be led by Mary Hedges, licensed, clinical social worker. The group is free. Call 301-733-3575.

Bereavement support for those who have lost a child

Today, 4 p.m., Rest Haven Funeral Home. This is an ongoing support group led by Mary Hedges, licensed, clinical social worker, for parents who have lost a child of any age. The free group is accepting new members. Call 301-733-3575.


Maryland 77 Hagerstown Chapter, today, weigh-in at 7:30 a.m., exercise at 8:30 a.m., meeting at 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets every Monday. This meeting is an open house. Visitors are welcome. Call 301-791-4909, 301-739-6267 or 1-717-597-8747.


Parent/child anger management

FREDERICK, Md. - Tuesdays, Feb. 28, March 14 and March 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Families Plus!, 35 E. Church St. Families Plus! presents an anger-management group for parents and elementary school-age children. The course will involve an interactive overview of anger management techniques and problem-solving skills. Registration is required. Group size is limited. Call Families Plus!, 1-301-694-9002; fax 1-301-694-3374; or e-mail

Alzheimer's family/caregiver support

WILLIAMSPORT - Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Homewood at Williamsport, 16505 Virginia Ave. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Free and open to the public. Caregiving is available during the meeting. Call Pastor Reg Rice, 301-582-1750, ext. 297.


WILLIAMSPORT - Maryland Chapter 454, Tuesday, Feb. 28, weigh-in at 10:30 a.m., meeting at 11 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. The group meets every Tuesday to offer group support. Visitors are welcome. Call Kendra Grove, 301-223-8902.

Divorce support

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A total of 13 sessions will meet Wednesdays, beginning March 1 through May 24, 7 to 9 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 47 E. King St. The informal support group requires a $5 registration fee and a workbook that will cost $12. Bring a friend. For information or to register, call the church office, 1-717-532-6850; or e-mail

CoDependents Anonymous

Thursday, March 2, 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; Siri, 240-313-3377; or go to on the Web.


Maryland Chapter 308, Friday, March 3, weigh-in from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., program from 6 to 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. A guest speaker will talk about the health problems of being overweight. The group meets every Friday. Guests are invited. Call 301-739-3542 or 1-717-749-3023 for information.

Circle of Hope series

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Six-week class, Tuesdays, March 7 through April 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Zion Episcopal Church. The six-week session provides information and support to people who are coping with the death of a loved one. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required and sessions will be closed after the first meeting. Sponsored by Hospice of the Panhandle. Call Sherry Philpott or Cindy Burdett, 1-304-267-1870 or 1-800-345-6538.

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