Support groups

March 06, 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 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.

'Kids and Grands' grandparents as caregivers support

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 11833 Greenhill Drive, Hagerstown; off Jefferson Boulevard. The group is open to any relative caring for a child of a relative and meets the first Tuesday of each month. A speaker or speakers from Hagerstown Community College will address the topic, "Open Communication." Child care and a light supper is provided. Transportation is available, but call to schedule as soon as possible. Respond to Linda Crone at the Commission on Aging, 301-790-0275, ext. 210; or Elizabeth Cunningham at the Department of Social Services, 240-420-2297.


Sommerford Place - Memory Care Assisted Living Group

Tuesday, March 7, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Somerford Place-Memory Care Assisted Living, 10014 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month. Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public. Caregiving is available with advance notice. Sponsored by Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter. Call Debbie Burker, 301-791-5118, ext. 222; or Sheri Evans, 301-791-9221, ext. 213.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Washington County, Tuesday, March 7, 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.

CoDependents Anonymous

Thursday, March 9, 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 10, weigh-in from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., program from 6 to 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. The group meets every Friday. Guests are invited. Call 301-739-3542 or 1-717-749-3023 for information.

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