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The Merchandiser will print your support group meetings once a month, free of charge. In order to provide a current listing to our readers we will need you to submit your group meeting to us at: The Merchandiser, Support Groups, PO Box 840, Lebanon, PA 17042; fax to 717-273-0420; e-mail editor@themerchandiser.com or drop off the information at your local Merchandiser officeA.A. - Alcoholics Anonymous. Info and schedules online, www.readingberksintergroup.org. 24 hour hotline, 610-373-6500A.A. - Alcoholics Anonymous. Info and schedules online, www.readingberksintergroup.org. 24 hour hotline, 610-373-6500.

A.C.T.S. - (Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series) Meetings held at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 500 Franklin St., West Reading. Call for schedule, 610-678-2500.

Al-Anon Family Group - Are you troubled by another’s drinking? Purpose of this group is to help families of alcoholics. For info on local meetings call 610-373-5237.

Alzheimer’s Assoc. Support Group - Held the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Home at Topton. For info, call the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 610-375-4990 or the Lutheran Home at Topton, 610-682-1400.

Alzheimer’s Assoc. Support Group - Meets every third Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Chestnut Knoll Residential and Memory Care and At Home Services, 120 W. Fifth St., Boyertown. For more information call 610-473-8066.

Alzheimer's Support Group - Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month 1-3pm at Phoebe Berks Healthcare Center & Village 1 Reading Drive Wernersville. For info call Elizabeth Risser at 610-927-8200.

Amputee Support Group - Meets the third Thursday of the month at Reading Health Rehab Hopsital, 2802 Papaermill Road, Wyomissing, from 4-5 p.m. 484-628-4357 for info/registration.

Arthritis Foundation - Offers free monthly 1-hour sessions about their programs and services. For more info and locations, please call 717-397-6271 or visit www.arthritis.org.

Arthritis Support Group - Meets the third Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at Giannotti’s Berkshire Restuarant, 1714 State Hill Road, Wyomissing. For info call 717-445-4757.

Bereavement Support Group - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Bern Campus.  For additional information and registration, please contact Sister Rose Dvorak at 610-378-2297.

Bereavement Support Group - Meets for five Wednesdays beginning Oct. 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. in St. Benedict’s rectory meeting room, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton. Free and non-denominational. Call Judy, 610-775-7782 or 610-856-1006., to register.

Berks County Association for the Blind - Support group for caregivers of blind and visually impaired individuals. 2020 Hampden Blvd., Reading. Prior reservations required.  610-375-8407, ext. 12.

Berks County Fibromyalgia And Rheumatic Related Illnesses Support Group - The 1st Tuesday of each month 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the West Lawn United Methodist Church, (Community Center/Library, Room 202) and the 3rd Thursday of each month 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Reading Hospital (R-Building, 5th Street Lobby). Call Carolyn at 610-670-0496 or email ycarolyn@comcast.net

Better Breather Support Group - For those with lung health concerns. Meeting held the fourth Monday of each month from 1:15-2:15 p.m. at Reading Hospital, 5th Ave. Conference Center, West Reading. 484-628-4357 for info/registration.

Brain Injury Support Group - Meets the first Saturday of the month, 1:30 to 4:30 at Healthsouth, 1623 Morgantown Rd.(Rte. 10) in the cafeteria for the purpose of support, sharing, socializing and/or game playing.  For questions call 610-374-0989 or 717-484-2151.

Caregiver Support Group - Family support group meets the second Monday of the month. Birches at Arbour Square, Harleysville from 2-3 p.m. For reservations call 215-541-3700.

Caregiver Support Group - Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Meets at Phoebe Berks Village Chapel. 1-3:00 p.m. Second Tuesday of the month. Call 610-927-8515.

Caring for the Caregiver Support Group - Meets the second Monday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. Reading Hospital Regional Cancer Center, N-Ground. Registration is encouraged. For info, call 610-988-HELP.

Celebrate Recovery - Meets weekly on Fridays at 6:30-8 p.m. Spring Valley Church of God, Temple. Ministry for addictions and everyday burdens. Call 610-929-7969.

Compassionate Friends - Southern Berks County –  2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Reformation Lutheran Church, 3601 Perkiomen Ave., Reiffton. (610) 929-0790 or Christine (610) 777-7531.

Compassionate Friends - Pottstown Tri-County – 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. 1st Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans St., Pottstown. (610) 327-4323, lindaclemmer@verizon.net. Chapter also offers sibling support for 16+.

Compassionate Friends - Phoenixville Chapter –  2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 145 S Main St, Phoenixville, Ginny (610) 933-9375.

Debtor’s Anonymous - For those struggling to manage their finances and/or compulsive spending. For help please visit the D.A. National website at www.debtorsanonymous.org.

Divorc­eCare Support Group –  Meets weekly on Monday evenings in the HeBrews Café, West Lawn United Methodist Church, 15 Woodside Ave., West Lawn. Call Wendy Sharetts, 281-797-8408, for times and more information. This group is open to male or female. (DivorceCare website is www.divorcecare.org)

Down Syndrome Support Group of Berks County - Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 6 p.m. St. John’s Reformed Church, 4001 Penn Ave.,?Sinking Spring. For more info call (610) 777-0758.

Eating Disorder Support Group - Meets 1st Monday from 6-7 p.m.  at 2209 Quarry Drive, Suite C-36, West Lawn. For more info, call MHA of Reading and Berks at 610-775-3000.

Epilepsy Support Group - Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Reading Hospital, 5th Ave. Conference Center, West Reading.

Family & Friends Coping With Incarceration - Held the 1st Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm.  For individuals 16 years of age or older who have a loved one incarcerated or involved with the adult or juvenile justice system.  New members welcome at any time. For meeting location and more information, contact BCPS/Berks Connections at 610-478-6920.

Fibromyalgia Support Group -  Meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Reading Hospital, 5th Ave. Conference Center, West Reading.

For Those Who Are Grieving -  Workshop and Support group meets Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Catharine’s of Siena Church in Mt. Penn.  To register call 610 370-1174.

Gam-Anon - Meets Wednesdays at Ephrata Church of the Brethren, 201 Crescent Ave, Ephrata from 7:30-9 p.m. Meets Tuesdays at Christ Church UCC, 4870 Kutztown Road, Temple. 8-9:30 p.m.

Grandparents Rights Support Group - Support group for grandparents and great-grandparents that are denied visitation with their grandchildren or great grandchildren. Vicki- 717-336-0160, Adamstown or Diane- 717-336-3781.

Grief/Share Support Groups - Reformation Lutheran  Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Reading on Thursdays 1-3 PM and 7-9 PM.  Call 610 779-0534 for information.

Healing For Damaged Emotions - For those suffering from depression, anger, guilt...? Meetings at Lighthouse Christian Center, 500?Franklin St., West Reading. Call for schedule, 610-678-2500. Available for men and women.

Healthy Relationships - Codependents Anonymous is a 12 Step fellowship of men and woment who desire healthy relationships. Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30, Hope United Methodist Church, 3474 Rothsville Road, Ephrata. For more information call Bob at 717-380-4911 or Dave at 717-575-6728.  

Highmark Caring Place – Grieving school-age children and families can come together and be with others who understand what they are going through. Services at no charge to grieving families. Call 1-888-224-4673 or visit online at www.highmarkcaringplace.com.

I Can Support Group for Persons with Disabilities - Social groups held the first Saturday of the month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington?St.,?Reading. Call Mental Health Assoc. at 610-775-3000 for details.

Kids Konnected Group - For children with a parent being treated for cancer. Meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Regional Health Network Cancer Center. For info call 610-378-2602 or visit www.kidskonnected.org.

Life After Stroke - Helping stroke survivors, family members and friends learn more about life after stroke. Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. The Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing. For info call 484-628-4357.

Living with Loss - “Journeys through Grief” a free, short-term bereavement support group that meets for a series of six 1½-hour sessions, is now offered only by Lutheran Congregational Services. For information on Journeys through Grief, please call (610) 770-9205. www.diakon.org.

Memory Café - A place of camaraderie for those with dementia and those who support them. Every third Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Elmcroft of Reading, 9 Colin Court, Reading. Info, Vickie, 610-370-2211.

MOMS Club of Douglassville West  - Please email moms19518@hotmail.com for specific meeting location. All moms and kids welcome. www.momsclubofdouglassvillewest.4t.com.

MOMS Club of Exeter - Support group for stay-at-home moms meets third Wednesday of month at Reformation?Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter, at 10 a.m. For info exetermomsclub@hotmail.com.

MOMS Club of New Hanover Township - Meetings 10 a.m. second Friday of each month at New Hanover Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville. Please contact us if you are interested in attending one of our meetings or joining. Children are always welcome. momsclubofnht@yahoo.com or www.momsclubofnht.webs.com for more information.

MOMS Club of Oley Valley - Support group for stay-at-home moms. Please email oleyvalleymoms@gmail.com or visit oleyvalleymomsclub.weebly.com for info and meetings and times.

MOMS Club of Sinking Spring - Support group for stay-at-home moms Monthly meeting Koinos Community Church, 801 Commerce Street, Sinking Spring @ 10 am on the last Monday of the month. Amanda, 484-650-3509 or email   her at momsclubofsinkingspring@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Southern Berks County - Meets 10 a.m. the second  Tuesday of each month. Contact Mary, 484-955-9671 or southernberksmomsclub@gmail.com for location.

Moving Forward - Meets at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance on Thursday from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Penn Avenue, Wyomissing - a support group for men and women dealing with the highs and lows of everyday living.

MS Support Group - Third Monday of month from 7-9 p.m. HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitaiton Hospital, main building, B-Level Cafeteria. Contact, Dee and Paul, 610-779-7874 or 610-779-8950.

Nar-Anon - Journey to Serenity. 7PM. St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 584 Old Swede Rd (RTE 662), Douglassville. For info,   267-228-6752 or 484-529-2545.

Overeaters Anonymous - Meets every Friday at 10:15 a.m. Muhlenberg Community Library Conference Room. 3612 Kutztown Road, Temple.

Overeaters Anonymous - Meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Blandon.

Overeaters Anonymous - Meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Atonement Lutheran - Annex, Penn Ave. & Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing.

Overeaters Anonymous  - Meets every Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. Wyomissing Church of the Brethren, 2200 State Hill Road.

Overeaters Anonymous - Meets every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Reading Hospital Conference Room CC5, park in 5th St. garage/enter main hospital entrance.

Overeaters Anonymous - Meets every Monday at 7:30 p.m. West Lawn UMC Community Center, 2nd floor, 103 Woodside Avenue at Noble Street, West Lawn.

Overeaters Anonymous - Meets every Monday and Wednesday at 1:15pm at Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Avenue, Reiffton.

Parents Supporting Parents - The Challenged Child. Meets every Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. For more info, call 610-775-3000.

Parkinson’s Support Group - For friends, family and caregivers. Meets  2-4 p.m. second Sunday of the Month. Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing. For info call 484-628-4357.

Pet Loss Bereavement Support Group -  First and second Mondays of each month. (except July 4 and September 5)  6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Wyomissing Public Library, 9 Reading Boulevard. Good-will offering will benefit Humane Society of Berks and Wyomissing Public Library.

Postpartum Depression Support Group - Meets second Thursday of the month from 7-8 p.m. The Reading Hospital Doctors Office Building, 301 S. Seventh Ave., Suite 125. For info, call 484-628-4357.

PSALMS - Preschoolers and Moms group meeting. Maranatha Baptist Church, 25 Gaul Rd., Sinking Spring. For info, 610-670-1191.

Scleroderma Foundation Support Group - Meets the fourth Tuesday of every other month at 7 p.m. Reading Pediatrics Office, 40 Berkshire Court, Wyomissing.  Free. For info 610-310-2566.

Separation & Divorce Recovery Group  - Meets at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 500 Franklin St., West Reading. Call for schedule, 610-678-2500.

Sex Offender Friends and Family Support Group - Meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. at Hopewell Mennonite Church, 6th and Cherry Street, Reading. For information call 610-803-3312 or e-mail at crso@newperson.org.

Sex Offender Friends and Family Support Group - For "Friends and Family" of incarcerated and recently released sex offenders meets 7 p.m.,  third Tuesday of each month at the Lancaster Friends (Quaker) Meeting, Tulane Terrace, off Columbia Avenue. For more information, call 610-777-2222 or 610-803-3312.

Shield of Angels - Support group for MOTHERS of Murdered Children and other Tragic Death. Contact--Tara Castro   (484) 256-0059. Se Habla Espanol Contact--Debbie Andrews   (610) 698-6414.

Sight Loss Support Group - Open to visually impaired individuals, their friends and caregivers. Call 610-375-6467 for information. Spanish speaking support group also available.

Single Mothers Support Group -Meets at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 500 Franklin St., West Reading. Call for schedule, 610-678-2500.

Sleep Apnea Support Group - For individuals with sleep apnea and snoring problems. Meets second Tuesday of every third month at 7 p.m. Next meeting in December. The Reading Hospital Education Center. Registration required, call 610-988-HELP. For info, 610-988-8749.

SPELL (Supporting Parents of Exceptional Learners for Life) Support Group - For parents of special education students in Berks County. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at 227 N. 5th Street, Reading. For info call 610-376-6988 or visit www.berkscountyspell.org.

Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group - Second Saturday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Life Center at HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital, Reading. Contact Robin Goodman for info, 610-775-2466.

Stay Quit Support Group - Free group for ex-smokers meets second Tuesday of the month. Reading Hospital K Building First Floor Conference Room. No registration required. Info, 610-988-HELP.

Stroke Survivors Support Group meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. at Reading Health Rehab Hopsital, 2802 Papaermill Road, Wyomissing. 484-628-4357 for info/registration.

sudSSpirit (Sudden Unexpected Death of a Spouse Bereavement Support Group) - Meets monthly at the Exeter Community Library at 6 p.m. Free. No registration. Free. For more infomation, a brochure or current newsletter, please call 717-866-2401 or email sudsspirit@gmail.com.

Survivors of Suicide Berks County - Support group for anyone having lost someone to suicide. Meets second Tuesday of month at 7 p.m. at 1234 Penn Ave., Wyomissing. For more info, call 610-775-3000.

The Compassionate Friends - Support for parents who have lost a child. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Reifton.?For more info call 610-777-7531 or 610-929-0790.

The Esther Principle Workshop - This class will give you tools to be a moral woman of Godly character.  Meetings are held at Lighthouse Christian Center, 500 Franklin Street, West Reading.  Please call for the schedule – (610) 678-2500.

TOPS - PA 839, Amityville meets on Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road, Douglassville. 6:15 p.m. For info please call Linda, 610-582-3323.

Women of Soverign Authority - Meets 3rd Saturday of the month at 1003 Hilltop Court, Leesport (behind St Joseph Hospital - Rt 183) to focus on healing the Whole Woman. 3pm - 5pm. Ask for Blossom 484.332.0247  Email: BlossomBrackman@gmail.com.

Women Supporting Women - Meets at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance on Friday from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., 1234 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing, PA  19610 - a support group for women dealing with life's everyday issues - good and bad.

Women With Voices - Meets at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance on Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 1234 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing, PA  19610 - a support group for women dealing with everyday issues and struggles.

Workaholics Anonymous - Meets at Atonement Lutheran Church Annex in Wyomissing on Thursdays at 7:30 PM.  For more information call 484-388-1191 or www.workaholics-anonymous.org/.