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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 office.

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 – Help for families of alcoholics. For info on local meetings, call 610-373-5237.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Faced with a drinking problem? Call the 24-hour hotline, 610-373-6500, or visit www.readingberksintergroup.org for a complete meeting list.

Alzheimer’s Assn. Support Group – Boyertown – Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., at Chestnut Knoll Residential and Memory Care and At Home Services, 120 W. Fifth St., Boyertown. For more information call 610-473-8066. Topton – Held the 1st Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Lutheran Home at Topton. For info, call 610-375-4990 or the Lutheran Home at Topton, 610-682-1400.

Amputee Support Group – Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at Reading Health Rehab Hopsital, 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing, 4-5 p.m. 484-628-4357 for info/registration.

Anxiety Support Group – Meets every other Wednesday 6:30-7:30 at Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, 1245 Penn Ave., Wyomissing. 610-775-3000.

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 3rd Saturday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m. at Giannotti’s Berkshire Restuarant, 1714 State Hill Road, Wyomissing. For info call 717-445-4757.

Bereavement Seminars – offering wisdom, strength and encouragement, held Mondays, 7-9 p.m., at St. Catharine’s Parish Center, 2427 Perkiomen Ave., Mt. Penn.  Call 610-370-1174 for details.

Bereavement Support Group – Meets 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bern Campus.  For more information and registration, contact Sister Rose Dvorak, 610-378-2297.

Berks County Assn. 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.

Better Breather Support Group – For those with lung health concerns. Meets the 4th Monday of each month, 1:15-2:15 p.m., at Reading Hospital, 5th Ave. Conference Center, West Reading. 484-628-4357 for info/registration.

Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks offers a number of support programs for women recently diagnosed, for all survivors and those exploring the impact of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. For more information, call 610-478-1447 or www.bcssberks.org for details.

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

Caregiver Support Group – Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern PA. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-3 p.m., at Phoebe Berks Village Chapel. Call 610-927-8515.

Caring for the Caregiver Support Group – Meets the 2nd Monday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., Reading Hospital Regional Cancer Center, N-Ground. Registration is encouraged. For info, call 610-988-HELP.

Celebrate Recovery – 12-step program for addictions and everyday burdens. Meets weekly on Fridays, 6:30-8 p.m., at Spring Valley Church of God, Temple. Call 610-929-7969. Also meets every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., at Reading DOVE Christian Ministry Center, 621 Centre Ave., Reading. Info, 610-371-8386.

Codependents Anonymous – 12-Step fellowship of men and women who desire healthy relationships. Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Hope UMC, 3474 Rothsville Road, Ephrata. For more information call Bob, 717-380-4911 or Dave, 717-575-6728. 

Compassionate Friends – Reiffton – Candlelight service held 2nd Sunday of the month, 7:00 p.m., at Reformation Lutheran Church, 3601 Perkiomen Ave., Reiffton. 610-929-0790 or Christine, 610-777-7531. Pottstown – 4th Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., at 1st Presbyterian Church, 750 N. Evans St., Pottstown. 610-327-4323 or lindaclemmer@verizon.net. Chapter also offers sibling support for 16+. Phoenixville – 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m., at 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.

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

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

Esther Principle Workshop, The – 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 610-678-2500 for the schedule.

Family & Friends Coping With Incarceration – Held the 1st Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m.  For individuals who have a loved one incarcerated or involved with the adult or juvenile justice system.  New members welcome. For meeting location and more information, contact BCPS/Berks Connections at 610-478-6920.

Gam-Anon – Ephrata – Meets Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., at Ephrata COB, 201 Crescent Ave, Ephrata. Temple – Meets Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m.,  at Christ Church UCC, 4870 Kutztown Road, Temple. Info, 717-413-6789.

Grief/Share Support Groups – Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at West Lawn UMC, 15 Woodside Ave., West Lawn. Call Pastor Andrea, 610-678-5611 for more information. Meets Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. & 7-9 p.m., at Reformation Lutheran  Church, 3670 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. Call 610-779-0534 for information. Meets Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Glad Tidings AOG, 1110 Snyder Rd., West Lawn. Call 610-678-0266 ext. 242.

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.

Heart Sisters Women’s Heart Attack & Disease Support Group – Meets 2nd Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at St. Ignatius School, 2710 St. Albans Dr., Sinking Spring. Info, Bev, 610-781-5557 or Chrissy, 484-955-4372.

Highmark Caring Place – For grieving school-age children and their families. Call 1-888-224-4673 or visit www.highmarkcaringplace.com.

I Can Support Group for Persons with Disabilities – Social groups held the 1st Saturday of the month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington?St.,?Reading. Call Mental Health Assoc., 610-775-3000 for details.

Injured Workers of PA – Meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., at the Teamsters Local 429 Bldg., 1055 Spring St., Wyomissing.  The IWPA is a 501-3(c) non-profit organization.  For more information, call 610-376-7942 or visit www.InjuredWorkersofPA.org.

Kids Konnected Group – For children with a parent being treated for cancer. Meets the 4th Monday of each month, 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 1st Wednesday of the month, 3-4:30 p.m., at Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing. For info call 484-628-4357.

Living with Loss – “Journeys through Grief” is 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, call 610-770-9205 or visit www.diakon.org.

MOMS Club – For stay-at-home moms & their children. Douglassville West – For specific meeting location, email moms19518@hotmail.com or visit www.momsdouglassvillewest.webs.com. New Hanover Twp. – Meets 2nd Friday of each month, 10 a.m., at New Hanover Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville. Email momsclubofnht@yahoo.com or visit www.momsclubofnht.webs.com for more information. Oley Valley – Email oleyvalleymoms@gmail.com or visit oleyvalleymomsclub.weebly.com for info and meetings and times. Sinking Spring – Meets every Tuessday, 10 1.m., at Koinos Community Church, 801 Commerce Street, Sinking Spring, Call Michelle, 484-650-3509 or email momsclubofsinkingspring@yahoo.com. Southern Berks County – Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. For location, contact Mary, 484-955-9671 or southernberksmomsclub@gmail.com.

Monday Morning Miracle Al-Anon Family Group – Meets every Monday, holidays included, 11 a.m. in the Choir Room of Trinity Reformed UCC, 60 N. Hanover St., Pottstown.

Moving Forward – For men and women dealing with the highs and lows of everyday living. Meets Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, Penn Avenue, Wyomissing.

MS Support Group – Meets the 3rd Monday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital, main building, B-Level Cafeteria. Contact, Dee 610-779-7874.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group  – Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at St. james Church, 644 Penn Ave., West Reading. Enter by glass door at rear of bldg. Info, 610-685-3000.

NAMI Family Support Group – Meets second Wednesday of each month 7:00-8:30 p.m., Calvary UCC, 640 Centre Ave., Reading. Helping families who live with mental illness. Info, 610-685-3000.

Nar-Anon – Journey to Serenity. 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s ELC, 584 Old Swede Rd. (Rt. 662), Douglassville. For info, 267-228-6752 or 484-529-2545.

Not One More Addiction – 1 p.m. at West Reading Fire Station, 223 Playground Dr., West Reading. Contact Brenda 610-334-8461.

Overeaters Anonymous – Blandon – Meets Tuesdays, 4 p.m., at Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Blandon. Reading – Meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., at Reading Hospital Education Room B, park in 6th St. garage & use main hospital entrance. Temple – Meets Fridays, 10:15 a.m., at Muhlenberg Community Library Conference Room. 3612 Kutztown Road, Temple. West Lawn – Meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., at West Lawn UMC Hebrews Cafe - Lower Level. Wyomissing – Meets Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran - Annex, Penn Ave. & Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing. Meets Wednesdays, 5:15 p.m., at Wyomissing Church of the Brethren, 2200 State Hill Road.

Overeaters Anonymous – Parents Supporting Parents – The Challenged Child. Meets Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. For more info, call 610-775-3000.

Parkinson’s Support Group – For friends, family and caregivers. Meets  2nd Monday of the month, 3:30 p.m., at Reading Rehabilitation Hospital, 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing. For info call 484-628-4357. No registration required.

Pet Loss Bereavement Support Group – 1st and 2nd Mondays of each month (except July 4 and Labor Day), 6-7:30 p.m., at Wyomissing Public Library, 9 Reading Blvd. Good-will offering will benefit Humane Society of Berks and Wyomissing Public Library.

Postpartum Depression Support Group – Meets 2nd Thursday of the month, 7-8 p.m., at the Reading Hospital Doctors Office Bldg., 301 S. 7th Ave., Suite 125. For info, call 484-628-4357.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Informative & supportive group meeting for RA & other autoimmune conditions such as lupus, psoriatic arthritis and more. For more information, contact Brenda Eaken at BLEaken@arthritisintrospective.org.

Scleroderma Foundation Support Group – Meets the 2nd Saturday of every other month, beginning in January, 10 a.m., at Reading Pediatrics Office, 40 Berkshire Court, Wyomissing.  For info, Dawn, 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 – For friends and family of incarcerated and recently released sex offenders. Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., at the Lancaster Friends (Quaker) Meeting, Tulane Terrace, off Columbia Ave. 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 2nd Tuesday of every third month, 7 p.m., at the Reading Hospital Education Center. Registration required, call 610-988-HELP. For info, 610-988-8749.

SPELL (Supporting Parents of Exceptional Learners for Life) – For parents of special education students in Berks County. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 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 – Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 6-8 p.m., at Life Center at HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital, Reading. Contact Robin Goodman for info, 610-775-2466.

Stay Quit Support Group – For ex-smokers. Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month. Reading Hospital K Building First Floor Conference Room. No registration required. Info, 610-988-HELP.

Stroke Survivors – Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month, 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, 6 p.m., at the Exeter Community Library No registration required. For more infomation, a brochure, or current newsletter, call 717-866-2401 or email sudsspirit@gmail.com.

Survivors of Suicide Berks County – For anyone having lost someone to suicide. Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 7 p.m., at 1234 Penn Ave., Wyomissing. For more info, call 610-775-3000.

Women’s Heart Attack & Disease Survivors  Support Group – Meets 2nd Thursday 7:00 at St. Ignatius School, Meeting Room C, 2710 Saint Albans Drive, Sinking Spring. Call Chrissy 484-955-4372.

Women of Soverign Authority – Meets 3rd Saturday of the month, 3-5 p.m., at 1003 Hilltop Court, Leesport (behind St Joseph Hospital, Rt. 183) to focus on healing the Whole Woman. Call Blossom, 484-332-0247 or email BlossomBrackman@gmail.com.

Women Supporting Women – For women dealing with life’s everyday issues – good and bad. Meets Fridays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, 1234 Penn Ave., Wyomissing.

Women With Voices – For women dealing with everyday issues and struggles. Meets Thursdays, 5-6 p.m., at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, 1234 Penn Ave., Wyomissing.

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

Your Voice! Your Story! An evening of sharing and support for Berks County’s Women Warriors. Women veterans of all conflicts/service are welcome. For more information, call Shari,  Veterans Coalition of PA (VCOP), 610-636-0931.