Support Groups

May 27, 2011

These groups meet regularly.

ALS Resource support group — First Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Educational support for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) patients, family members and friends. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Conference Room 116B, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 301-978-9855 or

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America — First Tuesday, 7 p.m. Medical Pavilion at Howard County General Hospital, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. For exact dates and location, Brad Thomas,

Diabetes — First Tuesday in March, June, September and December, 7 p.m. Patient education and support group sponsored by Howard County General Hospital. Meets in the Howard County Hospital Bolduc Family Outpatient Center. 443-718-3007.

HIV support group for men and women — First Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Howard County Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-6267.

I Can Cope — First Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. A free educational series presented in association with the American Cancer Society. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Registration is required. 410-740-5858.

La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m. Breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Ann, 410-309-4940; Bernadette, 301-421-1177; or Katie, 410-461-3423.

The Lupus Foundation of America DC/MD/VA Chapter — First Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive No. 100, Columbia. 888-349-1167 or

MOMS Club of Ellicott City-Central — First Wednesday, 10 a.m. Support and social group for at-home moms serving the areas west of New Cut Road, 104 and 108, but south of Route 40 (generally the 21042 and 21043 ZIP codes). First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, near Miller Branch library. or

MOPS-Mothers of Preschool Children (through age 5) — First Monday, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Marriottsville. Speakers, mentor support, playgroups and activities. Faye,

National Federation of the Blind — Central Maryland chapter. First Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. Senior Plus Center, East Columbia Branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-715-9596.

Near Death Experience — First Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. Main cafeteria, building No.1, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 410-531-3330 or

Young Widows and Widowers group — First Tuesday, 6:30-9 p.m. A social and support group. Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. 410-740-5858.


Abusive relationships — Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia. Free childcare. 410-997-0304.

Adult Children of Alcoholics — Wednesdays, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia; Saturdays, 12:45 p.m., Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 410-796-4680.

Al-Anon — Fridays and Sundays, 7 p.m. Helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Alcoholics Anonymous — Sundays, 7 p.m. Share experience, strength and hope with each other to solve this common problem and help others to recover. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Bereaved Parents of Baltimore — Monthly sharing groups in Lutherville, Westminster and Columbia. Self-help grief support for parents, grandparents and siblings mourning the loss of a child. Monthly newsletter. 410-321-7053.

Better BedRest Inc. — Resource and referral service for women on bedrest during pregnancy. 410-740-7662.

Bipolar support group — Thursdays, 6 p.m. Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Cancer group for young adults — Mondays. Free professionally-led support groups for young adults affected by cancer in Columbia. 410-964-0202.

The CARE Center — Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Provider of free assistance to Howard County parents in finding services and programs in the community for children and teens. 410-313-2273, or

Celebrate Recovery — Fridays, 7 p.m. Twelve-step program dealing with addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. Light dinner available before meeting. Childcare available. Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Ellicott City. 410-442-5800 or

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