SUPPORT GROUPS
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ADOPTION REUNION CONNECTION
Pollie Robinson, President
263 Lemonade Road
Pacolet, SC  29372
DUES/FEES: $35.00/year membership fee provides use of adoption/search related books and 4 newsletters/year
Support group for adoptees-birth parents-adoptive parents. A group working to preserve families. Open adoption records, support those who have been affected by adoption, educate the public, and aid in searching.
PARENT AGENCY: Adoption Congress, American; Council for Equal Rights in Adoption
OFFICERS: Carole Richard, (864)583-4931, richard689@aol.com
AREA SERVED: South Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20100927

ALANON
(864)585-1930
INTERNET: www.al-anon.alateen.org
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Relatives and friends of alcoholics
DUES/FEES: None
Call this number for times and locations of Alanon and AA meetings.
Date of Last Update: 20100816

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS; AA
(864)585-1930 (24 hour number, 7 days a week)
INTERNET: www.aa.org
MEETING TIMES: call
For information on meeting times, see the special notices section in the Sunday edition of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20100816

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION EVENING SUPPORT GROUP, ROSECREST
Joyce Finkle
901 South Pine Street
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)542-9998
EMAIL: joyce.finkle@alz.org
INTERNET: www.alz.org/sc
Meets 2nd Thursday, 11:30 am at RoseCrest Retirement Community, 200 Fortress Drive, Inman
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Caregivers to persons with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call ahead if you'd like the chapter to provide a sitter at no charge while you attend the meeting.
Support group of family and friends of people with Alzheimer's disease.
PARENT AGENCY: Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20110809

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP, CHESNEE
Joyce Finkle
901 South Pine Street
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)542-9998
EMAIL: joyce.finkle@alz.org
INTERNET: www.alz.org/sc
Meets 4th Monday, 6 pm at Wesleyan Church Fellowship Hall, Chesnee
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call ahead if you'd like the chapter to provide a sitter at no charge while you attend the meeting.
Support group of family and friends of people with Alzheimer's Disease.
PARENT AGENCY: Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20110809

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP, NIGHT
Joyce Finkle
901 South Pine Street
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)542-9998
EMAIL: joyce.finkle@alz.org
INTERNET: www.alz.org/sc
Meets 3rd Tuesday, 6 pm at  Alzheimer's Association office, 901 South Pine Street, Spartanburg
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Caregivers to persons with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call ahead if you'd like the chapter to provide a sitter at no charge while you attend the meeting.
Support group of family and friends of people with Alzheimer's Disease.
PARENT AGENCY: Alzheimer's Association,  South Carolina Chapter
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20110809

CANCER ASSOCIATION OF SPARTANBURG AND CHEROKEE COUNTIES, INC.
Glaydeane S. Lee, Executive Director or Trish Frasier, Office Manager
295 East Main Street Suite 100
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)582-0771
EMAIL: info@cancerassociation.org
INTERNET: www.cancerassociation.org
Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Resident of Spartanburg or Cherokee Counties currently diagnosed with cancer
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call, visit
The Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Inc.'s sole purpose is to provide assistance to cancer patients in our community by offering the services listed on our website at no charge regardless of income level or insurance status.
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties
Date of Last Update: 20110527

Christopher's Camp Child Bereavement Day Camp
Edie Riddlespurger, Psychosocial/ Bereavement Supervisor
120 Heywood Avenue, Suite 300
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)560-3944
EMAIL: eriddlespurger@srhs.com
Call or email for information
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call for date and registration. Open to any child ages 4-16 who has experienced a loss they are coping with. Led by trained professionals and volunteers.
PARENT AGENCY: Regional Hospice
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, and Greenville counties
Date of Last Update: 20110726

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
Dick Renner
PO Box 25573
Greenville, SC  29616
(864)990-1061
EMAIL: dickrenner@bellsouth.net
INTERNET: www.tcfofgreenvillesc.org
Meets 2nd Thursday, 7 pm, at Pelham Road Baptist Church, Greenville
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Bereaved parents, grandparents, siblings
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call or visit
A self-help and support organization for parents who have experienced the death of a child.
FUNDING: Donations
AREA SERVED: Upstate South Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20110726

COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, AMERICAN
Barbara Mattson, President
519 East Main Street # 8
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)285-2921
EMAIL: barbieann519@charter.net
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Interested in issues pertaining to the Blind.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Contact for more information.
Support group for visually impaired people, their families and friends, and professionals working with them as well as interested parties.
FUNDING: Donations/dues
PARENT AGENCY: American Council of the Blind, 2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201
AREA SERVED: Upstate
Date of Last Update: 20110531

FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Libby Warlick
Beaumont Plaza,
 630 Chesnee Highway
Spartanburg, SC  29303
(864)345-1162
EMAIL: elizabeth.warlick@dss.sc.gov
INTERNET: www.fcspartanburg.com
Meets last Monday, 7 -9 pm
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Open to all foster parents licensed in Spartanburg County.
DUES/FEES: $5.00/year (voluntary) individual; $10.00 for family
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Apply at DSS or call for an application.
An organization for foster and adoptive parents licensed through the Spartanburg County Department of Social Services.  Provides support and training for foster and adoptive parents.
PARENT AGENCY: Department of Social Services
OFFICERS: Marcia Donmeyer, President ; Brandy Brewer, Vice President ; Kay Kirby, Treasurer/Secretary
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20111028

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
David Hutchinson
120 Heywood Avenue, Suite 300
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)560-5620
EMAIL: dhutchinson@srhs.com
Call for support group information.
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Some groups require registration.
On-going support groups for bereaved persons, open to anyone who has experienced a loss.  The group is facilitated by a Hospice bereavement counselor and includes an opportunity for group discussion and mutual support of all participants.
The groups run throughout the year and last for six weeks (one session a week).  Participation in all six sessions is required. 
PARENT AGENCY: Regional Hospice
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, and Greenville counties
Date of Last Update: 20110726

HEALING HEART OF SPARTANBURG
Becky Dunbar
101 Lake Forest Drive
Spartanburg, SC  29307
(864)587-7777 (Dunbar Funeral Home)
Meets at
Westminster Presb. Church on Fernwood Drive the first and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7-8.
DUES/FEES: None
The Healing Heart is a non-denominational Christian grief support group offering encouragement, hope and healing to anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one.
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20101007

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP
Robin Newsom
147 Blalock Cove
Chesnee, SC 29323
(864)461-5848
EMAIL: rcn1001@chesnet.net
INTERNET: www.nmss.org
Meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30 pm at Mary Black Memorial Hospital in the private dining room.
DUES/FEES: None
Founded 1984, approximately 50 members. Provides support for persons with multiple sclerosis, their families, and friends.
ALTERNATE CONTACTS: Rose Ann Vinson, lockhart14@hotmail.com
PARENT AGENCY: National Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County and surrounding areas.
Date of Last Update: 20110510

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
Muscular Dystrophy Support Group
25 Woods Lake Road, Suite 412
Greenville, SC  29607
(864)235-0041
EMAIL: greenville@mdausa.org
INTERNET: www.mdausa.org
MEETS: Call for meeting times and location
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Must have Muscular Dystrophy or be a relative or friend of someone with MD.
DUES/FEES: None
Support group for those suffering from any type of muscular dystrophy and their family members.
FUNDING: MDA grant
AREA SERVED: Upstate South Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20111228

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
Vastie Hazel
196 Collins Avenue
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(828)242-0662
EMAIL: haze6813@bellsouth.net
INTERNET: www.nami.org
MEETS: Meets 3rd Tuesday at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Spartanburg (across from Barnes and Noble)
FEES: Meetings are free of charge and last, on average, 90 minutes
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group for adults with mental illness regardless of their diagnosis. All are led by trained individuals who are also in recovery--people who understand the challenges we face. NAMI Family to Family is a support group for caregivers of adults with mental illness. This group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the St. John's Lutheran Church located at 415 South Pine Street, Spartanburg.
PARENT AGENCY: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20100928

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS
1-800-828-5689 (hotline) or 1-800-681-0953 (Greater Spartanburg area)
INTERNET: www.na.org
24 hour hotline and helpline
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: call
For information on meeting times, see the special notices section in the Sunday edition of the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg, Greenville, Cherokee, Union, and Polk Counties
Date of Last Update: 20100816

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS
Boog Henderson, Contact
1195 Partridge Road
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)583-2400
EMAIL: wilsonpickus@BellSouth.net
INTERNET: www.oa.org
MEETING TIMES: Mondays, 7 pm
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: A desire to stop eating compulsively.
DUES/FEES: None
Follows the 12 step program like Alcoholics Anonymous. Monday meetings are at 7 pm at the YMCA on Pine Street; call for more information. Please call the contact person to confirm the day, time, and location of any meeting you want to attend.
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg
Date of Last Update: 20111026

PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP, SPARTANBURG
Winnie Walsh
104 Lorraine Court
Spartanburg, SC 29307
(864)579-1002
EMAIL:  winwalsh@bellsouth.net 
Meets 2nd Thursday, 1:30 pm at the Chapman Cultural Center, East Wing building, 200 St. John Street, Spartanburg Phone: (864)583-0339 ext.3
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Everyone welcome
DUES/FEES: None
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call
Dance exercise at 1:30 pm followed by general meeting in conference room at 2 pm. Programs address specific issues to help improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's Disease.
AREA SERVED: Upstate South Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20110923

PFLAG; PARENTS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS
Joyce Harrison
(864)574-1253 before 10 pm
EMAIL: pflag-spartanburg@pflagupstatesc.org
INTERNET: www.pflagupstatesc.org
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Parents, families, and friends of gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgendered people and GLBT people as well.
FEES: $25.00/annual single membership; $30/family
DUES/FEES:
Call
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call for meeting locations and information
A non-profit organization that provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and works to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
FUNDING: Donations
PARENT AGENCY: PFLAG
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20100914

SAFE HOMES-RAPE CRISIS COALITION
Lynn Hawkins, Executive Director
236 Union Street
Spartanburg, SC  29302
(864)583-9803 (24 hours Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Line); 1-800-273-5066 (Upstate); (864)583-9803 (Thrift Store)
EMAIL: SHRCC@aol.com
INTERNET: www.shrcc.org
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm; Thrift Store: Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; Crisis Line 24 hours
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Domestic violence: Clients must be physically abused by a spouse, ex-spouse, partner in a marital-type relationship, or a family member living in the same home or receive a serious threat with a history of domestic violence. Sexual assault: Must be a victim of sexual assault or a family member of a victim.
DUES/FEES: None for crisis intervention, groups or shelter; sliding scale fees for individual therapy/counseling
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Call/Walk-In (Monday-Friday)
SAFE Homes Network and Council on Sexual Assault (COSA) merged in 1994. A 24-hour crisis line, counseling, support, advocacy, and assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse victims and their families. Temporary emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis intervention, food, transportation information and referrals, support groups, individual and group therapy, community education, assistance with Domestic Abuse Petitions and court escorts, and crisis response at the hospital for sexual assault victims. The courthouse office is located on the 3rd floor of the courthouse on Magnolia Street.
FUNDING: United Way; Contributions; Spartanburg County; Victims of Crime Act; State; Uptown Sertoma Club
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties
Date of Last Update: 20110624

SELF HELP ASSOCIATION REGARDING EMOTIONS (SHARE)
Sherry McLaughlin
Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center
250 Dewey Avenue
Spartanburg, SC  29303
(864)585-0366, ext. 254
EMAIL: scshare@bellsouth.net | skm65@scdmh.org
INTERNET: www.scshare.com
South Carolina SHARE was organized in 1986. Provides an opportunity for mental health consumers to offer one another guidance and support through self-help groups. Other SHARE groups are located in communities across the state. The state toll-free support line is 1(800)832-8032.
FUNDING: South Carolina State; Federal; private
PARENT AGENCY: SHARE, South Carolina
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20100915

SHARING
Lizzie Staggs
101 East Wood Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
(864)560-6157
EMAIL: lstaggs@srhs.com
Meets 4th Thursday, 7 pm at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in the Board Room-3rd Floor
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Friends and/or family
DUES/FEES: None
A support group for parents who have lost an infant.
AREA SERVED: Upstate South Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20110913

SUNFLOWERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Pollie Robinson and Carole Richard, Co-Directors
263 Lemonade Road
Pacolet, SC  29372
(864)583-4931 (Carole Richard)
EMAIL: richard689@aol.com
Call for location of meeting.
Sunflowers are a group of women who lost our babies to a closed adoption system simply because we were unwed and uninformed of our rights.  We now choose to walk in the light of day of truth and honesty instead of the darkness of secrecy and lies.  We are part of much larger organizations, Council of Equal Rights in Adoption (CERA) and Origins USA (OUSA).  We help young women who are being pressured into adoption, either by society or family.  We provide information so they can get help to keep mother and child together.  We provide counseling and do educational workshops to explain the damage adoption can do to both mother and child.  It has lifelong consequences.  Family preservation, not adoption separation.
PARENT AGENCY: Council for Equal Rights in Adoption (CERA); Origins USA (OUSA)
AREA SERVED: South Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20100927
 

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