Reaching out: Support groups offer help

For those in need, a number of support groups are available in the Sandhills. The Pilot also runs a support group listing in the Wednesday paper each week. Call with corrections or additions to (910) 693-2482.


AlAnon meetings (for family members of alcoholics) are held at noon every Monday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, and at noon every Friday at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines. Meetings are also held at 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Alcoholics Anonymous building, located on Wyler Street, Aberdeen. Call (910) 215-8894.

Alcoholics Anonymous of Moore County has information available on its website,, or by phone at (800) 496-1742. You also can reach the group by mail at Sandhills Intergroup, P.O. Box 2513, Southern Pines, NC 28388.

The Outreach of the Chapel in the Pines hosts an Alzheimer’s memory loss support group in Seven Lakes for caregivers of Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related conditions. It meets the third Tuesday of each month. The Chapel in the Pines also hosts a support group for people in early- to mid-stages of dementia. It meets at 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Chapel, 581 Seven Lakes Drive, Seven Lakes. Call Rev. Fran Stark at (910) 673-5493.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every month, at Elmcroft of Southern Pines, 101 Brucewood Road, Southern Pines. The Alzheimer’s Support Group offers support, comfort and guidance to anyone affected by the disease. Space is limited. Lunch is provided. Contact Jennifer Brown at

Fox Hollow Senior Living is offering a monthly Alzheimer’s Support and Educational Group for caregivers and their loved ones who are diagnosed. The group meets at Fox Hollow the first Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m.190 Fox Hollow Road, Pinehurst. Call Elizabeth Ragsdale (910) 695-0011 or email Eragsdale

Alzheimer’s Support Group, hosted by St. Joseph of the Pines, every third Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Belle Meade Clubhouse, Canterbury Room, Camp Easter Road Campus, Southern Pines. Call (910) 246-3014 or email besteves

Autism Society of N.C. — Moore County Chapter meets second Thursday of the month at Sandhills Children’s Center for networking, idea sharing. RSVP required for attendance and/or child care. Call (910) 255-6715 or email

Middle Cross Baptist Church sponsors a cancer support group that meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Middle Cross Baptist Church, West End. Call Jessie Kellis at (910) 673- 2938 or Pastor David Reynolds at (910) 947- 2261.

Caregivers Education and Support Group (Dementia-specific), fourth Tuesday of each month, 1 p.m., Senior Enrichment Center and second Tuesday of each month, 2 p.m., Given Library. Registration required. For more information and to register, call Peggie Kennedy, Moore County Department of Aging, (910) 215-0900.

Caregiver Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Senior Enrichment Center. Call Peggie Kennedy at (910) 215-0900.

Co-dependents Anonymous meets each Monday from 7-8 p.m. at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Conference Room C. Call Lourie Dix at (910) 692-9869 or (910) 695- 5588.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 83 of Moore County meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 1020 Priest Hill Road, Carthage. DAV is a service organization dedicated to assisting disabled veterans. Service officers are available to help  veterans with VA paperwork Tuesday through Thursday and also are on call. Drop in or call for an appointment. For transportation to VA appointments or information, call (910) 944-1113 or visit

Family Caregiver Support Group, Penick Village, led by Fran Stark. Third Thursday of each month, 1:30 p.m. Contact Sarah Seawell or Katey McLochlan, (910) 692-0344.

Do you have a child with a special need, disability or chronic illness? Family Support Network of the Sandhills can help you start a support group. Call Susan Fish (910) 420- 1178.

GCF Family Support Services is a parent-to- parent support program. The greatest asset a child can have is a strong family. Its mission is to support, educate and provide connections for families of children with special needs and those born prematurely or needing special care. Call (910) 420-1178 or visit

The Fayetteville Area Resource Support Group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at 505B Owen Drive, Fayetteville. Contact facilitators Patricia Rachmat, LCSW, at prachmat@catfish or (877) 257-7401 ext. 711, or Joanna Nunez, LCSW, at jnunez@catfish or (877) 257-7401, ext. 712.

Friend to Friend, Moore County’s domestic violence and sexual assault agency. Healthy Relationship Support Groups every Wednesday, noon, 105 McReynolds St., Suite F, Carthage, and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Butterfly Boutique, Southern Pines. Call (910) 947-3327.


Hopeful Hearts Chronic Illness support group meets the first and third Saturdays of every month at New Covenant Fellowship on Pinehurst Avenue. The meetings start at 4 p.m.

Legal Aid Intake Day, second Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 1118 Pennsyl-vania Ave., Southern Pines. Third Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sandhills Community Action Program, 103 Saunders St., Carthage. Call (800) 672-5834.

Meditation program every Monday at 7 p.m. at The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living. Everyone is welcome. Visit or call (910) 692-0995.

Military Spouse Support Group meets the last Friday of every month, 9-11 a.m., Trinity Christian Fellowship; child care provided. Fellow-ship, teaching, outreach and support. All military spouses from the community welcome. (910) 420-2550.

Mothers of Moore (MOM) is a support group for mothers of children ages birth to 5 years old. MOM meets the second Tuesday of every month from September through May at Southern Pines United Methodist Church. MOM hosts weekly playgroups for children, holiday parties and other social activities throughout the year. Visit or email

MS self-help group. For meeting date, time and location, contact Dell at (910) 944- 2567.

Narcotics Anonymous, an organization for recovering addicts, meets at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Southern Pines. Call (866) 418-9500, or visit

National Alliance on Mental Illness — Moore County (NAMI-MC) sponsors a local educational/ support meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, except in July or December. Its September meeting is held on the second Monday. A support-only meeting is held on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at FirstHealth Conference Center, located at the corner of Page Road and N.C. 211. Visit, or call (910) 295-1053.

Overeaters Anonymous meets each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, U.S. 1, Aberdeen, and Saturday at 10 a.m. at the AA Building, 504 Wilder Ave.

Parkinson Support Group meets every third Wednesday, year-round. Village Chapel Care Cottage, 55 Commu-nity Road, Pinehurst. For patients and families dealing with Parkinson’s disease. Call Betty Ann Bennett (910) 684-8760.

“Pieces of Hope,” West End-based women’s group providing education about many forms of domestic and other abuse: physical, mental, self, emotional, verbal, financial, work place. The group also brings awareness about the effects of abuse on children. Visit

Recovery Program for addicts at Beaver Creek Family Life Center, 2280 Nicholson Road, Cameron, Monday-Saturday, 7 p.m., and Sundays, 6 p.m. (919) 499-9632.

Sandhills Chapter of Teen Challenge is a residential faith-based recovery program for men ages 18+ with a drug or alcohol problem. Visit or call (910) 947-2944.

Sandhills Down Syndrome Network

Third Wednesday every other month, 6-8 p.m. at the Sandhills Children’s Center, in Southern Pines. Kids welcome. RSVP/info, or call (910) 584-0585, or find us on Facebook: Sandhills Down Syndrome Network.

Sandhills Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a program for mothers of children ages birth-5. MOPS meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month during the school year in Pinehurst. For information, call (910) 215-8099, visit or email

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) is a spiritual program based on the principles and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Local group meetings are held on Mondays at 7:30 p.m., in Aberdeen. Confidentiality assuredFor more information, visit or call (910) 641-2780.

Sexual assault support group — Friend to Friend, the domestic violence and rape crisis center in Moore County, is forming a weekly support group for survivors of sexual assault. No charge. The group meets at 103 Monroe St., in Carthage. Call (910) 947-3333.

Therapeutic Foster Parent orientation sessions by NC MENTOR meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at Simpson Executive Center, 503 Carthage, Suite 302, Sanford. Call (919) 718-9339 or visit

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