Support groups in Howard County

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

Bigger Conversations offers Caregiver Wellness Circles — For family caregivers tending sick or frail loved ones. For six weeks, one session on Tuesdays, starting June 4, 4 p.m. or Thursdays, starting June 6, 7-9 p.m. Focus is on stress reduction and wellness. Each session includes caregiver check-in, acupuncture, healing practices to generate self-renewal, and a topic specific to caregiver wellness. To register by May 30, Barbara Catlin, 443-799-0308.

Caregiver's support group — First Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., and second Saturday, 10 a.m. Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G50, Columbia. 410-740-5858. Registration required.

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.

La Leche League of Columbia — First Friday, 10 a.m.; and third Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia; Fourth Friday, 10:30 a.m. at the cafe upstairs at Wegmans; and toddler meetings on varying mornings at 10:15 a.m., in library meeting rooms. Support/help with breast-feeding questions.

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 —First Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Does not meet in July or August. Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Sharon Maneki, 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

Together We Thrive — First Saturday, 10 a.m. Patient support group for men and women diagnosed with cancer. Medical Pavilion at Howard County, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia. 410-740-5858. Registration required.

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. Barry Rosenblatt,

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support Groups, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Targeted Media, 501 N. Calvert St., Third Floor, Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-332-6495; or email

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