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The ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter

 

Why Come to ALS Support Groups?

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Support groups exist entirely for you, the person with ALS, and your family or loved ones. Here is a list of some things ALS support groups provide:
  • A forum to share information and practical experience, whether it’s learning how to improve physical function, discussing new drug trials, or experiencing the latest augmentative technologies all geared to helping you live more fully with the disease.
  • A safe place to allow your emotions to speak for you.  The group offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn how other people cope with various problems similar to yours, to see that patients and family members are not completely unique, and that others experience the same type of feelings and emotions about the disease as you do.
  • An educational gathering spot where speakers and caregivers address subjects of major interest and exchange; how to incorporate physical and occupational therapy into your life; how to counteract problems in swallowing and chewing; safeguards that can help you avoid pulmonary complications; and ways of coping with depression and caregiver “burnout”, among many other topics.
  • A place to witness firsthand the constant miracle of people continuing to live productive, fulfilling lives in spite of having ALS.
Support groups are a great resource for people to maintain control over their lives, to give and take the wisdom and experience that comes from living with a devastating illness.  Put these meetings at the top of your calendar; they belong to you.  Your presence there will open doors you never knew existed.

 

NC Support/Resource Group Information 
**Please be aware that there are occasional exceptions to the dates below. Please see our Chapter Calendar of exact dates for Support Groups.

Caregiver Support Groups
 
Telephone Caregiver Support Group

When: 2nd Saturday of every month
          10:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Telephone Conference line: (800) 582-3014
Participant Code: 088457128#
Facilitator: Joseph Peters, LCSW
Email: JPeters@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x701
Cell: (910) 409-2754

Asheville Area

When: 4th Wednesday of every month
           6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ
           20 Oak Street, Asheville, NC
Facilitator: Pamela Brown, BSW
Email: PBrown@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x703
Cell: (828) 775-1270


Triangle (Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh Area)

When: 3rd Monday of every month
           6:30pm - 8pm
Where: The ALS Association Jim "Catfish"
            Hunter Chapter
            4 N. Blount St., 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC
Facilitator: Suzanne Gilroy, MSW
Email: Suzanne@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 568-4347 x227


Charlotte (Matthews)

When: 1st Sunday of every month
           2:30pm - 4:00pm
Where: Presbyterian Hospital - Community Room
           1450 Matthews Township Pkwy
           Matthews, NC
Facilitator: Katie Wangelin, LCSW
Email: KWangelin@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x716

Unifour (Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton Area)

When: 3rd Thursday of every month
           6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: The Falls Neurology
           4355 Hickory Blvd., Granite Falls, NC
Facilitators: Roz MacGuire, MSW
Email: RMacGuire@CatfishChapter.org    
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x706
Cell: (825) 496-8699

Annette Beam, RN, CNS-BC
Email: ABeam@CatfishChapter.org  
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x710
Cell: (828) 729-2026   

Wilmington (Coastal Carolina Area)

When: 1st Thursday of every month
           6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Church of the Servants
            4925 Oriole Drive, Wilmington, NC
Facilitator: Joseph Peters, LCSW
Email: JPeters@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x701

Greensboro Area (WinstonSalem, High Point)
When: 3rd Tuesday of every month
           6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: The Treatment Network
           308-A Pomona Drive, Greensboro, NC
Facilitator: Katie Wangelin, LCSW
Email: KWangelin@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x716

Resource Support Groups

Telephone Resource Support Group

When: 4th Sunday of every month
           3:30pm - 5:00pm
Where: Telephone Conference line: 
           (800) 582-3014
Participant Code: 088457128#
Facilitator: Pamela Brown, BSW
Email: PBrown@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x703
Cell: (828) 775-1270

Telephone Respiratory Informational Support Group

When: 4th Thursday of every EVEN month
           3:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Telephone Conference line: 1-800-582-3014
Participant Code: 088457128#
Facilitator: Sue Humphries, LMSW
Email: Sue@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 568-4347 x222

Fayetteville Area

When: 3rd Tuesday of every month
           6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: Massey Hill Recreation Center
           1612 Camden Road, Fayetteville, NC
Facilitators: Joanna Nunez, LCSW
Email: JNunez@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x712

Greensboro/Triad (Winston-Salem, High Point)

When: 2nd Tuesday of every month
           1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where: The Treatment Network, LLC
            308-A Pomona Drive, Greensboro, NC
Facilitator: Jessica Thomas, MSW, LCSW-P
Email: JThomas@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x707 

Triangle (Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh Area)

When: 2nd Sunday of every month
           2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter 
            4 N. Blount St., 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC
Facilitator: Lisa Hoskins, MSW
Email: Lisa@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 568-4347 x241


Unifour (Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton Area)

When: 1st Sunday of every month
           2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: The Falls Neurology
            4355 Hickory Blvd., Granite Falls, NC
Facilitators: Roz MacGuire, MSW
Email: RMacGuire@CatfishChapter.org    
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x706
Cell: (825) 496-8699

Annette Beam, RN, CNS-BC
Email: ABeam@CatfishChapter.org  
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x710
Cell: (828) 729-2026        


Edenton Area
(Hertford)

When: 3rd Wednesday of every month
           5:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: Temporary Location:
Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library
106 W. Water Street, Edenton, NC
Facilitator: Dawn Lanaville, LPA, MA
Email: dlanaville@catfishchapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x715 Cell (302) 388-4553


Asheville Area

When: 4th Friday of every month
           1:00pm - 2:30pm

Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ
            20 Oak Street, Asheville, NC
Facilitator: Pamela Brown, BSW
Email: PBrown@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 257-7401 x703
Cell: (828) 775-1270

Greenville Area
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month

           5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: Vidant Rehabilitation Center Classroom            (located behind the children's hospital)
           2100 Stantonsburg Road, Greenville, NC
           Facilitator: Phyllis Hazel, MSS
           Email: phazel@catfishchapter.org
           Phone: (877) 257-7491 x709
           Cell: (302) 388-4553

Winston-Salem Area  Starting April 22, 2014
When: 4th Tuesday of every month
           6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Heritage Woods
            3812 Forresgate Drive, Winston-Salem, NC
Facilitator: Lynn Sanderson, BSW
Email: lynn@CatfishChapter.org
Phone: (877) 568-4347 x261

 
 
 

 


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