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					                    Pennsylvania Brain Injury Support Groups


Allentown

Name: Lehigh Valley Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital; Health and Technology Building, 2nd Floor
Conference Room
Address: 850 South 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103-3296
Contacts: Bill DeCray: 610-432-1619 , Bonnie Kuhns: 610-776-3214
Website: http://www.biplv.com
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
Format: Primarily informational, discussion/emotional support happens in context versus
planned into meeting; no social events

Name: Brain Injury Support Group for Teens
Location: Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, Health and Technology Building
Address: 850 South 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103-3296
Contacts: Jodie Moutlon: 610-778-9207, jmoulton@gsrh.org
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00- 7:00 p.m.
Format: Client driven monthly gathering to do activities chosen by the members
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Altoona

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
Address: 2005 Valley View Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602
Contacts: Brenda Williams: 814-944-3535
Meeting Day: 2nd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Format: Varies, speakers on occasion, topics on occasion; agenda determined month by month
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Butler

Name: Mind Matters: The Butler TBI Support Group
Location: Butler Memorial Hospital, Dimmick Room
Address: 911 E. Brady Street, Butler, PA 16001
Contacts: Monica Perry: 724-287-4646, Dottie Ardell : 724-285-3472, Hospital: 724-283-6666
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Format: Discussions on topics generated by the group

Name: STRONG: Survivors of Trauma Recovery Oriented Group
Location: Butler Veterans Administration
Address: 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001
Contacts: Chris Diamond: 724-286-4781 ext. 4433
Meeting Day: 4th Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Format: This group is open to veterans and other members of the community who have
experienced strokes or brain injury
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Chambersburg

Name: Head Back
Location: Chambersburg Hospital, primarily
Address: 112 North 7th Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201
Contact: Karen Dubbs: 717-263-5721
Meeting Day: Last Thursday of the month (Apr.-Oct. only). Please call to verify location.
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Format: Informal, unstructured, “family-like” open discussion; occasional speakers; 2-4 social
events per year
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Clarion

Name: TBI Tuesdays
Location: Clarion University Speech and Hearing Clinic
Address: Keeling Health Center, Clarion Main Campus
Contact: Mary Pat McCarthy: 814-393-2326
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Format: Informal, group discussion, guest speakers, social events, agenda determined by
participants
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Connellsville

Name: Health South Connellsville Head Injury Support Group
Location: Lobby Area of HealthSouth Rehab at Laurel Mall
Address: Route 119, Laurel Mall
Contact: Tom and Mary Lou Hoak: 724-628-0419, Cheryl Crise: 724-626-5000
Meeting Day: Third Tuesday of each month.
Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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Danville

Name: Head Strong Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Geisinger HealthSouth Rehab Hospital
Address: 2 Rehab Lane, Danville, PA 17821
Contacts: Amy Wilk: 570-271-6110 ext 51428
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Format: Topical discussions, speakers, 3 social events per year
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Doylestown

Name: BCIU#22 Parent Support Group
Location: Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
Address: 705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
Contacts: Sarah Krusen: 1-800-700-4822 ext. 2085; Marguerite Vasconcellos: 1-800-770-4822
ext. 1679
Meeting Day: 4th Wednesday of each month during the school year
Meeting Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Format: Determined month by month, speakers arranged on topics generated by group


Name: BCIU#22 Teen Support Group
Location: Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
Address: 705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
Contacts: Sarah Krusen: 1-800-700-4822 ext.2085; Marguerite Vasconcellos 1-800-770-4822
ext 1679
Meeting Day: 4th Wednesday of each month during the school year
Meeting Time: 7:00-8: p.m.
Format: This group is for adolescents with brain injury, ages 13-21. Meeting formats vary with
open discussions, speakers, theme nights, and social events.
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East Stroudsburg

Name: Head Injury Support Group
Location: Pocono Medical Center
Address: 206 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Contacts: Pam Asthana: 570-476-3460
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Elkins Park

Name: Brain Injury Empowerment Group
Location: Moss Rehab Elkins Park Campus, Drucker Brain Injury Center
Address: 60 East Township Line Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Contacts: Roberta Brooks: 215-456-9901, Katie Soreth-Harman: 215-663-6757
Meeting Day: 2nd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Format: Topical discussions, speakers, 2 social events per year
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Erie

Name: Brain Injury Education and Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Erie
Address: 143 E. 2nd Street, Erie, PA 16507
Contact: Jennifer Abbott: 814-878-1358
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Name: Brain Injury Support Group of Erie
Location: Glenwood United Methodist Church
Address: 2931 Myrtle Street, Erie, PA
Contact: Nanette Crawford: 814-452-5519
Meeting Day: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
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Greensburg

Name: Westmoreland Brain-Head Trauma Support Group
Location: Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
Address: 766 E. Pittsburgh St. Greensburg, PA 15601 - Lower Level of the Davis Center
Contact: Maria Martin: 724-838-1312
Meeting Day: 2nd Thursday of each month.
Meeting Time: 1-3 p.m.
Format: This is a newly formed group. The format is in development.
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Hershey

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: University Physicians Center, Room 1010, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Address: 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Contacts: Julia Slocumb: 717-503-7566, jslocomb@hmc.psu.edu ; Melissa Carmen: 717-361-
2854, sunshineblu18@aol.com
Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Format: Sharing, some speakers
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Johnstown

Name: Johnstown Area Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Address: 101 Sunray Drive, Dorm A, Johnstown, PA 15905
Contact: Melodee Hursey: 814-255-8189; mhursey@dvbic.org
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Format: Discussion, speakers

Name: Looking Beyond
Location: Unlimited Care Providers - Choices Community Service Center
Address: 119 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904
Contacts: Lindy Mishler: 1-800-270-2393, Kayla Newcomer
Meeting Day: 4th Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Format: Informal, group discussions, guest speakers, social events, agenda determined by
participants

Name: Brain Tumor Support Group
Location: John P. Murtha
Address: 1450 Scalp Ave., Suite 2400, Johnstown, PA 15904
Contacts: Denise LeHew: 814-534-3797
Meeting Day: 3rd Monday of each month.
Meeting Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
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Lancaster

Name: Lancaster Area Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Acadia, Suite 201
Address: 1817 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 17601 (call for directions if needed)
Contact: Kathleen Meade: 717-394-3466
Meeting Day: 1st Thursday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.
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Langhorne

Name: Heads On Straight for TBI Survivors& Families Support Group
Location: Saint Mary Medical Center, Parenting Center in CDC building, diagonally across from
Emergency Room entrance
Address: Route 413, Langhorne, PA 19047
Contact: Anne Sears, Mike Hrbowski: 215-741-4196
Meeting Day: 1st Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Format: Open Discussion, speakers a few times per year
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Malvern

Name: Survivors Group and Family Members Group (2 separate groups meet at the same time)
Location: Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation
Address: 414 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Contact: Cynthia Simonds: 484-596-5430, Dr. Edward Murphy: 484-596-3965
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Format: 6 meetings with topic focused discussions; 4 meetings with speakers; 2 social events
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Mechanicsburg

Name: West Shore Brain Injury Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center of Mechanicsburg
Address: 175 Lancaster Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Contact: Pat Kautz: 717 580-6129 .
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Format: Informal, open discussions, social and emotional support, guest speakers

Name: Neuro Support Group (primarily stroke support)
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center of Mechanicsburg, Conference Rooms A,B,&C
Address: 175 Lancaster Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Contacts: Phyllis Kegerreis: 717-652-2545
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Format: Educational, emotional support
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Monroeville

Name: Monroeville Area TBI Peer Support Group
Location: Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Address: 2310 Haymaker Road at Ramsey, Monroeville, PA 15646
Contact: Paul Damon: 412-372-2888
Meeting Day: This group is not currently meeting. Paul Damon is taking calls.
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Philadelphia

Name: Brain Wise: Central Philadelphia Brain Injury Survivors' Support Group
Location: Liberty Resources
Address: 714 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA; 1st Floor, 1st Room on the left
Contacts: Lisa Kolker: 215-843-4772 goddess1@verizon.net
Meeting Day: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
Meeting Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Format: Topical discussions, social and emotional support

Name: Aphasia Support Group
Location: Magee Rehabilitation, 2nd Floor
Address: 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Deb Diraddo: 215-587-3204
Meeting Day: 1st Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 1:00 p.m.


Name: Brain Injury Family Care Group
Location: Magee Rehabilitation, 4th Floor Patient Lounge
Address: 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Jennifer Salomon: 215-587-3411
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Format: This group is geared toward the needs of persons with brain injury and family
members.

Name: Stroke Family Peer CARE (Connections, Assistance, Resources, Education)
Location: Magee Rehabilitation, 4th Floor Patient Lounge
Address: 1513 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Jennifer Salomon: 215-587-3411
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Format: Specially trained stroke survivors and their families help stroke inpatients and their
families. This group is geared toward the needs of those with recent injuries and addresses
initial adjustment, not long-term care giving issues.

Name: Wendkos Stroke Club
Location: Magee Rehabilitation, 6th Floor Boardroom
Address: 1513 Race St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contacts: Jennifer Salomon: 215-587-3411
Meeting Day: First Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 11:00 a.m.
Format: This group of outpatients meets monthly to socialize, share information, and plan
outings and events.

Name: Parents & Caregivers Support Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Brain Injury
Location: Children’s Seashore House, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Room 438
Address: 34th & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Maureen Sullivan: 215-590-7645
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Format: Determined month by month, speakers arranged on topics generated by group

Name: Special Teens Around Representing Brains
Location: Children’s Seashore House, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Address: 34th & Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Gayle Chesley: 267-426-7388
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.(Teen groups meets separately from, but at the same time as
the Caregiver group)
Format: This group is for adolescents, ages 13-22, who have brain injuries. Meeting formats
vary, with open discussions, speakers, theme nights, and social events.

Name: Center City Young Adults Brain Injury Survivor Support Group
Location: We meet in a Center City Café (please contact facilitator for details)
Contact: Erin Abrigo: eah48@drexel.edu, 617-686-5377
Meeting Day: 1st/3rd Monday evening of each month

Meeting Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Format: This is a support group for young adults (20-35) living with brain injury. The group
emphasizes social support/ social development. The group occasionally meets outside the café
for planned social activities.
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Pittsburgh

Name: Brain Tumor Support Group
Location: Cancer Caring Center
Address: 4117 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Contacts:, Bonnie Shields: 412-622-1212
Website: www.cancercaring.org
Meeting Day: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Name: Moving Ahead Brain Injury Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital
Address: 320 Guys Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Contacts: Tom Byrnes: 412-670-4861; Susan Little: 412-828-1300 ext 7248, Mick Sittig: 412-
512-8595
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Format: Informational, speakers most months open forums other months, 2 social events per
year

Name: Pittsburgh Area Brain Injury Alliance Support Group
Location: Life’s Work (formally VRC)
Address: 1323 Forbes Avenue , Pittsburgh, PA 15219-4224
Contacts: Ed Crinnion: 412-761-9870 (Cell Phone) 412-337-6502
Website: www.pabia.org
Meeting Day: 1st Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Format: Educational, speakers

Name: Pittsburgh Area Brain Injury Alliance Support Group
Location: Union Building
Address: 801 Union Place , Bldg 3, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Contacts: Rich Wagner: 412-366-4645
Website: www.pabia.org
Meeting Day: 1st Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Name: UPMC Rehabilitation Hospital TBI Support Group
Location: UPMC Mercy Hospital
Address: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Contacts: Lynne Marshall: 412-232-4023
Meeting Day: 2nd Monday of each month (except January)
Meeting Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Format: open discussion

Name: Brain Injury Support Groups at the Children's Institute
Location: The Children's Institute: Squirrel Hill
Address: 1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Contacts: Christine Meier: 412-420-2536; Heather Ufberg: 412-420-2253
Meeting Day: 1st Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Format: Two support groups will run simultaneously: one for adolescents/young adults (age 13-
21) with brain injury, and one for parents/caregivers who have a child of any age with brain
injury


Name: RedMed Support Group
Location: ReMed Clinic
Address: 5830 Ellsworth Avenue, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Contacts: Mick Sittig: 412-661-0800
Website:
Meeting Day: 3rd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


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Pleasant Gap

Name: Nittany Valley Brain Injury Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
Address: 550 West College Avenue, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
Contact: Sharon Poorman: 814-359-3421 , X 5659
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Format: Open discussion, occasional speakers, 2 social events per year
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Pottsville

Name: Anthracite Area Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center
Address: 300 Schuylkill Medical Plaza, Pottsville, PA 17901
Contact: Erin Taronis, Schuylkill Rehab: 570-621-9500, ext. 9507
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Format: Topic focused discussions, occasional speakers, occasional social events
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Quakertown

Name: Family Support Group
Location: First United Church of Christ
Address: 4th and Park Avenues, Quakertown, PA 18951
Contacts: Marlene Nathans: 610-558-1326 , Vicki Young: 215-234-0934, Dianne Beres: 215-538-
3488
Meeting Day: 3rd Monday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Format: Topical discussions, occasional speakers

Name: Spousal Support Group
Location: Success Rehabilitation, Inc.
Address: 5666 Clymer Road, Quakertown, PA 18951
Contacts: Ron Palacio: 215-538-3488
Meeting Day: Please call for information
Meeting Time: Please call for information
Format: Open discussion, literature provided, focus on emotional support
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Reading

Name: Brain Injury Recovery Support Group of Reading
Location: HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital
Address: 1623 Morgantown Road, Reading, PA 19607
Contacts: Pamela Reeves: 610-374-0989 , Bette Turner: 717-484-2151
Meeting Day: 1st Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m.
Format: Open discussion; focus on social and emotional support
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Red Lion

Name: Red Lion Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Bethany United Methodist Church
Address: 121 West Broadway Street, Red Lion, PA 17356
Contact: Mary Stoner: 717-246-0974
Meeting Day: 3rd Saturday of each month
Meeting Time: 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. (approx.)
Format: Topical discussions, speakers and videos occasionally
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Sewickley

Name: Stroke Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Rehab of Sewickley
Address: 303 Camp Meeting Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
Contact: Sara Kennelty: 412-741-9500 , X 2411
Meeting Day: 4th Thursday (Please call to verify meeting date and time)
Meeting Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Format: Educational, presentations by professionals on stroke topics
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Towanda

Name: Bradford County Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Rotates through different locations across the county. Call for information
Contact: Bonnie Williams (work): 570-265-1760, (home) 570-596-3597
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of every month
Meeting Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
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Warrington

Name: Working Toward Recovery
Address: 1243 Easton Road, Suite 203, Warrington, PA 18976
Contact: Dr. Jay Stone: 215-491-1119
Meeting Day: Every Thursday (Please call to verify meeting date and time)
Meeting Time: 2.5 hours (call for time)
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Wilkes-Barre

Name: Brain Injury Support Group at John Heinz
Location: The Board Room at John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation
Address: 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Contacts: Donna Kopicki: 570-826-3883
Meeting Day: Last Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (call to confirm)
Format: Open discussion, some speakers, plan developed by the group month by month
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Williamsport

Name: Head Injury Network
Location: Williamsport Hospital
Address: 777 Rural Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701
Contacts: Mary Ann Belfy: 570-321-2656
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
Format: Speakers often, followed by socialization
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Wyomissing

Name: Brain Injury Support Group
Location: Reading Post-Acute Rehabilitation Hospital, Education Room.
Address: 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing, PA
Contacts: Dr. Heather Nissley: 484-388-2681; nissley@readinghospital.org
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: Call for Time.
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York

Name: Aim High Support Group
Location: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of York
Address: 1850 Normandie Drive; York, PA 17408
Contact: Doris DeJonge: 717-767-8786
Meeting Day: 2nd Wednesday of each month
Meeting Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Format: Open discussion, occasional speakers; break into 2 groups (survivors and caregivers)
twice a year.

				
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