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Adoptive Parent Support Group: Open to adoptive parents, held in Pittsfield on the second Thursday evening of every month, sponsored by Adoption Journeys. For more information or to register, call 413-320-4680 or email Lisa at lmintz@cfservices.org.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Group meets every Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m., St. John's Church, upper room, 35 Park St., Williamstown, use middle door entry. Contact David at 617-877-1691.

Al-Anon Meetings: Strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers and addicts. Call 1-888-425-2666 or visit www.berkshirealanon.org for schedule of meetings and directions.

Alzheimer's Support Group: Weekend support group for for families and friends of people living with dementia. The coffee and conversation meetings are held at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Registration is required by calling Bobbie Orsi at 413-442-0907.

Anonymous Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: 413-448-2382; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: 413-443-4377.

Berkshire County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Discuss challenges of raising grandchildren, resources, guest speakers, meals and child care provided, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every other Monday, First United Methodist Church, Fenn Street, Pittsfield, use the Pearl Street entrance. Information: Michelle 413-446-8224 or michellazzo@aol.com or Genie 413-447-7734 or ebr914@Yahoo.com.

BerkshireWorks: Job club with Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, allows job seekers to expand their network of contacts and serves as a support group throughout the job search process, Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m., optional networking at 12:45 p.m., 160 North St., Pittsfield; preregistration: 413-499-2220, Ext. 154, or online at www.berkshireworks.org.

Brain Injury Assoc. of Mass.: Support groups for people and family members affected by traumatic or acquired brain injury: second Tuesday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m., BIA-MA at Center for Rehabilitation, Medical Arts Complex, 5th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; No. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group, fourth Tuesday of every month, 5 to 7 p.m., BFAIR, 771 South Church St., North Adams, 413-443-0200; Men's Group, second Friday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m., BIA-MA, 180C Elm Street, Pittsfield, 413-443-0200; So. Berk. Brain Injury Support Group from 4 to 6 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, Community Health Programs, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, 413-443-0200 or 888-554-5553.

Breast Cancer Support Group: Weekly, day and time to be scheduled with participants. Free group for those who are newly diagnosed or those anticipating, undergoing or completing treatment. Facilitated by Amy Jenter, LICSW, a clinician with over 35 years of experience in health care settings and who has completed cancer treatment herself. For more information, contact Laura Harner at 413-528-2810, ext. 20, lharner@berkshiresouth.org.

Breastfeeding Support: Offered by CHP & WIC for women who are expecting a child or who have an infant and are interested in breastfeeding, free, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at CHP Family Services Center, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. Facilitated by MaryBeth Merritt, a peer support breastfeeding counselor and Birthing From Within mentor, 413-528-0457.

Cancer Support for Women: Support Group for all women facing similar life challenges in their journey with cancer, 2nd Tuesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., BMC Cancer & Infusion Center, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield, 413-447-3092; South County group, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 Main St., Route 7, Great Barrington, 413-447-3092.

Caregiver Support Groups: Open to all caregivers. Joe Choon is facilitator. Second Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., 877 South St., Suite 4E, Pittsfield, 413-499-0524; third Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Claire Teague Senior Center, 909 Main St., Great Barrington, 413-528-1881 or 413-499-0524; and fourth Thursday of the month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Spitzer Senior Center, 116 Ashland St., North Adams, 413-662-3125, 413-499-0524.

Celebrate Recovery: 12-step faith-based recovery program meets at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Berkshire Dream Center, 475 Tyler St., Pittsfield. For people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, sexual addiction, co-dependency, family dysfunction, depression, and those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused. Free. Child care available. Signups encouraged, drop-ins are welcome, 413-522-3495, www.berkshiredreamcenter.org.

Conexiones Positivas-Latino Family Support Group: Family activities, story sharing, local resources & services. Children's activities in Spanish. Presented by Berkshire Children & Families, the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Elizabeth Freeman Center. Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month at BCF's Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Child care & transportation available. Registration/information: Reina Antunez at rantunez@berkshirechildren.org or Maria Elisa Fuller at elisa@berkshireic.com.

Domestic Violence Drop-In: For survivors of domestic violence. Support and resources around creating healthy relationships, helping children who witness violence, practicing self-care, DCF advocacy, art projects, and more. Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave, Pittsfield; contact Destiny at 413-499-2425.

D.O.P.E.:
Discussing Our Personal Experiences meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. This group is for those affected by and concerned about the epidemic of opioid addiction. These discussions are free and open to the public. Information: Emerson Badessa at BSRCC, 413-528-2810, ext. 30, ebadessa@berkshiresouth.org; http://berkshiresouth.org/d-o-p-e/

Eating Disorders Anonymous:
12-Step Support Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Berkshire Bank Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield. Contact Jen at pittsfieldeatingdisorders@gmail.com.

Fighting with Faith: Providing comfort, peace, support, and encouragement for all who have been impacted by cancer: patients, survivors, families, & caregivers. Meets at 6 p.m. the third Sunday of each month for conversation, healing scriptures, prayer, new friendships, light refreshments, at First Baptist Church, 131 Main St., North Adams, 413-663-3780, fbcna@verizon.net, firstbaptistnorthadams.org, facebook.com/firstbaptistnorthadams.

Gamblers Anonymous: First floor conference room at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, BMC Hillcrest Campus, 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information contact Charlie T. at 413-637-2550.

Grandfamilies: Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/friends Raising Others' Children Support Groups. Third Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., The Commons Work Space, Helen E. James School, 16 Main St., third floor, Williamsburg, enter on right side of building, follow signs. Fourth Wednesday, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Road, Route 20, Huntington, child care provided. For more information, call or email Pat Keith, Grandfamilies Resource Coordinator, The United Arc, patkeith@unitedarc.org, 413-834-4073.

Grief Support Group — Williamstown: Weekly group for family members and friends of loved ones who have passed away and are experiencing grief, facilitated by Chaplin Dennis Castella of Hospice of Western and Central Massachusetts, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Sweetwood Retirement Community, 1611 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. To register: Amanda Plaine at 413-458-8371.

Healing After Suicide Loss: Peer (survivor) facilitated. Meets the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Berkshire Children & Families, Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. Information: Peggy Morse, 413-441-6316, peggyf@verizon.net.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): Support group for patients, family members, caregivers, and friends of those affected by IPF and other Interstitial Lung Diseases. Meetings offer education, friendship, hope and caring for those living with these diseases. Facilitated by John and Martha Dominguez, members meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, in private dining room B, Berkshire Medical Center cafeteria, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-684-5015.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support: Meetings held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Redfield House, 48 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers, accredited by La Leche League International. New mothers, pregnant women, babies & children are welcome. Information: Marya at 413-441-7176 or www.lllberkshires.org.

Learn to Cope: Peer-led support network for those affected by the addiction and recovery of a family member or loved one. Guest speakers are either experts in the field of addiction or persons in long-term recovery. Chapter provides free enrollment and distribution of Narcan, the opiate overdose reversal drug. Weekly meetings meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at HEAL Community Room, Berkshire Medical Cancer Center, (first floor of the modern building), 165 Tor Court, Pittsfield. Information: 508-738-5148 or learn2cope.org.

LGBTQ Support Group: For those in the LGBTQ community impacted by relationship violence or sexual assault. Support and resources around healthy relationships, healing from past trauma, gender identity, sexuality, respect and trust, and sex, love, and dating in small communities. Safe & confidential, supportive atmosphere, optional creative arts and meditation. For time & meeting place, contact Jenn at 413-499-2425.

Nar-Anon Meeting: 12-step support group for families and friends of those suffering from addiction, Friday, 7 to 8 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield.

Northern Berkshire Loss Support Group: Meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 18 to Aug. 22, at the Harper Center, Williamstown. To reserve a seat or for additional times: Corinne Case, M.Ed., LMHC, 413-242-4495.

Overeaters Anonymous: 12-step meeting, Wednesday, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Berkshire Bank, Community Room, 99 North St., Pittsfield; Friday, noon to 1 p.m., Fairview Hospital, ambulance building, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Parents Helping Parents: Share experiences and get support and encouragement from other parents, free, confidential and anonymous, Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call for location/information: 617-926-5008, ext. 102.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group: For people with the disease, their family, friends and caregivers, meets at 10:30 a.m. the last Friday of every month at Williamstown Savings Bank, lower level board room, 795 Main St., Williamstown. New members welcome. Free. Information: 413-458-8427. Need resources to help? Contact the APDA Resource Center at 1-800-651-8466.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., medical clearance required, $5 per session, Fifth Floor, Medical Arts Complex, Berkshire Medical Center, North Street, Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

Recovery International: A self-help, after-care method for persons suffering from nervous problems and fears, non-sectarian, meets at 2 p.m. every Sunday, Autumn Room at St. Mark's Church, West Street, Pittsfield; use the Albro Street entrance.

Refuge Recovery: Addiction recovery meetings utilizing Buddhist philosophy and meditation as the foundation of the recovery process from addictions of any kind. All are welcome, weekly meetings held Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., The Jack Stern Center in Priscilla's Room, 41 Mahaiwe St., Great Barrington. Contact: thomlipiczky@gmail.com.

Tobacco Treatment Programs: Men's program meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m., women's program meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., Fairview Hospital conference room, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington; preregistration: 413-854-9608.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight loss support group, every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Morningside Community School, Burbank Street, Pittsfield, 413-442-3964 and/or 413-442-0829.

Transitions: For people who have or are currently having housing issues because of relationship violence or its effects. Support and resources around finding and transitioning into stable housing, plus art activities like pottery, knitting, painting, re-purposing items, and more. Every Monday at 10 a.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Heather at 413-499-2425.

Women Warriors: Peer support, resources, and social activities for survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Social outings (picnics, fairs, trips), holiday celebrations, stories of courage, peer support, coping skills, & more. Every Friday from 2-4 p.m., Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield; Linda P. at 413-499-2425.


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