Support Groups

CHANGING FAMILIES is a nonprofit organization offering classes for single parents and stepparents. Some scholarship funding is available. A weekly support and teaching group also meets at St. Andrew's Church in Mount Pleasant. For details, call 224-1781.

A SUPPORT GROUP for parents of children with selective mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder, is being formed. For more information, e-mail selectivemutism@comcast.net.

CALEB MINISTRIES is a nonprofit Christian outreach ministry for women who have experienced infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion or early infant death. Visit www.calebministries.org or call 884-6050.

PATHFINDERS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP meets at Moncks Corner Medical Center. The program is presented by Palmetto Health Hospice. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 797-3463.

THE NATIONAL STUTTERING ASSOCIATION'S Lowcountry Chapter sponsors a support group for kids and teens who stutter and their families. The group meets 6 - 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 725 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. For details, contact Caroline Pittard at carolinepittard@yahoo.com or 225-8905 or Michelle Polhamus at michelle@drrhett.com or 813-5227.

LOUIE'S KIDS' FIT CLUB is a four-month program designed to fight childhood obesity. The program is implemented through Charleston-area schools. For details, visit www.louieskids.org or call 343-5746.

LIFEMANAGEMENT CENTER is a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults develop positive strategies for life and learning. LMC provides consultations, referrals, psycho-educational testing, tutoring, adult coaching, support groups, community outreach and educational programs. Locations are in West Ashley, Summerville, and Walterboro. Visit www.lifemanagement.org or call 852-5705.

HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK'S Charleston Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Lotus Estleene. This is a nonprofit support and discussion group for families interested in natural/holistic and alternative health and parenting. Visit www.holisticmoms.org or contact Samara at 766-8800 or lotusestleene@gmail.com.

FAMILY CONNECTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA provides free support programs for parents of children with special needs. Call 556-5010 or visit www.familyconnectionsc.org.

MORNING COFFEE, a support group for mothers of children with disabilities, meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Atlanta Bread in Summerville. Call 556-5010.

AN AUTISM/ASPERGER'S SUMMERVILLE SUPPORT GROUP meets 6:30 - 8 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Summerville YMCA. Call Kima Schmidt at 821-9337.

TRIDENT ACADEMY'S PARENT GROUP meets monthly at Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant. The program is free and includes a variety of topics. Call 375-0479.

OUR LADY OF MERCY COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER offers a family-centered literacy program. Call 559-4109 or visit www.olmoutreach.org.

PARENTS ANONYMOUS OF SOUTH CAROLINA INC. is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and empowering communities. Free weekly support group meetings for parents and other primary caregivers of children are offered in the tri-county area. Contact Donna Xenakis at 747-0480, ext. 26, or donnaxenakis@bellsouth.net or visit www.parentsanonymousofsouthcarolina.org.

THE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION CHARLESTON SUPPORT GROUP meets 7 - 8:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at Holy Cross Episcopal Church on Daniel Island. Come alone or bring a spouse, friend or family member. Contact Risa Mason-Cohen, licensed clinical psychologist, at 345-7294 or e-mail risa@livedreamthrive.com.

THE RUTH RHODEN CRAVEN FOUNDATION FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AWARENESS provides support and learning for women and their families suffering from PPD. Contact Helena Bradford at 881-2047 or buzerhel@aol.com or visit www.ppdsupport.org.

LUNCH BUDDIES GRIEF SUPPORT, for adults who have lost a loved one, meets 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Mourning to Morning Bereavement Center in North Charleston. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. Call Lisa Anderson at Hospice of Charleston at 529-3100.

RECORDING FOR THE BLIND & DYSLEXIC, a nonprofit organization, serves people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability. Recorded books are provided at all educational levels in a broad range of subjects. For more information, visit www.rfbd.org/ruvc/sc or contact Tina Winchip at 803-603-3217 or twinchip@rfbdruvc.org.

PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational and social support group for single parents and their children. Custody is not a factor. Call 766-3078 or e-mail jensen.pwp@gmail.com.

I-TO-WE RELATIONSHIP COACHING offers free monthly tele-classes. For reservations and details, visit www.i-to-we.org.

A FATHER-TO-FATHER PROGRAM meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Peters AME Baptist Church in North Charleston. This is a fatherhood initiative group offering information and services for fathers or expectant fathers. Guest speakers visit weekly. Call 744-2126 or visit www.fathertofatherproject.org.

GRIEF SUPPORT, for adults who have lost a loved one, is offered quarterly by Hospice of Charleston. A pre-admission interview is required. The program is free but donations are accepted. Call 529-3100 or visit www.hospiceofcharleston.org.

MOMS' GROUPS

TRI-COUNTY MOMS GROUP includes many activities for moms with at least one preschool-age child, including crafts, park play, game night, family activities and more. Join at www.moms.meetup.com/1194.

RIVERBLUFF MOPS meets 9 - 11 a.m. the first and third Fridays of each month at Riverbluff Church off Dorchester Road. MOPS is for mothers expecting for the first time and those with children through kindergarten. Child care is provided. Contact Tonya Wolfe at 303-1070 or tandt4@comcast.net.

MOPS meets 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Cooper River Church, 1059 Crawford St., North Charleston. The cost is $5 per meeting and child care is provided. Call 747-7389 or visit www.orgsites.com/sc/cooperrivermops.

THE OLD FORT BAPTIST CHURCH MOPS group meets at 9:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. All mothers of preschoolers are welcome. Child care is provided. Call Heather Hansen at 873-2283.

WEST ASHLEY MOPS meets 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month October–May at Rutledge Baptist Church. Call the church office at 556-6802.

CHARLESTON AREA MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in classroom 2 at St. Francis Hospital. Call 875-0167 or visit www.camom.org.

THE MOMS CLUB OF CHARLESTON offers support and activities for moms in the West Ashley, James Island and Johns Island areas. Activities include playgroups, outings and Mom's Night Out. Contact Laurie Osbon at 762-9112 or lcosbon@yahoo.com.

SUMMERVILLE MOMS CLUB meets regularly for playgroups, park visits, museum trips and more. Call Michele at 364-5755 or visit www.summervillemoms.com.

MOMS CLUB OF SUMMERVILLE NORTH meets at 9:30 a.m. the last Wednesday of each month at Summerville Presbyterian Church. Contact Nori at nkayse@yahoo.com.

THE MOMS CLUB is an international nonprofit support group for at-home mothers. Activities include playgroups, park days and more. Three Mount Pleasant area chapters are available. For the Dunes West area (neighborhoods with main entrances on Highway 41), e-mail momsclub_mtpn@yahoo.com. For the Park West area (neighborhoods north of Highway 41 with main entrances on Highway 17), e-mail joeandamywelch@hotmail.com. For the south (neighborhoods south of Highway 41), e-mail momsclubmp@hotmail.com.

MOTHERS AND MORE OF SUMMERVILLE includes playgroups and mothers' activities. At-home mothers and those in the workforce are welcome. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Bethany United Methodist Church. E-mail summervillemoms@yahoo.com or visit www.summervillemothersandmore.com.

ICAN MOMS, the International Cesarean Awareness Network Charleston Chapter, meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at James Family Chiropractic in Summerville. Visit www.ican-online.org or call 871-4708.

FAMILY PLAYTIME is a natural-minded moms' group for the whole family. Activities are held in all areas of Greater Charleston. The group includes families with interests in a broad range of natural living topics. Free to join. Visit www.familyplaytime.org, e-mail familyplaytime@cs.com or call 276-2278.

THE CHARLESTON SALSA CLUB offers classes in salsa, bachata and meringue, as well as a variety of events. Call 216-6393 or visit www.charlestonsalsaclub.com.

MOM'S MORNING OUT for ages 5 and younger is 8:30 a.m - noon weekdays at the Summerville Family YMCA's Oakbrook facility. For details, call Jill at 821-1028.

SECULAR HUMANISTS FAMILIES OF CHARLESTON, a Charleston-based organization of atheists, agnostics, skeptics and other freethinkers, has monthly family-oriented activities, including playgroups and other kid-friendly events. For more information, visit www.lowcountryhumanists.org or contact SecularCharlestonMom@gmail.com.

CHARLESTONMOMMIES.COM, has online forums, group events, mom's night, activities for moms and children.

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