Several support groups make Woodmar United Methodist Church their home:
Alcoholics Anonymous Groups (AA)
There is at least one AA meeting at Woodmar United Methodist Church every day of the week. They are at different times of the day. Please contact the Calumet Area Intergroup for days and times.
The groups meet in the basement of the church. There is a stairway with a brown railing by door D on the Southeastern side of the building. Follow the stairs to the door. Please park in the lot on the south side of the building.
A Better Life-Brianna’s Hope, Addiction Support (ABLBH)
A Better Life – Brianna’s Hope is faith based although it also provides an alternative for other NA and AA groups for individuals seeking help with their addictions. It is not limited to, but is centered on, helping the younger generation through their times and moments of need.
Drug and alcohol use and abuse have been a major concern for communities large and small. Addiction doesn’t care who it affects, it affects people from all walks of life.
Battling an addiction of any kind is not something to be taken lightly, nor easily accomplished and rarely is successfully done alone.
Brianna’s story is one of many, in which a young life was cut short by the drug abuse. Brianna DiBattiste, from Dunkirk, grew up like many upper middle class youth, school prom queen and athlete. However, choices she made led to her leaving and not returning home one June evening in 2014. Nearly three month later, her lifeless body was found. From the outside appearance, DiBattiste lived a normal life; however, she kept a dark secret from those near her, a serious heroin addiction. An addiction that overtook her life.
In the months that followed her disappearance and death, Brianna’s journal was found in which the teen had written a personal prayer: “Please Lord, look after me and my family. Please help me to do the right thing and to show people I am not a bad person inside or out and help me Lord to get through this disappointment again and I know I make mistakes but who doesn’t? I don’t do it to do wrong. I do it cuz I feel I have no other choice. I want a better life, Lord, I do. Please help me. Do to me as what you feel is best. I surrender to you. In Jesus name “Amen”.
GROW Mental Health Support
GROW meets at Woodmar weekly on Thursday at 6:30PM in the Lobby/Narthex. We are currently not meeting due to the Covid 19 situation, but hope to resume soon. The GROW mission is to promote mental health recovery, personal growth and prevention within our weekly mutual help support group and throughout our supportive community.
No one is meant to go it alone. Join us!
Caregivers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Wheel Restaurant on Indianapolis Blvd. in Hammond.
Caregivers are grandparents, parents, adult children, guardians, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends or anyone who aids people unable to do so by driving them to school or doctor, bringing groceries, babysitting, providing care when they are sick, doing household work, reading aloud, or just helping out.
If this sounds like you, come and join us. We share practical tips, laughter, frustrations, joys, and friendship in a small, confidential group.