Delaware Valley Support Groups
Support Groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information, and as well as a place to offer peer support and encouragement. Solicitations or research projects are not conducted at support group meetings.
Support groups often feature speakers specializing in scleroderma or related topics. To find out information about upcoming speakers or meeting topics, please contact the support group leader or chapter office.
This schedule is subject to change. Before attending a group for the first time, please call to verify date and time. Groups are free of charge and open to everyone.
We are always looking to expand our support groups into new areas. Please contact our office if you are interested in becoming a Support Group Leader.
We have started an e-mail support group for those patients and families that are not close to one of our existing support groups or those who would like to participate in addition to attending a support group. There is a weekly topic of discussion by email and everyone is free to comment or ask a question at any time. You can participate as little or as much as you like. If you are interested in being part of an email support group, please contact the office at 856-779-7225 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Delaware Support Group
Wednesdays every other month at 6:00 - 8:00 pm - next meeting January 27
Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. 9th St., Wilmington, DE, 302-571-7425
Contact: Angie Crowl
Burl-Cam Support Group
Meets every other month on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. - next meeting in March
Cherry Professional Building, 385 Kings Highway North, Cherry Hill, NJ See map.
Contact: John Keegan
Monmouth/Ocean County Support Group
All welcome with any autoimmune illness
First Saturday of each month at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - next meeting February 6
Brick Town Hall, 1st floor meeting room - doors A & B, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723 (venue's phone number 732-262-1000)
Contact: Marlene Stoever
Online Support Group
Third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 - 8:00 pm – next online meeting February 16
All you need is a gmail account and a smartphone, tablet or computer with camera and microphone.
To join, download Google Hangout app or login to gmail account. Send your email ID to the Support Group Leader to participate in Google Hangout/video conferencing online meeting.
Contact: Marie Golboro
In person Ardmore Support Group
First Thursday of every other month at 7-8 pm starting in April - next meeting April 7
Allstate Insurance Company, 19 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003, 610-658-3250
Contact: Donna O'Sullivan
Doylestown Support Group
Last Monday: March, June, Sept. & Nov. at 6:30 pm
March 28 - Deirdre Hally Shaffer, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW to speak about "Handling the Chronic Stress of Scleroderma". Chronic illness can lead to negative and hopeless thinking and heightened worry. This presentation will focus on mindfulness and self-soothing techniques as a pathway to reduced depression and anxiety.
June 27 - Dr. Paul Forfia, cardiologist, to speak
Doylestown Hospital, Conference Room G/H (main entrance elevators to ground floor, go right off elevator), 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-345-2200
Contact: Desiree Bleam
Phone: home 215-249-1132, cell 267-410-0024
Philadelphia Telephone/Email Support
Contact: Joyce Roby-Washington
Reading Support Group
Second Saturday of every other month at 10:00 am - next meeting March 12
new meeting location for 2016
Contact: Dawn Batzel
Williamsport Area Support Group
First Wednesday each month at 1:00 p.m. (no meetings in January, February, July and August). - next meeting March 2
Hoss's Steak House, 1954 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA
Contact: Jayne Young
Alternate contact: Earl Ritter
Alternate phone: 570-584-2407