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Alcoholics Anonymous, ALANON, Adult Children of Alcoholics

Phone: (352) 867-0660, 800-252-6465
Hours: 24-hour phone coverage
Services: Meeting times vary. Call 867-0660 or 800-252-6465 for times.
  AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. They can also provide information on ALANON, ALATEEN and ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics). ALANON groups for friends and family members of someone with alcoholism. Groups for adults and teens.

Alzheimers Association of North Central Florida

Phone: (352) 372-6266, 800-272-3900
Address: 2411 N.W. 41st Street, #A, Gainesville, FL 32606
email: info@alzflorida.org
Website: www.alzflorida.org
Services: Provides education and support for anyone wanting to know more about Alzheimer's Disease. Provides community support groups and safe return programs for those who may become lost. Numerous meeting locations in Marion County. Call for dates/times.

American Cancer Society Support Groups

Phone: (352) 629-4727
Address: 2100 S.E. 17th Street, #10, Ocala, FL 34471
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Website: www.cancer.org
Services: Support groups include Breast Cancer Support Groups, Look Good Feel Better program for patients in chemotherapy or radiation therapy to provide make-up, wigs and education, Man to Man Prostate Support Group, Nu-Voice Club for laryngetctomy patients and families, Ostomy Chapter, Reach to Recovery support from volunteers for mastectomy/lumpectomy patients, given in the hospital after surgery or at their surgeon's office post-surgery. Call (352) 629-5107 for dates and times.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Phone: Health Resource Line 352-667-8181 or (352) 671-2099
Address: Munroe Regional Medical Center, 1500 S.W. 1st Avenue, 6 South Conference Room
Meets Every Third Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Website: www.munroeregional.com
Services: Attend this free group if you have had or are interested in Weight Loss Surgery including Gastric Bypass, Lap-Band, or any other form of bariatric surgery | | Preparation for surgery, Nursing care before and after surgery, Achieving pain control after surgery, Preventing complications, What to expect upon discharge, Feedback and experiences from peers, Emotional support, Post surgery exercise support

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Phone: (352) 854-1275
Address: 3921 S.W. 5th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
email: chapterleader@bpmarion.org
Address: 3921 S.W. 5th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
Website: www.bpmarion.org
Services: Meeting held 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bereaved Parents of the USA Marion Chapter is a support group for parents, grandparents and siblings of a deceased child, regardless of the child's age or cause of death. Meets at the First United Methodist Church, 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL. No fee. No meeting in July and December.

Brain Injury Support Group

Phone: (352) 653-8162 or (352) 622-2900
Meet: At Eagle Medical Management, 1519 N.E. 22nd Avenue, Ocala, FL 34470, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Compassionate Friends Bereavement Group

Phone: (352) 369-6665
Meets: At Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Elder Care Building, 5 S.E. 17th Street, Ocala, FL 34471, 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
email: bnonobed@aol.com
Website: www.CompassionateFriends.org
Services: Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, the Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

Diabetes Education & Support Group

Phone: (352) 867-8181 or (352) 620-8600
Meets: At Munroe Regional Medical Center, 1500 S.W. 1st Avenue, 6th South Floor Conference Room, Ocala, FL 34471, 1st Wednesday of the month, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
email: healthresourceline@mrhs.org
Website: www.MunroeRegional.com
Services: Monthly education and support group for those with diabetes, family and friend. Space is limited. Please call for reservations.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support Group

Phone: (352) 622-8495
Hours: Call for times and locations.
Services: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Support Groups are therapeutic groups for women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence. Separate groups for children. An intake interview is required before beginning the group.

Florida Center for the Blind Support Group

Phone: (352) 873-4700
Address: 7634 S.W. 60th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34476
Website: www.FLBlind.org
Services: Support group for the blind, visually impaired, family and educators. No fees. Call for meeting dates and times.

Gamblers Anonymous

Phone: 800-397-9843
email: isomain@gamblersanonymous.org
Website: www.GamblersAnonymous.org
Services: Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. Gam-Anon for spouses meets at the same time but in a separate room. No fees. Group meets on:
  • Ocala, Fridays, 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala, (352) 854-2181.
  • Gainesville, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at The Triangle Club in the Tranquility Room, 1005 S.E. 4th Avenue, Gainesville.
  • Summerfield, Mondays, 6:00 p.m. at the Victory Baptist Church, 6185 S.E. 140th Street, Summerfield.

Helping Hands Parent Support Group

Phone: (352) 624-1360
Address: 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Conference Room A, Ocala, FL 34471
Website: www.fndfl.org
Services: Meetings held last Wednesday of the month, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m, at the Ocala Public Library. A support group for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Parents of all special needs children are welcome.

Hospice of Marion County, Inc.

Phone: (352) 873-7400
Address: 3231 S.W. 34th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474
Website: www.hospiceofmarion.com
Hours: Services provided 24 hours a day. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Services: Friends in Grief is a 6 week bereavement class/group for anyone who has lost a loved one. Open to all, not just Hospice patients and families. Call (352) 873-7456 for meeting times and further information.

La Leche League of Marion County

Phone: (352) 629-1945
Address: Meets at Main Branch of the Ocala Public Library, Room B, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470
Hours: Meets the 1st Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m. Babies are welcome!
Website: www.LaLecheLeague.org
Services: La Leche League is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. La Leche League leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own baby and have been trained and accredited by LLL to help mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. They are available by phone whenever you have breastfeeding questions or concerns.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Phone: (352) 368-2405
Address: Post Office Box 5753, Ocala, FL 34478
email: namimcf@gmail.com
Website: www.NAMI.org
Services: NAMI of Marion County is a grassroots, self-help, support, education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe neurological brain disorders and their families and loved ones. NAMI offers support groups for adults, adolescents & children and educational classes. Adults, age 18 and over, meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at United Way, 1401 N.E. 2nd Street, Ocala, FL 34471). Adolescents, ages 12 - 18, and Children, ages 11 and under, meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at The Vines, 3130 S.W. 27th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474. Call (352) 368-2405 for more information and to confirm locations. Not all groups meet over the summer.

North Central Florida Post Polio Support Group

Fax: (352) 465-3825
Address: 7180 S.W. 182nd Court, Dunnellon, FL 34432
email: carolyn@postpoliosupport.com
Website: www.PostPolioSupport.com
Services: Provides support and education to anyone in north central Florida who has had polio. Meetings last about 2 hours and include a medical professional speaker. Dates are subject to change. Write or email to verify. Groups meets September through May. No summer meetings. Meetings are held 2nd Sunday of the month, 2:00 p.m. at Collins Health Resource Center, located in the TimberRidge Medical Park, 9401 S.W. SR 200, Bldg 300, Ocala, FL 34474.

Ocala Marion ALS Support Group

Phone: (352) 629-3031, 888-257-1717
Address: Paddock Park South Clubhouse, 8880 S.W. 27th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34476
Hours: Group meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m.. No meeting July and August.
Website: www.ALSA.org
Services: Self-help support group for individuals with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)/Lou Gehrig's Disease, family members' caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about this disease. ALS is a terminal, motor neuron disease cuasing progressive degeneration of muscles. Call for more information.

Ocala Shakers Parkinson's/Movement Disorder Support Group

Phone: Health Resource Line 352-667-8181; LifeTime Center 352-854-9498
Address: The Collins Health Resource Center at TimberRidge Medical Park, 9401 SW HWY 200, Suite 303, Ocala, FL 34481
Hours: Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. (doors open at 2pm)
e-Mail: Lisa Walter
Services: Support group of those with Parkinson's or other movement disorders and their family. This group is supported by Munroe Regional LifeTime Center as part of the Parkinson Disease Wellness Program. No dues or fees.

Ostomy Support Group of Ocala/Marion County

Phone: (352) 237-4790
Address: Post Office Box 4353, Ocala, FL 34478
email: ostomy@embarqmail.com
Website: www.ostomyocala.com
Services: Provides mutual aid and education for members who have colostomies, ileostomies,and urostomies. Families and medical personnel are also invited to attend meetings. Meetings are held at the Marion County Sheriff's Substation on US HIghway 441, on the 2nd Monday of the month, at 2:00 p.m. Chapter services include monthly educational meetings, patient visiting program, sharing of experience and practical advice. The Ocala Chapter Visiting Program offers one-on-one support at home or the hospital by a trained, certified visitor.

Parents Helping Parents of Florida

Phone: (352) 861-0057
Address: Post Office Box 830802, Ocala, FL 34483
email: support@phpf-fountain.org
Website: www.phpf-fountain.org
Services: Parent-run organization offering local support groups, information on resources and services,and hosts information conferences for parents of all special needs children. Support Group meets 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the main Ocala Library. Provides parents of children with disabilities with information and support.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Phone: (352) 671-2080
Address: Meets at Munroe Regional's Auxiliary Conference Center, 1542 S.W. 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
email: jeannineanderson@gmail.com
Hours: Meets 3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  Group provides education, advocacy, friendship and recreation for those whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injuries; however, the group will not exclude those with cerebral palsy or brain injuries. Call (352) 671-2080 (option 1) to confirm meeting location and for more information. Affiliated with the non-profit Spinal Cord Injury Support Group of South Florida.

Suicide Bereavement: C-O-N-N-E-C-T-I-O-N-S

Phone: (352) 402-5280
email: MyronManasterski@mrhs.org
Brochure: Info from Rack Card
Services: Munroe Regional offers a support group for persons bereaved by suicide. Munroe Regional's Pastoral Care Department offers a monthly support group for persons bereaved by suicide entitled C-O-N-N-E-C-T-I-O-N-S. Contact them at for more information on dates and times.

Stroke Club of Marion County (Sponsored by the Munroe Regional Neuroscience Center)

Phone: (352) 867-8181, (352) 291-8777
Address: Meets at Munroe Regional's Auxiliary Conference Center, 1542 S.W. 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471
Hours: Meet 2nd Monday of the month, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Services: Support group for those who have had a stroke, family and friends. No dues or fees. Aphasia Group meets on Mondays; 12:00 - 1:00pm at MRMC LifeTime Center; 1100 SW 1st Ave. Ocala, FL. For more information, contact Amyhurt@mrhs.org.

We Who Care of Marion County

Phone: (352) 629-1903
Address: Post Office Box 9033, Ocala, FL 34478
Hours: Call for information.
Services: We Who Care is open to the mentally disabled and their families. The Boy Scout Troop (331) only accepts adults. Group provides weekly bowling for all mentally retarded citizens every Saturday at Galaxy Lanes on Maricamp Road. Dances are held at the fellowship hall at Blessed Trinity Church every two months. Annual Family Picnic. Group meets on the first Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m., in the conference room at the bowling lane on Maricamp. $12 individual yearly membership dues, used to support the recreational services.

Women's Pregnancy Center

Phone: (352) 351-1294
Address: 1701 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470
Services: Free pregnancy testing, ultrasound and counseling to women in unplanned pregnancies. Pregnancy test results accepted as proof of pregnancy for Medicaid. Helping Hands parenting class is a 12 week class that focuses on budgeting, infant safety, post-partum and infant care, baby temperament and single parent vs. two parent home. Also sponsor Adoption Support Group and Post-Abortion support/healing class. Call for information.