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Support Groups

Breastfeeding Support: The Baby Bistro

1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month: 10-11 a.m.

Free; pre-registration is not required; just come!

Come and meet other women who are breastfeeding their babies! This free drop-in group is a collaboration between Berks County Breastfeeding Coalition and Penn State Health St. Joseph that focuses on allowing breastfeeding mothers to support each other in a warm, nurturing environment. Breastfeeding mothers and their babies are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea, relax, and chat with others about what’s going on as a new mom. Staff trained in lactation are available to answer any breastfeeding questions with accurate, up-to-date information. Weight checks are free. Moms and babies can come for as many weeks as they would like. Click here to view the brochure.

For more information, feel free to contact us at… berksbreastfeeding@gmail.com

Chronic Disease Patient Support Group

Patients with chronic diseases – such as COPD, diabetes, heart failure, and stroke – and their caregivers are invited to this educational and emotional support group. We offer a safe environment with monthly activities, shared experiences and informational talks from healthcare professionals. The group meets the third Thursday of every month and is held at Penn State Health St. Joseph Spring Ridge Health Corridor, 2607 Keiser Blvd., Wyomissing from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Call 610-378-2492 610-378-2492 for more information.
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Bereavement Support

The Bereavement Support Group is for anyone experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. The support group will assist you in understanding how to cope with grief and how to begin turning your mourning into cherished memories of your loved one.

Please register by calling the Spiritual Care Office, Penn State Health St. Joseph – 610-378-2297, and leave your name and phone number. If you have questions, ask for Sr. Rose Dvorak, staff chaplain.

2020 Schedule

  • Telling the Story/Setting the Context – January 8, May 6, September 2
  • About Grief – January 15, May 13, September 9
  • Feelings and Grief – January 22, May 20, September 16
  • Stress and Grief – January 29, May 27, September 23
  • Finding Meaning in Loss – February 5, June 3, September 30
  • Holiday Coping – February 12, June 10, October 7
  • Rituals and Grief – February 19, June 17, October 14

Meeting time: Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bern Campus. The bereavement support group meets once a week for seven weeks. There are three sessions offered throughout the year. January-February, May–June, September–October.
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Strength for the Journey

Strength for the Journey, a free support group for all cancer patients, meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11AM-12PM at St. Joseph Cancer Center. The group provides a lifeline to information, support, and encouragement from diagnosis through survivorship. Please call Nancy Fonseca at 610-378-2517 610-378-2517 for more information.

Managing Diabetes Course

This 10 hour course which provides comprehensive diabetes self-management training is recognized by the ADA.* Classes are offered weekdays and evenings at St. Joseph Medical Center and Exeter Ridge.
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Diabetes Wellness Group

Learn about your diabetes and how to care for it with nutrition, exercise and your medications. For more information call Magda at 610-208 -4728 610-208 -4728, or Kathy at 610-208-4535 610-208-4535.
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Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Group

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. The support group meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Penn State Health St. Joseph Exeter Ridge Health Complex, Suite 101. Contact Cheryl Tutella, 610-779-1330 610-779-1330, for more information.
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