Support Group Descriptions
Note that during North Carolina’s stage 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held via ZOOM.
Fearrington Cares sponsors support groups that provide a safe place to explore the challenges, feelings, and rewards that come with dealing with chronic health conditions, caregiving, grief, and other issues. These groups are not counseling or therapy sessions; but offer peer companionship, information, resources, and the support of others on similar journeys. New members are welcome at any time to any of these groups.
Current groups include the following:
- Brain Injury – “Brainiacs.” This group is open to anyone who has had a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or similar condition. Meets weekly on Thursdays, 10 a.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center.
- Living with Chronic Conditions. Resources can often be identified to address chronic pain but few resources are found to help with the emotional roller coaster one experiences when living with a chronic condition or illness. If you are a resident living with a chronic illness or condition, and/or experiencing chronic pain, consider attending this group to find support and inspiration. We will discuss the effects of chronic illness and/or pain on identity and self-concept, communicating with others in ways that are healthy, as well as fears and aspirations for the future. This group meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Parkinson’s Disease. This group serves both caregivers and care receivers. It offers support, education, and resources for participants at all stages of this challenging condition. Meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.–11:20 p.m. at The Gathering Place, except for the months of July and August.
The Fearrington Parkinson’s Support Group is comprised of people with Parkinson’s, their family, and friends who live in Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro, Fearrington, and surrounding communities. Among other support activities, for the past three years, the group has organized an annual village “Walk Around the Park” to walk for a cure and to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease.
The 4th Annual Walk for Parkinson’s was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 11 a.m. in Camden Park. Having Parkinson’s is no walk in the park, so the Fearrington Cares Support Group invites you to take a lap with them around Camden Park. For information, contact: Doug Zabor.
The 2019 walk included 50 family, friends, and village neighbors who joined members of the Parkinson’s Support Group. Donations were accepted for the Parkinson’s Foundation but were not required. This year they raised $15,643, up from nearly $10,000 in 2018, $8000 in 2017, and $4,000 in 2016. To also donate, go to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, use this link. For more information, also see our article on the NEWS tab.
- Caregivers Support Group. Caregivers are described as selfless, tolerant, resilient, loyal, and kind. It’s also been quipped that caregiving is a 36 hour day. Those who provide care know that it can be stressful and frustrating, can lead to depression, and may put the caregiver at risk for emotional and physical illness. This group is co-facilitated by Karen Shectman and Fred Shectman and will meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. The meetings will offer participants an opportunity to share experiences, vent, find support and comfort, and learn about additional resources in Fearrington and the larger community.
- Alcoholics Anonymous. Closed Meetings on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Fearrington Cares sponsors a closed AA meeting each Wednesday that the Center is open. Alcoholics Anonymous (commonly referred to as AA) is perhaps the most widely known program related to overcoming an addiction or chemical dependency. For decades, AA meetings have helped countless men and women overcome their dependence upon alcohol and begin (or continue) their pursuit of lifelong recovery. Please come if this type of support may be helpful to you.
- Living with Loss. A new Support Group, open to people who are dealing with the loss of a spouse, parent, child or friend will meet twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Led by Fearrington residents John and Judyth Branson (John a minister and Judyth a psychotherapist), this will b a confidential group where it feels safe to talk about the feelings of loss. Call Fearrington Cares (919-542-6877) if you have questions.
- One-on-One Grief Counseling. Individual one hour sessions for short term grief counseling can be arranged by contacting Karen at the Fearrington Cares Center, 919-542-6877 to schedule an appointment.