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Working together is a better idea!Support groups are integral parts of the Brian Injury Association of Georgia's efforts to assist survivors of brain injury (ABI/TBI) their families and friends. A support group's most important function is to provide a safe environment for its members, in which there is a sharing of mutual emotional support. The support group is based on the belief that acceptance by and connections with others is critical in the healing process from trauma. Members can be survivors, family members, friends and professional providers. 

If you are interested in starting a support group and consideration for Brain Injury Association of Georgia affiliation contact us at - info@braininjurygeorgia.org
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We would like to thank Gwen McKee and the Jolly Foundation for their generous donation towards helping support our efforts!

A Special Program...
VSA Arts of Georgia - Click for Details!

VSA arts of Georgia is a wonderful program that offers FREE tickets to both Ongoing Events, and numerous Special Events throughout Georgia. This program is a benefit offered to Support Group Members – survivor and caregiver/family member  -  who become Members of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG). You must have a BIAG membership to request tickets! Members request tickets through their Support Group Leader.
Click here for all the details


The benefits of a brain injury support group are numerous and can include the following:
  • Emotional healing comes through interpersonal contact

  • Sharing of similar experiences helps members feel less isolated and
    more empowered to deal with daily challenges

  • Encouragement develops from learning about the achievements of
    others that have overcome similar difficulties

  • Contribution helps support group members feel useful and gives
    meaning to their lives

  • Education results from the exchange of information and personal
    experiences

  • Socialization establishes and maintains important connections with
    people and enhances confidence in social skills

  • Self-expression, as emotions are experienced and released, creates a
    greater understanding of oneself and one's capabilities

  • Confidence building results as members self-direct the support group
    and work on the problems they all have in common

  • Safety, in the context of a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental
    environment, allows for honest self-expression and confidence building

  • A Sense of Growth occurs as long-term members see new participants
    and reminisce about where they began and how far they have come in their
    personal journey

SUPPORT GROUPS (Listed By County):

PLEASE READ FIRST!!!   Support Group information is subject to change. Please contact the support group before you attend a meeting for the first time or if you have not attended recently.

BIBB COUNTY
Macon

Macon Support Group
Central Georgia Rehab Hospital
3351 Northside Dr.
Macon, GA 31210

Meetings held: Every 3rd Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M Bring a dish to share and we eat
first!

Contacts:
Phyllis Dorn (478) 960-2804
dornphyllis@yahoo.com
Rachael Devito
rdevito100@windstream.net

WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTY
Rock Spring

North Georgia Brain Injury Support Group
www.safehavensjf.org
Jimmy Simpson Foundation
9558 N. Hwy 27
Suite B
Rock Spring, GA 30739
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 6:00 PM
Contact: Tina Lovern (706)375-9530
tlovern@safehavenjsf.org

CHATHAM COUNTY
Savannah

Advance Acquired Brain Injury Program
Goodwill Industries
7220 Sallie Mood Dr
Savannah, GA 31407
Meetings held: 2nd Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00pm
Contacts:
Paula Ruehling - (912)354-6611
pruehling@@goodwillsavannahga.org

Grey Matters
Rehab Institute @ Memorial Medical Center
4700 Waters Ave.
Savannah, GA 31407
Meetings Held:  3rd Thursday @ 5:00 PM
Contacts:
Jennifer Jolley - (912) 350-7274
jolleje1@memorialhealth.com
Ludy Lugo - lugolu1@memorialhealth.com

CLARKE COUNTY
Athens

Saint Mary's Hospital
1230 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606
(5h floor, ADL room)
 
Meetings Held: Every 3rd Monday @ 7:00 P.M.

Contacts:
Floretta Johnson (706) 353-1892 or (706) 389-3550 
fbjohnson0521@att.net

Janice Ward - (706)548-4397

CLAYTON COUNTY
Riverdale

Miracles Happen
Southern Regional Medical Center
11 Upper Riverdale Rd.
Riverdale, GA 30274
 
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00 P.M.

Contact: Pat Buice (678) 773-4930
superhope@msn.com

COBB COUNTY
Marietta

Unlimited Possibilities
Kennestone Hospital
Outpatient Rehab Center
100 Lacy St.
Marietta, GA 30060
 
Meetings Held: Every 1st Tuesday @ 7 P.M.

Contacts:
Email to: supportgroup@mindspring.com
Kelly Campbell (678)677-2589 kellyc620@yahoo.com

DEKALB COUNTY
Atlanta

Atlanta/Emory
Center for Rehab Medicine
1441 Clifton Road
Room 101
Atlanta, GA 30030
 
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 6:30 P.M.

Contacts:
Carl Griffith - (404)409-9339
Pat Gartrell - (404)524-6097
gar216@bellsouth.net
Esther Connor - (404)731-5958
no1uno9@hotmail.com

Atlanta/VA Hospital
VA/TBI Support Group
VA Medical Center
Speech Pathology Dept.
1610 Clifton Road
Decatur, GA 30033
 
Meetings Held: Each 2nd Monday at 1:00 PM
If the 2nd Monday falls on a Holiday the group will meet the following Monday.
Contact: Dr. Inge Thomas (404) 329-4654
Inge.Thomas@va.gov

DOUGHERTY COUNTY
Albany

No support group
Contact So Georgia Support Group Steering Committee Liaison  – Vickie Gipson (229) 224-1680

FANNIN COUNTY
Blue Ridge

United Community Bank of Fannin County
4000 Appalachian Highway 
Blue Ridge, GA  30513
Bank is located next to the Burger King
Call Carolyn Stepp for directions
 
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M.

Contact: Carolyn Stepp (706) 492-5308)
carolynstepp@etcmail.com

FLOYD COUNTY
Rome

Floyd Behavioral Health
Windwood main level conference room
306 Shorter Ave.
Rome, GA 30165
 
Meetings Held: Every 3rd Thursday @ 6 P.M.

Contacts:

Stayce Van Gorp PT (770)713-2526) Svangorp@floyd.org

FULTON COUNTY

ATLANTA

Pediatric Brain Injury Support Group
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Inpatient Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU)
1001 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
 
3rd Sunday  – 2:00-3:30 PM
Call or email to verify meeting location

Contact:
Carol Mallon -  (404) 785-4452 - Carol.mallon@choa.org
Jean Kropa – (770)612-0612 - kropa@bellsouth.netJacques and Monique Hauss – (770)663-8320 – jacqueshauss@att.net

ATLANTA/BUCKHEAD

Mild Brain Injury Support Group - Buckhead
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305 
http://www.mildbraininjurysupport.org/
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Thursday @ 7:00 P.M.

Contacts:
Jean Kropa (770) 612-0612
Kropa@bellsouth.net 
 
Jacques and Monique Haust
(770) 663-8320
jacqueshauss@att.net

ROSWELL

North Fulton Support Group

St. David's Episcopal Church 1015 Old Roswell Road
Roswell, GA 30076
Location of Support Group Meetings click here

North Fulton Brain Injury Family Group Meeting
All persons, family and caregivers with any history of brain injury are invited
Located in the Old Parish Hall
3rd Tuesday of each Month
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Survivors Brain Injury Support Group
Located in the Education Building
Caregivers may can wait and meet informally in the adjoining classroom
1st Thursday of each Month
1:00 PM
Contact: Stuart Hanzman (770) 642-4236 X41
stuarthanzman@aol.com

The Seminole Spirit:

A Speech Listening Group

North Brook Methodist Church House

50 Houze Way Rd

Roswell, GA 30075

Click here for 2014 meeting dates (pdf)

 

Contact: Mark Halvorsen (404) 434-7452

Seekinmotion2012@gmail.com

 

Alex Hill (404) 514-5043

ahillga@yahoo.com

 

Bill Peet (404)255-5145

bpeet3@att.net

 

GLYNN COUNTY
Brunswick & Golden Isles

“brainReconnect” Brain Injury Support Group
Outpatient Rehabilitation Care Center for Southeast Georgia Health Systems
2600 Wildwood Ave.
Brunswick, GA 31520

Meetings Held: 4th Wednesday 2:30 – 4:00PM

Contact: Royce Laidler MA, CCC/SLP, Director (912)506-0305
roycelaidler@att.net

Rhonda Hand, Co-Director, (912)638-6144 or 399-1450
Rhondahand@gmail.com

 

GORDON COUNTY 
Calhoun

"Divine Restoration Abounds"
Cup of Life Worship Center
108 Newton Road
Calhoun, GA

Meetings Held:  3rd Thursday of each month 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Contacts:
Leslie DePerro (706)263-6961
Ldeperro07@aim.com

Judi Collins (706)548-2660
cjudi@bellsouth.net

GWINNETT COUNTY
Lawrenceville

Gwinnett Support Group

 

Meetings are social and located in various restaurants weekly. For locations/dates/details contact Dennis Stahl.

 

Contact: Dennis Stahl (770) 965-9726

michtrish1961@gmail.com

MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Columbus

Columbus Area Brain Injury Support Group
Columbus Med. Conf. Center
710 Center St.
Columbus, GA 31909

Meetings Held: Every 4th Thursday @ 6:30 P.M.

Contacts:
Kay McCoy
Home (706) 565-9298
Cell (706) 325-2386
Kaymccoy3@hotmail.com

Marguerite McKinney
mmmckinney1@juno.com

NEWTON/ROCKDALE COUNTIES
Conyers

Brain Injury Association of Newton/Rockdale
Conyers Presbyterian Church
911 N. Main St.
Conyers, GA 30012
Meetings Held: Every 3rd Monday @ 7 PM

Contact: Tom Houchins (404) 316-3193
hthouchins@yahoo.com

RICHMOND COUNTY
Augusta

The Brain Injury Support Group
NeuroRestorative of GA
2501 Center West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Thursday @ 6 P.M.

Contacts:
Patty Goolsby (706)0737-9300 or (706)840-9676
Patty.goolsby@thementornetwork.com

Les Paul Morgan (803) 279-9611or (803)426-6356 
mycometpatrol@bellsouth.net 
(Note: Les also leads a group in No. Augusta, SC. Contact Les for info)

SPALDING / LAMAR / UPSON COUNTIES
Griffin/Barnesville/Thomaston

Lost and Found Support Group  
Fellowship meeting: 1st Tuesday @ 6:00 PM
IHOP Restaurant in Griffin, GA

NOTE: Contact Mark or Sharon Huey to confirm meeting details
(770) 233-1660 or sharonhuey@bellsouth.net

THOMAS COUNTY
Thomasville

"Hope" Southwest GA TBI Support Group
Boston Community Center
Boston, GA 31626
Website: http://hopefortbi.web.officelive.com/default.aspx
 
Meetings Held: 2nd Mon of each month. Covered dish @ 6:30, meeting @ 7:30

Contacts:
Vickie Gipson (229) 224-1680
vickygipson35@yahoo.com

Rick Gipson (229)224-2852
rickygipson54@yahoo.com

TOOMBS COUNTY BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP

Lyons
Southeast Brain Injury Support Group
Lyons Recreations Dept/Partin Park
Neesmith Building
168 Miot Street – Lyons, GA 30436
Meetings held every 2nd Monday @ 7:00 

Contact: Melissa Jenkins - 912-565-0197
melissaoliphant@yahoo.com

TROUP COUNTY BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP 

LaGrange
Clearview Chapel
Fellowship Hall (Left side entrance)
2101 So. Davis Road
LaGrange, GA 30241
Meetings held every 2nd Monday @ 6:30 PM

Contact: Susan Blackburn - 706-302-1887
sunityblackburn@hotmail.com

 


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