Support groups help our members improve their mental and physical health as they receive counseling, support, information and guidance. In the safe and secure environment of our support groups, they can freely talk through their thoughts, fears, worries, frustrations and other issues associated with their illness. The group dynamic helps our members constructively deal with issues related to living with HIV/AIDS. Input from other group participants gives perspective and insight.
Shepherd Wellness Community offers a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS at most of our Friday Wellness Dinners. Weeknight groups focusing on specific needs or topics are also offered throughout the year at our Center. Please check our calendar for scheduled support groups.
- There is no meal charge for SWC-certified members, their children under 18, or for the first loved one accompanying a certified member.
- Additional loved ones accompany a certified member pay a meal charge of only $10. Noncertified HIV+ people pay a meal charge of only $10 (after their first visit).
- There is no charge for programs at our center for our HIV+ members and their loved ones.
Loved ones may attend most of our programs, however, there is no change to our policy that HIV support groups are open only to HIV+ people. Some programs have adult-only content, and guests attending our outings are welcome on a self-pay basis.