Support Groups

We provide a variety of support groups at Nativity, listed below.  We want to provide a faith-based supportive environment to help you on your journey to healing and following Christ.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics 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 alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

When: Mondays at 8:00 pm
Where: Room 221
Contact: Adrienne Swidal at [email protected]

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Diabetes Support Group

Helping others as we help ourselves.  All who have been touched by diabetes are welcome.

When: 2nd Thursday of the month | 7:30 pm
Where: Room 242
Contact: [email protected]

Dementia Caregivers Support Group

Monthly meetings offer information, encouragement, and fellowship for anyone caring for a family member or close friend with any form of dementia.  Before first attending, please contact Eileen Thompson.

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Fr. Ready Room
Contact:  Ms. Thompson at [email protected]

Grief Support Group

This group offers support to all who have suffered the death of a loved one and are in need of the comfort that sharing can bring. Led by trained facilitators, the meetings are open to all adults at no charge.

When: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month | 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Nativity School
Contact: Ms. Thompson at [email protected]

Parents with Children with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Are you a parent of a child/young adult/adult with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (IDD)?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed as you help your child/young adult/adult with their life journey?   Would you like to meet other Nativity Parish families, concerned parishioners with a calling to assist, and/or families from the surrounding area navigating similar challenges?

Representative areas of assistance/information include but is not limited to:  Transition to Adulthood; Navigating the Social Services System (e.g., Community Services Board, Social Security, Medicaid; Providers); Medicaid Waivers; Waiver Slots; Waiver Wait List; Guardianship; Work and Vocations; Day Support; Finding a place to live long term; Financial Planning; and Education; Life Planning; and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

When: 2nd Wednesday, every other month | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Nativity School, Room 205
Contact: Paul Gallagher at [email protected] or 703.493.8796

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Support Mental Health Recovery

If you have a family member or friend, aged 18 years of age or older, with a mental illness, we would welcome you to a National Alliance on Mental Illness of Northern Virginia Family Support Group where we will share strategies and information to help ourselves and our loved ones. The group is led by co-facilitators trained by NAMI.

When: 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month | 7:30 – 9:00 pm We will meet on the second Wednesday of November and December, due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Where: Nativity School, Room 207
Contact: [email protected]

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