Support Groups




Caregiver Sanctuary

The Caregiver Sanctuary is an informal gathering open to anyone in the community who is caring for a person with memory loss, including Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, as well as those who want to learn more about how to support dementia caregivers. The Caregiver Sanctuary is a safe haven for finding loving support, information, understanding, resources, prayer, laughter and encouragement for the journey. Meetings are noon – 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in Knox Hall Room 150; participants are welcome to bring lunch. Facilitators have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association, and have personal experience as Alzheimer’s caregivers themselves.

For more information, contact Sally Ordway 813.251.9116 or Joan Mellen 813.334.4262

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. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

AA meetings on the Hyde Park campus (500 W. Platt) are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays or 7 p.m. Saturdays in the Harnish Activities Center. AA meetings on The Portico campus (1001 N. Florida) are 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Hall.
An 11th Step AA Meditation meeting is held 6 p.m. Mondays in the Chapel on The Portico campus. “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” Contact Justin LaRosa for more information.

For a full list of meetings, visit the AA Tri-County website.


The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause.

The “Live and Let Live” Al-Anon Family Group meets at The Portico Cafe, 1001 N. Florida Ave., every Thursday with a Beginner’s Meeting from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., and a regular meeting from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Contact Michelle S. for more information. For a full list of meetings, visit the Hillsborough County Al-Anon website.

Cancer Support Group

This informal group provides support, understanding, education and prayer to all cancer patients, survivors, family and friends on an as-needed basis.

For more information, contact the Rev. Sally Campbell-Evans, 813.253.5388.

Grief Counseling

While there is no organized grief support group, a church member who is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHT) is specifically trained to minister to persons dealing with grief. She meets with such individuals on a one-on-one basis as needed.

For more information, contact the Rev. Sally Campbell-Evans, 813.253.5388.

Divorce Recovery

The Divorce Recovery workshop is designed to help men and women during the process of separation in anticipation of divorce, as well as those who are already divorced. The workshop helps to address the trauma of divorce and outlines the ways to avoid many of the pitfalls. Participants learn how to set new goals for themselves as single adults. Divorce is difficult but you don’t have to experience the challenges alone.

Contact Paul Phaneuf for information about the next class.

Tampa People With MS

This educational support group provides honest, open, positive, encouraging (HOPE) support for people living in the Tampa Bay area with multiple sclerosis. The group meets at noon-2 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in Knox Hall Room 150.

For more information, contact Florence Foster, 813.442.6925.

Touched by Adoption

The purpose of the Touched by Adoption Ministry is to offer fellowship and support, as well as information on locally available resources and the sharing of first-hand experience, to those who have already adopted, are fostering, and/or are providing kinship (relative) care, along with those who are considering doing so. We get together once a month (date varies; please call or email for more information.) Touched by Adoption is open to all and families don’t need to attend Hyde Park United Methodist to participate.

For more information or to chat in between our monthly gatherings, please contact Melinda Adams, 813.624.6946; Michelle Schumacher, 813.363.3970 or Jennifer Scott, 813.875.1356.

Marriage Support

Hyde Park affirms the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment and shared fidelity.

If you are in need of a pastor, please contact Gwen Lindsey, 813.253.5388.

For help identifying resources such as books on strengthening marriage, please contact us, 813.253.5388.

Looking for a group on a specific topic?

Contact Sally Campbell-Evans and let her know, 813.253.5388

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