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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 Leanne T. for more information. For a full list of meetings, visit the Hillsborough County Al-Anon website.

Grief Counseling

While a grief support group is available online (via Zoom), there is a church member who is a retired Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHT), 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 ext. 1224.

Grief Share Support Group

Grief is typically associated with death, but it can follow any type of loss and we all have been experiencing many losses in recent weeks. In response to this need, we are restarting our Grief Share Support Group. Learn More

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 Kim Harcrow, 813.253.5388 ext. 1290.

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 ext. 1224.