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Support Groups

Pennsylvania

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Shelly White

Central PA SCI Networking

We provide support and friendship for new and old injuries, their families and friends.

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Peter O’Donnell

Chronic Pain Management Support Group

  • County:
    Centre
  • Location:
    HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Address:
    550 W. College Avenue
  • Contact:
    Peter O’Donnell
  • Phone:
    814-359-3421, ext 1231
Group is held online. A Web-based support and discussion group.

Ruth Black, LCSW

Family Peer Group

  • County:
    Philadelphia
  • Location:
    Magee Rehabilitation Hospital (Spinal Cord Injury Unit)
  • Address:
    1513 Race Street
  • Contact:
    Ruth Black, LCSW
  • Phone:
    (215) 587-3030
  • Email:
    rblack@mageerehab.org

Family Peer Mentors are family members and/or loved ones of individuals who have sustained a SCI and have successfully transitioned to living life with a disability. They are volunteers who are specially trained to guide and provide SCI related information and experiences to families and loved ones of newly injured individuals.

Mentoring can be done in the form of participating in the family group which is held twice monthly at Magee or contacting a new family by telephone or face to face if possible. Given the geographic area Magee serves, we attempt to be creative and flexible with mentoring requests.

The SCI Family Peer Group meets two Wednesdays a month at 6 p.m. in room 537 on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

To become a Family Peer Mentor contact Ruth Black, LCSW.

Bonnie Kuhns

Good Shepherd Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

  • County:
    Lehigh
  • Location:
    Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center, middle level
  • Address:
    850 S. Fifth Street
  • Contact:
    Bonnie Kuhns
  • Phone:
    610-776-3393
  • Email:
    bkuhns@gsrh.org

If you are living with a spinal cord injury, Good Shepherd’s Spinal Cord Injury Support Group allows you to meet and socialize with others with similar conditions.

The group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center, middle level,  850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown. There is no cost and no doctor prescription is required.

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Joe Salva

Individual Abilities in Motion

Group meeting vary based on activity. Contact group leader for more information.
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Beth Jacobs

Moss Rehab’s Peer Support Group

  • County:
    Montgomery
  • Location:
    Moss Rehab/Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Address:
    60 Township Line Rd
  • Contact:
    Beth Jacobs
  • Phone:
    215-663-6119
  • Email:
    bjacobs@einstein.edu

Our peer support group meets weekly every Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00. It consists of both acute inpatient SCI individuals and community residing individuals with SCI/D.


Our one on one peer support network is also an off shot of this larger group.

Steve Uberti

MS Support Group

MS Support group for individuals in Pleasant Gap, PA.

When: third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Lynda Williams

P.R.O.U.D. (People Regardless Of oUr Disabilities)

Group meet 2nd Tuesday of every month.

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Trisha Hicks

SCI & Sexuality: Education Support Group

  • County:
    Philadelphia
  • Location:
    Magee Rehabilitation, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms
  • Address:
    1513 Race Street
  • Contact:
    Trisha Hicks
  • Phone:
    (215) 587-3031
  • Email:
    thicks@mageerehab.org
An educational support group for individuals and couples focusing on relationships and sexuality after SCI. The group is open to current and former patients and covers a variety of topics from dating, relationships, communication, assistive devices, body image, and sexual values.

Individuals and Couples welcome!

Groups will be held every other Tuesday from 6-7pm. Please contact Trisha Hicks to ask about upcoming dates.
YOU pick the topics.

Topics covered may include: dating, relationships, body image, assistive devices, sex and medicine, relationship roles, contraception, sexual values, intimacy, sexual health, partners as caregivers, sex with ourselves, sex with others, communication, anatomy and physiology.

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Marie Protesto

SCI Resource & Support Group

  • County:
    Philadelphia
  • Location:
    Magee Rehabilitation (Second Floor Conference Room)
  • Address:
    1513 Race Street
  • Contact:
    Marie Protesto
  • Phone:
    (215) 587-3174
  • Email:
    peers@mageerehab.org

This group provides education, recreation and support opportunities to individuals with spinal cord injuries.

Traditionally, meetings are held at Magee on the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room. However, social outings are scheduled based on availability and pricing.

We are always looking for new topics.

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Robin Goodman

SCI Support Group

  • County:
    Berks
  • Location:
    HealthSouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Address:
    1623 Morgantown Road
  • Contact:
    Robin Goodman
  • Phone:
    610-775-2466

SCI Support group for individuals living in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Date: Second Saturday of every month

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Lindsay Furlong MOT OTR/L

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

  • County:
    Philadelphia
  • Location:
    Penn Institute for Rehab Medicine (Penn Medicine- Rittenhouse 3rd floor dining room)
  • Address:
    1800 Lombard street
  • Contact:
    Lindsay Furlong MOT OTR/L
  • Phone:
    215-893-6324
  • Email:
    Lindsay.Furlong@uphs.upenn.edu
Group meets 3rd Tuesday of every month.
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Michelle McCracken

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Spinal cord injury support group for individuals living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Date: Second Tuesday of each month

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Staci Silar

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group at Reading Rehabilitation Hospital is designed to offer support to people living with a spinal cord injury, along with their family and friends.  It is focused on providing education, emotional support, and opportunities for socialization and peer support.

Date: Fourth Thursday of every month

Time: 4:30-5:30 pm

Location: Classroom at Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital

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Nancy Lokey

Spinal Cord Support Group

Everyone is welcomed! Bring your questions or just come and hang out. We can’t wait to meet you.

Group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Penn State Hershey Rehab Hospital Cafeteria from 7-9pm.

See Calendar of Events on our website for meeting schedule.

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Bryan McCormick

The SCI Networking Group at UPMC Mercy

  • County:
    Allegheny
  • Location:
    UPMC Mercy
  • Address:
    1400 Locust St 7th Floor, E Wing Gym
  • Contact:
    Bryan McCormick
  • Phone:
    (412) 232-9326
  • Email:
    brymccormi@pa.gov

Lee Tempest

UPMC IRR Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group

Get support from peers who know where you are and now lead successful lives in the community at this unstructured, nonclinical social group for people with spinal cord injury.

Please plan ahead for the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM in the 7E dining room. There will always be a space for you. Parking is available in the parking garage directly across from the hospital between Forbes Avenue and Locust Street.

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