Below is a listing of local and national resources. Please note, information is subject to change. To verify support group time and location or resource availability, please call the number provided below.
Substance Abuse, Misuse and Other Addiction Support Groups & Resources
The following support groups and services are available in Rochester and surrounding communities.
NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator
A resource that provides a listing of treatment agencies and individual practitioners offering substance use disorder services, including evaluation (this is the first step to determine level of treatment needed), withdrawal management (detoxification), outpatient counseling, residential treatment, recovery supports and other services.
Support group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church, 180 Rochester Hill Road in Rochester.
HOPE (Helping Others Positive Encouragement)
HOPE is a peer self-help group for families of loved ones suffering from substance abuse. HOPE’s mission is to provide a safe and confidential environment for families suffering from addiction. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Peter’s Church, 88 Central Street in Farmington. For more information contact Lynn at (603) 817-6174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook/Circle of Hope.
Group meets on Saturdays at 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church, 63 South Main Street in Rochester. Click here for listing of meetings throughout the state.
New Hampshire Recovery Hub
New Hampshire Family Support Groups provide a safe and confidential environment for families of loved ones living with substance use disorder. The group offers parents, caregivers, and siblings a safe space to share experiences, struggles and successes. For more information, contact Lynn Fuller at (603) 817-6174 or email email@example.com.
Group meets on Thursdays from 7:15 – 8:15 pm at the First Congregational Church, 63 South Main Street in Rochester.
Southern New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services
Organization provides a full range of services to help people recover from addictive disorders, regardless of ability to pay. For more information call (603) 516-8160.
Smoking & Tobacco Cessation Resources
American Lung Association
NH Quitworks (1-800-784-8669)
National Cancer Institute Quit Smoking Line (1-877-448-7848)
Maine Tobacco Helpline (1-800-207-1230)
Quit Now New Hampshire
Breathe New Hampshire
Quit for Life
Other Support Groups & Resources
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Carroll Room at Frisbie’s Community Education & Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. For more information call Hannah Jacoby at (603) 742-7136.
Brain Injury/Brain Tumor Support Group
Group provides support to individuals with a brain injury. Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church, 63 Main Street in Rochester. For more information call Ellen Edgerly at (603) 332-9891.
The Grandfamily Support Group: For grandparents raising grandchildren
Are you one of the nearly 8,000 New Hampshire grandparents raising a grandchild or grandchildren? Join us weekly for sharing, support and information. Group meets on Mondays (beginning October 15, 2018) from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Triangle Club located at 120 Broadway Street in Dover. No registration required. For more details, call/text Paula at (603) 923-7871.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is the web’s most trusted information resource for individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and their families. Our mission, as a leading authority on this topic, is to continually provide relevant, timely, and factual information about asbestos exposure and its causal links to mesothelioma cancer.
An advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses. They specialize in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. The services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members. For more information, visit Mesothelioma Guide.
Myasthenia Gravis Support Group
If you are a patient, caregiver, family member, friend or member of the medical profession, you are invited to participate, or learn more about myasthenia gravis (MG) and/or share your experiences with MG. Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the York Room at Frisbie’s Community Education and Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. To RSVP, contact Deb Correia at (603) 312-6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the MG support group on Facebook or visit the Myasthenia website to learn more. Download the Myasthenia Gravis flyer .
NAMI for Families of the Mentally Ill Support Group
Group meets on the third Monday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the First Floor Conference Room at Frisbie Memorial Hospital (does not meet in July and August). For more information call Fran Reynolds at (603) 332-1064.
Parents Meeting the Challenge/NAMI-CAN
Group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the First Floor Conference Room at Frisbie Memorial Hospital (No group meetings in July and August). For more information call Carol Lemelin at (603) 664-2116 (Secondary contact is Lori Foster at 603-568-7280).
Parkinson’s Disease Group
Group meets on the third Thursday (beginning January, 2019) of each month from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Belknap Room at Frisbie’s Community Education & Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. For more information contact Christie Goodwin (email@example.com) or Josh Vance (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (603) 330-8952.
Support Groups & Resources for Stroke Survivors & Caregivers
Stroke and Brain Injury
Group meets the third Thursday of the month from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Federal Savings Room – Garrison Wing in Dover. For more information, please contact Lindsey Flynn at (603) 740-2271 or at Lindsey.Flynn@wdhospital.org
Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group – Caregivers, Survivors
Group meets on the second Monday of every month from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Northeast Rehab Hospital, 1st floor cafeteria, at 105 Corporate Drive in Portsmouth. For more information, contact Liz Barbin, CCC-SLP, MS at (603) 501-5571 or at email@example.com
Krempels Cener Stroke Support Group for Caregivers
Group held on Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am at 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth. For more information, please contact Lisa Hanson at (603) 570-2026.
York Hospital Stroke Support Group (Caregivers, Survivors)
Meets on the 4th Monday of every month from 10:00 – 11:30 am at 127 Long Sands Road in York, ME. For more information, contact Susan Kelly-Westman, LMSW at (207) 351-3721 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stroke Support Group – York (Survivors)
Meets on the fourth Monday from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Living Well Center, 127 Long Sands Road, York, ME. For more information, contact Susan Kelly-Westman, LMSW at (207) 351-3721 or at email@example.com
Online Support for Stroke Survivors & Caregivers
American Stroke Association Stroke Family Warmline: 888-478-7653
National Aphasia Association (NAA) 800-922-4622
Family Caregivers Resources
ServiceLink connects caregivers with financial assistance, respite care, support groups, counseling and more. You or the person you’re caring for must be 60 or older. Call (866) 634-9412 or visit servicelink.nh.gov.
New Hampshire Family Caregiver Support Program
The New Hampshire Family Caregiver Support Program offers grants to family caregivers who don’t receive financial assistance or help through other programs. The grant can pay for in-home services, such as feeding, bathing and dressing, or respite care while the family caregiver is away, and is not income-based.
Choices for Independence (CFI) Waiver
Choices for Independence Waiver can provide family caregivers with funds to pay for respite care and in-home services for a nursing home-eligible spouse or parent, giving family caregivers some downtime. The person receiving the care must be income-eligible for Medicaid.
NH Referral, Education, Assistance & Prevention (REAP) helps older adults and their caregivers to regain quality of life, to live happy, healthy, and independent. They offer free confidential counseling and educational services to help you better understand and deal with the many life changes you may be facing. For more information, visit REAP the Benefits of Healthy Living.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
The Caregiver Program at RSVP is comprised of volunteers who provide transportation for medical appointments and basic needs, respite care, and companionship to reduce isolation for seniors who aren’t receiving these services through other agencies.
AARP provides detailed online resources for caregivers, including free downloadable guides such as “Prepare to Care,” as well support group information.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers workshops, support groups and online resources for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. For more information visit alz.org
The NHCarePath connects you to a range of information, assistance, and care throughout New Hampshire, from caregiver resources and services for aging, disability and independent living to counseling and financial planning tools. For more information call (866) 634-9412 or visit NHCarePath.
Loss & Grieving Resources
Grief support resources can be downloaded here.
GAP – Grieving Assistance Support Group
GAP is for people in various stages of grief who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Meets on the first and third Monday of each month from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in the Belknap Room at Frisbie’s Community Education & Conference Center, located on the hospital campus. For more information, or to register, call (603) 335-7777.
Seacoast Pregnancy and Infant Loss Council
A support group for families who have experienced a loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death. Meetings are held every week for a 6-week period. The groups are facilitated by persons trained in pregnancy and infant loss.
The SPILC is a collaboration of the seacoast hospitals, represented by Exeter Hospital, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and York Hospital.
To register or for more information, contact Sarge Dillon at (603) 330-7941.
Other Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resources
Center for Maternal & Infant Health: Perinatal Loss: Resources for Families
American Academy of Pediatrics: Bereavement Resources
HAND (Helping After Neonatal Death): Online Resources and Suggested Reading
First Candle: Online Support Groups
First Candle: Surviving Stillbirth
Cribs for Kids: Healing Hearts Resource Book
The following services are available to individuals in need.
The Community Meal (Rochester)
The Community Meal is free and provided to residents in need. Meals are served on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Grace Community Church, 57 Wakefield Street in Rochester. Please enter Church on parking lot side. Hosted by Frisbie Memorial Hospital. Note: Community Meals will NOT be served on the following days:
- Saturday, May 25, 2019
- Saturday, June 29, 2019
- Saturday, July 27, 2019
- Saturday, August 31, 2019
- Saturday, September 28, 2019
- Saturday, October 26, 2019
- Saturday, November 16, 2019
- Saturday, December 14, 2019
Table of Plenty Community Kitchen
The Table of Plenty provides healthy, home-cooked meals for people having difficulty putting food on their tables. For more information visit thetableofplenty.org. Community Kitchens are available in three communities:
York, Maine – Tuesdays, 5 – 6pm at the First Parish Church, York Street
Berwick, Maine – Wednesdays, 5 – 6pm at Berwick United Methodist Church, Route 9
Kittery, Maine – Thursdays, 5 – 6pm at St. Raphael Church, Whipple Road
Transportation Services for Medical Appointments
The following organizations provide transportation services to eligible persons (riders may need to complete application process in advance to determine eligibility). Most require at least 48 hours’ notice, so plan ahead. Information is subject to change. For route information and schedules, eligibility requirements and fees, call the transportation company at the telephone number listed below. Note: Transportation services listed below are for non-emergency medical appointments. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
Transportation Services for Patients with Private Insurance
Many insurance providers offer transportation to medical appointments for its members. To find out if your insurance provider offers transportation services, call the telephone number on the back of your insurance card to speak with a customer service representative.
Transportation Referral Services
The following organizations help people access a variety of community-based services.
Phone: 2-1-1 or 1-866-444-4211
For General Population
Eligibility: Must be on Coast Bus route
Eligibility: No restrictions
Phone: 603-335-4600 / 603-332-0400
Transportation Services for Medicaid Recipients & NH Healthy Families
NH Healthy Families
Eligibility: Must be a NH Healthy Families member
Eligibility Trip Purpose: Medical appointment
Medicaid Transportation Program
Eligibility: Must be a NH Medicaid recipient
Eligibility Trip Purpose: Medical appointment
Eligibility: Must be a Well Sense Health Plan member
Eligibility Trip Purpose: Medical appointment
Other Transportation Services
Road to Recovery (American Cancer Society)
Eligibility: For cancer patients
Eligibility Trip Purpose: Medical appointment