Metropolitan Community Church Sacred Journey has initiated a new support group for caregivers. Photo Credit: highwaystarz via Adobe Stock

Church starts caregiver support

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Metropolitan Community Church Sacred Journey has initiated a new support group for caregivers as part of its ongoing outreach to the community.

The caregiver support group, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month, was created to offer a place of solace for those charged with providing the necessary care for someone who is suffering from an extended or even short-term illness or injury, or being the one to provide comfort to someone whose illness is terminal. Caregivers are often faced with multiple doctor’s appointments, daily physical care of loved ones, canceling or adjusting their own plans, and never having enough time to get it all done. Often those who are engaged in ongoing care responsibilities become physically and/or emotionally fatigued. They need to get recharged and nurtured themselves in order to be able to effectively provide the level of care that is required by the injured or ill individual.

This peer-led group will assist caregivers in learning about local resources, provide networking with others who understand their stresses and explore strategies for coping with big crisis situations, as well as little day-to-day frustrations. Members are able to enjoy a light supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by sharing time at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the group, call Kay Bachemin at 828-388-1595 or the church at 828-693-9110.


Trailblazers explore Smokies

BRYSON CITY, N.C. — The Lady Trailblazers of NC Meetup group is heading to the Great Smoky Mountains from 1 p.m. on Sept. 6 through noon on Sept. 9 to camp out and explore the out-of-doors. It is only available to adult women.

The location offers creekside camping, hiking to waterfalls, tubing on Deep Creek, as well as the nearby mountain town of Bryson City which sports breweries, restaurants, shops and the Great Smoky Mountains scenic railroad.

Participants will enjoy various activities during the day and at night gather around the campfire for food and camaraderie.

Trailblazers will utilize group tent camping at a cost of $25 per participant non-refundable, due when signing up for the event. Payment is accepted via cash, PayPal (preferred) or personal check. Those with trailers and RVs can get individual sites nearby on a first come, first served basis.

To join the Trailblazers, who are partnering with the Asheville Women Outdoors Meetup, visit their Meetup group to sign up and once approved, make reservations for a spot. Full details are available online, including what to bring, safety instructions, travel suggestions, location and site numbers and more.


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