I have been doing some travel to the Washington, DC area as part of my job.  The project that I am working on has meetings  scheduled almost every Wednesday.  This has afforded me the opportunity to try to get to a SNAP support group meeting that is conducted by the Virginia Coordinator for SNAP in Falls Church on the last Wednesday of the month.   The meeting is  at 7:00 p.m. at TYSONS-PIMMIT HILLS REGIONAL LIBRARY, 7684 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.  (Please contact: Ellen Radday 703-538-6128 or Wayne Dorough 443-336-4186 for more information.)   I spoke to Becky Ianni, the Virginia Chapter Coordinator to confirm that the meeting was still on.  She assured me that the group was going to meet as scheduled.

If you are looking for SNAP Support Groups in your area, go to the SNAP pages listing support groups for the eastern, central and western sections of the United States.  There are also pages for Canada and Mexico

SNAP should update some of the contact information for some of the chapters.  I know that the information for the area I live in, Hampton Roads, Virginia  is out of date.   There is no information listed on a chapter in Northeast Pennsylvania or for Scranton proper.  Given the number of priests accused/convicted in that area, I would think that an organized support group in that area is greatly needed.

Of course, these support groups are only as good as the people who are willing to come forward and stand up not only for themselves but for others who have been affected by the Clergy Sex Abuse/Assault Scandal. We will be much more successful when we consolidate our energy and resources to affect a change in the law and in the attitude of the church. I don’t believe the latter will happen until the laws change.

In the spirit of change that has captured this country, I recommend that we all stand up together and be heard.

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