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Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM) in San Antonio, Texas sponsors an ambitious program that served 400 families during 2000. As a licensed affiliate of MELD, MHM implements that national program with a variety of groups that meet in support sessions weekly. 

The San Antonio MELD groups serve Young Moms, Young Dads and Growing Families. Members of each of those groups meet separately. The MELD model helps them provide appropriate support and information to the target populations. 

Support groups meet weekly and share dinner with each other and family members. Child care is provided during the sessions with developmental activities that are age appropriate. 

The program is flexible enough to allow discussion of current concerns during the group session. Trained peer leaders facilitate these very successful groups. Participants are asked to sign up for two years and report that the strong support element and the response to their concerns is what keeps them coming back. 

The program is free to participants. For more information about this program, contact Gary Urdiales gurdiales@mhm.org or Jesus Sanchez jsanchez@mhm.org

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