Welcome to Hope Central

About Hope Central Meetings

Hope Central is a new Alcoholics Anonymous group which is committed to offering meetings simultaneously for both remote (via Zoom) and face-to-face meetings.

With the recent COVID-19 issues, we found ourselves in a situation where we needed more flexibility in our AA meetings than simply being remote via Zoom OR face-to-face indoors. We wanted to be flexible enough that everyone could attend meetings in as safe a manner as possible. We started out as Zoom only meetings. But as the pandemic spread began to lessen, we realized that we could do both face-to-face meetings and Zoom meetings AT THE SAME TIME!!

Zoom Meetings are at the very core of this group - they will NOT be going away, even as COVID-19 related restrictions are relaxed. We have many members from across the US and we have all benefitted greatly from their participation.

About our In-Person Meetings

Currently, we hold several meetings that are still predominantly "Zoom only" - but are beginning to also hold in-person meetings where we are all connected to Zoom - EVERYONE gets to participate!! So if you attend one of our face-to-face meetings, be prepared to use Zoom. If you're new to Zoom, don't worry - we'll be happy to assist you getting it setup and working properly.

Click here for our current meeting schedule

You may signup for our email group here

What do you need for Zoom?

You can join a Zoom meeting with as little as a flip phone!! (And YES, they do still make those!!)

Most of us use either a smartphone (iPhone, Android) or a computer to attend meetings. Either of these options allows us to have video so that we can actually see each other.

Some Recommendations

After several months, we have a few recommendations to make the meetings flow smoothly and be enjoyable to everyone:

  1. Stay muted unless you are speaking. Other attendees CAN hear all the noises around you, which makes it hard focus on the person currently sharing.

  2. Use a headset or earbuds if you are physically with others on the same call. Using the speakerphone function will cause "echos" and/or "feedback" when others around you are sharing and can be quite disruptive during meetings.