Support Groups

Dementia Support Groups

Dementia Support Groups

Early-Stage Dementia Discussion and Support Group
Intended for: Individuals with early stage dementia and their care partners
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Information: Assessment is required for support group participation
Dates and times to be determined once participant has been assessed.
Contact: Denise Gibson at 616-459-7423
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Younger Onset Dementia Support Group
Intended for: Individuals who have a dementia that was diagnosed before age 65 and their caregivers.
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 2740 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Sharon Koets at 616-822-5481
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525 

Dementia Caregiving

Adult Children of a Person with Dementia
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1951 Plymouth Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Sue Marsh at 616-325-7619
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Location: SarahCare Knapp’s Corner, 2211 East Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Harlene Gedris at 616-949-4709
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 2nd Friday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Julie Alicki at 616-222-7064
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 3334 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Theresa Wilson at 616-301-2000
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Algoma Township Office, 10531 Algoma Ave NE, Rockford, MI
Contact: Anna Papke at 616-745-3101
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association and Mercy Health
Dates: 1st Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Mercy Health St. Mary’s Health Care, Lacks Grand Room, 250 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Karen Bugg Foley at 616-685-5445 or Sharon Koets at 616-822-5481
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
 Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: St. Luke AME Zion Church, 101 Delaware St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Myrna Granderson at 616-452-7227
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Cascade Library, 2870 Jack Smith Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Sabrina Slaw at 678-575-4398
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525
 

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Intended for: Spanish speaking caregivers of individuals who have Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Programa Puente, 1357 Grandville Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Tania at 616-391-6189
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

 

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Intended for: Caregivers of individuals who have Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 2nd Monday of each month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Brookside Christian Reformed Church, 3600 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Carrie Pattee at 616-235-5022

Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Intended for: Caregivers of individuals who have Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Fourth Reformed Church, 1226 Union Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Tom Boehm at 616-334-0687
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Intended for: Care partners whose person with dementia has passed away.
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch of Kent District Library, 4940 Breton Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Kendra Schumaker at 616-530-6700
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Intended for: Caregivers of individuals who have Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Church of the Servant, 3835 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Joshua Baron at 616-886-7865
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Intended for: Care partners whose person with dementia has passed away.

Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association
Dates: 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30 - 11:00 am
Location: Mercy Health Southwest, Grand Conference Room, 2373 64th Street, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Kendra Schumaker at 616-530-6700
Website: https://www.alz.org/events/event_search?etid=2&cid=90&zip=49525

General Caregiving Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group

Sponsored by: Evergreen Commons

Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 pm

Location: The Day Center at Evergreen, 55 W 16th St, Holland, MI

Contact: Day Center at Evergreen at 616-355-5130

Website: http://www.evergreencommons.org/caregiver-services/

 

Caregiver Support Group

Sponsored by: Evergreen Commons

Dates: 4th Tuesday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Fellowship Reformed Church, 2165 W. Lakewood Blvd, Holland, MI

Contact: Day Center at Evergreen at 616-355-5130

Website: http://www.evergreencommons.org/caregiver-services/

Cancer Support Groups

Bluebird Cancer Support Group

Intended for: Those with a cancer diagnosis, receiving treatment, or in recovery from cancer

Dates: 2nd Monday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Bluebird Cancer Retreats Office, 917 W Savidge St., Spring Lake, MI

Contact: Renee Denslow at 616-847-0839 or rdenslow@bluebirdmi.org

Website: www.bluebirdmi.org

 

Bluebird Cancer Support Group

Intended for: Caregivers of someone who has cancer

Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Biggby Coffee, 660 Chicago Drive, Holland, MI

Contact: Renee Denslow at 616-847-0839 or rdenslow@bluebirdmi.org

Website: www.bluebirdmi.org

 

Cancer Support Group

Intended for: Those diagnosed with cancer

Sponsored by: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

Dates: Every Tuesday from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, every Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30 am and 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

Website: www.gildasclubgr.org

 

Christian Cancer Support Group

Sponsored by: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

Dates: Every Thursday from 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

Website: www.gildasclubgr.org

 

Family and Friends Group

Intended for: Members of Gilda’s Club who are supporting a friend or family member on a cancer

journey. Contact Gilda’s Club if you are not a member and are interested in attending this group.

Dates: Every Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

Website: www.gildasclubgr.org

 

Family Bonds Cancer Support Group

Intended for: Cancer patients, family members, and caregivers (Patients and caregivers meet separately)

Sponsored by: Metro Health and Gilda’s Club

Dates: Every Tuesday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: The Cancer Center at Metro Village, 5950 Metro Way SW, Wyoming, MI

Contact: 616-252-8152

 

Lung Cancer Support Group

Intended for: Those diagnosed with lung cancer

Dates: 1st Monday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

 

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Intended for: Those impacted by prostate cancer

Dates: 1st Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

 

Sister to Sister Support Group

Intended for: Women of color

Dates: 1st Monday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

Website: www.gildasclubgr.org

Grief Support Groups

Adult Grief Support Group

Intended for: Adults who have experienced a death of an adult family member or friend.

Dates: Every Monday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and every Tuesday from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

Website: www.gildasclubgr.org

 

Conquerors Support Group

Intended for: Those who have lost a loved one to a homicide

Sponsored by: Conquerors

Dates: 2nd Saturday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Location: Oakdale Park CRC, 961 Temple SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Carolyn Priester at 616-248-4333. Please call to confirm your attendance.

 

Family and Friends Group

Intended for: Members of Gilda’s Club who are supporting a friend or family member. Contact Gilda’s Club if you are not a member and are interested in attending this group.

Dates: Every Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

Website: www.gildasclubgr.org

 

Grief Support Group

Intended for: Those dealing with grief and loss

Sponsored by: Ss. Peter and Paul Parish

Dates: Every Thursday at 6:30 pm

Location: St. Peter and Paul Parish, 434 High St, Ionia, MI

Contact: Parish Office at 616-527-3610. Please call first to confirm your attendance.

Website: www.saintspeterandpaulionia.org

 

Living On

Intended for: Anyone dealing with grief and loss

Sponsored by: Hospice of Michigan

Dates: 1st Thursday of each month from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Location: Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada, MI

Contact: Sue Glover at 616-356-5255

 

Living with Traumatic Grief Group

Intended for: Those experiencing traumatic grief after the death of a loved one. Please speak with

program staff before attending this group.

Dates: Every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:15 pm

Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Gilda’s Club at 616-453-8300

Website: www.gildasclubgr.org

 

Men and Grief

Intended for: Men dealing with grief and loss

Sponsored by: Hospice of Michigan

Dates: 1st Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Location: Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center, 220 Cherry St SE, H1 Community Room, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Sue Glover at 616-356-5255

Website: www.hom.org

 

Survivors of Suicide

Intended for: Those mourning the suicide of a loved one

Sponsored by: West Michigan Survivors of Suicide

Dates: 2nd Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: Park Congregational Church, 10 Park Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Jim Sailors at 616-957-3466

Website: www.afsp.org

 

Widows and Widowers Support Group

Intended for: Those who have lost a spouse

Dates: 3rd Thursday of each month (No meetings in June, July and August), 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: St. Robert Church, Room 107, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, MI

Contact: Kathy O’Bee at 616-862-9908 or kathrynobee@gmail.com

Diabetes Support Groups

Diabetes Support Group

Intended for: Persons with diabetes, their friends and family

Sponsored by: Spectrum Health

Dates: Monthly. Call for upcoming dates and times.

Location: Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, 665 Seward Ave, Suite 110, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Diabetes Education Services at 616-391-5000

Website: http://www.spectrumhealth.org/body.cfm?id=15&action=list&limit_category=Diabetes

 

Diabetes Support Group

Intended for: Persons with diabetes, their friends and family

Sponsored by: Spectrum Health

Dates: 3rd Thursday of January from 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: United Lifestyles, 701 S. Greenville West Dr., Ste. 1, Greenville, MI

Contact: 616-754-6185

 

Diabetes Support Group

Sponsored by: Metro Health

Dates: Quarterly (March, June, September, December – call for dates)

Location: Metro Health Southwest, 2215 44th St SW, Wyoming, MI

Contact: Diabetes Education Department at 616-252-8339

Parkinson's Disease Support Groups

Deep Brain Stimulation Support Group

Intended for: Those who have had or are considering DBS surgery and their families

Sponsored by: Mercy Health, St. Mary’s

Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 pm (No meetings in June, July, August, December)

Location: Hauenstein Neuroscience Center, 220 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 1st Floor Conference Room

Contact: Julie Smith, Nurse Clinician, at 616-685-5438

Website: http://www.npfwm.org/support-groups/grand-rapids

 

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Sponsored by: Mercy Health, St. Mary’s

Dates: 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Location: Wege Center for Health and Learning, 300 Lafayette Ave SE, Lower Level rooms 7, 9, Grand Rapids, MI

Website: https://www.mercyhealth.com/medical-services/neurosciences/support-and-resources/patient-support-calendar

 

Partners in Parkinson’s

Intended for: Caregivers of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

Sponsored by: National Parkinson Foundation – West Michigan Chapter

Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:15 pm

Location: Grand Traverse Pie Co., 3224 28

Each person pays for their own lunch

Contact: Lynette Hooker at 616-455-5748 or lynsue3@gmail.com

Website: http://www.npfwm.org/support-groups/grand-rapids

Other Health Condition Support Groups

Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Support Group

Intended for: Care recipients and caregivers

Sponsored by: Mercy Health

Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Location: Hauenstein Neurosciences Community Education Room (1st Floor)

Mercy Health, 220 Cherry St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Contact: Susan Woolner, Susan.Woolner@mercyhealth.com or 616-685-5201

 

Brain Injury Association Support Group – Grand Rapids Chapter

Intended for: Individuals who are

Sponsored by: Brain Injury Association

Dates: 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm

Location: Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Professional Building

350 Lafayette Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Contact: Rachel Morse at 616-840-8198

Website: http://www.maryfreebed.com/patients-visitors/support-groups/

Exceptions: No meetings in January or July. Alternative locations in August and December (due to potluck)

 

Huntington's Disease Living Positive Support Group

Intended for: Those who have tested positive for HD or are living at risk

Sponsored by: Huntington's Disease Society of America, Michigan Chapter

Dates: 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Psychotherapy and Consultation Offices, 967 Spaulding SE, Suite E, Ada, MI

Contact: Kathy Delp at 616-581-3085 or Kath6613@aol.com

Website: http://michigan.hdsa.org/about/misupport

 

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Intended for: Persons with multiple sclerosis and their friends and family

Sponsored by: Spectrum Health

Dates: 4th Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: United Lifestyles, 701 S. Greenville West Dr., Ste. 1, Greenville, MI

Contact: 616-754-6185

Website: https://www.spectrumhealth.org/about-us/classes-and-events/multiple-sclerosis-support-group?date=2017-11-23

 

Stroke Support Group

Intended for: Stroke survivors, their family and caregivers

Sponsored by: Mary Free Bed

Dates: 1st Monday of each month (no meetings in January and July) from 6:15 - 7:30 pm

Location: Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Rachel Morse at 616-840-8198

Website: http://www.maryfreebed.com/patients-vistors/support-groups/

 

Stroke Support Group

Intended for: Stroke survivors, their family and caregivers

Sponsored by: Spectrum Health

Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month (no meetings in November and December) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Guild Rooms 1 and 2, 1840 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Spectrum Health Rehabilitation at 616-774-8170

Website: https://www.spectrumhealth.org/about-us/classes-and-events/stroke%20support%20group-gr

 

Joe Niekro Foundation Support Group

Intended for: Individuals who have survived brain aneurysm, AVM or stroke and their caregiver

Dates: 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm

Location: Metro Health Conference Center, 2225 Main St., Wyoming, MI

Contact: (616) 252-7200

Website: https://metrohealth.net/stroke-center/joe-niekro/

 

Mental Health Support Groups

Anger Management Support Group

Intended for: Adult men

Sponsored by: Men's Resource Center

Location: Men’s Resource Center, 534 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: 616-456-1178

Website: http://menscenter.org/counseling-services/mens-support-groups/

 

Anxiety Support Group

Intended for: Anyone who has an anxiety problem, including trichotillomania and OCD

Sponsored by: Anxiety Resource Center

Dates: Every Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:30 pm and 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: Anxiety Resource Center, 312 Grandville Ave, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: 616-356-1614 (Office open on Wednesdays)

Website: http://anxietyresourcecenter.org/finding-support/


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Intended for: Persons diagnosed with a mood disorder, those who believe they may have a mood

disorder and their supporters

Sponsored by: Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1700 Woodward Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Kristin Finn at 616-365-1853 or embracingbipolar@comcast.net

Website: http://www.dbsagr.org/

 

Domestic Violence Support Group

Intended for: Adult men

Sponsored by: Men's Resource Center

Location: Men’s Resource Center, 534 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: 616-456-1178

Website: http://menscenter.org/counseling-services/mens-support-groups/

 

Mental Illness Support Group

Intended for: People with mental illness and their families

Sponsored by: NAMI of Kent County

Dates: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm

Location: Network 180 Access Center, 1st Floor, 790 Fuller Ave, Grand Rapids, MI

Contact: Tom Dooley at 616-942-1088 or tfdooley@gmail.com

Website: http://namiofkentcounty.wordpress.com/

Support Groups for Family Issues