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Support groups

Sat., Dec. 22, 2012

Washington Adoption Reunion Movement – For those involved in search and reunion of adoptions. Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., Mother Bede Room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center; call Joan DeGroot at (509) 921-0600.

Woman to Woman – For breast cancer patients, survivors, family and friends; meets second and fourth Mondays of the month, 6-7 p.m., Deer Park, Mount Carmel (Colville) and Newport Community hospitals; (800) 228-6618.

Women with Cancer Support Group – For women wanting support and encouragement, meets second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 5:30 p.m., Cancer Care Northwest North Spokane Office, 605 E. Holland Ave., Suite 100. Call 228-1244 to register.

Women’s Support Group – Meets the second Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m. at Fairwinds Retirement Community, 520 E. Holland Ave. Soup, salad and dessert is available for $3. Call (509) 448-5660 for more information.

YWCA Domestic Violence For women who have experienced abuse in relationships; free and confidential. Child care available; 829 W. Broadway Ave.; (509) 326-1190, ext. 139.

AIDS Coalition – For meetings in the area, call the Inland Northwest AIDS Coalition at (509) 622-0721.

Adult Children of Hoarders – Anonymous recovery group of men and women who grew up with a parent who hoards. Group meets to explore their commonalities in a safe, respectful manner, discover how growing up in the hoard affected them in the past and continues to color their habits today. Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7 p.m., at 5025 N. Market St. Cost is free, donations are accepted. Call (509) 434-8874, visit or email for more information.

Adult Co-Victims to Homicide or Other Violent Death – For information about times and places, call Dan Fox at Lutheran Community Services, (509) 747-8224.

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Support Groups – Support and sharing experiences from living with or loving teenagers addicted to alcohol. The primary purpose is to help friends and families of alcoholics. Call (509) 456-2125 or visit for more information.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics – Support and sharing experiences from growing up in an alcoholic home. Call (509) 456-2125 or visit www. for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous – For meeting times and locations, visit or call the Spokane Central office at (509) 624-1442.

ALS Patient and Caregiver meeting – Sponsored by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association Evergreen Chapter, Spokane Branch. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 3-4:30 p.m., Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley Call (877) 201-3610 or email for more information.

Alzheimer’s – For locations and times for the 12 support groups in Spokane County, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest chapter at (509) 473-3390.

Alzheimer’s, South Hill – Meets the third Wednesday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Touchmark; Dena Kutrich, (509) 536-2929.

Alzheimer Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m., at Pine Ridge Alzheimer’s Care Center, 12009 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Open to the public. Refreshments provided. Call (509) 924-4388 for more information.

Alzheimer’s – Meets the third Monday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St.; Margie Berland, (509) 466-2864 or Bill Atchison, (509) 624-9265.

American Family Rights Association – Support meetings online and in Washington state. Families with difficulties involving child custody cases of children placed in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services are invited to participate. For more information, email; or call Kelly Vick at (509) 217-7710.

Amputee Support Group – Provides opportunity to meet people, share experiences and concerns, enjoy special speakers, and discuss important topics. Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m.-noon, at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Call (509) 473-6681 or visit sub.aspx?id=495 to register and for more information.

Another Way – Alcoholics Anonymous support group. Meets every Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Call (509) 326-6443 or (509) 230-0231 for more information.

Bariatric Support Group - Meets monthly to support the bariatric population, Holy Family Health Education Center, room 1, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. Call (509) 252-6311 for more information.

Bereavement Support Groups – Hospice of Spokane offers various support groups. Spouse/Partner Grief: Wednesdays, 1-2:15 p.m. at Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur St., for those who have lost a spouse through death. General Grief: Mondays, 6-7 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9706 N. Division, or 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Southside Senior Activity Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave., or Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Spokane Valley Senior Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Loss of a Child: Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., at Hospice of Spokane. Survivor of a Loved One’s Suicide: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Hospice of Spokane. Connections Child/Parent Grief: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., at Hospice of Spokane. Bereavement Support Class: First, second and third Thursdays of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m., at Hospice of Spokane. Call the Hospice of Spokane Bereavement Department for more information and registration at (509) 456-0438 or visit

Bipolar – Meets first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m., Bethany Presbyterian Church, 301 S. Freya St., (509) 924-1696.

Brain Injury Association of Washington – For survivors, families and professionals. Meets the second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Room 200, 711 S. Cowley St. Call (509) 340-0786.

Breast Cancer – Meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month. For times, location or more information, call Tess Taft at (509) 228-1206.

Breast Cancer Support Group – For women who want information and support through stages of cancer; meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 5:30 p.m., Cancer Care Northwest Valley Office, 12615 E. Mission, Suite 200, Spokane Valley. Call (509) 228-1244 to register.

Cancer – Patients, families and friends welcome; first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-7 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, Health Education Center, Room 6; (509) 474-5490.

Cancer Support Group – Patients, caregivers, families and friends, meets Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Cancer Care Northwest, 601 S. Sherman St. Call (509) 228-1206 to register.

Caregiver – For people who are primary caregivers for a family member; meets the first and third Fridays of the month, 2 p.m., Elder Services, 5125 N. Market St. Call (509) 458-7450.

Caregiver Meets monthly at the Holy Family adult day centers: 12715 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley; 6018 N. Astor St. and 4827 S. Palouse Highway. Call (509) 482-2475.

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Meets Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Alano Club, 1700 W. Seventh Ave.; and Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at “One” Church, 15601 E. 24th Ave., Spokane Valley. Call (509) 747-6320 for more information.

Coffee Time Support Group – Foster, adoptive, and kinship parents meet the third Thursday of the month, 9:30 a.m., East Central Community Center, 500 S Stone St. Call Dru Powers at (509) 928-6697 for more information.

Compassionate Friends Organization – A self-help organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved families that have experienced the death of a child of any age, from any cause. Open to parents, siblings, grandparents and other bereaved family members ages 14 years and older. Meets the second Monday of the month, 6:15-7:45 p.m., at Shadle Public Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Call (509) 483-4009 for more information.

“Connections” Bereavement Support For Families – Special support group led by Hospice of Spokane counselors for families with children in grades 1-12 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Designed to help children and the adults who love them find a safe environment for the expression of feelings, recognize that they are not alone in their grief, understand that grief is a normal expression of loss, and learn about parenting a grieving child. Call (509) 456-0438 for more information and to register.

Dads Helping Dads – Meets Fridays, 7 p.m., Fowler Church, 3928 N. Howard St., to discuss the important roles fathers play in their children’s lives. Contact Terrence at (509) 290-6494 for more information.

Death of Infant or Child Support – Sponsored by the Spokane Chapter M.I.S.S. Foundation. Meets the first Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., Center for Family Development, 1404 E. 11th Ave.; (509) 744-1117.

Diabetes Education Center – Meets Mondays and Tuesdays at Holy Family Hospital, 5633 N. Lidgerwood; Call (509) 232-8138 for more information.

Displaced Homemakers Sponsored by Community Colleges of Spokane, it is open to women in transition. Meets fall through spring; free; (509) 279-6065.

DivorceCare Recovery Support Group – Meets Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. Cost is $25 for workbook. Call Brian at (509) 533-6800 or Sandee at (509) 892-5255 for more information.

Divorce Recovery Group – Offers support for divorce grief and recovery. Speakers, discussion, information and videos explore the problems of divorce to help participants find hope and healing. Cost is $45 to cover expenses and a book, scholarships are available. Call the church at (509) 747-1058 or Hazel Newkirk at (509) 235-5895 or visit for more information.

Domestic Violence Recovery Group – ARMS (Abuse Recovery Ministries and Services) offers free, faith-based classes in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. Call (866) 262-9284 for locations and more information.

Down Syndrome Family Network Support Group – Meets Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Garland Avenue Alliance Church, 2011 W. Garland Ave.; contact Carolee Spradley at (509) 499-8792.

Dystonia Support Group – Conversation group, meets first Thursday of the month, 2-3:15 p.m., at Marie Callendars Restaurant and Bakery, 2111 N. Argonne Road, Spokane Valley; educational meeting, second Thursday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m., at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St., in the board room; meditation meeting, third Thursday of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Spokane, Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St.; working session, fourth Thursday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m., at individual homes. Call (509) 891-9131 or email

Epilepsy Education and Support – Educational seminar/support groups for adults and teens; (509) 325-1128.

Families Supporting Families - Meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month for families of those with eating disorders; 6:30 p.m. in the Carnitas Room of Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 W. Eighth Ave. For more information, call Maureen Reynolds at (509) 456-0567 or email


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