Area Peer Support Groups

Following is a listing of other disability-related support groups in the area, categorized by county then listed alphabetically. Disability Network is not affiliated directly with these groups but makes every effort to ensure the information provided is accurate and up to date. Please call or email the contact person for a group before attending. If you find an error in these listings, please contact Dale Abbott at Disability Network at (269) 345-1516.

Barry County

Caregiver/Alzheimer’s  meets 3:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, at the Hastings Commission on Aging (COA) Friendship Center, 320 W. Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings. Contact 269-948-4856 for more information.

Low Vision Support Group meets the 2nd Monday of every month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the United Methodist Church, 409 Troybridge in Allegan. Call Bill at (269) 686-0290 for more information.

Parkinson’s Support Group meets 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, at the Hastings Commission on Aging (COA) Friendship Center. 320 W Woodlawn Ave, Hastings. Contact 269-948-4856 for more information.


Berrien County

AIM (Advanced Insulin Management) is for persons with diabetes. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, MI. For more information call 269-556-2868 in St Joseph or 269-683-550 x2868 in Niles.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets 6 – 7:30 p.m. every Monday in the Lighthouse Café at Trinity Lutheran, 619 Main Street, St Joseph, MI. Contact Debby Miskill 269-983-5000.

AWAKE (alert, well, and keeping energetic) is a support group for those with sleep disorders. The group meets quarterly. For more information contact Lakeland EEG center at (269) 983-8209 or email awake@lakelandregional.org.

Blind/Visually Impaired Support Group is for persons 60 years and up; meets 11 a.m – 1 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Bridgman Estates Community Room, 9955 Baldwin Road, Bridgman, MI. Sharing information about our eyes, new products for improving our daily lives, speakers… activities… helpful hints… & fellowship to enrich our lives  For more information call Kay Cornwell at 269-465-6730. If you are 60 years of age and live in Bridgman, Baroda, Galien, Harbert, Sawyer, Union Pier, New Buffalo, Three Oaks  area the River Valley Senior Center will provide transportation.

Berrien County Cancer Service United Ostomy Support Group meets 1:30 p.m. on the 1st  & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at Berrien County Cancer Service Office, 7301 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville. Call (269) 429-3281 or 465-5257 for more information.

Brain Injury Support Group Brain Injury Association of Michigan St. Joseph chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month at Lakeland Medical Center, 1234 W. Napier Ave., St. Joseph. Survivors, family members and caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information contact Bob Kruk at313-802-9935.  NOTE: this group is meeting at the local Big Boy restaurant while Lakeland Medical Center is under construction, the group will be taking a break during the winter months.

Cancer Support Group meets 1:30 to 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Niles Senior Center, 1109 Bell Road, Niles, MI.  Contact (269) 429-3281 or (269) 687-0202.

Cancer Support Group meets 2:30 – 3:30 p.m the second Tuesday of each month at 3900 Hollywood Road, Building D; St. Joseph, MI. Contact (269) 429-3281 or (269) 687-0202.

Caregiver Support Group meets  (1) in St Joseph: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Caring Circle 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph MI 49085; (2) in Buchanan:  1:00 to 2:30 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month at Buchanan Senior Center 810 Rynearson Street, Buchanan, MI. Pre-registration is encouraged, contact Stephanie Kostizen at (269) 429-7100.

Depression & BiPolar Support Alliance (DBSA) meets every Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 619 Main Street, St Joseph. Contact Matt or Genna; phone: (269) 202-7275.

Depression & Bipolar support group in meets every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at First Baptist Church 4146 E. Main St., Niles.Contact Matt or Genna; phone: (269) 202-7275.

Depression & BiPolar Support Alliance Paw Paw Lake Peer Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Coloma United Methodist Church, 144 S. Church Street, Coloma.  Contact Matt or Genna; phone: (269) 202-7275.

Diabetes Support Group meets 6:30 to 7:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services, 3900 Hollywood, St. Joseph MI. Contact 269-556-2868.

Divine Divas is a support group is open to women with developmental disabilities. The group meets the 2nd Friday of every month from 11:00 – 1:30 at Riverview Park Christian Church at 2929 Niles Rd, St. Joseph, MI. Facilitated by Disability Network Southwest Michigan; contact Cindy Gray for more information (269) 985-0111.

Families Against Narcotics meets 7 to 9 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Tryon School Community Center 910 East John Beers Road St. Joseph, MI. Knowledge saves lives… combat the epidemic of prescription painkillers & heroin addiction in our communities. For More information 269.580.8290 or www.familiesagainstnarctoics.org .

Good Grief  is a bereavement support group that covers topics such as how to cope with loss, guilt, and regret; why you feel the way you do; and finding a sense of peace. Each seven-week session meets for one and a half hours of meaningful information and sharing. For specific schedule information contact (1) St. Joseph Caring Circle 269-429-7100; (2) Niles/Buchanan Caring Circle at 269-695-1099.

Grief Shadow Steppers is an open ended group (each individual may start the group and end the group whenever they choose) facilitated by a Caring Circle Bereavement Coordinator that meets once each month. Offerend in (1) Buchanan: meets 2:30 – 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Buchanan Senior Center 810 Rynearson Road, Buchanan, MI . Contact Niles/Buchanan Caring Circle at 269-695-1099; and (2) St. Joseph: 3:30 to 5pm the third Wednesday of the month at Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Ln, St Joseph, MI 49085. Contact St. Joseph Caring Circle 269-429-7100.

Hearing Loss Association – SW Michigan Chapter meets first Thursday of April through November from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at The Chapel Room C214 4250 Washington Ave.,St Joseph, MI 49085  For more information contact Darl G. Williams  wilwible@comcast.net or St-Joseph@hearingloss-mi.org.

Hope & Healing is an open ended bereavement group facilitated by a Caring Circle Bereavement Coordinator that meets twice a month. This group is open to any adult who is grieving a loss, whether newly bereaved or further along in the grief journey. Meets in the Community Room at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month from 4:30-6:00 p.m. For more information  call Lory’s Place at (269) 983-2707.

Interstitial Cystitis Support Group of Michigan meets at 7:00 p.mm on the 3rd Thursdays of each month (no meetings in January, February, June, July, and August) in the Frederick S. Upton Center, Room 1, Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph.  Call (269) 429-8860 for more information.

Juvenile Diabetes Support Group meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Call Brenda at (269) 556-1322 for more information.

Kiddos with ADHD Parent Support Group helps parents of ADHD children connect, share resources and support one another. Registration is required. See this website for more information: www.bellaadhdcoaching.com/kiddos-with-adhd-parent-support-group.

Lupus Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:00 – 6 p.m. Southern Lake Michigan Chapter of the Battle Creek Lupus Support Group. Call Dorothy at (269) 565-0881 for more information.

NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is for people with mental illness & their family members. They meet the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at First Church of God, 2627 Niles Avenue, St. Joseph.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 3:00 p.m. at Lakeland Medical Center, Upton Center Conference Room #1, 1234 Napier Road, St. Joseph, MI  49085. Contact Barbara Ford at (269) 429-3675 for more information.

Schizophrenics Anonymous meets 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Consequential Minds Drop In Center, Benton Harbor. Call John Reed at (269) 925-7446 for more information.

Shadow Steppers is an open ended bereavement group facilitated by a Caring Circle Bereavement Coordinator that meets once a month for 1 1/2 hours. All who are traveling through their grief journey are invited to take part in the healing process within this comforting supportive environment. Groups are held in South Haven, Buchanan and St. Joseph. For more information about meeting times and locations call Lory’s Place at (269) 983-2707.

Sickle Cell support group. contact Kay Lindsay at (269) 927-5629 for more information.


Branch County

Diabetes Support Group meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Community Health Center, 274 E. Chicago Street in Coldwater. Call (517) 279-5335 for more information.


Calhoun County

Arthritis Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 2:00 pm at Burnham Brook Community Center, Battle Creek. Contact Annie at Senior Health Partners at (269) 441-0920 for more information.

Bi-polar Disorder Support Group meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Kool Family Community Center, Battle Creek. Call Fred Morris at (269) 963-4588 for more information.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) meets 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month; Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave. For more information, call 269-441-9082.

­Diabetes – Carry On meets 9 to 10 a.m. on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Bronson Battle Creek Diabetes Education Center, 363 Fremont St., Suite 109. For more information, call 269-245-8190.

Diabetes Support Group – Albion meets 2nd Thursday 1:30-2:30 at Forks Senior Center. Contact Sue Lackey (269) 441-9343.

Diabetes Support Group – Battle Creek meets 11:45 to 12:45 the second Wednesday of the month at Trinity Episcopal Church, 101 E Mansion Street, Marshall, MI. Contact Sue Lackey at  (269) 245-8190.

Diabetes Support Group – Marshall meets 2nd Wednesday, 11:45 – 12:45 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall. Contact Sue Lackey at  (269) 441-9343

Low Vision Support Group meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 9:45 a.m. -11:15 at North Pointe Woods, 700 100th Avenue. Call Murial Walters at (269) 209-9476 for more information.

Lupus Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Kool Family Community Center. For more information contact Senior Health Partners (269) 441-0948.

Mental Illness NAMI Family Support Group (Marshall) meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the lower level boardroom at the Wright Medical Building, 215 E. Mansion Street, Marshall, MI. Contact Gini at 269-962-1762 or ghaff99432@aol.com, or Debbie 269-223-0394 or autons1@comcast.net.

Mental Illness NAMI Family Support Group (Battl Creek) meets 6:30 to 8 p.m the third Monday of the month at the First united Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014. Contact Gini at 269-962-1762 or ghaff99432@aol.com, or Debbie 269-223-0394 or autons1@comcast.net.

Mental Illness NAMI Support Group  for people living with mental illness meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the First united Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI. Contact Gini at 269-962-1762 or ghaff99432@aol.com, or Debbie 269-223-0394 or autons1@comcast.net.

Parkinson’s  Support Group meets 10 a.m. the second Tuesday at Battle Creek Family YMCA, 182 Capital Ave NE; Battle Creek, MI; contact Ann Clark 269-441-0920.

Parkinson’s  Young Onset Support Group meets 4:30 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday at the Battle Creek Family YMCA 182 Capital Ave NE; Battle Creek, Michigan 49017; Anne Clark, (269) 441-0920.

Stroke Group Suport meets 1 to 2 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (except July and August), at the Battle Creek Family YMCA, 182 Capital Ave.NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Contact Susan VanderWeide at 269-441-0957.


Cass County

Caregivers of those Living with Ongoing Health Problems meets 10 a.m. to 12 noon the first Wednesday of the month at Cass County Council on Aging at 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI; contact kerylc@casscoa.org or brendah@casscoa.org or 269-445-8110.

Diabetes Support Group meets 1 to 3 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Cass County Council on Aging 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031; contact kerylc@casscoa.org or brendah@casscoa.org.

Dementia Support Group meets 1 to 3 p.m. the second and last Wednesday of the month at the Cass County Council on Aging 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI; contact kerylc@casscoa.org or brendah@casscoa.org.

Grief Support Group meets 10 a.m. to 12 noon the Second Thursday of every month Cass County Council on Aging 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI; contact kerylc@casscoa.org or brendah@casscoa.org.

Low Vision Support Group meets 1 to 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031; contact kerylc@casscoa.org or brendah@casscoa.org.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group meets 1 – 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI; contact kerylc@casscoa.org or brendah@casscoa.org.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis. Call (269) 445-8110  or (800) 323-0930 for more information.

Stroke Support Group meets 1 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Cass Community on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031; contact kerylc@casscoa.org or brendah@casscoa.org.


Kalamazoo County

Addiction SMART Recovery Group meets 2 to 3 p.m. every Monday at Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan, 1020 South Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI. SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. Contact 269-343-6725.

ALS Association Kalamazoo Chapter meets 12 – 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at The Crew Family Restaurant & Bakery 3810 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI. Contact Tanya Peterson at tanya@alsa-michigan.org or 616-459-1900.|

Amputee Support Group has several trained Peer visitors and the organization meets several times a year for events such as picnics and other community activities (baseball and hockey games). Call Emily at Hangar Prosthetics at 269-345-1117 for information about their Peer Empowerment program. Website: www.hanger.com.

Blind & Visually Impaired Support Group meets 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon on the third Wednesday of each month Wyndam Apartments 2400 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. Transportation provided. Call (269) 382-1255.

Brain Injury Survivors Group This support group is open to adults with a brain injury. This group is a chapter of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and is very active. The group meets weekly to discuss a variety of topics, host speakers, and attend outings. The group meets every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Community Building at Disability Network’s Kalamazoo office at 517 E. Crosstown Parkway. Contact Mona Khaled for more information at (269) 345-1516 x103.

Celiac’s Disease Support Group  meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Gilmore Education Center at Bronson Hospital, 7 Healthcare Plaza, Kalamazoo, MI. Meetings focus on celiac disease, the gluten-free diet, and issues related to this. Contact 269-993-34114 or visit www.glutenfreekzoo.org.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance meets 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church 7028 Oakland Drive (S.W. corner of Romence & Oakland Drive), Portage, MI. For more info visit www.dbsakazoo.org or contact (269) 599-2782 or dbsa.kalamazoo@yahoo.com.

Diabetes Discussion Group meets 6 to 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month except June and July, at Borgess Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, 1722 Shaffer Street, Kalamazoo, MI . (no June/July/Aug meetings).  Contact Deb Noble at 269-552-2342 for more information.

Hearing Voices Network  meets 12:30 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Recovery Institute, 1020 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI. Provides support and recovery techniques for anyone hearing voices, having visual experiences, unusual beliefs and/or self injury. Call Rosie Corliss at (269)343-6725 or rcorliss@recoverymi.org.

Huntington’s Disease Support Group meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. monthly and the day of the month varies at First Congregational Church 345 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Contact Stephanie Forbes at skboers@gmail.com or 269-381-7725.

Kindred Spirits Support Group meets 10 to 11 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at ASK Familiy Services Bldg 445 W. Michigan Ave, Ste 102, Kalamazoo, MI. For caregivers of children and youth with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities and other special needs. Contact April Siepman at 269-270-7242.

Low Vission Support Group Shiners VIP meets 10:30 a.m. -12 noon first and third Wednesday of the month, at Kalamazoo Coover Center Senior Services 918 Jasper Street, Kalamazoo, MI; Contact: Elaine TenBrinck Phone: (269) 553-4960.

Mental Illness Support Group meets 2:15 to 3 p.m. every Monday at Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan, 1020 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI . Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) is a training program and peer support group model developed by CIHS to encourage increased resiliency, wellness, and self-management of health and behavioral health among people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Contact 269-343-6725.

Mental Illness NAMI of Kalamazoo meets 6:30 p.m. at the first Thursday of most months at Pathways 119 W. Vine Street, Kalamazoo, MI. Contact Mike for more information at (269) 806-0275. This is a self-help and advocacy group.

Mental Illness NAMI Family Support Group meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Victory Baptist Church at 308 W. Milham Ave., Kalamazoo (enter through the back). Contact 269-207-3095.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group HOOPLA (Hope On Our Path through Life’s Adventure) meets 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month from at the Borgess Health & Fitness Center, 3025 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI. Call (269) 382-4991, (269) 668-4248 or (269) 321-0868 for more information.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the 2nd Saturday of the month from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Bronson Athletic Club, 6789 Elm Valley Drive, Kalamazoo.  The group is for people with multiple sclerosis and their support people.  For more information, call Bronson Health Answers at (269) 341-7723. Go to www.bronsonhealth.com.

Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous (OCA) Support Group meets 3 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at the Recovery Institute, 1020 S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI. Share lived experiences and recovery from obsessive-compulsive thoughts & behaviors in supportive 12-step environment. Contact 269) 343-6725.

Pain Circle Support Group – Oshtemo meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Park Village Pines Assisted Living in the West Wing Lunge, 2920 Crystal Lane, Kalamazoo. For further information call 269-319-3028 or visit www.anyagraceeducator.com

Pain Circle Support Group – Comstock meets the 1st & 3rd  Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm at Church of God Family Worship Center, 5841 East H Ave, Kalamazoo. For further information call 269-319-3028 or visit www.anyagraceeducator.com

Parents Overcoming Tough Situations Support Group meets 5:30 to 7pm the second Thursday of the month at ASK Familiy Services Bldg 445 W. Michigan Ave, Ste 102, Kalamazoo. Contact 269-343-5896.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. Location may vary. For more information, contact (269) 341-7500.

Phenomenal Women: A Women with Disabilities Support Group is open to women with any type of disability. Women are welcome to come share experiences of living with a disability, support other women living with a disability and discuss a variety of topics of interest in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. The group meets every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Community Building at Disability Network’s Kalamazoo office, 517 E. Crosstown Parkway. Call or e-mail Mona Khaled for more information at (269) 345-1516 x103.

Reflex Sympathic Dystrophy syndrome (RSD) meets every other Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Parchment Community Library, 401 S. Riverview Drive in Parchment. For more information, call Colleen Westra at (269) 381-2283.

Schizophrenics Anonymous meets the every Tuesday of each month from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Pathways, 119 W. Vine Street, Kalamazoo. Call (269) 342-0173.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group does not meet regularly. They host occasional adapted recreational events and other seasonal events. Members of this group are available for 1:1 support via phone or in person. For more information about SCI support, e-mail Brian at brianculver@gmail.com.

Stroke Survivor Support Group meets 11:00 a.m. – noon the third Thursday of each month (except July and August) at Bronson Methodist Hospital’s Gilmore Center for Health Education, 7 Healthcare Plaza, Kalamazoo. Call (269) 341-7500 or visit www.bronsonhealth.com/stroke for more information.


St. Joseph County

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets 2 to 3 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Care N Assist 1107 W Broadway Street, Suite B, Three Rivers, MI. Contact: 269-273-0640 or 24/7 Helpline: (800) 272-3900; website: www.alzconnected.org

Stroke Club meets 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the Rehab Dining Room at Three Rivers Health , 701 S. Health Parkway, Three Rivers, MI. Contact Chris Johnson at (269) 273-1145.


Van Buren County

Good Grief  is a bereavement support group that covers topics such as how to cope with loss, guilt, and regret; why you feel the way you do; and finding a sense of peace. Each seven-week session meets for one and a half hours of meaningful information and sharing. For specific schedule information contact South Haven Caring Circle 269-637-3825.

Grief Shadow Steppers meets 3:30 to 5 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Caring Circle, 05055 Blue Star Hwy, South Haven, MI . Contact South Haven Caring Circle 269-637-3825. This is an open ended group (each individual may start the group and end the group whenever they choose) facilitated by a Caring Circle Bereavement Coordinator that meets once each month for 1 ½ hours. All who are traveling through their grief journey are invited to take part in the healing process within this comforting supportive environment.

Visually Impaired Persons Support Group meets 1p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at the Warren Senior Center, 540 Williams Street, South Haven, MI. Contact (269) 637-1418.