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

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.


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. For more information call 269-556-2868 in St Joseph or 269-683-550 x2868 in Niles.

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.

Brain Injury Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. For more information contact Jayne Daniel at 269-208-2862 or Sheryl Hausmann at 269-208-1560.

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.

Celiac Support Group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Lawrence Room at Lincoln Township Library, 2099 W. John Beers Road, Stevensville. Contact Elaine Fowler (269) 429-6320 for more information.

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 – Family Group for parents and kids with type I diabetes. Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Call Francine for location, time and more information at (269) 757-2310.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is for family members of persons with mental illness. They meet the 1st Monday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 404 E. Clenlord Rd. 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.

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 3rd Thursday, 9:00-1:00 a.m. at BBC Med Office Bldg, Ste 109. Contact Front Desk (269) 245-8190.

Diabetes Support – 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 Health – Family Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Marshall, in the lower-level Board Room of the Wright Medical Building adjacent to Oaklawn Hospital. This is a group for families of individuals with a mental health diagnosis like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety or substance abuse issues. Email ghaff99432@aol.com for details.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Second Baptist Church (485 N. Washington, Battle Creek). Contact Shawna Cooper (269) 967-7363

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Kool Family Community Center. Contact Anne Clark (269) 441-0920 for more information.

Parent Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:16 – 8:00 p.m. at Burnham Brook Community Center, Battle Creek. Facilitated by Parent to Parent of Southwest Michigan. For more information contact Rubantay Johnson at rubontay.johnson@p2pswmi.org or (269) 350-2756 (direct) or (269) 345-8950.

Spinal Cord Injury schedule varies. For information contact Karen Halsted (269) 345-1516.

Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets the 1st Thursday of every month from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Cool Family Community Center. Call Ann Clark at (269) 441-0920 for more information.


Cass County

Low Vision Support Group meets the 1st Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis. Call Brenda at (269) 445-8110 for more information. Get support and learn from others who are living with low vision.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis. Call Brenda at (269) 445-8110 for more information. People with Multiple Sclerosis and their loved ones share support and learning opportunities in this group.

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.

People Who Had a Stroke & Loved Ones Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Cass County Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis. Contact Brenda (269) 445-8110 x248.


Kalamazoo County

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups:

  • 1st Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Fourth Reformed Church, 6339 Atlantic, Kalamazoo
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Borgess Health & Fitness Center, 3025 Gull Road, Room 3, Kalamazoo
  • 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane, Portage. Respite care is available on site.
  • 4th Wednesday of each month from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at The Fountains, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo

Amputee Support Group: Call Hangar Prosthetics at 269-345-1117 for information about their Peer Empowerment program. Website: www.empoweringamputees.org; Contact Jen Lacy:  ph (517) 740-0572 or email jlacey@hanger.com.

Aphasia Support Groups:  A variety of groups meet for individuals with aphasia as well as a group for spouse/friends/caregivers of people with aphasia. For more information contact Sandra Glista at sandra.glista@wmich.edu or 387-8064.

Adults with Autism Group meets every Monday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at The Recovery Institute, 1020 S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo. Call 343-6725 for more information.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group: CHADD of Kalamazoo meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at KRESA, 1819 E. Milham Road. Website: www.kazoochadd.com. No December meeting; no June – August meetings.

Blind & Visually Impaired Support Group meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Senior Services, 918 Jasper Street, Kalamazoo. Transportation provided. Call (269) 553-4960.

Kalamazoo Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Crew Restaurant,3810 E. Cork Street, Kalamazoo. Contact Sharmese Andersdon at (269) 873-3953 for more information.

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 Miranda Grunwell for more information at (269) 345-1516 x120.

Celiac’s Disease Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Gilmore Education Center at Bronson Hospital. The group is for anyone who follows a gluten-free/wheat free diet because of Celiac’s Disease, autism, or any other reason. Call (269) 492-5278 or (269) 342-1533 for more information, or visit www.glutenfreekzoo.org.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance meets every Monday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church (S.W. corner of Romence & Oakland Drive, Portage). For more info visit www.dbsakazoo.org or contact (269) 599-2782 or dbsa.kalamazoo@yahoo.com.

Diabetes Discussion Group Meets the second Monday of each month at Bronson’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, 535 S. Burdick Suite 256 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm  (no June/July/Aug meetings).  Call 341-8585 for more information.)

Friends with Epilepsy meets every Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. This is a social group. The group goals are to meet other people with epilepsy, raise money for epilepsy research, make new friends, and have fun!

Hearing Loss Association – Kalamazoo Chapter meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Blue Dolphin. Contact (269) 342-2134 or kalamazoo@hearingloss-mi.org or for more information.

Hearing Voices Network meets every Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Recovery Institute, 1020 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo. Provides support and recovery techniques for anyone hearing voices, having visual experiences, unusual beliefs and/or self injury. Call Amber at (269)343-6725.

Huntington’s Disease Support Group meets at First Congregational Church, 129 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, 49007. Contact Sara for more information at (269) 381-7725.

Laryngectomy Support Group meets the 3th Saturday of every quarter at 10:00 a.m. at Oakwood Neighborhood Assocation, 3320 Laird Ave, Kalamazoo. Call Tom at (269) 303-1823.

Mental Health Peer Support Groups through the Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan: Includes a Vet-to-Vet Peer Support Group. Go to www.recoverymi.org.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group : HOOPLA (Hope On Our Path through Life’s Adventure) meets the 2nd Saturday of every month from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Borgess Health & Fitness Center, 3025 Gull Road, Kalamazoo. Call (269) 382-4991, (269) 668-4248 or (269) 321-0868 for more information.

Muscular Dystrophy Support Group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Bronson Gilmore Center Forum Room A. Call (616) 459-4331 for more information.

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

Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous (OCA) Support Group meets every Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Recovery Institute, 1020 S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo. Share lived experiences and recovery from obsessive-compulsive thoughts & behaviors in supportive 12-step environment. Call Terry or Grayce for more information. (269) 343-6725.

Ostomy Support Group meets the 3rd Monday in the months April, July & October at 7:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1747 W. Milham Avenue, Portage. Anyone interested in this issue is invited to come. Call Don Bregger at (269) 674-8382 for more information.

Parent to Parent of Southwest Michigan (P2P) parent group meets monthly at the Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 7028 Oakland Drive, Portage from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month (October – May). Call (269) 345-8950 for more information. Childcare is available.

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 Leatrice Fullertonfor more information at (269) 345-1516 x118.

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 meets at least quarterly in Kalamazoo, hosted by All American Roll Models. The group has an e-mail newsletter to help members stay informed and in touch. For more information about the group, e-mail Brian at BrianLCulver@yahoo.com or contact Karen Halsted at Disability Network at (269) 345-1516 x115.

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

Autism Family Support Group meets the 4th Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Mental Health building in Centreville. Contact Lynelle Thrasher at  (269) 467-1000 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups:

  • Sturgis – meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Thurson Woods, 307 N. Franks Avenue. Respite care is available on site.
  • Three Rivers – meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph County Commission on Aging, 103 S. Douglas.

Stroke Club meets the first Tuesday of every month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Rehab Dining Room in the main hospital at Three Rivers Health, 501 S. Health Parkway, Three Rivers. This is an education and support group for stroke survivors and their families. For more information, contact Chris Johnson at (269) 273-9681.


Van Buren County

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Paw Paw meets the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church annex (at back) Senior Services Van Buren County. Contact Ray Lorenz (269) 637-1418

Low Vision Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the Paw Paw Lion’s Club, 227 CR 665, Paw Paw. It is sponsored by Senior services of Van Buren County. For more information, call (269) 655-8000.

Visually Impaired Persons Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 1:00 p.m.  Meeting location is the Warren Senior Center, 540 Williams Street, South Haven. Contact Ray Lorenz (269) 637-1418.