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Grand Island Area Support Groups and Programs

Alcoholics Anonymous Support
Information and referral system for alcohol, drug and mental health issues. Various times and locations available in the area. Also have a lending library available. Call Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism at (308) 385-5520.

Alzheimers Support Group
For patients and family members affected by Alzheimers. The meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Countryhouse Residence, 833 Alpha St., Grand Island. For more information, contact Stacy Glock at (308) 381-1988.

Arthritis Aquatics Class
YMCA offers Arthritis Aquatics classes. Contact the YMCA for further information at (308) 395-9622.

Association for Retarded Citizens
Support group for retarded citizens. Meets second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Senior High in Multipurpose Room. Call Val Killinger at (308) 754-5315.

Autism Support Group
Meets the second Sunday of the month at the Third City Christian Church, 4100 West 13th St. from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact Diana Wing at (308) 398-5799.

Breathe Free Smoking Cessation Support Group
For more information, call Randolph Brehms, (308) 382-8359 or contact her via e-mail

Caregiver Support Group
Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the YWCA. For more information, contact Sheree Gleason at (308) 384-9922.

Celiac Support Group
A support group for a person or family members with gluten intolerance. Discuss the newest research, trial new gluten free products, share the members expertise. Meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Club Room. Contact Shannon Frink, MS, RD, LMNT, Hy-Vee Dietitian, atl (308) 381-3678 or e-mail with questions.

Central Nebraska Deaf/Hearing Impaired Interpreting/Signing skills
Call first for meeting dates and times. For more information, contact Carol Helleberg at (308) 381-0671.

Chronic Pain
For those who suffer from chronic pain, share and learn how to deal with the pain. Meets the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.  For more information, call Kathy at (308) 382-1062.

Crohn's & Colitis Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of each month in a Conference Room at CHI Health St. Francis, 2620 W. Faidley Ave., Grand Island. Contact Sue at (308) 946-2129 or Alberta at (308) 382-2764.

Gamblers Anonymous
For the person with gambling problems. Meets every Saturday from 7-8 p.m. at CHI Health St. Francis, 2116 W Faidley, Conference Room A.

Grand Island Bariatric Surgery Support Program
All meetings located at CHI Health St. Francis Memorial Health Center 2116 West Faidley Avenue. Meetings from 7-8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in Conference Room B on the ground floor.

Hard of Hearing Self Help
For the hard of hearing to encourage identification, education and understanding. For more information, call Chuck Leetch at (308) 382-9255.

Hearing Impaired/Deaf Support Group
Contact Carol at (308) 381-0671.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Program
For any child below the age of 18 with a life-threatening illness. For information, call 1-800-760-9474, e-mail or visit their web site at www.nebraska.wish.org

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
A meeting for people, their families and friends affected by this disease will take place the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at St. Leo's Catholic Church, 2410 S. Blaine St. For more information, call Cris Vincik at (308) 381-1604 or Jayne Decker at (308) 382-1883.

Narcotics Anonymous
For persons struggling with drug addiction. Various times and locations. Call Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism at (308) 384-7365.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Consumers and family members affected by mental illness. For more information, contact Jerry and Carol Denton at (308) 382-8604.

National Federation of the Blind
For people learning to live with their disability. For more information, call (410) 659-9314.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group
A meeting for people affected by Parkinson's disease, their friends and families will take place the first Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m., Tiffany Square Care Center, 3119 W Faidley Ave., Grand Island. For information, call Ronda McGuire at (308) 384-2333.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Support Group
Meetings at 1023 East 25th St., Kearney, Neb. Meeting time varies; for more information, call Roy Schoen at 1-800-228-6838.

Pregnancy Loss Program
For parents who have experienced a loss with miscarriage, ectopic, tubal, stillborn or early newborn stage. For more information, call Sylvia Hanousek at (308) 398-5545.

Reach to Recovery
This is the American Cancer Society's patient-to-patient visitation program for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Social Work department of Saint Francis Medical Center notifies the certified visitor requesting a visit. Visits are made to in-hospital patients, contacts via phone or visitation in the patient's home. Call the CHI Health St. Francis Social Work department for more information (308) 398-5559.

Recovery, INC.
Self help group for people dealing with nervous/stress symptoms, panic disorders. Meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 724 West 12th St. For more information, contact Liz at (308) 381-1833.

Scleroderma Support Group
Meets every other month. For more information, call Terry Christensen (308) 384-4017.

Visually Impaired Support Group (Nebraska)
All interested visually impaired/blind. Meets at Trinity United Methodist Church 511 N. Elm St., on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Contact Howard Simon at (308) 381-8003.