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Area support groups, May 2023
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The Great Bend Tribune publishes a list of area support groups on the first Saturday of each month. To have your support group added to the list or featured in a story, contact Susan Thacker at or call 620-792-1211.

Abuse Support

Family Crisis Center’s domestic violence and sexual assault support. Call 792-1885 or the toll-free number, 866-792-1885.

Kansas Statewide Hotline: 1-888-END ABUSE 

Family Crisis Center — 1924 Broadway, Great Bend. 24-hour crisis line: 866-792-1885

Family Crisis Center Domestic Violence Survivor Group — 5:30-7 p.m. every Wednesday. Children are welcome to attend their own group. Dinner is provided. For more information call 620-793-9941.

Addiction Support

High on Life Recovery — Open, nonsmoking meetings for all types of addiction meets at 2701 17th St. at the following times: Monday, noon; Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, noon; Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m. (candlelight); Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month for Birthday Night). For more information call David Crawford, 620-617-1063.

Alcoholics Anonymous 

(c) closed (o) open (bs) book study (ns) non-smoking (bd) birthday.

Ellinwood Group — United Church of Christ, 701 North Fritz (accessible) 620-282-2905 – Thursday (o)  7 p.m.

Grapevine Group — 1910 17th St. Great Bend, (accessible) 620-639-2320 – Sunday (c, ns) 10 a.m.; Tuesday (o, bs, ns) 5:30 p.m.; Thursday (o/ns) 10 a.m.; Thursday (c/ns) 5:30 p.m. (bd) first Thursdays.

Great Bend Group — 1620 Hubbard (accessible) 620-793-3962 – Sunday (c/ns) 7 p.m. candlelight; Monday (c) 10 a.m.; Monday (o/ns) 7 p.m. (bd first Monday); Tuesday (c) 10 a.m.; Wednesday (c) 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (c/ns); Friday (c) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (c/ns); Saturday (c) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (c/ns)

Hoisington Group — 419 East Third Street (accessible) – Sunday (o) 9 a.m.; Wednesday (o) 8 p.m.,

Kinsley Group — Church of Christ (accessible) 620-324-5313 – (o) Monday, 8 p.m.

La Crosse Group — Bittel Const. Bldg., West K-4 (accessible) – Sunday (o) 8 p.m. (bd last Sunday).

Larned Town Group — 504 Broadway 620-804-3544 – Sunday (o/ns) 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday (o/ns) 8 p.m.; Thursday (bs/o/ns) 8 p.m.; Friday (o/ns) 8 p.m.; Saturday  (o/ns) 8 p.m.

Lyons AA Trailmakers — 801 S. Bell, 620-257-2240 – Tuesday (o) 6:30 p.m.; Thursday (o/bs) 7 p.m. (bd third Thursdays).

Stafford Group — First Methodist Church, Room 12 – Wednesday (o) 8 p.m.

Tri-County Claflin Group — City Library, Main Street (accessible) – Monday (c) 10 a.m.


Grapevine Group Great Bend — 1910  17th  Tuesday 7 p.m.

Great Bend Group — 1620 Hubbard — Wednesday at noon; Saturday at 9 a.m.; Call 620-793-3962.

Paths to Recovery — Meets upstairs in the Larned Chamber of Commerce building, 502 Broadway on Wednesdays. Steps & Traditions, 6 p.m.; open meeting, 7 p.m.

Narcotics Anonymous

NA — Call 620-603-0920 or see Checking the “meeting finder” page on the website for local and online meetings.

Mid-America Region HELP LINE: 855-732-4673 

Great Bend “Living By Faith” Group 1910 17th St. – All meetings are open format. Sunday 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday 5:30 p.m. book study; Friday (o, c) 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m.

Great Bend “Wecovery” Group, 2123 Forest Ave., west entry, upstairs on right – Monday (o) 6:30 p.m.; Thursday (o) 7 p.m.

Larned “Just for Today” Group — 501 Main, South entrance – Monday (o) 7 p.m.; Thursday (o) 6 p.m.

Cancer support

Heroes and Friends, cancer support group — 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, Presbyterian Church, Larned.

Breast Friends, breast cancer support group — 6 p.m., third Wednesdays, Mi Tierra restaurant, 118 E. 1st St., Hoisington. This group is only open to breast cancer survivors.

Dementia Caregivers

Dementia Caregiver Support Group — For family members supporting individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. It provides family members of individuals with a dementia a confidential opportunity for mutual support and collective education as they navigate these dementias. It meets from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Hoisington Public Library. Hosted by Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics and the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. To learn more about the support group or with questions call Macy Ingham, R.N., or 620-292-0830, or Michelle Niedens, L.S.C.S.W., or 913-945-7310.


Diabetes support

Naturally Sweet — Type I diabetes support group, meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Central Kansas Christian Academy gym, 215 McKinley St. All welcome. For more information call Candace Herrman, 620-617-6700.

La Nueva Esperanza Hispanic diabetes support group — Heart of Kansas Family Health Care Inc., 1905 19th St. For more information call 792-5700.

Grief support

Moving Forward Grief Support Group — 6:30 p.m. every other Monday at Beckwith Mortuary, 916 Main St., Larned. For more information call Beckwith Mortuary, 620-285-2121.

Broken Hearts Grief Group — 7 p.m. Mondays at the Wolf Hotel, 104 East Santa Fe in Ellinwood. For all types of grief. For questions call Donita Zamarripa, 620-566-7384.

Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice Community Grief Support Group — 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays during eight-week sessions. Registration required. For location and other information, call 620-792-8171 during office hours.

Family and Friends Suicide Loss Survivors Group — 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays at Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway, Great Bend. Use the west door off Stone Street. Call 620-792-8171

Home School Support

Golden Belt Home Educators (GBHE) — Call 620-793-7359 or leave message at or


Suicide Loss and Prevention

The Surviving Suicide Foundation — Support gathering from 6-7:30 p.m. every Monday in the Life Connections part of the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.

Visually impaired support

Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired — 1-2 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Contact Paul Berscheidt at 620-793-5645, George Strobel at 620-617-8980 or Scharna Doll at 620-786-0731.

Weight loss support

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 827 — 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Claflin Independent Township Library meeting room.

TOPS KS 1151 — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend. Use the west doors.