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Support groups

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) – 620-587-3944- Monday (c) 10 a.m.


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

Great Bend Group — 1620 Hubbard — Wednesday at noon; Thursday at 8 p.m.; 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 855-732-4673 or see

Great Bend “Living By Faith” Group 1910 17th St. – Sunday (o) 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday (o) noon; Wednesday (o) 5:30 p.m.; Friday (c/o) 8 p.m.

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

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

Breast feeding

La Leche League of Great Bend — 6 p.m., second Thursdays, Barton County Health Department, 1300 Kansas Ave. Call Robin, 620-617-1663; or Ronda, 620-338-0508.

Cancer support

KS BRCA Support Group — 6:30 p.m. on second Wednesdays, in the Fellowship Room at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave.

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

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.

Divorce recovery support

DivorceCare — 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St., Great Bend. Call 793-8444.

Grief support

Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice Community Grief Support Group — 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at St. Rose Health Center, 3515 Broadway, Great Bend. For more information during office hours, call 620-792-8171. After hours, call Larry Schumacher at 620-617-4108 or Cathy Soeken at 620-617-6999.

Grief Support Group — 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the St. John’s Parish Hall, 122 East 5th St. in Hoisington.

Family and Friends Suicide Loss Survivors Group — 6-7:30 p.m. every Monday at the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave. Use the west door off of Stone Street.

Home School Support

Golden Belt Home Educators — Monthly field trips and support group meetings. For information see the website:

Parkinson’s support 

Golden Belt Parkinson’s Support Group — 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, at various locations, which are announced via email. For more information contact J. Basil Dannebohm via email to and ask to be added to the list.

Special needs caregivers

Caregivers Count — Support group for parents and caregivers of children with special needs – 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St. Sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services.

Veterans support

Veterans support group — 7-8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, 504 Main. Open to all veterans.

Visually impaired support

Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired — 1 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Call 617-8980 or 793-5645.

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.

TOPS Area Coordinator Beverly A. Bednasek,

Weight Watchers of Barton County — In Great Bend, weigh-ins at 5 p.m., meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Inspire Fitness, 1904 12th St. in Hoisington, weigh-ins at 5 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Call or text Terri Rous, 620-653-2103, Great Bend, or Dawn Sisson, 620-791-7736, Hoisington.