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Support Groups
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Alcoholics Anonymous
(cl) closed (o) open (bs) book study (ns) non-smoking
Ellinwood Group, United Church of Christ, 701 North Fritz. 620-282-2905, Thursday (o)  7 p.m.
Grapevine Group Great Bend 1910 17th  620-786-0440, Sunday (cl) 10 a.m.; Tuesday (o, bs) 5:30 p.m.; Thursday (o) 10 a.m.; Thursday (cl)  5:30 p.m.
Great Bend Group 1620 Hubbard (wheelchair accessible) Sunday (cl) 10:30 a.m.; Monday (cl) 10 a.m.; Monday (o) 7 p.m.; Tuesday (cl-n/s) 10 a.m.; Wednesday (cl) 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Friday (cl) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday (cl) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Hoisington Group 419 East Third Street (wheelchair accessible) Sunday (o) 9 a.m.; Wednesday (o) 8 p.m.,
Larned Town Group  504 Broadway 620-804-3544, Tuesday (o) 8 p.m.; Thursday (bs/o) 8 p.m.; Friday (cl) 8 p.m.; Saturday  8 p.m.
Tri-County Claflin Group — City Library (Main Street)- 620-587-3944- Monday (cl) 10 a.m.

Grapevine Group Great Bend — 1910  17th  Tuesday 7 p.m.
Great Bend Group — 17th & Hubbard — Thursday  8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.; 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.

Abuse support
Family Crisis Center’s domestic violence and sexual assault support group — Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 792-1885 or the toll-free number, 1-866-792-1885. Sexual assault support group – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.
Kansas Statewide Hotline: 1-888-END ABUSE

Alzheimer’s caregivers
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group — Second Monday of each month at 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701  24th St., Great Bend. For more information contact Tandy Boese, 620-792-7017 or Missy Pflughoeft, 620-566-7378.

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
Heroes and Friends, cancer support group — 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, Presbyterian Church, Larned.
Us Too prostate cancer support group — Meets sporadically. Call Bill Terry, 792-4586, or John Smith, 793-5619.
Touched by Cancer Support Group – First and Third Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., at Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. August only: TBC will not meet on Aug. 4. The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Veterans Memorial Park in Great Bend. This special meeting will be a Banana Split Night. Contact Dana Foss, 620-617-2670 or

Christian-based recovery
Celebrate Recovery — 6-30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at The Loft, located north of Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley St., Great Bend. The group is open to all adults, and deals with addictions and hurts, hang-ups and habits.

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.

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

Gay Christians
Gay Christian Support Group  — Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. For meeting place and other information call Kristin at 620-617-0386.

Grief support
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice Grief Support Group — 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, June 15 through Aug. 3, in Conference Room 103 of the Kirby Medical Building at 3520 Lakin Ave., just south of the St. Rose Health Center campus. For more information call GBHH&H, 620-792-8171.

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

Mental Health
NAMI — National Alliance on Mental Illness, free support group for individuals living with mental illness and their family members. Contact or call (785) 342-3975.
Bright Horizons, 4801 10th St., Great Bend, offers adult peer-to-peer mental heath support. For more information call (620) 793-8855 or the toll-free number, (866) 793-8855. Transportation available in Barton County; call (620) 639-8851.

MS support
Multiple Sclerosis support group — 6:30 p.m., fourth Tuesday, Main Street Pizza Hut, Great Bend. Handicap accessible. Call (620) 639-4500.

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, (785) 656-9393, or send an email to and ask to be added to the list.

Visual impaired
Central Kansas Association Visual Impaired — 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the 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.