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Support Groups
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Alcoholics Anonymous
(cl) closed (o) open (bs) book study (ns) non-smoking (ls) literature study
Ellinwood Group, United Church of Christ, 701 North Fritz. 620-792-4123, Thursday (o)  8 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.; Tuesday (o, ns) 8 p.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. No meeting in December.

Cancer support
Heroes and Friends, cancer support group — 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, Presbyterian Church, Larned.
Breast Friends — Support group for breast cancer survivors — 6 p.m., third Wednesday at the Barton County Annex Building, 352 West 12th, Hoisington. Call (620) 653-4834 for more information.
Us Too prostate cancer support group — Meets sporadically at St. Rose Ambulatory Surgical Center. Call Bill Terry, 792-4586, or John Smith, 793-5619.
Touched by Cancer Support Group – First Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. at Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. Contact Dana Foss, 620-617-2670 or

Christian-based recovery
Celebrate Recovery — 6-30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at 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.
The Serenity Seekers, a Christian-centered 12 Step program — 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 2100 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Call Randy, 282-2324, for more information. The group is for anyone needing help with alcohol abuse, drugs and life’s troubles.

Diabetes support
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 — 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Assembly of God Church, 601 S. Patton Road. Call 792-5211. Child care provided all ages.
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.

Gluten Free & Celiac Disease
Gluten Free & Celiac Disease Support Group — 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of odd numbers months (Jan./March/May/July/Sept./Nov.) at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway, in the St. Dominic Room. Contact: Geneva, 620-786-4265, or Mary, 620-617-1217.

Grief support
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice Grief Support Group — 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin Ave. (entrance on Lincoln St.). The group meets every Monday except Memorial Day through June 30. Contact: John Grummon, Angela DeVore or Cathy Soeken, (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, meets from 7-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway. Contact Mary Radenberg, president, 620-617-1690 or
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
Parkinson’s support group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each even-numbered month, (February, April, June, August, October, December) at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway Ave., in the St. Dominic Room.

Visual impaired support
Central Kansas Association Visual Impaired — 2 p.m., fourth Sunday, 3600 Broadway, Dominican Sisters Auditorium. Call 792-1232 or 793-7410.

Weight loss support
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 827 — 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Claflin Independent Township Library meeting room.
TOPS KS 248 — 9:15 a.m. Fridays, Church of Christ, 12th and Stone. For more information call Pauline at 793-8998 or 1 (800) 932-8677 or e-mail

High Plains Zen Skype discussion groups — Mondays at 6 p.m. Call Liz Lawlor at 785-798-3703 or email