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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. 620-282-8890, 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.
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 and Third Tuesdays at Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. Next meetings: 2 p.m. on April 7 with speaker Jamie Hutchinson, and sharing meeting at 5:15 p.m. on April 21. 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.
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
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 — 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.

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 through April 27. Contact: Larry Schumacher, 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. Contact
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
The Golden Belt Parkinson’s support group’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend at 1049 CR 390, Pawnee Rock. For more information contact J. Basil Dannebohm, (785) 221-9881.

Visual impaired support
Central Kansas Association Visual Impaired — 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Upcoming meetings: April 22 and May 27. 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 1151 — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend. Use the west doors.

Send support group information to Susan Thacker at the Great Bend Tribune, 2012 Forest Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530, or email