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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 Great Bend 1910 17th (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 — 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.

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

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group — Second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. For more information contact Tandy Boese, 620-797-1357.

Autism support
Connecting the Pieces Autism Support Group — Third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at the former Washington School, 2535 Lakin Ave. Call 620-786-0243 for information or to set up baby-sitting. This meeting is open to anyone who has a loved one on the autism spectrum, whether diagnosed or not.

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 – Third Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., at Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. Contact Dana Foss, 620-617-2670 or

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
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 620-282-2890.

Grief support
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.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice Grief Support Group — 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, May 2 through June 27, at GBHH&H, 3520 Lakin Ave. Use the Lincoln Street entrance. For more information call GBHH&H, 620-792-8171.
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:

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.

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.
TOPS Area Coordinator Beverly A. Bednasek