Support Groups

There Are Times When We All Need Support.

It is said that two heads are better than one, or a chord made of three strands is not easily broken. The point here is we need each other. Whatever your challenge, you’re not alone. There are others—right here in the Brazos Valley—who are fighting a similar battle, and we’ve found that there really is strength in numbers.

St. Joseph Healthy Communities works with many support groups in the Brazos Valley as a source of current health and wellness information. If you would like to list your support group meeting time and location, please call 979.731.1231.

Whatever your struggle, there’s a support group for you.

AD/HD Support Group
A group for parents of children with AD/HD meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 PM. Adults with AD/HD meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 PM. Both groups meet at the Christ United Methodist Church Annex Building (4203 Highway 6 South). Contact Katherine Jahnke at 979.209.0421 or [email protected] for more information.

Alzheimer's Support Group
Alzheimer's Association® caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to develop a support system, exchange practical information on care giving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs, and concerns, and learn about community resources. This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM at the St. Joseph MatureWell Lifestyle Center, located at 3989 North Shore Drive in Bryan. Please contact Michele Buenger (Facilitator) at 979.731.6129 or [email protected] for more information.  

Bariatric Surgery Support Group
This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the St. Joseph Professional Building, Suite 140 Classroom from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Open to all patients who have had gastric bypass, the gastric sleeve or lap band. Guests are also welcome. For more information, contact Christi Watson at 979.821.7329.

Brazos Valley Mothers of Twins Support Group                             
This group gives mothers of multiples the opportunity to meet other mothers and discuss the challenges and wonderful opportunities involved in raising multiples!  In addition to monthly meetings, the Mothers of Twins Support Group also has play dates, monthly MOMs Night Out and other events. If you live in the Brazos Valley area and you are expecting twins or have twins or other multiples, please join this group for fun and fellowship. Please email [email protected] for monthly meeting locations or for more information about joining this group.                                                                                                                                                         

Breast Cancer / Pink Alliance Support Group
The Pink Alliance Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. in the Travis B. Bryan Jr. Community Room, located at The Bank & Trust, 2900 South Texas Avenue, near the Tejas Center in Bryan. For more information, contact Patricia Gerling at 979.224.3813 or Doris Light at 979.587.1342.

Breastfeeding Support Group - La Leche League
La Leche League is an international, non-profit, non-sectarian, organization whose mission is to help mothers worldwide breastfeed. We offer mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. La Leche League Leaders are volunteers with personal experience breastfeeding and are trained and accredited by La Leche League International to assist mothers at every stage of breastfeeding. This private group offers support in meeting your own goals, whether you are breastfeeding, bottle feeding expressed milk, or combined feeding with formula. Find us on facebook: La Leche League of B/CS or contact a leader at 979.217.1327.

Breastfeeding Support Group - Time Like Hannah's 
A free breastfeeding Christian mothers support group led by a board certified lactation consultant. The group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall at Rivergate Church, 2608 E. Villa Maria Road, Bryan, TX. Rivergate is the church located beside Wee Little Me at the corner of Villa Maria and Nash. Enter the church at the front. The Fellowship Hall is on the left-hand side immediately after entering the foyer. For more information, contact Shannon at 979.229.1175 or visit

Friends Gathering Respite Care
Friends Gathering Respite Care is a no-fee ministry of Christ United Methodist Church designed to provide an interval of rest or relief to a primary caregiver of a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia or other debilitating disease. A regularly scheduled respite can ease the strain on caregivers. After signing in their loved ones, caregivers can have three hours of personal time. Or, if they prefer, they are welcome to stay for the program. Friends Gathering can also benefit persons with the disease by allowing them to socialize, exercise, and receive mental stimulation in a safe caring environment. Please go to the church website to obtain an enrollment form:, select "Care", scroll down to "Friends Gathering Respite Care". You may also call the church at 979.690.4673 or email [email protected]. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Youth Room of the Annex Building at Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 Hwy 6 S, College Station, TX 77845.

Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley
Contact Melisa Spradlin at 979.778.7010 or [email protected] for Down Syndrome Support Group meeting dates and locations or for more information.

Eating Disorder Support Group
This is an informal, peer-based group for individuals living with eating disorders, going through recovery, or needing positive support.  Family members are also welcome. Meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Quilter's Café at the St. Joseph Rehab Center in Bryan. Also meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30PM at College Station Hospital in the Executive Boardroom located in the main hospital. For more information, please contact Karen Beathard at karen.[email protected]or 979.220.2281.

Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support (FACETS)
A parent run autistic support group for parents. Our goal is to offer social opportunities, support and educational resources for families of individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as for the Bryan-College Station community. For more information on our monthly social events or informational meetings, visit or

Grief / Bereavement Support
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. There is typically a wave of emotions to process and it frequently takes time to absorb the impact of a major loss. Hospice Brazos Valley offers extensive bereavement support, classes, and programs to help guide you through a difficult time in your life. Hospice Brazos Valley Bereavement services are available to anyone in the community (children, teens, and adults of all ages) who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Call 979-821-2266 and ask to speak with a Bereavement Coordinator in your area.

  • Brierra Colvin, Bereavement Coordinator, Bryan
  • Debra Johnson, Bereavement Coordinator, Brenham
  • Cindy Fanning, Bereavement Coordinator, LaGrange

Heart to Heart 
A peer-led support group focusing on issues most relevant to cardiovascular patients. These challenges may be related to lifestyle change, physical activity, daily tasks, and lack of social support. We seek to have participants openly discuss the problems they come across during and after recovery to find solutions. Numerous studies have shown that voicing and addressing concerns about health issues can improve anxiety, depressive symptoms, stress, and energy levels. Our goal is to give you a comfortable setting to express concerns and hardships for better coping with your diagnosis. Please contact Rachel Hutson at 979.821.7589 for a schedule of upcoming meetings. Meetings will be held at the CHI St. Joseph Health MatureWell Lifestyle Center located at 3989 North Shore Drive, Bryan, TX 77807.


Lost Chord Club
For local laryngectomy support, please contact St. Joseph Health Speech Therapy department at 979.821.7573. For surrounding area laryngectomy clubs, please contact the New Voices Club, Austin, TX - Frank Brick at 512.626.4936 or [email protected]

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Meeting time and location are currently tentative. Please contact Sharon Boston at 979.693.6733 for more information.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family & Peer Recovery Support Group                                                             
The Peer Recovery Support Group meets every Tuesday night from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  The Family Support Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. And both groups meet at the NAMI office; 3705 South College in Bryan. Call 979.774.4713 more information.                                                           

Preemie Prints NICU H.O.P.E. (Helping Other Parents Endure) Support Group
This is an informal, peer-based group connecting past and present NICU families in a hope-filled positive atmosphere. Dinner is always provided by a local sponsor. And family members are also welcome. Current NICU families will receive a NICU gift bag containing information, restaurant gift cards, and other items for mom and baby. Donations are always welcome!  For more information, contact Amber Collier at 979.635.0825 or [email protected] or visit, or

Scleroderma Support Group The Brazos Valley Scleroderma Support Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at The Bank & Trust located at 2900 S. Texas Ave. Bryan, TX 77802. Please visit our Facebook page for more information:  Brazos Valley Scleroderma Support Group - Facebook Page

Stroke Support Group
The monthly Brazos Valley Community Stroke Support Group at St. Joseph Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health provides education and encouragement for individuals who have survived a stroke. Family members, friends, and caregivers of stroke survivors are also welcome to attend. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:30 - 3:30 PM in the Quilter's Café (located on the 1st floor of St. Joseph Rehabilitation Hospital, an Affiliate of Encompass Health; 1600 Joseph Drive in Bryan). For any questions, please contact Danielle Pretzer at 979.219.4521, or via email at [email protected].

*At this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings have gone virtual on Zoom. For more information, please reach out to Danielle Pretzer or visit the Brazos Valley Stroke Support Facebook page for the most up-to-date link to join. Meetings on Zoom are at the same time as above.

(Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
This sensible, peer-led weight loss support group meets every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Quilter's Café at St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center. Contact Judy Edwards at 979.846.0617 for more information.

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease Support Group
For those newly diagnosed or "early onset" with Parkinson's disease. Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at Christ United Methodist Church, Atrium Room. Contact Ben White, Brazos Valley Parkinson's Association at [email protected] for more information. 

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