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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.
 

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the St. Joseph Regional Professional Building, Suite 140 Classroom from 12:00 - 1:00 PM in Bryan. 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 (except the 4th Tuesday of November & December) at 6:30 PM. in the Travis B. Bryan Jr. Community Room, located at First Financial Bank, 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.  www.Pinkalliance.org

Breastfeeding Support Group - La Leche League

La Leche League is an international non-profit, non-sectarian organization offering FREE community breastfeeding support and education. Contact a Leader with your breastfeeding questions, or to learn about attending a meeting or joining our private Facebook support group for local B/CS-area residents. All Leaders are trained, accredited volunteers with personal breastfeeding experience. Leaders assist families with all things related to breastfeeding, including bottle feeding expressed milk, or combined feeding with formula, at every age and stage. Check out our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/LLLBCS) for more information and updates. All are welcome, from pregnancy, to infancy, to weaning, and beyond!

Elena 512-395-5096 [email protected]

Natalie 979-574-5043 nat[email protected]

Rachael 979-739-8342 [email protected]

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: www.christ-umc.org, 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 Big House at Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 Hwy 6 S, College Station, TX 77845.

Cancer Support Group (newly added)

This group meets on the last Monday of each month from 6:30 pm - 8 pm. It is located in the Big House at Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 Hwy 6 S, College Station, TX 77845. For more information, please call the church at 979.690.4673.

Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley

Please call 979.778.7010 or [email protected] for Down Syndrome Support Group meeting dates and locations or for more information.  www.dsabv.org

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 Parlor at the A&M Church of Christ (2475 Earl Rudder Fwy S, College Station, TX 77845) Please enter at the door by the church office. For more information, please contact Karen Beathard at [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 www.facetsbcs.org or http://www.facebook.com/facetsbcs

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

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

In-person meetings will begin again in September 2021, but meeting times and locations 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 Family Support Group meets every Tuesday night from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  The Connection Peer Support Group meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Both groups meet at the NAMI office; 3705 South College in Bryan. Call 979.774.4713 for more information.    

Parkinson's Association

This group is open to anyone with Parkinson's and those caring for someone with Parkinsons. This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. Meetings are held in a gym built for those with Parkinson's owned by the Robert Conte Foundation. The address is 3803 McCoulough Drive (off of Wellborn). For more information, please contact [email protected] or Ben White at [email protected].                                                  

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

St Joseph Caregiver Support Group

This group is for the family caregiver only and is not limited to those with dementia. Meetings take place in the 1st floor classroom at the MatureWell Lifestyle Center or the Wellness Auditorium off Rock Prairie Road, depending on the support group day you choose to join. For more information, contact Michele Buenger at 979-731-6129 or [email protected].

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 Day Room on the 2nd Floor of St. Joseph Rehabilitation Hospital, an Affiliate of Encompass Health; located at 1600 Joseph Drive in Bryan. For any questions, please contact Nicole Gordon at 979.393.8390, or via email at [email protected].

*At this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visitors will be screened at the front desk and masks must be worn. Meetings can also be attended via Zoom. For more information, please reach out to Nicole Gordon 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."

TOPS

(Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

This sensible, peer-led weight loss support group meets every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Contact Judy Edwards at 979.846.0617 for more information.

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