Local support programs

Support programs Help us help you. Submit your listing for support groups to Pippi Mayfield at: Circle of Parents Circle of Parents meets on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Education Center. The group is a mut...

Support programs

Help us help you. Submit your listing for support groups to Pippi Mayfield at: .

Circle of Parents

Circle of Parents meets on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Education Center. The group is a mutual self-help group for parents, grandparents, foster parents or anyone in a parenting role. It's free to join. Any questions call Becky at (218) 844-5661.

Look Good...Feel Better


Look Good...Feel Better is a support program for women with cancer. Volunteer, certified cosmotologists teach women make-up and skincare techniques. Women will also receive a free make-up kit. The Detroit Lakes class is held the fourth Monday of each month from 1-4 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. To register, call 1-800-227-2345.

Breastfeeding support group

Do you have any questions about breastfeeding or related issues? Do you want to "Connect" with other breastfeeding moms? Pregnant and curious about the benefits of breastfeeding? A breastfeeding support group meets the first and third Thursday of each month in the St. Mary's Innovis Health administrative conference room (across from gift shop). For more info, call Becker County Community Health at 847-5628 Ext. 5397.

Trauma support group

Lakes Crisis & Resource Center offers a Trauma Support Group on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Traumatic events can occur anytime in a person's life and be caused by natural events or human behavior. Trauma can have a powerful impact on feelings, thoughts, relationships, behaviors, attitudes, dreams and hopes. Survivors can face a long journey to work through their experiences to gain a sense of understanding and healing. This is particularly the case with victims of crimes like sexual assault, abuse and violence. Contact Holly at 847-7446 for more information about the LCRC Trauma Support Group.

Stroke support group

Emmanuel Community hosts a stroke support group from 3 to 4 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. It is held in the Emmanuel Nursing Home conference room. Contact Barb Schiller, LSW, at 844-7162 for more information.

Over Eaters Anonymous


Overeaters Anonymous views compulsive eating as a physical, emotional and spiritual disease. Members seek recovery on all three levels by following a 12-step program patterned after that of Alcoholics Anonymous. OA is not affiliated with any public or private organization, political movement, ideology or religious doctrine. The regular meeting of OA in Detroit Lakes meets at the Emmanuel Community home in the executive board meeting room on Monday evenings at 7:15, and Wednesdays from 12:10-1:10 p.m. For more information, contact Lois at 218-983-3339 or Lori at 218-346-7978.

Relatives as Parents


Mahube Community Council, under the direction of the Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP), is sponsoring a monthly support group for grandparents, relatives and the children they are raising. A light supper and gathering will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Mahube Community Council office at 1125 West River Road, Detroit Lakes. Childcare will be provided. There will be resources available and information on legal and social issues. Call Betty Carlisle at 847-1145 or Karen Lenius at 847-1385 or 1-888-458-1385 for more information.

St. Mary's Diabetes

St. Mary's Innovis Health in cooperation with MeritCare hosts a monthly Diabetic Support Group. Questions about the Diabetic Support Group can be directed to Gen Keranen, RN, Certified Diabetic Educator at (218) 367-3548.

MS Support Group speaker

The Detroit Lakes MS Support Group is presenting a speaker who will address the issue of "starting your own business when you have a disability or chronic illness. The presentations are in the game room at Lincoln Park, 308 Oak St., Detroit Lakes. If you have questions, please contact Patti at 218-847-0820 (days) or 218-844-6872 (evenings).


Adult survivors of

sexual assault

support group

For adult survivors of incest, child sexual abuse, rape and other forms of sexual violence. It is held on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Lakes Crisis & Resource Center, DL. Call Holly to register at 218-847-7446.

Celebrate Recovery

Lakes Area Vineyard Church offers a Celebrate Recovery support group for people with hurts, habits and hang-ups. Come every Monday night for a barbecue at 6:30 p.m., followed by a time of worship and teaching at 7:15, small groups at 7:45 and refreshments and dessert at 8:45. For more information, call 846-1199 or e-mail .

Gastric Bypass support group

A gastric bypass support is held every third Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Grace Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. For more information, contact Ann Zick at 573-3413 or Karla Mitchell at 847-7076.


Set Free support group

Controlled by behaviors, attitudes or substances? Set Free is a biblically-based, Christ-centered program that meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Berean Baptist Church library. Call 847-8914 for more information.

'Morning Out' program

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota's "Morning Out" program currently has openings. "Morning Out" is a day program for those who have Alzheimer's disease or a dementia-related illness. Activities include games, crafts, music, refreshments and socialization. It also provides a much needed break for their caregivers so they can run errands, go to appointments and take a well-earned rest. Day services are offered Mondays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 610 13th St. N., Moorhead. For enrollment information, please call Tara Giese, 218-233-7521.

Emmanuel Alzheimer's support

Emmanuel Community's Alzheimer's Support Group meets the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Adult Day Care Room. A light supper is served, with the discussion following at 6. Contacts are Chaplain Vicki Marthaler at 844-7141 or Nurse Bobbi Jo Koons at 844-7148.

St. Mary's Alzheimer's group

St. Mary's Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group meets the last Thursday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Winchester on Washington Avenue. Our next support group meets on Thursday, June 26, from noon-1:30 p.m. This support group is open to anyone concerned about caring for someone affected with memory loss and in need of help or support. Lunch will be served. For information about memory loss or to RSVP, please contact John Mehlhoff, memory care manager, at (218) 847-0856.


MS Support Group

Detroit Lakes Chapter of the Minnesota MS Society support group meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. for a potluck dinner, followed by a 6:30 p.m. meeting, in St. Mary's Lincoln Park game room, 208 Oak Street.

MS caregivers

The MS caregiver support group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in MeritCare SouthPointe, 2400 32nd Ave. South in Fargo.


Lakes Area Moms is an organization for at-home mothers. Share activities with other moms and children. For more information, call Brenda at 847-0630 or Cindy at 334-2092.

Emmanuel Parkinson's support

The Parkinson's Support Group meets the last Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. in the conference room at Emmanuel Nursing Home. Contact is Deb Johnson, RN at 844-9444.


Hospice of the Red River Valley Grief

Support Group

The Journeys Program of Hospice of the Red River Valley, Detroit Lakes, offers grief support groups.

An adult group for those 18 years and older who are experiencing a loss through death meets the second Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

A widows and widowers lunch group for men and women experiencing the death of a partner meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a $3 charge for lunch.

For more information, contact Cindy at 847-9493.

Autism Support Group

An autism support group for parents and caregivers of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder meets monthly from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Library. For more information, call Teresa or Mark Kuether at 846-0069.

SOHR group

Sexual Orientation & Human Rights is committed to supporting people concerned with sexual orientation, human rights and gender issues, and to provide education related to these issues to the broader community. It meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-800-0350 ext. 524. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

Special Needs Children

support group

The Arc of West Central Minnesota Support Group For Families with Children with Special Needs meets in Otter Tail County from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Fergus Falls. Everyone is Welcome. Any questions, call Sara Wevley at 320-986-6636 or e-mail .

Non-offending parents group

Lakes Crisis & Resource Center is offering a support/informational group for non-offending parents of sexually abused children. The focus will be supporting the parents, or any other significant person in that child's life, as well as providing information as to what they may be experiencing due to the victimization. The group will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30. Registration is required. Call Valerie at 847-7446 if you have questions or would like to register.

Domestic violence

support group

The Lakes Crisis and Resource Center's latest session of its Domestic Violence Support Group is underway. This group is open to anyone who has ever been involved in an abusive relationship and is designed to provide information and support to those struggling with abuse issues. For more information on meeting time and place, contact Leona at the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center at 218-847-7446 or toll-free at 877-754-9683. Free daycare is available upon request.

Caregivers support

Lutheran Social Service provides caregiver support and respite for anyone caring for a friend or family member who is 60+ and has an on-going illness. We offer a support group that meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. This is a confidential setting -- sharing is optional. All family caregivers are invited to attend. There is no charge. For more information, call Tara Giese, Regional Coordinator, at 1-800-488-4146, or visit

Lakeland Hospice Grief Support Group

Lakeland Hospice, Inc. offers a grief support group for anyone who has lost a loved one. Meetings are consecutive Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Hospice office, Fergus Falls. Registration is not necessary, but for further information, call the Hospice office at 218-736-7885 or the group facilitator, Kay Helm, at 218-758-3221. There is no charge, and meetings are strictly confidential.

Lakeland grief support

Lakeland Hospice & Home Care offers free, confidential grief support groups to anyone who has lost a loved one, including family or friends.

Locations are in Fergus Falls in the Lakeland Hospice Office, every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., facilitated by Kay Helm, every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m., facilitated by Carolyn Billing. Especially from Parents is at 6:45 p.m.

In Perham, Perham Memorial Hospital and Home, Lower Level Conference Room No. 1, every Thursday at 3 p.m., facilitated by Bonnie Wallin.

In Morris, Stevens Community Medical Center, lower level multi-purpose room, every other Thursday (July 19, Aug. 2, 16, etc.) at 10 a.m., facilitated by Rondi Lillehaug and Robi Bowman.

For more information, call Bonnie Wallin, bereavement coordinator, at 218-998-1400 or .

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