There Are Times When We All Need Support.

Support Groups

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.

CHI 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 brazosvalleychadd@gmail.com 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 10:45 AM at the CHI St. Joseph MatureWell Lifestyle Center, located at 3989 North Shore Drive in Bryan. Please contact Michele Buenger (Facilitator) at 979.731.6129 or mbuenger@st-joseph.org 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 bvmotc@gmail.com 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 Linda Cerami at 979. 575.5323.  www.Pinkalliance.org

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 www.basicsforbreastfeeding.com.

Caring for the Caregiver: Family Caregiver Support Group

The MatureWell Lifestyle Club Caring for the Caregiver Support Group has been designed to provide a safe environment for those caring for loved ones with a variety of ongoing health conditions. The group offers emotional, spiritual, educational, and social support; enabling caregivers to develop coing skills and management tools to maintain personal health and wellness, so he/she can fulfill their caregiving role. This group will meet at the MatureWell Lifestyle Center located at 3989 North Shore Drive in Bryan on the 1st Thursday of each month from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM starting April 4, 2019. For more information, please contact Michele Buenger, Patient Advocate at mbuenger@st-joseph.org, or call 979.731.6129.

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 friendsgathering@christ-umc.org. 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 dsabv@dsabv.org for Down Syndrome Support Group meeting dates and locations or for more information.  www.dsabv.org

Eating Disorder Support Group
Meets the 1st Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Quilter's Café at the St. Joseph Rehab Center. 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. For more information, please contact Karen Beathard at karen.beathard@gmail.comor 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

Lost Chord Club
For local laryngectomy support, please contact CHI 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 fbrick@austin.rr.com 

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 amber@preemieprints.org or visit www.preemieprints.org, or https://www.facebook.com/PreemiePrints/.

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 Community Stroke Support Group at Encompass Health Inpatient Rehab, in collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Health System, College Station Medical Center, and CHI St. Joseph Hospital System, provides education and encouragement for individuals living with the effects of stroke. Family members and caregivers are also welcome to attend. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM in the Quilter's Café (located on the 1st floor of CHI St. Joseph Rehabilitation Hospital, an Affiliate of Encompass Health; 1600 Joseph Drive in Bryan). Please RSVP to Danielle Pretzer at 979.219.4521, or via email at Danielle.pretzer2@encompasshealth.com.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
This sensible 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 ParkinsonsBCS@gmail.com for more information. 

 CHI St. Joseph Health Support Group Listing - updated March 2019