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Support Groups and Coffee Breaks

Support groups and coffee breaks exist entirely for you. Put these meetings at the top of your calendar; they belong to you. Your presence there will open doors you never knew existed.

The ALS Association Michigan Chapter participates in monthly support groups and coffee breaks within the state of Michigan.  

Support Groups: Support groups are often held on site at a hospital or community center. Most often, medical staff and a member from the Chapter’s Care Services team are available to answer questions and concerns. Third party vendors or educational speakers are often present.


All Kalamazoo support groups take place at First United Methodist Church located at 212 S. Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007. This group meets the first Tuesday of every other month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The support groups will take place on these dates in 2016:

Feburary 2nd

April 5th

June 7th

August 2nd

October 4th

December 6th

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Hosted by Hauenstein and MDA
4th Wednesday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m.
Hauenstein Neurosciences Community Education Room Mercy Health
220 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Spectrum Health Grand Rapids
This group meets quartly(dates to be determined) from 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m.
Gilda’s Club
1806 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Contact Tanya Peterson at 616-450-8156 or tanya@alsa-michigan.org with any questions.

Coffee Breaks: Coffee Breaks are designed to be more informal than support groups. These meetings are usually held in a private room at a restaurant, coffee and pastries are served. A member from the Chapter’s Care Services team attends to assist in facilitating the conversation. Medical staff, third party vendors and speakers do not participate in these gatherings.

Click here for East Michigan coffee breaks

Click here for West Michigan coffee breaks


For the safety of our patients, caregivers, and staff support groups and coffee breaks can be canceled due to inclement weather. Participants will be notified by email of any cancellations. If you do not received an email and have concerns about the weather please call Sarab at 248-786-9235 for East Michigan and Tanya at 616-450-8156 for West Michigan.