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.

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.

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.

Grand Rapids 

Grand Rapids Support Group Hosted by Hauenstein and MDA

Wednesday, April 26th Ι 4 pm - 5:30 pm

Mercy Health, Hauenstein Neurosciences Community Education Room Ι 220 Cherry St, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Contact Melissa Jekel:

Spectrum Health Grand Rapids Support Group

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8pm | Led by Respiratiry Therapist, Kelly Eklund

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8pm | Led by Social Worker, Martha VanDyken - Discussion about advanced care planning

Gilda's Club Ι 1806 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Contact Melissa Jekel:


Kalamazoo/ Portage Coffee Break

Wednesday, April 19th | 12 pm - 2 pm

The Crew Family Restaurant & Bakery | The Owl Room

3810 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Contact Tanya Peterson:


Kalamazoo Support Group

Tuesday, April 25th | 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

First United Methodist Church

212 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Contact Tanya Peterson:


Traverse City

Traverse City Coffee Break

Friday, April 21st Ι 12 pm - 2 pm

Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Ι 2020 East Grandview Parkway, Traverse City, MI 49684

Contact Melissa Jekel:


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.