List of support groups in the region – July 2022

The Great Bend Tribune publishes a list of area support groups on the first Sunday of each month. To have your support group added to the list or featured in a story, contact Susan Thacker at [email protected] or call 620-792-1211.

Assistance in case of abuse

Family Crisis Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support. Call 792-1885 or toll free 866-792-1885.

Kansas Statewide Hotline: 1-888-END ABUS

Family Crisis Center – 1924 Broadway, Great Bend. 24-hour Crisis Line: 866-792-1885

Alcoholics Anonymous

(c) closed (o) open (bs) study book (ns) non-smoker (bd) birthday.

Ellinwood Group — United Church of Christ, 701 North Fritz (accessible) 620-282-2905 — Thursday (o) 7 p.m.

Grapevine Group — 1910 17th St. Great Bend, (reachable) 620-639-2320 — Sunday (c, ns) 10 a.m.; Tuesday (o, bs, ns) 5:30 p.m.; Thursday (day/night) 10 a.m.; Thursday (c/ns) 5:30 p.m. (bd) first Thursdays.

Great Bend Group — 1620 Hubbard (accessible) 620-793-3962 — Sunday (c/ns) 7 p.m. Candlelight; Monday (c) 10 a.m.; Monday (n/s) 7 p.m. (bd first Monday); Tuesday (c) 10 a.m.; Wednesday (c) 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (c/ns); Friday (c) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (c/ns); Saturday (c) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (c/ns)

Hoisington Group — 419 East Third Street (accessible) — Sunday (o) 9 a.m.; Wednesday (o) 8 p.m.,

Kinsley Group — Church of Christ (accessible) 620-324-5313 – (o) Monday, 8 p.m.

La Crosse Group — Bittel Const. Building, West K-4 (accessible) – Sunday (o) 8 p.m. (bd last Sunday).

Larned Town Group — 504 Broadway 620-804-3544 — Sunday (day/night) 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday (day/night) 8:00 p.m.; Thursday (bs/o/ns) 8 p.m.; Friday (day/night) 8:00 p.m.; Saturday (day/night) 8 p.m.

Lyons AA Trailmakers – 801 S. Bell, 620-257-2240 – Tuesday (o) 6:30 p.m.; Thursday (o/bs) 7 p.m. (bd third Thursday).

Stafford Group – First Methodist Church, Room 12 – Wednesday (o) 8 p.m.

Tri-County Claflin Group — Municipal Library, Main Street (accessible) — Monday (c) 10 a.m.

Al Anon

Grapevine Group Great Bend—1910 17th Tuesday 7 p.m.

Great Bend Group—1620 Hubbard—Wednesday at noon; Saturday at 9 a.m.; Dial 620-793-3962.

Paths to Recovery – Meet upstairs in the Larned Chamber of Commerce building, 502 Broadway on Wednesdays. Milestones and Traditions — 6 p.m.; public session, 7 p.m.

Narcotics Anonymous

NA — Call 620-603-0920 or visit

Great Bend Band “Living By Faith” 1910 17th St. – Sunday (o) 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday (o) noon; Wednesday (o) 5:30 p.m. book study; Friday (o, c) 8:00 p.m.; Saturday (o) 8 p.m.

Great Bend “Wecovery” Group, 2123 Forest Ave., West Entrance, Upper Right – Tuesday (o) 6:30 p.m.; Thursday (o) 7 p.m.

Larned Group “Just for Today” – 501 Main, South Entrance – Monday (o) 7 p.m.; Thursday (o) 6 p.m.


La Leche League of Great Bend – This group does not meet in person at this time by accredited La Leche League leaders who answer phone calls for breastfeeding, prenatal and postpartum questions. Call Robin, 620-617-1663; or Ronda, 620-338-0508.

Cancer support

Heroes and Friends, Cancer Support Group — 7 p.m., First and Third Tuesdays, Presbyterian Church, Larned.

Breast Friends Breast Cancer Support Group — 6 p.m., Third Wednesday, Mi Tierra Restaurant, 118 E. 1st St., Hoisington. This group is only open to breast cancer survivors.

Dementia Caregivers

Dementia Caregiver Support Group — For family members who support and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Open format for gathering information, asking questions and sharing concerns. It provides an open forum for gathering information, asking questions and sharing concerns. It provides an opportunity to learn strategies for caring for people with dementia. Meet 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Hoisington Public Library. Hosted by Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics and KU Alzheimer’s Center. For questions, call Macy Ingham, RN, [email protected] or 620-292-0830, or Michelle Niedens, LSCSW, [email protected] or 913-945-7310.

Support for diabetes

Naturally Sweet – Type I Diabetes Support Group, meets the first Saturday of every month at the gymnasium at Central Kansas Christian Academy, 215 McKinley St. All are welcome. For more information, call Candace Herrman, 620-617-6700.

La Nueva Esperanza Hispanic Diabetes Support Group—Heart of Kansas Family Health Care Inc., 1905 19th St. For more information, call 792-5700.

Bereavement support

Moving Forward Grievance Support Group – 6:30 p.m. every other Monday at Beckwith’s Mortuary, 916 Main Street, Larned. For more information, call Beckwith Mortuary, 620-285-2121.

Heartbroken Bereavement Group – 7 p.m. Mondays at The Wolf Hotel, 104 East Santa Fe in Ellinwood. For all types of bereavement. For any questions, call Donita Zamarripa, 620-566-7384.

Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice Community Grief Support Group – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays for eight-week sessions. Registration required. For location and other information, call 620-792-8171 during business hours.

Family and Friends Suicide Loss Survivors Group – 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway, Great Bend. Use the West Stone Street gate. Call 620-792-8171

Home school support

Golden Belt Home Educators (GBHE) – Call 620-793-7359 or leave a message at or

Caregivers with special needs

Caregivers Count — Support group for parents and caregivers of children with special needs — 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at First Christian Church, corner of Broadway and K-96. Sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services.

Stroke Support

Stroke Support Group — 6 p.m. first and third Monday of each month at Medicalodges, 1401 Cherry Lane, Great Bend. For questions, call Medicalodges, 620-792-2165.

Death by suicide and prevention

The Surviving Suicide Foundation has a support group that meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 1411 Wilson St., Great Bend.

Visually impaired support

Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired — 1 to 2 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Contact Paul Berscheidt at 620-793-5645, George Strobel at 620-617-8980 or Scharna Doll at 620-786-0731.

Weight loss support

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensably) #827 — 4:30 p.m. Monday, Claflin Township Independent Library meeting room.

TOPS KS 1151 — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend. Use the west doors.

TOPS Area Coordinator Beverly A. Bednasek, [email protected]

Virginia S. Braud