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Many times when a medical issue arises, it helps to have someone to talk to. Bellin has compiled a list of area support groups to help you in your time of need.
For more information about any of these groups, please feel free to contact:
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Green Bay Area Ostomy Support Group, P.O Box 621, Green Bay, WI 54305. Contact Vicky Kokal at 920 435-5937 & Lois Valitcchka at 920 494-1777 with a monthly meeting at the Aging Resource Center.
YMCA Encore Program – Does not have a support group yet, but offers an exercise program including aquatic therapy. Contact Kay VanBextel, 920 432-5581, ext. 143.
American Cancer Society – Great resource for any cancer diagnosis. Assists with wigs, assistive devices, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Contact Angela Sylvester, 920 338-1541, ext. 118.
ACS Reach for Recovery Program – Offers a support visit by a person who has had like surgery, including a bag of information, exercise assistive tools, reinforcement of the exercises taught in the hospital, and emotional support. Has multiple resources and provides ongoing help as needed.
S.O.S. (Survivors of Suicide) – A non-profit, non-professional support group with the aim to help ourselves cope with the loss of a loved one through suicide. The object is to learn good coping skills with which to help us go on with life. All information shared at the group is strictly confidential. Contact Jonna and Don Bostedt, 920 437-7527. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Bellin Building at 2020 S. Webster Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54301, (corner of St. Joseph), second floor in the Mezzanine conference room.
Recovery Inc. – A self-help organization for people who have had or are having nervous symptoms and fears. Open to adults 18 or over. Contact Clara McGarity, 920 336-6432.
Sexual Abuse Support Group for Women (age 18 or over) – This group is free and open to women who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse in the past or present. Group meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 pm-8 pm at Family Services, 300 Crooks St., Green Bay, WI 54301, Room L20. Contact Family Services Sexual Assault Center, 920 436-8899.
Breast Feeding Classes/Support Group – Classes and support group meets regularly and can be scheduled by calling 920 445-7303.
Fox Valley Celiacs (FVC) Organization – A support group with mentoring services provided. Fee of $10/yr. ($20 for the first year) includes an annual gluten-free dinner, the picnic and donations to Appleton Medical Center and CSA. Monthly meetings are held at 7 pm at the Appleton Medical Center, 1818 Meade St., Appleton, WI, Ironwood Room. Contact Mackenzie Prast, email@example.com.
Celiacs Support Group in Green Bay – Contact Mary Mueller, 920 435-4861. Group meets at St. Mary’s Hospital but is not affilitated with the hospital.
Bariatric Surgery Support Group at Bellin Health – Meets first and third Thursday of each month, Hospital Boardroom, 5:30 pm-7 pm. Contact Joni Delwiche, 920 433-5584.
Diabetes Support Group at Bellin Health – Open to all patients with Diabetes. Meets first Monday of the month, 4:30-5:30 pm in the Bellin Executive Conference Room (Sept. – May).
Cardiaomyopathy Information & Support Group – Open to individuals with this condition, family and friends are welcome. Designed to learn to cope and meet the psychosocial gap in living with this disease. Meets the third Wednesday of each month, Heart & Vascular Center Classroom, 12:45 pm-2 pm. Contact Dianne Smith, 920 433-3625.
The Sleep Center Awake Support Group – National support group that Bellin and St. Vincent’s sleep centers jointly run. Meetings held quarterly with the first two quarters being at the Prevea site and the last two held at Bellin. Open to anyone in the community with an interest in health issues involving sleep. Meetings vary from speakers to updates on current or new equipment being used to treat sleep disorders to informational related to certain sleep issues, i.e. Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, etc. Contact Paula Voskuil, 920 433-7451.
Unity Hospice – Offers support to the terminally ill patient and their family, including bereavement services. Contact