Gatherings for support
With all of the snow and cold, February can be an especially hard month for people experiencing loss or struggling with a difficult situation. St. Paul offers a place for care and compassion, with a variety of support groups.
Stroke Support Group: A new-to-St. Paul stroke support group now meets on the third Wednesdays of the month, 2-3 p.m. The group brings together stroke survivors and their families in an atmosphere of caring and sharing to assist recovery. Contact: Karen Caldwell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors of Suicide Loss: Support for those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide at any time, this monthly gathering is for care, compassion, and encouragement. Next meeting is Monday, Martch 4, 6:30 p.m. No need to sign up, just come. Contact: Deb and Joe James, email@example.com.
Adult Children of Alcoholics: Meeting every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., this is a group of people who grew up in dysfunctional homes of any type (mental illness, alcoholic, verbally abusive, etc.). Learn together and support each other, using a spiritual approach. Contact: Dick Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends & Family: On the fourth Monday of the month, 6 p.m., this gathering is for people whose loved ones are impacted by mental illness. Friends & Family is for anyone looking for mutual support by sharing with and listening to others. No need to sign up, just come. Contact: Pastor Sara Olson-Smith, email@example.com.
Motherless Daughters: Open for any woman who has experienced mother-loss at any time and needs a safe place for support. Gather on the second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m., to celebrate our mothers, deepen relationships, and develop a network for continuous healing. Contact: Nicole Rathje, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walking the Grief Journey: A supportive, compassion-filled series for those who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Explore anger, depression, fears, acceptance, and new strength for a hopeful future. The next session is planned for Sundays, March 17-April 14, 10:20-11:05 a.m. Sign up at stpaulqc.org/signups. Contact: Lynn Batcher Robinson, email@example.com.