Support Groups
 

For more information on our support groups contact care@christmemorial.org

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Monthly, second Thursday, 3-4pm

Facilitator: Alyssa Langejans, Evergreen Commons Caregiver Support Coordinator

Green Room, just inside Door D

 

The Dementia Care Giver Support group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 3-4pm in the Green Room, just inside Door D.  If you or someone you know has a love one/or care for someone with Dementia, please join us. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Melissa Langworthy at melissal@christmemorial.org or call 616-796-3346.

 

  • September 9: How to handle the challenging aspects of Dementia - Common behaviors and aspects in Dementia and what to do in response.

  • October 14: Communication Tips - How to communicate with your loved one, introduce the diagnosis to your family and friends, and how to communicate with health providers.

  • November 11: Preparing for the holidays - Ideas to help make the holidays and winter safe and less stressful.

  • December 9: Confident Caregiving - How to build resiliency and a confidence in caring for your loved one.

 

We are also offering the opportunity for individuals with specific concerns or needs to connect one-on-one with an Evergreen Commons Dementia Support Specialist. If you would like to be connected with a specialist, please contact Melissa Langworthy using the contact information listed above.  She will connect you with an Evergreen Commons Dementia Support Specialist.

​GriefShare

Monday nights, 6:30pm

Meeting September 13 - December 6

Facilitators:  Barb Reilly and Diane Smith

Room 169 in the adult wing

Have you experienced the loss of someone close to you and are you walking the lonely road of grief? Please join us! In this group you’ll find a warm and caring environment offering you support and encouragement as you journey through your grief process. Contact care@christmemorial.org with questions.

 

Gift of Hope

Monthly, second and fourth Mondays, 6-7:30pm

Meets year-round

Contact care@christmemorial.org

Green Room, just inside Door D

If you, a family member or friend experiences mental illness, you are invited to be part of this mental health support group. This Bible-based group is founded on I Peter 1:3 and Philippians 2:1-2. Personal sharing and group encouragement along with speakers offer the gift of hope. As a means of support and encouragement a number of speakers have been lined up to come and talk with the group.  The Gift of Hope September - December 2021 Speaker Schedule is as follows:

  • September 13       Cheryl Cnossen, MSW - There's a Hole in My Sidewalk

  • September 27       Cheryl Cnossen, MSW - There's a Hole in My Sidewalk

  • October 11            Cheryl Cnossen, MSW - There's a Hole in My Sidewalk

  • October 25            Cheryl Cnossen, MSW - There's a Hole in My Sidewalk

  • November 8          Cheryl Cnossen, MSW - There's a Hole in My Sidewalk

  • November 22         To be determined

  • December 13        Christmas Gathering

  • December 27        No meeting on this date

The care team at Christ Memorial continues to provide pastoral support for people living with mental illness, their families, and their friends. If you have questions about the Gift of Hope group and/or plan to attend, contact care@christmemorial.org. For your benefit the Christ Memorial website also provides a comprehensive list of area mental health contacts and resources HERE. 

Healing Hearts - The Hem of His Garment

Facilitator: Mary Lorence

Healing Hearts is a group study of God’s Word that helps bring about healing for women who have suffered loss, sexual abuse, divorce, rape and other trauma. It provides a safe place where they can openly share their pain with other women without fear of judgement or condemnation. If you would like to be part of this group study, or have questions, contact Mary Lorence at marylo@healinghearts.org or 836-4098. 

Narcotics Anonymous

Monthly, third Friday, 7-8:30pm

Meets year-round

Contact:  Lynn White

Green Room, just inside Door D

 

Whether you are struggling with an addiction or you know someone who does, you are welcome to attend our Narcotics Anonymous (NA) open meeting, the third Friday of every month. There is hope and another way to live! NA provides an  opportunity to listen and learn from the stories of those who are living into their recovery through the 12 steps as they express themselves at our meeting and other meetings in our community. Come and benefit from the support this group offers as we daily seek to embrace sobriety.  Contact Brandi at 218-6643 or Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org with questions.

P.A.U.L. (Prisoners, Abandoned, Unloved and Lonely)

Support Group for Families with Incarcerated Loved Ones

Monthly, second and fourth Thursdays, 6-7:30pm

Due to the pandemic, call Ana to confirm meeting dates.

Coordinator:  Ana Cabrera

Green Room, just inside Door D

 

We cannot control the words and actions of others, but we can control where we turn for comfort and support. We help with letter writing and support so that people can continue to see their loved one in prison. All are welcome to help to support these families.  If you would like to become a prisoner pen pal, sponsor a prisoner or if you have questions about the PAUL support group, contact Ana Cabrera at 212-6572 or paulsgroup595@gmail.com.

The mission of P.A.U.L ministry (Prisoners. Abandoned. Unloved. Lonely) is to help transform the lives of men and women behind bars with keeping families and our community close to them during time of incarceration. Our community can give them a second chance and help them find true freedom in Christ.