Support Groups

Vernon Area Support Groups

Original List Compiled by ReminderNews Editorial Department.

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Adoption Support: Latin American Parents Association meets monthly. Call Linda Reindel at 290- 8506.

Al-Anon: Meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Ellington Wesleyan Church, 276 Crystal Lake Road in Ellington.

Al-Anon: Meets Sundays 7:30-9 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, Elm St., Rockville. Use Union St. entrance.

Al-Anon: Meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 523 Hartford Turnpike, (Route 30).

Alternative Lupus Support: For network meeting and news letter, call 490-4611.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support: Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Visiting Nurse and Health Services, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon. For registration call 860-872-9163.

Autism Spectrum: Meets 2nd Monday of the month, Sept.-May at Manchester Memorial Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group offers speakers on various topics related to Autism and special needs children.

Bereavement Group: North Central Hospice and VNHS offers Bereavement Groups in Vernon. For information call 872-9163, ext. 2425.

Bereavement Group: Meets the third Thursday of the month in Manchester. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m. Call The Compassionate Friends East of the River CT Chapter at 860-375-3087 or visit

Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer Network of Strength meets at DeQuattro Cancer Center, Manchester every other Monday; 5:30-7 p.m. Call 312-873-2757 or email for information.

Breastfeeding Classes: Offered by Rockville General Hospital, first Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m. For cost and registration, call Perinatal Education at 647-4790.

Caregiver’s Group: A group for people caring for others meets the third Thursday of each month 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, Inc., 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon. Lower Level Board Room II.

Caring and Sharing: A loss and grief Support group meets Fridays at 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the First Cong. Church of Vernon. Those who have experienced the loss of a loved one is welcome. Call 875- 7580.

Children Need Both Parents: Meetings for custody and Parent/Children alienation meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at Cafe Lafayette, Call Kenny at 881-6311.

Co-Dependents Anonymous: Meets Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Meadowlark Rd., Vernon. Call Craig at 978-660-1176 or Heidi at 454-8717.

Compassionate Friends: For bereaved parents who have lost a child, meets 2nd Tuesday of each month 7:30-9 p.m. at Rockville General Hospital. Call 656-0260.

Diabetes Type 1: If you are interested in attending or developing a Type 1 Diabetes Support Group in the Tolland area, please contact Nicole Miller at for more information.

Depression Recovery: Programs held at the Rockville-Tolland Seventh Day Adventist Church located at 9 Hartford Turnpike, Tolland, at the junction of Routes 30 and 74. A few basic lifestyle changes can help you break free of the trap of depression. Call 860- 377-8700 for information on upcoming programs.

Divorce/Relationship Group: Meets every Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. at Morganster Family Institute, 475 Buckland St., South Windsor. Call Paula 644-7685, ext. 2.

Families Anonymous: A 12-step program for families and friends affected by substance abuse or behavior problems of a loved one meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove St. Call 875-4852 for information.

Family Child Care Providers Assn: Offers support, referrals and workshops, for licensed providers. Call Bonnie at 648-2829 for details.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The CT affiliate of The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. at Hall Memorial Library, Ellington. Contact Stefany Saccente at 871-0934 for more information.

Gamblers’ Anonymous: Meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. at First Cong. Church, 10 Elm Hill Rd., Talcottville. Call in CT 1-888-424-3577.

Gambling Treatment: To learn about UConn Health Center’s free and confidential Gambling Treatment Study, call JoAnne at 679-2177 or toll-free at 1-877-400-0570.

Grief Support: Peer-to-peer support group for families who have experienced the death of a child, grandchild or sibling of any age from pre-birth to very mature adult. Call Bettie-Jeanne at 860-870-7581.

Hepatitis C: Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month 7-9 p.m. at UConn Health Center, Farmington. Call 643-2265 for information.

International Adoptive Families: Meet for social and support activities. Call 871-1636 or 623-8343.

Just For You: A class for children ages 2-10 whose parents are expecting another baby. Meets one Sunday a month at Rockville Hospital. Call 872-5196 for information.

Lyme Disease: Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month, Farmington/Unionville Senior Center, 321 New Britain Ave, Unionville. 7 p.m. Call Randy at 658-9938 for more information.

Man to Man: Prostate Cancer support group meets monthly from 7-830 p.m. at John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, 73 Haynes St., Manchester. Call 1-800-492-7161, press #3, and ask for ext. 4828.

Menopause Support: Menopause Support Group, South Windsor. Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contact information: 203-560-2501 or Taylor will return each phone call within 24 hours.

Mental Health Association: Offers support groups for those suffering from depression, anxiety, or panic disorders. Call 1-800-842-1501.

MOMS Club of Ellington: At-home moms in Ellington should e-mail for more information.

MOMS Club of Tolland: For at home moms in Tolland who would like to meet other at home moms and their kids. The MOMS Club of Tolland (Moms Offering Moms Support) offers playgroups, moms night out and many other activities every month. The group holds a social at Tolland Library the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Contact Beth at 860-454-7047 or for more information.

MOMS Club Vernon/Bolton: Support group for at-home Moms is seeking new members in Vernon/Bolton. Playgroups, park days, discussion groups, and more. Call Karen at 875-8132.

Mom’s In Touch International: Interdenominational group meets at First Baptist Church of Tolland 75 Cider Mill Rd.,10-11 a.m. Thursdays to pray for their children and their school. For more information call 860-871-0592 or visit

MS Support: Meets at the Vernon Police Station, 725 Hartford Tpke, at 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month. Call Nancy at 742-5155 or Marty at 749-7108 for more information.

Narcotics Anonymous: Recovering addicts meet regularly to support each other in staying clean. Call 1-800-627-3543 to locate a meeting in your area.

Narconon: Offers free addiction counseling, assessments and referrals nationwide. Call 1-800-468-6933 or

Ostomy Support: Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month 7 p.m., VNA, 8 Keystone Drive, Vernon. Sept.-Nov., March-June. All ostomates are welcome. Call 872-9163 for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous: Has a meeting at a time and location convenient for you. Call 218-8550 or

Parkinson’s Disease support: Meets 3rd Friday of each month at the Ellington Senior Center. Call Anna Turner 870-3131 for details.

PFLAG: Parents, Family and Friends of Gays and Lesbians meets 3rd Wednesday of the month at Immanuel Cong. Church, Hartford, 7:30 p.m. Call 633-5111.

Survivors of Homicide: A nonprofit organization devoted to offering peer support and advocacy to those who have lost loved ones to violence. For information or to find a support group near you, call 257-7388 or 1-888-833-4764.

Survivors of a loss to Suicide: The Anchor is an outreach program & support group for those who have lost someone to suicide. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. Meetings are held at the CPCC Center for Community, located at 855 Chapel Road in South Windsor. For more information, e-mail; or call Nancy at 860-654-0045; or Dave at 860- 610-0822.

Veterans’ Benefits Counseling: Available to all veterans regardless of branch of service or non-combat or combat status, every Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m. at the Manchester Weiss Center, (enter and park at the rear of the building. Call 729-3163 on Tuesdays; and 872-6433 all other days. Walk-ins are asked to bring your DD-214 service record. All counseling is at no cost to the veteran.

Vernon Toastmasters: Devoted to the development of communication skills; meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. Call Thea at 872-0760. Visit for more information.