Health & Fitness

Support Groups: Life Changes

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT: For caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. Meets 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and 9:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday at DMC Foundation/Miller's Place, 730 McHenry Ave., Modesto. Contact Miller's Place at 521-0507 or the Alzheimer's Affiliates at 521-1606.

BEYOND THE WALLS: Offers emotional and spiritual support for mothers (and other family members) of prison inmates. Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. For location and more information, contact Nita Brady at 575-9637.

CAIR (Changing Attitudes in Recovery) GROUPS: For those seeking personal growth in their lives. Meeting time and place vary. For more information, contact Psychological Associates, 577-1667.

CAIRing GRACE GROUPS: For people committed to learning a healthier way of living in God's grace. Meeting time and place vary. Alan, 869-3977, or Heidi, 863-9621.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: For unpaid caregivers whose patients have Parkinson's, ALS, Alzheimer's, stroke or any physical brain impairment. Meets at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, Valley Caregiver Resource Center, 1031 McHenry Ave., Suite 4, Modesto. Karleen, 521-1794.

COED ANGER MANAGEMENT: For people struggling with rage. $10 donation. Meets 7 p.m. Thursdays, Turlock Regional Services, 2101 Geer Road, Suite 120. Gabe, 669-9497.

DIVERSITY+SUPPORT GROUP: A discussion group for adolescents 13 to 19 years old who are questioning their sexuality. Meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays, Center for Human Services, 1700 McHenry Village Way, Suite 11 (behind Valley Sporting Goods), Modesto. Valrie, 526-1623.

DIVORCE CARE: Offered throughout the year at various times, available to everyone. Get confidential support and information to help you get your life back on track. There are other classes given at different times (check the Web). Calvary Temple, 1601 Coffee Road, Modesto. 529-7346.

DIVORCE CARE FOR KIDS: DC4K is a special group to help your children heal from the pain caused by a separation of divorce. DC4K provides your children with a safe and neutral place to recognize and learn to share their feelings. A 13-week program held on Mondays, 6:30 p.m. at New Life Christian Center, Room 110a, Turlock. Contact Dave, 668-3238 or Stacy, 668-1235.

DIVORCE CARE FOR MEN & WOMEN: Learn how to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life. Separate men's and women's groups meet at New Life Christian Center, 2918 W. Tuolumne Road, Turlock. Call Darlene, 632-2672 or Kurt, 525-8948 for times and dates.

DIVORCE RECOVERY: A Christian growth approach to healing after a divorce. One of a number of classes given during the year. Big Valley Grace Church, 4040 Tully Road, Modesto. Call 577-1604, ext. 3412.

DIVORCE RECOVERY: Offers a weekly seminar for people who are separated or divorced. Meets at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Monte Vista Chapel, 1619 E. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. $10 materials charge. Call 634-4935.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Education on the cycle of violence, battered women's syndrome and why a woman stays. Attendees will participate in group learning activities and view videos related to domestic violence. Meets 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. A Woman's Place, 815 W. 19th St., Merced. Call 725-7900.

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: Emotional support and education for spouses and families of people who are incarcerated. For info, call 522-2209 for dates and times. Office at 500 9th St., Suite K3, Modesto 95354.

FAMILIES GETTING OUT ALIVE! Christian-based group designed for families and friends of homosexuals. This group is led by an ex-gay Christian. Strict confidentiality. Meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, including location of meetings, contact Michelle Toupin Baughan, 669-5909, or MVC, 634-4935.

PARENTS NEGLECTED BY ADULT CHILDREN: A support group to be supportive, encouraging, enjoy holidays, special meals, one-day trips and to create a family with one another. This is a positive-minded, healing support group to be of help to one another during crisis and noncrisis times. Contact, Helen, 669-6097.

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Stanislaus: PFLAG is a supportive group of parents, family members and friends of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. PFLAG offers confidential emotional support, education and opportunities for advocacy. Hot line, 527-0776.

RECONCILING GOD'S WAY: For couples or individuals who want to strengthen their marriage. Meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, New Life Christian Center, 2918 W. Tuolumne Road, Turlock. 667-5433.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, 290 W. Olive Ave., Turlock. Weigh-in 9 a.m. Call 634-3760.

TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP: Meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7:30-9 p.m. at a confidential location. Interested individuals will need to set-up a screening call with the group coordinators to ensure the safety and security of the group prior to attending a meeting. For male-to-female person, e-mail:; for female to male person, e-mail: Those interested in attending the group should contact SPC by phone or send an e-mail. Sponsored by the Stanislaus Pride Center, P.O. Box 1850, Modesto 95353, 567-3121 or or

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., South County Crisis Center, 609 W. Center St., Manteca. Contact Linda, 824-0568.

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