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Self Help, Support, and Advocacy Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (for list of meeting times and places)  or 573-442-4424

ACT for Depression and Anxiety
This group teaches Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) skills that have been proven to assist with tolerating uncomfortable emotions and recognizing one's values.  Fee: $30 per session

Adult Children Support Group
Support group for adult children of a parent with Alzheimer's or dementia.
573-657-0046 (Maria Hines)  or 573-445-5319 (Patty Gibbs)

Al Anon
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

Support group for teens dealing with the alcohol problems of their friends or family.

ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Disease Support Group

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association

Alzheimer's Support Group
573-876-5800 or 24 hour helpline 800-272-3900

American Ex-Prisoners of War
573-659-4407 (Ralph Kalberloh)

Birth Parent Support Group
Open support group for those who have placed a child for adoption.
573-424-5323  Kitty Spencer MSW/LCSW

Blindness and Low-Vision Peer Support Group
All persons with vision loss and their families are welcome to attend
573-751-4847 or 800-592-6004 ext. 2  Rita Lynch

Boone Hospital Center Support Services
Numerous support groups for a wide variety of medical conditions

Brain Injury Support Group
Columbia Support Group meets twice monthly. For more information, contact Victoria Day at 573-575-6683.

Breast Cancer Awareness Group
For Breast Cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.
573-999-4195 Kathy Windmoeller

Cancer Caregiver Support Group
For Cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.
573-884-1509 Deb Palmer MSW/LCSW

The Caring People
Reaches out to single moms with unconditional love and support.    573-999-5727  Cheryl Harrison

The Center Project
A group of individuals  dedicated to establishing a community center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community in Mid-Missouri.  Designed as a safe and open space, TCP supports the under-served sexuality and gender-based groups within the region, including youth, families, and those living in rural communities. 573-449-1188

Central Missouri Grand Family Support Group (Parentlink)
Monthly support group for grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren. Child care and dinner provided.
800-552-8522  Meg Ladd or Karen Taylor

Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition
This volunteer run organization provides direct services to victims of human trafficking, advocacy and support.  Services also include education and training on human trafficking, available to any group or organization.

Childcare Aware of Missouri
Free service for families searching for child care available online.

Columbia Entertainment Company
Provides quality live theater experiences and educational opportunities for all ages.

Columbia Mothers of Multiples Club
Support group for mothers of twins, triplets, quads and more.
573-489-8239 Amy Herin

Columbia Newcomers Club
Offers new residents the opportunity to meet people and learn about the community.

Combat Zone PTSD Group
Learn more about trauma and its effects and how to develop relaxation and anger management skills. 
573-814-6206  David Winn

Compassionate Friends
Support group for families who have experienced the death of a child. 

Crossroads Program
Support for parents of adolescents with substance abuse issues
573-256-8020  David Roberts

Cub Hub (Parentlink)
Provides child-friendly play and learning space for children of student parents at the Parentlink office at 4800 Santana Circle.  Student parents have access to quiet wifi equipped study spaces while MU Service Learning Students provide educational opportunities for the children in the Cub Hub. Open M and W 2:30 - 5 and T and Th from 5 - 7:30 pm.

Days of Our Lives:  Women Caring for Their Mates
Education and support group for female care partners of an individual with Alzheimer's or dementia
573-443-8665  Pam Richmond

Diabetes Education at Boone Hospital
Covers various topics and focuses on the implications of the disease.

Domestic Violence Support Group
Support group for women who are in or have been involved in abusive relationships.
573-875-0503 for more information

Downtown Community Improvement District
Promotion of the downtown business area

Easter Seals Midwest-Autism Services
Provides crisis intervention and behavior management training for parents/families of autistic children; consultation and training for direct care staff.
573-874-3777  Staci Bowen

Emotions Anonymous
A 12 step program to develop skills to choose perspective and bring peace of mind.
573-875-8165  Elizabeth

Families of Persons with Dementia
Monthly support group for any/all family members of persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. 
573-876-5800  Janell Irvin

Family Partners
Support group for special health care needs.
573-751-6246  Kim Reinhardt

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group
573-875-5803  Nancy Wood

Foster And Adoptive Parents of Boone County
573-657-1878  Karen Anderson

GLBTQ Parenting Support Group
A forum for GLBTQ adults (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adoptive, foster and birth parents, and parents in planning) to gather and receive information about parenting.

Grandfamily Support Group
Support group for grandparents raising grandchildren in the Central Missouri area. Third Thursday of every month.

GRO - Grass Roots Organizing 
A grassroots mechanism that gives voice to individuals and communities in the pursuit of economic justice and human rights; advocacy and advocacy training concerning tenant issues, food stamps, utilities, Medicaid, and TANF
573-443-4476 or 573-581-9595

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
For cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.
573-884-1509 Diane Oakley RN, Deb Palmer MSW/LCSW, Jill Crossard RD

Heart of Missouri CASA
Provides court-based child advocacy

Hometown Homecare Hospice Grief Support Group
Bereavement services to assist families with grief and loss

Hospice Compassus Grief Support Group
Grief/bereavement support
573-443-8360  Joanna McDowell MSW

Journey to Independence
Open to anyone who wants to achieve a greater level of independence.  Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 1-3 p.m.  For more info contact facilitator, Jill McClintock, 573 874 1646, ext 238, or

La Leche League
Meeting for pregnant and breast-feeding moms and their babies
573-442-4298  Lindsay

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Services and support for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. 

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma Support Group
Support group for cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones.
573-884-1509 Deb Palmer MSW/LCSW or Lisa Holm RN

Look Good, Feel Better (American Cancer Society)
Missouri Cancer Associates is offering a free program that teaches beauty techniques to women in active cancer treatment, to help them combat appearance-related side effects.

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
Victim services: Support to the victims of impaired driving to include, but not limited to emotional support, advocacy in the courts and assistance with completing Crime Victims Compensation information. Court Monitoring – monitor various courts throughout the state of Missouri, tracking DWI convictions, as well as building relationships within the court systems. Victim Impact Panel – a program that provides insight or ‘perspective’ of individuals whose lives have been impacted by impaired driving. Speaker include those who have lost loved ones or their loved ones have been injured, victims who are survivors of a crash, law enforcement, firefighters, etc.
573-636-2460  Victim Assistance 800-736-6233

Men Emerging As Caregivers
Education/Support meeting for men caring for women with Alzheimer's or dementia.
573-443-8665  Pam Richmond

Men Exploring Non-Violent Directions
Program for men with a history of domestic violence
573-449-2581 (Family Counseling Center)

Men's Support Group
We have an opening for a man who wants to do men's work.  We tell each other our truth about our self and our life in a safe, supportive, confidential, non-shaming environment.  Fee: $20 - $30 573-449-0120

Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)
A group of people of various faiths or no particular faith who come together to support non-violence, justice, and peace.
573-449-4585  or Jeff Stack at

Mid-Missouri Lung Cancer Support
Cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones can gain both insight and strength to better cope the disease and life changes.
573-884-1509  Deborah Filer MSW, or Blance Lasta RN

Mid-Missouri Stroke Support Group
Support group for stroke survivors and their caregiver/facilitators
573-446-3000 ext. 3436

Mid-Missouri Suicide Bereavement Support Group
Scott Perkins, 913-703-444
Hillary Williams, 573-253-4087
Meets continuously throughout the year, first Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Boone Electric Co-Op Community Room, 1413 Rangeline St, Columbia MO 

Minority Health Advisory Committee - Central Alliance
Serves as a voice of advocacy and advice for the community in identifying and improving minority health status; serves with the purpose of establishing and maintaining meaningful communication on minority health issues; and develops and submits specific recommendations to the Department of Health and Senior Services that will have a positive impact on minority health and wellness disparities at the local level and statewide.

Minority Men's Network
Encourage minority men to serve and lead in this community, identifies issues affecting the minority community
573-445-8272  Steve Calloway

Money Smart Classes
Free financial education and home-ownership classes through Columbia Housing Authority
573-443-2556 ext. 1279 Cornellia Williams

Mothers Helping Mothers
Support group for mothers with babies six month and younger (bring children)
573-499-6101 Tracy Bocklage 

Mothers of Children with Autism
Share information and resources  Lora Hinkel

MPACT (Missouri Parents Act)
A statewide advocacy, information, and resource organization serving children with disabilities, their families, and consumers.

MS Institute
Support group for individuals and family members with Multiple Sclerosis.
573-882-6767  Deanna Harper

NA (Narcotics Anonymous)
Support groups meet at various times and locations in Columbia and Mid-Missouri for persons who desire to stop abusing narcotics.  for a list of meeting times and places
800-945-HOPE (4673) or 573-634-5123

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Support group for families, friends, and advocates of the mentally ill and survivors of mental illness.
573-874-2402 Tim Harlan 

National Association of Retired Federal Employees
Promote interests and provide community service for retired federal employees.
573-443-4979 Don Bay

OEF/OIF Support Group
Provides a supportive environment for Veterans to discuss their concerns and successes.  Discuss common difficulties in reintegrating into civilian life after deployment. 
573-814-0842  David Winn

Overeaters Anonymous
A 12 step group fellowship for individuals helping one another recover from overeating, anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating. 
573-442-0842  Diane

Parent Action Network
Encourages, educates, and empowers families of individuals with disabilities to maximize independence. Families learn from conversation and speakers who present various topics at the families’ request. For more info call facilitator Lara Wakefield, 573 268 3284; or, email

Parent Empowerment Group
Support and education for parents
573-256-1436  Consuela Johnson

Parentlink WarmLine
Proved services statewide for both parents and professionals for family strengthening information and support. Open 8:00 to 5:00 M - F. 
800-552-8522 or 573-882-7323  Spanish: 888-460-0008

PAVE (People Advocating for the Voice of Equality)
Speakers, individuals with disabilities, who go into the community to educate and change perceptions of disability and create inclusiveness.
573-874-1646  Jill McClintock

Pednet Coalition
The vision is a healthy and active community, and the mission is to create a comprehensive active transportation network, promote healthy lifestyles for all, and engage the community through education and advocacy.
573-999-9894  or

People First of Boone County
A self-advocacy group for people with developmental disabilities
573-874-1995, ext. 154  Boone County Family Resources

Points of Light Foundation
To promote volunteerism to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to take action that changes the world

Advocacy and support for LGBTQ youth and ally teens aged 13 - 18

Reach to Recovery
One on one support for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment.   or   800-ACS-2345

Safety First
Play therapy group for children ages 4 - 6, whose parents are concerned about sexual behaviors, content discussed includes feeling, safe vs. unsafe touch, secrets, boundaries, and safety.
573-474-6600 Andrea Shaw MSW/LCSW

SATOP, ADEP, DIP, OEP, WIP of Mid-Missouri
Assistance with question about requirements for DWI, alcohol and drug problems

Abortion Support Group

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
A 12 step program for anyone seeking help for sexual addictions, obsessions, and compulsions including pornography.
573-499-9207 leave a first name only message to receive time/place of meetings.

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Resources, Inc.
Services for those affected by the tragedy of SIDS, including supportive services for families, community education, research, and referrals to support groups.

Successful Young Parents
Support group for teen parents who are in Lutheran Family and Children Services program profiding support, educaiton and mentors to youty who are pregnant and/or parenting. 
573-815-9955  Eileen Long

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
Support for individuals interested in weight loss

Thyroid Support Group
Cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones can gain both insight and strength to better cope with their disease and life changes.
573-884-1509 John Roberson

Tiger Tot Mommies
Free support group for mothers of babies. Support topics include baby yoga, baby safety, infant massage, sleep patterns in babies, and more. Baby scale and lactation consultant present at each group. Light refreshments are served, and siblings are welcome. Drawing for a $20 gift card, plus goody bags for all who attend. Classes are 1st Thursday of the month at MU Women's and Children's Hospital and Conference Center, and on the 2nd Wed. of the month from 10 - 11am at South Providence Medical Park's Conference Center. No registration required. 

Transplant Support Group
Pre and post transplant support group for all organs, open to everyone.
573-814-6000  Tamara Miracle

20 Something
Peer support program of young adults with and without disabilities to hang out (make and develop friendships), shape up (develop skills to live on their own), ship out (get out into the workforce), and shake it up (make positive change in their communities). 
573-874-1646  Mark Ohrenberg

University Hospital Coordination Department
Numerous support groups for a wide variety of medical conditions

Vet Center Arts and Crafts Group for Women
Focus on support, education, and recreation (Veterans, spouses, and significant others)
573-814-6206  Ola Fort

Program assists individuals that are blind or have low vision with living independently and using assistive technology.  
573-874-1646  Deanna Noriega

Vietnam Veteran Support Group
The group focus is to provide a supportive environment for Vietnam Veterans to discuss concerns and gain skills to manage life stressors.  Tuesday 10 - 11:30
573-814-6206  Jerry Kearney

Wii Excellerate
Offers recreational activities to enrich youth's social skills through interactive games and activities
573-874-1646 Mark Ohrenberg