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Support Groups

Updated 10-20-15

October 20, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

* Bereaved Parents of the USA

Bereaved Parents of the USA, Lee County Florida Chapter, holds support meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Evangelical Presbyterian Church (Building to the left of the Administration building) 701 Mohawk Parkway, S.E. Cape Coral.

This is for any family member who has suffered the loss of a child of any age and any cause. For information call Helene Lagudi, chapter leader (239) 633-2158 or email

* Lee County Survivors of Suicide Loss

The Lee County Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group is open to any family member or friend who has lost a loved one to suicide. They meet on the second and fourthth Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. For meeting location or more information, contact Teresa Tate at 541-1151 or Vicki Clark at

* Narcotics Anonymous

For information about meetings, times and locations in Cape Coral and Lee County call the NA helpline 866-389-1344 or look us up on the web at;

* Nar-Anon

Nar-Anon is for anyone with an addict in their lives who is looking for a support system.

The group meets Monday nights at 7:30, at the First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy Cape Coral

* Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need.

Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800-431-1754 or


Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 800-431-1754

* Hope Caregiver Support Groups

Caring for a loved one who is seriously ill one can be one of life's greatest challenges. To be an effective caregiver, it is very important to take care of yourself.

Hope HealthCare Services is offering caregiver support groups to explore ways of coping with many of the emotional and physical issues that accompany the role of caregiver.

The support groups are open to anyone in a caregiver role, at no cost. It's an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others and to encourage those who are in similar circumstances. In Cape Coral, Cape Coral the group meets every Monday, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., 2430 Diplomat Parkway. For more information, please call 800-835-1673. Additional resources are available at

* Military Family Support

Lee County Military Family Support meets the fourth Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at Bob Evans on Del Prado Boulevard. Call Barb, cell: 214-1727 for more information.

* Alcoholics Anonymous

For information about meeting times and addresses in Cape Coral and the rest of Lee County call the Lee County Area Intergroup Central Office in Fort Myers call 275-5111. The phone is manned 24 hours a day.

Inquiries may also be e-mailed to:, or visit the Web site at: Al-Anon is an organization for family and friends of alcoholics. Information about Al-Anon meetings is also available at the Intergroup office phone number.

* Multiple Sclerosis support group

The Multiple Sclerosis support group meets the first Sunday of each month at Cape Coral Hospital, meeting room A (just off the main lobby) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For information call Rick at 541-0268 or Kevin at 542-2549. The MS support group also meets at St. Hilary's Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd., corner of Colonial at 5 p.m., the third Thursday of every month. For information call 574-4271.

* Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous: Is food a problem for you? Are you suffering from anorexia, bulimia, obesity and/or compulsive eating? for all meetings in southwest Florida. All are welcome:

Monday: 11:30/ a.m. St. Katharine Drexel,1922 SW 20th Ave, Cape Coral, back parking lot, enter through brick portico thru building to sidewalk, enter in back,right door. Handicap Accessible.

* Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a 12-step program for individuals suffering from food obsession, overeating, under eating and bulimia. (No dues, fees or weigh-ins.)

The meeting are held at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd. Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

Call 338-5948 or visit:


Tops Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) chapter has chapters in Cape Coral.

If you are looking for a healthier lifestyle, want to make changes in your eating habits, consider TOPS, a not-for-profit weight loss support group that offers real wieght loss for real people.

There are no foods to buy and the program offers interesting programs and discussions to education and help members toward their goals.

* TOPS 854 meets at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Faith Formation Building at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 1922 S.W. 20th Ave. For information call 281-4541.

* TOPS 570 meets from 8-9 a.m., (weigh-in) and 9-10 a.m. (meeting) Tuesdays at First Christian Church, 2620 Country Club Blvd. Call Judy Wilczek, 772-2597.


The SWFL Better Breathers COPD Support Group meets every third Monday at the Wellness Center of Cape Coral in the Conference Room, 2nd Floor from 2-4 p.m.

These meetings are for COPD patients, caregivers, family members, friends and lung transplantees.

The public is invoted to join them each month to share with each other our issues of dealing with COPD.

We have guest speakers on health, oxygen use,nutrition, medicines, depression, how to maintain a quality of life. Join us each month and learn something new about COPD and yourself. For more information contact: Jan Burket, Advocate 239-217-0545

* NAMI support groups

Support groups and classes provided by NAMI Lee County NAMI Connections is a support group for adults who have been diagnosed with any mental illness.

Meetings:Monday nights at Lee Memorial Hospital in med. room 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, United Way House, 1150 Cultural Parkway, Cape Coral, from 3-4:30 p.m.

* Bipolar disorder support group

Fort Myers Parents of Children with Bipolar disorder support group meets every Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Lee Mental Health Bldg F, Conference Room, 2789 Ortiz Ave. Fort Myers

n PTSD support group meets at Veterans Foundation

PTSD support group meets the first and third Wednesday each month at 1 p.m. or the second and fourth Wednesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Foundation in Cape Coral.

Vietnam Veterans luncheon is held every Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Veterans Foundation at 3100 Del Prado Blvd. S.

Call 239-541-8704 for more information.

* Hearing Loss Association of America chapter

How is your hearing? Are you one of the approximately 15,000 residents in Lee County that is hard of hearing? Do you feel that others mumble? Do you read lips? The mission of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Lee County Chapter, is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through education, information, advocacy, and support. The group meets the first Friday of each month from 10:30 to noon at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, 1860 Boy Scout Drive Unit B208, Fort Myers.

We have a CART provider. What this means is that what is said is projected on a screen for all to read. We encourage all who are hard of hearing, live with someone who is hard of hearing, know someone who is hard of hearing, or just interested in the "life" of the hard of hearing to attend our meetings.

There is no charge. All are welcome.

* Kidney disease education classes

DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, hosts hour-long KidneySmart Classes at no cost to participants at 2 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at Windsor Assisted Living, 831 Santa Barbara Blvd, in Cape Coral.

Instructor-led Kidney Smart classes provide an opportunity for participants to learn about how kidneys function, the effects of kidney disease, the various treatment modalities available to patients and the role medications, diet and nutrition play in disease management and prevention. These classes are open to the community and are designed for those diagnosed with kidney disease, along with their caregivers, family and friends. DaVita also provides an online kidney disease education tool at for those interested in learning from home.

Call 1-888-MY-KIDNEY or visit for more details.



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