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Autonomous groups of individuals who share a common problem or concern, either directly or through their partners and families, who meet together on a voluntary basis, either in-person, by telephone or via the Internet, to fulfill a need, overcome a disability or cope with a crisis. Members of mutual support groups share their experiences, strengths and hopes and rely on one another for emotional support, information and resources. (AIRS PN-8100)

Coro W office 2048
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-7563
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Organization Name: Hasbro Children's Hospital
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Address:
Coro W office 2048
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-7563
Fax: 401-444-7563
Email: TALCProgram@gmail.com
Eligibility:

13-18 years old and live with a chronic medical illness. We accept new TALC members year round. Mentors age 18-22 and live with a chronic medical illness.

Services Provided:

TALC is a program for adolescents (age 13-18) who live with chronic  medical illness and their families.  We provide year-round programming focusing on support, advocacy, and healthcare transition skills.

  • Monthly Council Meetings for members
  • Parent Group
  • Mentors age 18-22
  • Leadership Opportunities TALC is also the official youth advisory council for Hasbro Children's Hospital. TALC members provide leadership to the hospital for issues related to the patient experience.  

See website for video of members explaining how the program works and why you should join TALC!

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Transitioning from childhood to being a teenager, to the independence of young adulthood is challenging. Consider what it would be like to cope with typical teen angst and have to manage a chronic illness as well.
For teens with a variety of chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lupus, cancer, sickle cell anemia, Crohn’s disease, and epilepsy, they don’t have to do it alone. The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) provides a forum for adolescents ages 13-18 who are managing a chronic illness to interact with peers who are going through similar experiences and to meet college-age mentors who also have a chronic illness. Through programming, TALC members gain insights and perspective along with the confidence and advocacy skills needed to navigate their medical circumstance in the short- and long-term.
TALC teens meet monthly during the academic year, participate in social and art-related events, attend an annual team-building retreat and an annual overnight summer leadership camp. TALC also serves as the official “Youth Advisory Council” for the hospital.

Contact Abby McGuire, TALC Program Coordinator  at TALCProgram@gmail.com

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 9/20/2021
743 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-421-5626
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Address:
743 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-421-5626
Email: info@youthprideri.org
Services Provided:

Youth Pride has extensive programs and Services Information  

  • Drop-in Center
  • Support Groups- Gender Spectrum, The Way Out and Under 13
  • Crisis Intervention and Case Management
  • Individual Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Basic Needs Pantry
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Youth Pride Inc. (YPI) is an affirming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning young people to build community, develop connections and be themselves. Youth come together from a wide range of backgrounds and join with one another over common issues and activities, sometimes as simple as playing video games or sharing a meal. All of our programs are free of charge and include individual counseling, weekly discussion groups, leadership trainings, social events and wellness activities. In the end, youth experiences at YPI can be transformative.

Recognizing that LBGTQQ youth exist outside of YPI, we also provide professional development and training for youth service providers, social service organizations and schools so they have the information and resources to treat all youth with respect and dignity.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/14/2021
South County Hospital Potter Conference Center
100 Kenyan Avenue
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-788-1226
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Organization Name: South County Healthcare
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Address:
South County Hospital Potter Conference Center
100 Kenyan Avenue
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-788-1226
Eligibility: Support group for new moms.
Services Provided:

The groups meets:
Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Potter Conference Center (at South County Hospital in Wakefield).
Every Friday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the South County Health Medical & Wellness Center Westerly conference room (268 Post Rd., Rt 1, near Walmart)
Pre-registration is not required. Questions? Call 401 788-1226 or 401-792-2229.

Provider Profiles:

The Hospital's New Moms' Support Group provides support to new moms and their babies in a casual, group setting. A certified childbirth educator and OB nurse leads the group, facilitating discussion and education on a variety of topics, including feeding, baby sleeplessness, colic, parental sleep deprivation and postpartum stress. Certified lactation consultants are also on hand to answer questions.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/5/2020
P.O. Box 41344
Providence, RI 02940
Phone: 401-307-1802
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Address:
P.O. Box 41344
Providence, RI 02940
Phone: 401-307-1802
Email: pflagprovidence@gmail.com
Services Provided: The PFLAG Greater Providence Chapter meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at The MET School, Unity Building located at 325 Public Street in Providence, RI 02905
Provider Profiles: We are the Greater Providence area chapter of PFLAG, formerly known as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. We provide support, education and advocacy for parents, families, friends and allies of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/31/2019
10 Dail Drive
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-231-9229
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Organization Name: The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
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Address:
10 Dail Drive
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-231-9229
Services Provided:
  • Monthly support group meetings
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Resource library and literature on grieving
  • Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony the second Sunday in December
    Remembrance Garden in downtown Providence
Provider Profiles:

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Providence Chapter, a national, nonprofit support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.

The secret of TCF’s success is simple: As seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal. Our vision is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.

There is no religious affiliation and all are welcome.

Source: Rhode Island Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 6/28/2021
1229 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-954-9163
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Organization Name: Grands Flourish, Inc
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Address:
1229 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-954-9163
Email: mandreozzi@grandsflourish.org
Services Provided:

A grandparent’s hub, a place where grandparents can connect to community, share their stories, engage in support groups, learn about resources and celebrate successes.

Resources

  • Foster & Kinship Care
  • Family & Legal Court
  • Housing-Lead
  • Parenting and Child Safety
  • Wellness & Substance Use

A Grand Space Workshops virtual support groups

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Mission – Our mission is to inspire, empower and preserve grand families by supporting grandparents raising grandchildren impacted by substance use disorder and other traumas to navigate systems and reduce barriers fostering success in their new role as caregivers.
Grands Flourish, Inc is a nonprofit organization that provides supports, services and other resources to grandparents raising grandchildren.

Grands Flourish Inc., is Rhode Island’s only nonprofit organization supporting grandparents raising grandchildren.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/25/2020
16360 Roscoe Blvd Suite 100
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone: 818-892-1616
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Address:
16360 Roscoe Blvd Suite 100
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone: 818-892-1616
Toll Free Phone: 800-777-8189
Fax: 818-892-1611
Email: info@spondylitis.org
Services Provided:

An exhaustive library of informational materials on worldwide developments in spondylitis,
A state by state locator to search for a rheumatologist.
Accessibility Information
Specialized Information and Referral
Support Groups

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/31/2020
1415 W. 22nd St., Tower Floor
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 3123375661
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Address:
1415 W. 22nd St., Tower Floor
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 3123375661
Toll Free Phone: 8662210302
Fax: 3127264446
Email: info@recoveryinternational.org
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided:

The mission of Recovery International is to use the cognitive-behavioral, peer-to-peer, self-help training system developed by Abraham Low, MD, to help individuals gain skills to lead more peaceful and productive lives.

See the website for local and online meetings and resources.

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 10/5/2020
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2370 South Trenton Way
Denver, CO 80231-3822
Phone: 3037335353
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Address:
2370 South Trenton Way
Denver, CO 80231-3822
Phone: 3037335353
Toll Free Phone: 888-910-6677
Fax: 303-733-5770
Email: info@mops.org
Services Provided:

Christian non-profit organization. Started as a group for mothers of preschoolers. Now provides local and online support groups for moms of children with children of all ages.

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 9/18/2020