Support GroupsResource Support Groups

We understand that dealing with ALS is physically, emotionally and financially devastating for the person diagnosed and their family.  Resource Support Groups provide a caring, supportive, open environment for people to gather, connect, and talk with one another.  These groups are open to persons living with ALS, their families, caregivers and friends, and are located around the state to provide opportunities to learn more about living with the disease from others who understand the challenges, and to help establish a network of sustained support.  A Chapter Regional Care Manager facilitates each group and will have speakers on relevant topics combined with time for attendees to discuss and share information and provide support to one another.

If you are attending a group for the first time, please RSVP to the facilitator.  *PLEASE NOTE: Times and locations occasionally change so please check our website prior to each meeting.

North Florida

Jacksonville - 1st Wed., 2:00 - 4:00pm | Vitas Healthcare | 7406 Fullerton Street | Suite 105 | Jacksonville, FL 32256 | Tiana Deas

Volusia/Flagler - 2nd Wed., 1:00 - 3:00pm | Bishop’s Glen Retirement Community (The Florida Room) | 900 LPGA Blvd. | Holly Hill, Florida 32117 | Marixa Salgado

Panhandle/Tallahassee - 2nd Tues., 12:00ET, 11:00CT | Phone Group | Judie Benwick

Central Florida

Orlando - 1st Wed., 1:00 - 3:00pm | Whole Foods | 8003 Turkey Lake Road | Orlando, FL 32819 | Marixa Salgado

Brevard - 3rd Wed., 1:00 - 3:00pm | 4450 W. Eau Gallie Boulevard #280 | Melbourne, FL  32934 | Marixa Salgado

The Villages - 4th Wed., 1:00 - 3:00pm | Hibiscus Center | 1740 Bailey Trail | The Villages, FL 32162 | Marixa Salgado

Tampa - 4th Sat., 2:00 - 4:00pm | USF Morsani Health Center | 13330 Laurel Dr. | Tampa, FL 33612 | Heran Sisay

Pinellas - 4th Mon., 1:30 - 3:30pm | Carillon Bay Care Center | 900 Carillon Pkwy | St. Petersburg, FL 33716 | Heran Sisay

Southwest Florida

Sarasota/Bradenton - 2nd Tue., 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Lakewood Ranch Med Ctr. |8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. | Bradenton, FL 34202 | Patti Stanco

North Port - *Please note that the Aug. 23 meeting will be held from 2 – 4 pm (same date, same place) - 4th Weds., 1:00 - 3:00pm | Public Library | 13800 Tamiami Trail | North Port, FL 34287 | Patti Stanco

Fort Myers - 3rd Wed., 1:00 - 3:00pm | The First Church of the Nazarene | 13545 American Colony Blvd. | Fort Myers, FL 33912 | Patti Stanco

Naples - 1st Weds., 1:00 - 3:00pm | St. John the Evangelist Church Library | 625 111th Ave. N. | Naples, FL 34108 | Patti Stanco

South Florida

Miami-Dade - Bilingual Group - 1st Thurs., 1:00-3:00pm l First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables l 536 Coral Way l Coral Gables, FL 33134 | Camila Arizaga

Martin - 1st Tues., 3:00 - 5:00pm | Martin Memorial Cancer Center | 501 E. Osceola St. | Stuart, FL 34995 |2nd Floor Mtg. Room  | Jessica Bianchi 

Palm Beach - 3rd Tues., 1:30 - 3:30pm | Children’s Services Council Palm Beach County | 2300 High Ridge Rd. | Boynton Beach, FL 33426 | Jessica Bianchi

Broward - 2nd Tues., 1:00 - 3:00pm | Broward Health Weston | 2300 N. Commerce Pkwy. | Weston, FL 33326 | Jessica Bianchi

Telephone Groups (PLEASE NOTE: Our telephone resource support groups have limited capacity.  Please reach out to the Regional Care Manager running the group for information.)

Central Florida - 2nd Wed., 12pm ET | “Empower Hour” Phone Group| Judie Benwick & Heran Sisay| jbenwick@alsafl.org & hsisay@alsafl.org| 813.637.9000 x112 & x103

Statewide - 3rd Tues., 2pm ET, 1pm CT | “Caregiver Experience” Phone Group | Judie Benwick | jbenwick@alsafl.org | 813.637.9000 x112 

Panhandle - 2nd Tues., 12pm ET, 11am CT | Phone Group | Judie Benwick | jbenwick@alsafl.org | 813.637.9000 x112

Spanish (Statewide) - 3rd Thurs., 1:00pm ET | Spanish Speaking Phone Group | Camila Arizaga | 813.637.9000 x116