Support Groups

Support Groups

Facilitated by Caregiver Resource Center Staff

Support groups provide a safe, non-judgmental environment in which caregivers can talk openly with each other about their issues and concerns. We combine the benefits of mutual support with educational materials that are designed to enhance your coping skills as a caregiver. Some of the topics may include: preventing burnout, stress reduction, reducing feelings of guilt and frustration, and coping with role reversal. You do not have to register to attend any of these support groups, please just drop in any time. To see a flyer listing all of the support groups, click here.

Huntington’s Disease Support Group - Irvine

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Karin Little, MSW
Meeting Time: 2nd Sunday of the month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Irvine Presbyterian Church 4445 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
Group Goals: This group is for individuals with Huntington’s Disease, those who are at risk, caregivers, and family members/friends. Our goal is to increase your knowledge about Huntington’s Disease and resources available for Huntington’s families, to improve the skills that you have developed, and to offer a safe place to share your feelings.

To see a calendar for this support group, click here.

Comestibles for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Aphasia - Fullerton

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Connie Knaus
Meeting Time: Every Monday (except holidays) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton, 838 N. Euclid, Fullerton CA 92832
Group Goals: This group is for family caregivers who care for a loved one with aphasia. The goals are to provide a safe environment where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings are “normal”, just let off steam and receive encouragement.

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Thrive Not Survive Support Group – Fullerton

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Connie Knaus
Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
Location: St Jude Community Services Building 130 W Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA 92835
Group Goals: This group is for family caregivers who are caring for a loved one. The goals are to provide a safe environment where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings are “normal”, just let off steam and receive encouragement.

To view a flyer for this support group, click here.

Thrive Not Survive Support Group – Laguna Hills

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Karin Little, MSW
Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
Location: Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center 23721 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Group Goals: This group is for family caregivers who are caring for a loved one. The goals are to provide a safe environment where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings are “normal”, just let off steam and receive encouragement.

To see a flyer for this support group, click here.

Thrive Not Survive Support Group – Orange

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Karin Little, MSW
Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Park Plaza, 620 S. Glassell, Orange CA 92866
Group Goals: This group is for family caregivers who are caring for a loved one. The goals are to provide a safe environment where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings are “normal”, just let off steam and receive encouragement.

To view a flyer for this support group, click here.

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Thrive Not Survive — Kaiser–Irvine

Phone: 714-446-5030
Facilitator: Stephanie Pizzola
Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: Kaiser Permanente–Irvine Medical Center, Medical Office Building 2, 5th floor, Rm C1, 6640 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, 92618.
Group Goals: Caregiving can be challenging. You may have experienced some different thoughts and feelings about caregiving. Our goal is to increase your confidence as a caregiver, to improve the skills that you have developed, and to offer a safe place to share your feelings.

To view a flyer for this support group, click here.

Thrive Not Survive Support Group (Spanish Language) - Santa Ana

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Alma De La Piedra-Kirchmann
Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Location: Sunflower Gardens, 3730 S. Greenville, Santa Ana CA 92704
Group Goals: This group is for family caregivers who are caring for a loved one. The goals are to provide a safe environment where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings are “normal”, just let off steam and receive encouragement.

To view a flyer for this support group, Click here.

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Grief and Bereavement Groups

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: See attached flyer
Meeting Time: See attached flyer
Location: See attached flyer
Group Goals: When your loved one has died, you may want to talk with others about this loss. The loss of your loved one can bring up many different feelings. As you experience the grief and loss caused by the death of your loved one, you don’t have to be alone. In fact, it can be helpful to talk with others who are going through the same thing. Bereavement groups can be a safe place for you to talk with others as you adjust to the loss of your loved one. There are groups throughout Orange County that can help you to deal with your loss.

To see the flyer to find a time and location that is convenient for you, please click here.

Vietnamese Family Caregiver Support Group - Garden Grove

Phone: 714-446-5030
Facilitator: Pauline Le, M.S.W.
Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Location: Acacia Adult Day Services 11391 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Group Goals: This group includes social time, interesting topics for discussion and information-sharing activities, once monthly. All of our activities are designed to help you master the challenges of caregiving for Vietnamese Family Caregivers.

To view a flyer–in Vietnamese–for this support group, please click here.
To view a flyer–in English–for this support group, please click here.

Spanish support group at Acacia - Garden Grove

Phone: 714-446-5030
Facilitator: Alma De La Piedra-Kirchmann
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month from 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: Acacia Adult Day Services 11391 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, CA 92840
If you have any questions, please contact Alma De La Piedra-Kirchmann at 714-446-5030.

To view a flyer for this support group, click here.

Traumatic Brain Injury – Fullerton

Phone: (714) 446-5626
Facilitators: Daniel Ignacio
Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Location: St Jude Brain Injury Network/St Jude Community Services Building
Group Goals: Share your experience with others who have been affected by TBI (Caregivers and TBI survivors will meet separately). Share your concerns, issues, and feelings in a safe environment, while we all learn adaptive tips from one another. We plan to develop the coping skills needed for a bright, successful future. Explore new possibilities with new friends.

To view a flyer for this group, click here.

Braille Institute Support Group – Anaheim

Phone: (714) 821-5000, ext 1214
Facilitator: Braille Institute staff
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Location: Braille Institute, 527 N Dale Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801
Group Goals: To share practical information about caregiving concerns, to learn techniques for coping with stress and anxiety, to receive support to create healthy boundaries and manage expectations, and to share your thoughts and feelings about caregiving in a safe environment.

To view a flyer for this group, click here.

Comestibles For Caregivers of loved ones with Aphasia - Newport Beach

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Nora Escobedo
Meeting Time: Every Friday 1:15-12:00 p.m.
Location: Hoag Hospital, 520 Superior Avenue, Conference Room #7 Newport Beach, CA 92663
Group Goals: This group is for family caregivers who care for a loved one with aphasia. The goals are to provide a safe environment where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings are “normal”, just let off steam and receive encouragement.

To see a flyer for this support group, clickhere.

Thrive Not Survive - Cypress

Phone: (714) 446-5030
Facilitator: Nora Escobedo
Meeting Time: 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Irenaeus Catholic Church, 5201 Evergreen Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630

Group Goals: This group is for family caregivers who are caring for a loved one. The goals are to provide a safe environment where people can share information, get confirmation that their feelings are “normal”, just let off steam and receive encouragement.

To see a flyer for this support group, click here.

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