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Support Groups in Washington State
All addresses are in Bellingham, Washington and all area codes are 360 unless otherwise noted.

Please contact group before attending to confirm time and day.

Abortion Recovery Group: to help women who are struggling with painful feelings after an abortion, 1300 N. State St., No. 204. 671-9057.

AD(H)D: Natural Causes/Natural Cures: Second Thursday, 10 am at the Health Support Center, 1212 Indian Street, Bellingham, Washington. Information: 733-6714.

Adolescent Survivor of Sexual Assault Support Group: for female students grades 7 to 9, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Grace Lutheran Church, 702 G St., Blaine.

Adoption Support Group: 7 p.m. first Monday, Assumption Parish Pastoral Center, basement room 1. 671-3093.

Adoptive Parent Support Group: 7 p.m. third Tuesday, Faith Lutheran Church, Northwest Drive and McLeod Road. 647-2643.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA): Support group, 7 p.m. first Monday; and educational lectures, third Monday, First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. 647-6681.

Alzheimer Society of Washington: 7-9 p.m., third Tuesday and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. second Thursday at Health Support Center, 1212 Indian St.; 1:30 to 3:30 first Wednesday, Stafholt Good Samaritan Center, 456 "C" Street, Blaine; 1:30- 3:00 p.m., first Tuesday Lynden Manor, 905 Aaron Dr., Lynden;  Information: 733-6774, 671-3316.

Amputee Support Group: Meets quarterly at 800 E Chestnut St. Suite 3-C, Bellingham. Contact Tom Broselle 734-0298

ARC of Whatcom County for the Developmentally Disabled: 6:30 p.m. first Wednesday, 1000 N. Forest St., Hearing Room, Information: 715-0170.

Arthritis: information, medications, support, exercise programs. Arthritis Information line - 1-800 542-0295.

Asthma Support Group: 7 p.m. first Tuesday, St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. Information: 733-5733 or 380-1856.

Bellingham Toughlove Parent Support Group: Information: 733-6714.

Better Breathers: see Whatcom County Lung Club below.

Birth mothers Support Group: 7 p.m. second Monday of month. Information: 380-5815, 733-6046.

Blaine School District Family Service Center: 9:30-10:30 a.m. parent group every Wednesday. Clothing bank, referrals, and support. Contact Leaf Schumann for more information; 332-7179.

Brigid Collins: our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse in
Whatcom County and we follow our mission by presenting programs aimed at
strengthening families.

Brigid Collins has permanent, on-going programs that are free and available for all parents and families in Whatcom County.

Free group therapy for child & adolescent victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers. Information: 734-4616

Circle Time play group
Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 am, Free!
A free group for families with children birth to three. Join us for songs, stories, and creative movement activities. Information: 734-4616

Drop-in play group
Tuesday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Free!
Garden Street Family Center, 1231 North Garden Street, Bellingham.   A casual, informal group whose goal is to support each other through the joys and challenges of parenting. For families expecting a baby or with children up to three years old. No pre-registration, just show up!

Parents Helping Parents
Peer support group. Parenting is the hardest job we will ever have. It helps to have other parents to talk things over with and to find new ways to handle family situations.  
· Refreshments provided
· No pre-registration required
· Trained facilitators
· All sessions are confidential
· All Parents Helping Parents groups are FREE!

There are currently four Parents Helping Parents groups in Whatcom County:

Bellingham - Garden Street Family Center
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
1231 N. Garden Street (Brigid Collins)
Child care program included Bellingham - Columbia School
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Columbia Elementary School, 2508 Utter Street
Child care program included Everson/Nooksack
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Nooksack Elementary School, 3333 Breckenridge Rd.
Child care program included Parents Helping Parents in Recovery
Wednesday mornings, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
St. Joseph Recovery Center - Outpatient
(South Campus - Third Floor)
809 E. Chestnut, Bellingham

Group Therapy for child & adolescent victims of sexual abuse
Free group therapy for children, adolescents and their non-offending
caregivers. The next twelve-week program begins February 26th. Please call
Brigid Collins at (360) 734-4616 for details.

Cancer Support - All Adult Cancer Group: Meets the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mondays of each month from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Cancer Education Center: 738-6701.

CARDIAC (Heart Disease) support group: Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, 4-5:30pm, at the St. Lukes Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. No registration necessary.

Cardiac Support Group: 4 p.m. fourth Thursday, St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. Information: LifeQuest 738-6720.

Care givers Support Group: 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, and 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday, St. Joseph Hospital, Rehab Conference Room, 809 East Chestnut St. Information:715-6410.

Celiac Disease Support and Education Group:  A partner of the national group, "Gluten Intolerance Group of North America". A support group that meets September thru May, the 1st Tuesday of each month at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center. Information web site: Email :

Chemical Sensitivity Group: Information: Don Richard Paladin, 733-8552.

Community Action for the Disabled: 5:30 p.m. first Thursday, 1212 Indian St. Information: 733-6714.

Community Eating Disorder Group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Joseph Hospital South Campus dining room, 809 E. Chestnut St.

Compassionate Friends: Education and support group for those who have experienced the death of child. This group no longer meets regularly. Contact Lori (734-9929) or Jane (815-0993) for support.

Congenital longitudinal deficiency disorder of the fibula, tibia, radius or ulna Support Group:
An international information and support group Internet resource for people concerned with missing or abnormal length limbs ( Hemimelia). Hemimelia is a partial or total absence of a bone in either the lower leg or the forearm. It is a rare condition that is present at birth.
Contact: information pages at

Diabetes Support Group: Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The first half of the meeting is focused on discussion and support, while the second half features information with a guest speaker from the community. For more information, contact Michael Lynch at (360) 739-2985 or email:

Disabled Sports USA Northwest: for education, recreation and competition for the physically disabled. Information: 733-6714.

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