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Oregon and SW Washington Chapter Monthly Support Group Schedule

Led by professionals, Support Groups provide opportunities for group members to share their personal experiences and to learn more about living with ALS. Participants learn that they are not alone nor without help or hope. Support Group meetings are free and open to all people living with ALS and their caregivers. Support Groups sometimes feature speakers on relevant topics and are designed to share information as well as strategies for preserving the independence and quality of life of both people living with ALS and their caregivers.

Regional In Person Groups

                          

In Person Caregiver Groups

                         

Virtual Support Groups

 

Regional Support Groups for People Living with ALS, Family, Caregivers, and Friends

 (all are welcome)

  • Portland
    First Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
    2408 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, Carvlin Hall
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Cassy Adams at 503-238-5559 ext. 100 or Cassy.Adams@alsoregon.org


  • Southwest Washington
    Second Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    at St Luke’s Episcopal Church
    426 E 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663
    To attend and for questions, please contact: 
    Susan Pennock at 503-238-5559 ext. 114 or Susan.Pennock@alsoregon.org

  • Beaverton
    Third Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Beaverton First United Methodist Church
    12555 SW 4th St, Beaverton, OR 97005
    To attend and for questions, please contact: 
    Susan Pennock at 503-238-5559 ext. 114 or Susan.Pennock@alsoregon.org


  • Eugene
  • Second Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Hilyard Center
    2580 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97405
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Mary Rebar at 541-990-1246 or Mary.Rebar@alsoregon.org


  • Bend - Alternating Virtual & In-Person meeting every other month
    Second Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • In-Person: July, September, November, and January
  • Virtual: August, October, December, and February
    In-person meetings are held at:
    Westside Church
    2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd, Bend, OR 97703
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Christina Riddock at 541-977-7502 or Christina.Riddock@alsoregon.org


  • Southern Oregon - VIRTUAL GROUP AT THIS TIME
    Third Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. PST
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Cassy Adams at 503-238-5559 ext. 100 or Cassy.Adams@alsoregon.org


  • Please note that the State Capitol is not currently meeting in person. We are working hard to get back in person, but for now we would suggest joining the Statewide Support Group. We will provide more details as we know them!

 

Support Groups for Family Caregivers ONLY

  • Portland Family Caregiver Group
    Third Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    The Redwood Room
    6650 SW Redwood Lane, Portland, OR 97223
    To attend and for questions, please contact: 
    Susan Pennock at 503-238-5559 ext. 114 or Susan.Pennock@alsoregon.org


  • SW Washington Family Caregiver Group
    Third Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
    St. Luke's Episcopal Church
    E 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Cassy Adams at 503-238-5559 ext. 100 or Cassy.Adams@alsoregon.org


  • Salem Family Caregiver Group
    First Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m.
    Broadway Commons, Second Floor Conference Room
    1300 Broadway St NE #100, Salem, OR 97301
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Mary Rebar at 541-990-1246 or Mary.Rebar@alsoregon.org


  • Please note that Central Oregon Family Caregiver Group meets virtually only. Southern Oregon Family Caregiver Groups is currently on hold. We are working hard to get back in person, but for now we would suggest joining the Statewide Family Caregiver Support Group. We will provide more details as we know them!

 

Virtual Support Groups

Interested in Virtual Groups? No problem! See the list below for a complete list of all groups that will meet virtually on an ongoing basis.

  • Statewide Support Group (Virtual Group for People Living with ALS, Family & Friends)
    Fourth Wednesday of each month from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
    Note: The Statewide Support Group will run concurrently with our Educational Topic Call in May, June, September, and December.
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Cassy Adams at 503-238-5559 ext. 100 or Cassy.Adams@alsoregon.org


  • Statewide Family Caregiver Support Group
    Second Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. PST
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Christina Riddock at 541-977-7502 or Christina.Riddock@alsoregon.org


  • Central Oregon Family Caregiver Group
    Fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m.
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Christina Riddock at 541-977-7502 or Christina.Riddock@alsoregon.org


  • PLS Support Group
    Available to anyone living with a Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) Diagnosis
    UPDATE: Quarterly Meetings occur the first Thursday’s in March, June, September, and December from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    2022 Schedule:
    • Thursday, June 2 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 1 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 1 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Mary Rebar at 541-990-1246 or Mary.Rebar@alsoregon.org


  • Generation X/Y/Z Support Group (Geared toward people living with ALS age 50 or younger)
    Quarterly Meetings occur the Fourth Thursday’s in March, June, September, and December from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; please note that the June 2022 meeting will occur the Fifth Thursday of the month, June 30 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 2022 Schedule:
    • Thursday, March 31 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, June 30 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 22 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 22 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Christina Riddock at 541-977-7502 or Christina.Riddock@alsoregon.org


  • ALS/FTD Family Caregiver Support Group (Open to family caregivers with a loved one with ALS & Frontotemporal dementia)
    Meetings occur the First and Third Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    To attend and for questions, please contact:
    Cassy Adams at 503-238-5559 ext. 100 or Cassy.Adams@alsoregon.org


  • Nationwide Virtual Support Group Offerings
    ALS Association chapters across the country offer special interest virtual support groups to the ALS community. Check out a full list of nationwide virtual support group offerings here.

Want to request a topic for discussion or presentation? Get in touch with your local regional services coordinator or contact Care Services at CareServices@alsoregon.org.

"If you decide to come to an ALS Support Group, come at least three times to figure out if it is right for you. The first time can be scary not knowing what you will see or hear. The second time, you feel more comfortable and start taking in more information. By the third time, you stop seeing people with ALS and just see people who are your friends and supporters.”  - Janis W., Portland, Oregon

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