Support Groups

"It’s better for a new client to hear from a person who’s been there. You can get a better understanding of what’s going on if you can relate to people."

—James Barnes, client

At our downtown clinic at 421 Fallsway, we offer a range of client groups designed to support you. From smoking cessation and stress reduction groups to our popular Art Expressions Group...there is a little something for everyone. And all are welcome. You do not need to be engaged in care here at Health Care for the Homeless to attend.

Stress Reduction Group
Learn and practice strategies for reducing stress that you can use anywhere, anytime.
Monday and Wednesday, 8-9 a.m. in the Art Room
Facilitated by Deirdre Hoey and Karen Ross Taylor

Alumni Group
If you have completed our Addictions Phase Group, join us for ongoing peer support.
Monday, 9-10 a.m. in Room 2
Peer facilitated with staff support from the addictions team

Art Expressions Group
Relax and have fun while creating art—no artistic skills or experience needed.
Monday and Wednesday, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Art Room
Facilitated by Lisa Muscato (Monday) and Montse Ferrer (Wednesday)

Cooking Group
For those interested in learning basic cooking skills and how to prepare and cook healthy meals.
(A referral to Caitlin Synovec is required.)
Wednesday, 12-1:30 p.m. in the 3rd-floor Group Room
Facilitated by Caitlin Synovec

Writers' Group
Come create, learn and share—no writing experience needed.
Tuesday, 9-10 a.m. in the Art Room
Facilitated by Vanessa Borotz

Second Opinion Group
Join us for support in managing your addiction and mental health issues.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9-10 a.m. in Room 2
Facilitated by Jill Eicher (Tuesday), Justin Shea (Wednesday) and Emily Gordon (Friday)      

Client Advocacy Group
Advocate for yourself and others—and be a part of helping end homelessness for all.
Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 2
Peer facilitated with staff support from Vanessa Borotz

Diabetes Education Class
Learn how to better manage your illness and improve your health.
Tuesday, 1-2 p.m. in the Art Room
Facilitated by Mara Schneider and the nursing team

Stress Reduction Yoga
Relax in a yoga class led by a certified yoga teacher. Beginners welcome—mats provided. 
Tuesday and Friday, 1-2:15 p.m. in the 3rd-floor Group Room B
Facilitated by Deirdre Hoey

Bridge Group
Learn important skills for your transition into housing. Free gift if you complete all sessions.
Wednesday, 10-10:45 a.m. in the Art Room
Facilitated by Clementine Alford and Caitlin Synovec

Anger Management Group
Learn important skills to manage your anger.
Wednesday, 1-2 p.m. in Room, beginning in October 
Facilitated by Denise Hansen and Annick Barker

Naloxone Training Group
Learn how to administer naloxone so you can stop an overdose and save a life.
Thursday, 8-9 a.m. in Room 2
Facilitated by Katie League

Kicking Butts: Smoking Cessation Group
You can quit smoking for good. Opportunity to win a gift card or other small prize at every session. 
Monday and Thursday, 9-10 a.m. in Room 2
Facilitated by Jan Caughlan and Chauna Brocht

Pain Management Group
Are you living with chronic pain? Join us and get help managing it.
Friday, 1-2 p.m. in the Art Room
Facilitated by Caitlin Synovec and Terri Free-Storrer

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections Peer Support Group 
Peer-led support group for adults living with a mental health condition. Gain insight from hearing the challenges and success of others.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 8-9:30 a.m. in the 3rd floor group room

Grupo de Apoyo para los Hispanohablantes 
Un grupo nuevo para los quien hablan español y quieren apoyo y ayuda.
Martes a la una, primer piso cuarto 2
Facilitado por Cassie Ekstrom, Gerardo Benavides y Lenny Suarez 



Updated July 2017. A printable version of this list to give to clients is available here.

Do you have updates to this list? Please be sure to let Sydnee Wilson know.