Fall into good health this season

Whether your concern is your relationship, your physical health or your mental health, there are places you can go for help. Here's all the workshops, seminars and support groups you need to keep you healthy throughout this fall - and for the rest of your life.

Affirmations Community Center of Ferndale


Dynamic Dads

Oakland Family Services partners with Affirmations to bring the Dynamic Dads program to our center. Dynamic Dads is a 12-week support and information program for people parenting children (of any age) with developmental concerns. The program allows parents the opportunity to explore their parenting role and share their unique joys and challenges with others. For more information or to register, contact Knoll Larkin at 248-398-7105 or Dynamic Dads at 248-858-7766. You must pre-register for this program!

Cost: Free

Every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Open enrollment through September.

Freedom from Smoking

The leading adult smoking cessation program shows you how to quit for good in an LGBT-supportive setting. Classes are led by an American Lung Association certified clinic leader. Cost includes participant workbook and relaxation CD. Register online. If cost is an issue, please contact Knoll Larkin. Scholarships/discounts available to students, seniors and people with low income.

Cost: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers.

Open enrollment.

Aging and LGBT: Facing Prejudice in Health Care Settings

Seniors in health care settings, particularly nursing homes or assisted-living centers, increasingly report that they have been disrespected, shunned, or mistreated because of their LGBT identities. Join us in an open discussion as we examine the issues aging members of the LGBT community face and brainstorm solutions for making it better. All LGBT seniors and other concerned community members are encouraged to attend. For more information call Knoll Larkin at 248-677-7226.

Cost: Free

Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

LGBT Couples Meet-Up

Meet other LGBT couples, learn new relationship skills, and get support in a fun environment. Meet-up will include a presentation by a relationship expert or therapist, and time to mix and mingle. Snacks included. Please RSVP or contact Knoll Larkin, Health and Human Services Coordinator at 248-677-7226.

Cost: Free

Third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Newly Single

A new support and discussion group open to LGBT people (or anyone who partners with people of the same gender or feels themselves to be part of the LGBT community), 18 and up who are newly single and are coping with the loss of a relationship. The group will offer support, resources, skill building opportunities and social events outside of the group setting.

Cost: Free

Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Gender Non-Conformists

A social and support group for genderqueer, genderfabulous, transgender, gender-exploring folks and all those who transgress the gender binary. This safe, open and affirming space is also open to supportive family, friends and significant others.

Cost: Free

Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m.

Caring Partners

Are you providing care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other related dementia? This support group will provide an opportunity for discussion, support and development of coping techniques for LGBT caregivers. Provided in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Michigan Chapter.

Cost: Free

Fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Drop-In Support

Did you know that between 33-50 percent of LGBT individuals have been in unsafe relationships? You are not alone. A domestic violence and sexual assault specialist is on-hand to answer questions or concerns you or someone you know have. Contact Ann Magner from the YWCA Interim House 248-506-6911.

Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Higher Ground

Contact Rick at 586-427-1259, or Higherground_2003@yahoo.com

HIV support

Support group for people who are HIV positive.

Cost: Free

Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

HIV Yoga Group

Hatha Yoga class for people who are HIV positive.

Cost: Free

Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Out and Affirmation Center of Berrien County


Whole Lives, Healthy Lives

Support Group for LGBT Adults. This support group is free and open to all LGBT adults in our community. It is professionally facilitated and it is designed to provide a safe, therapeutic and LGBT-affirming environment for participants to talk about any aspect of their life in which they need support. Participants socialize before and after the meeting, and refreshments are provided.

Cost: Free

Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

LGBT-Affirming AA/NA Meeting

This AA/NA meeting is designed to be affirming for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Allies are very welcome too.

Cost: Free

Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Life Skills Workshop Series

Held Mondays as scheduled from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This workshop series covers topics like conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS awareness, sexual abuse, theories of homosexuality, personal finance, relationships, religion and spirituality and other basics of life. It's a chance to practice new skills, focus on a special area of interest, or enjoy learning something new in an LGBT-affirming environment. Topics vary; click below for scheduled dates and a detailed description of our next Workshop.

Cost: Free

Mondays as scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Out Muskegan


LGBT Support

A discussion and support group for LGBT persons.

Cost: Free

Friday evenings.

The Lesbian and Gay Community Network of West Michigan


LGBT Youth Support Group

Held in the Board Conference Room. A group structured for LGBTQ youth.

Cost: Free

Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center


A social support group for transgender people and their friends, families and allies. Meetings held in the conference room at CARES at 629 Pioneer Street in Kalamazoo.

Cost: Free

Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and fourth Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m.

Youth Group

For young people ages 13 to 20 who are trying to come to terms with their sexuality in a sometimes unaccepting society. Provides friendship, acceptance and resources.

Cost: Free

Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.

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