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Bipolar & Anxiety Support Group

bipolar

Detailed description of the group:  The purpose of this group is to identify and share experiences with peers who also suffer from Bipolar or Anxiety Disorder. The group discusses many coping mechanisms and issues related to having Bipolar Disorder as well as Anxiety.

Department: MHPC

Who is the audience for this group: People with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety. This is not a support group for family members or friends of people with Bipolar or Anxiety.

Open to the Public

Days and times for this group:  Every Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.***Open to Guest and Students 1st Monday of the Month 6:00 p.m. -7 :00 p.m.***

Address locationWNY Independent Living, Inc., 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, Behind Jim’s Steakout.

Facilitator and contact information:  The facilitator’s names is Joe Randle. To find out more information about this group, call Joe Randle at (716) 836-0822 ext. 183

De-Clutter Support Group

Break through the clutter

Detailed description of the group: The purpose of this group is to address issues related to cluttering. Topics include recovery from cluttering, learning to set achievable goals to beat the clutter and reduce acquiring.

Department: MHPC

Who is the audience for this group: Adults who feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the idea of getting rid of things that clutter their home.

Open to the Public

Days and times for this group: Every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Address location: WNY Independent Living, Inc., 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, Behind Jim’s Steakout.

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s name is Mary Frances. To find out more information about this group, feel free to contact the Administrative Assistant at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

National MS Society

Detailed description of the group: The purpose of this group is to offer a safe and welcoming environment to encourage, support and motivate individuals and their loved ones that are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Who is the audience for this group:  Individuals and their loved ones who are affected by MS.

Open to the Public

Buffalo office location/dates:  WNY Independent Living, Inc. 3108 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214, Behind Jim’s Steakout. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Palanker Conference Room.

Facilitator and contact information:  The facilitator’s name is Mary Karpinski, from the National MS Society. For more information about this group, call Mary Karpinski directly at (716) 338-7208.

Depression Support Group

Depression

Detailed description of the group: The purpose of this group is to address issues of having Depression. Topics include coping skills, self-esteem issues, dealing with life issues and peer counseling.

Department:  MHPC

Who is the audience for this group:  People who suffer from Depression.

Open to the Public

Days and times for this group:  Every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Address location:  Endeavor, 1526 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY 14225                                       (previously called Mid-Erie Counseling & Treatment)

Facilitator and contact information:  The facilitator’s name is Brenda Starks. To find out more information about this group, call Brenda Starks at (716) 836-0822, ext. 118, or Lavell at (716) 836-0822 ext. 100

Social Hour Group

Social hour group

Detailed description of the group: The purpose of this group is to help consumers of WNYIL, Inc. gain communication skills by socializing with other consumers, playing card games, while enjoying BBQ Burgers & Hot-dogs.

Department:  MHPC

Who is the audience for this group: Consumers of WNYIL, Inc.

Open to the Public

Days and times for this group: The 3rd Friday of every month, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Address location: WNY Independent Living, Inc. at 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214; Behind Jim’s Steakout, in the Job Club downstairs.

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s name is Brenda Starks. To find out more information, call Brenda at (716) 836-0822 ext. 118, or their Administrative Assistant at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170.

Anger Management Group

Anger management

Detailed description of the group: The purpose of this group is to help individuals with Anger Issues using different Conflict Resolution Strategies to better manage and resolve conflicts in their lives.

Who is the audience for this group: Consumers of WNYIL, Inc.

Open to the Public

Days and times for this group:  *12 Week Program starts Mondays*

          *Intake for new attendees (never attended before) is at 5:00 p.m.

          *Anger Management Group runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Address location: WNY Independent Living of Niagara County. (ILNC),  746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s name is Lauren Ryan. To find out more information about this group, call Lauren Ryan at (716) 836-0822 ext.216, or the Niagara Falls Receptionist Roger at (716) 284-4131 ext. 200 to sign up.

PLEASE NOTE: Anger Management has a waiting list. Call regularly for updates. Apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Addict 2 Addict, Family 2 Family Support Group

Addict 2 Addict, Family 2 Family

ADDICT 2 ADDICT/FAMILY 2 FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP

Detailed Description of the Group: Addict 2 Addict, Family 2 Family will be holding get-to-know-you “H.E.L.L.O.” Peer Family Support Groups in five locations around Erie County, to introduce the community to its innovative peer approach. They’re designed to bring awareness, education, and support surrounding addiction to families who are struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Participants will learn about addiction from addicts in long-term recovery, sharing their experience, discovering how to set healthy boundaries, and, most importantly, the importance and “how-to” of self-care. There’s no cost to attend the event and addicts themselves are welcomed. The scheduled Peer Family Support Groups are as follows:

BUFFALO 
Postponed until February 2019
Western New York Independent Living Inc., 3108 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214

Postponed until February 2019
Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220

ANGOLA
Postponed until February 2019
Evans Volunteer Fire Company, 8298 Erie Road, Angola, NY 14006

HAMBURG
Postponed until February 2019
Hamburg Village Community Center, 107 Prospect Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075

Facilitator and contact information: More information is available from Addict 2 Addict, Family 2 Family by calling the Team Leader Gretchen Vinson at 716-836-0822 ext. 135. You can also contact the Family Support Stephanie Fitzpatrick at ext. 164.

In Niagara County call the Addict 2 Addict 24 hour a day Hotline at 716-398-4333 or their Team Leader Desiree Wloodarek at 716-836-0822 ext. 232, for information on help with addiction and supports they provide.)

American Sign Language Class

Come & learn with us!

Detailed description of the class:  The purpose of this class is to teach and help consumers of WNYIL, Inc. gain communication skills by using Sign Language to socialize with other consumers who are deaf.

Who is the audience for this group: Consumers of WNYIL, Inc.

Open to the Public

Days and times for this group: Every Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Address location: WNY Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC), on 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14301

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator for this class will be Jeanette Grimaldi. To find out more information about this group, call Jeanette Grimaldi directly at (716) 402-5508 or Niagara Falls Receptionist Roger at (716) 284-4131 ext. 200.

Deaf Social Support Group

I'm proud to be deaf

Detailed description of the group:  The purpose of this group is to help consumers of WNYIL, Inc. gain communication skills by using Sign Language to socialize with other consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Who is the audience for this group: Consumers of WNYIL, Inc.

Open to the Public

Days and times for this group: Group will meet a few times a month at various restaurants from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you’d like to attend, please call Jeanette directly to confirm the exact dates & times.

Address location: WNY Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC), on 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14301

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator for this group will be Jeanette Grimaldi. To find out more information about this group, call Jeanette Grimaldi directly at (716) 402-5508 or Niagara Falls Receptionist Roger at (716) 284-4131 ext. 200.

Social Support Group for Laten-Deaf

My eye is me ear. My hand is my mouth.

New Social Support Group is for those who do not use sign language. It is going to be held at Christ Community Church located on 140 Genesee Street in Lockport, N.Y.  The group is set to occur on the 1st Thursday of every month, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Jeanette Grimaldi will be the facilitator for this group. If you have any questions about this group or to find out information, contact Jeanette directly by calling her at (716) 402-5508, or email grimaldi@wnyil.org or Niagara Falls Receptionist Roger at (716) 284-4131 ext. 200.

Benefit Assistance Walk-in

Benefits that matter

Walk-In Information: To obtain further information on the Benefit Assistance Walk-In, please contact Robert Leiter & Jeanette Grimaldi. Either one will discuss and help with SSDI, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. They will also ensure individuals understand how their benefits will be affected by working. It will be conducted the 4th Tuesday of every month, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Niagara Falls Office (ILNC) on 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14301. For more information contact Rob at (716) 284-4131 ext. 205, or contact Niagara Falls Receptionist Roger at (716) 284-4131 ext. 200.

Independent Living Services Walk-In:

Walk-In Information: The facilitator for the ILS Walk-In is Robert Leiter. He will discuss housing needs, assistance with forms, landlord issues, advocacy among other things. It will be conducted ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­4th Tuesday of every month, at the Niagara Falls Office (ILNC) on 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14301. For more information contact Robert Leiter at (716) 284-4131 ext. 205, or the Niagara Falls Receptionist Roger at (716) 284-4131 ext. 200.

Community Integration Project (CIP) Support Group

Community Integration Project (CIP) Support Group

Detailed description of the group: CIP offers Peer Support, Peer Run Groups as well as housing and employment assistance for individuals with disabilities exiting institutions and integrating into the community. All services at WNYIL are accessible through the CIP.

Department:  MHPC

Days and times for this group: Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Address location: WNY Independent Living, Inc. at 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214; Behind Jim’s Steakout, in the Job Club downstairs.

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s name is Rafiq Salim. To find out more information, call Rafiq at (716) 836-0822 ext.171, or their Administrative Assistant Jennifer at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170.

Wellness for All Group

wellness

Detailed description of the group:  The purpose of this group is to help consumers of WNYIL, Inc. focus on, any issue they have at the time. It will use (WRAP) Wellness Recovery Action Plan work sheets, (PCP) Person Centered Planning work sheets, (ILSA) Independent Living Skills Assessment work sheets and open discussion. With a statement of “Peer to Peer support to help you to identify any issues you may be having in your life, identify coping strategies and helping you to implementing them”.

Department:  MHPC

Who is the audience for this group: Consumers of WNYIL, Inc.

Days and times for this group: The last Tuesday of every month, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Address location: WNY Independent Living, Inc. at 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214; Behind Jim’s Steakout, in the Palanker Room.

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s name is Randy Oaks. To find out more information, call Randy at (716) 836-0822 ext.182, or their Administrative Assistant at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170.

Men’s Mental Health Group

Men's Mental Health Group

Detailed Description of the Group: Men's only support group. To help men victimized by sexual abuse. To help those suffering from the stigma of male sexual abuse receive support and comradery.

Department:  MHPC

Who is the audience for this group: For men only to insure confidentiality. 

Days and times for this group: The second Tuesday of every month, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Address location: WNY Independent Living, Inc. at 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214; Behind Jim’s Steakout, in the Palanker Room.

Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s name is James Doherty and Randy Oaks. To find out more information, call Randy at (716) 836-0822 ext.182, or their Administrative Assistant at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170.

Additional Support Group Information

you are not alone

NOTE: We no longer offer Support Groups for Anger Management at the WNYIL Buffalo office, only in our WNYIL Niagara Falls office location. We also have a wait list for Anger Management and can’t always get everyone in at once. We sincerely apologize for any Inconveniences this may have caused.

Visit www.eriemha.org and use the ‘Self-Help Group Directory’ for an additional listing of other support groups held within Erie County.