April Support Groups

  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Child Abuse Awareness Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • National Heartworm Awareness Month
  • STD Awareness Month
  • National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Bipolar & Anxiety Support Group

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.
Address location:  WNY Independent Living, Inc., 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, behind Jim’s Stakeout. 
Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s names are Doc D’Amato and Joe Randle. To find out more information about this group, call Doc directly at (716) 316-6795 or Joe Randle at (716)836-0822 ext. 183.

De-Clutter Support Group

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 Steak Out.
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 Paul Beagle at (716) 836-0822 Ext. 170. 

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

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 Steak Out. 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

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 2:30 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 Paul Beagle at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170

Job Networking Group

Detailed description of the group: The purpose of this group is to share information about jobs in the area. People who attend this group also share job searching skills, interviewing skills, specific and transferrable job skills, Benefits Advisement and obtaining employment. 
Department: MHPC
Who is the audience for this group: Anyone with a Mental Illness or a Physical Disability, who are interested or actively searching for employment and need support to stay employed.
Open to the public
Days and times for this group: Every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Address location: WNY Independent Living, Inc., 3108 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214, behind Jim’s Steak Out, in the Job Club downstairs.
Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s names is Geraldine Metcalfe. To find out more information about this group, call Geri at (716) 836-0822 ext. 148. You can also call the Administrative Assistant Paul Beagle at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170 for any other questions or information.

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 Steak Out, 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 Paul Beagle at (716) 836-0822 ext. 170.

LGBTQ2 Issues Support Group

The purpose of this group is to identify and share experiences with peers who struggle with mental health and are also LGBTQ2. Group topics will center around LGBTQ2 issues, mental health issues, and anything the group wants to discuss. 
This group is for people who are LGBTQ2 and struggle with mental health. This is not a support group for family members or friends of LGBTQ2 people with emotional issues. 
Open to the public
Days and times for this group: Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Palanker Room.
Address location:  WNY Independent Living, Inc., 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, free parking behind Jim’s Steak Out. 
Contact: To find out more information about this group, please call Skylar Amari directly at (716) 836-0822 ext. 511, MHPC Administrative Assistant Paul Beagle at (716)836-0822, or any of the Receptionists; Johanna at (716) 836-0822 ext. 100 or Lavell at (716)836-0822 ext. 120.

Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Support Group

Detailed description of the group: The purpose of this group is to share information and educate the members about pertinent topics to improve their quality of life, and allow people to provide support to one another.
Department: MHPC
Open to the public
Days and times for this group: Group is held every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Address location: Mental Health Association, 999 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14209. (On the corner of Delaware Ave. & West Utica St.)
Facilitator and contact information: The facilitator’s name for this group is Lisa Maria Cruz. To find out more information about this group, call Lisa Maria directly at (716) 836-0822 ext. 520.

Anger Management Group

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. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Next 12-week group starts as of May 2018.

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: 
Every First Saturday of the month, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at:
Western New York Independent Living Inc.
3108 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214

Every Third Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at: 
Good Shepherd Community of Faith
187 Southside Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220

AKRON: 
Every Second Saturday of the month, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:
C. Dee Wright Community Center
11 Church St., Akron, NY 14001

HAMBURG:
Every Second Monday of the month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at:
Hamburg Village Community Center
107 Prospect Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075

CHEEKTOWAGA:
Every Fourth Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at:
Cheektowaga Senior Citizen Center
3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga, NY 14227

Facilitator and contact information: More information is available from Addict 2 Addict, Family 2 Family Team Leaders; in Niagara County Shannon Veiders at (716) 836-0822, ext. 232; or in Erie County Gretchen Vinson, (716) 836-0822, ext. 135. You can also contact the Family Support Peers Jamel Clark at ext. 129 or Desiree Wloodarek at ext. 218.

American Sign Language Class

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), 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

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

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 jgrimaldi@wnyil.org  
or Niagara Falls Receptionist Roger at (716) 284-4131 ext. 200.

Benefit Assistance Walk-in

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.

Additional Support Group Information

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.