Independence Inc., A Resource Center for Independent Living, a Minot-based disability rights organization, will be hosting the fourth annual Independent Living Fair Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sleep Inn and Suites convention room, located at Dakota Square Mall. The general public, people with disabilities and care providers are invited to attend this free event. Information will be available on a variety of products, services and resources from organizations committed to supporting individuals with disabilities to live independently as contributing members of the community. A voter education workshop on voting rights, polling sites and other important information will be provided. Free refreshments and door prizes. This is the only regional fair designed especially for people with disabilities.
A.A. Numerous meetings throughout the week across the region. Visit the website at (www.aanorthdakota.org) for information about places and times.
Overeaters Anonymous, meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, Minot. For more information, call 833-4572.
The Celebrate Recovery support group for people with hurts, habits or hangups meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3705-11th St. SW. For more information, call Deb Walker at 240-7358.
Al-Anon Monday: Newcomers: 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church; Tuesday: 8 p.m., Vincent United Methodist Church at 1024-2nd St. SE, use south entrance; Wednesday: Kenmare: 7 p.m., Kenmare Community Hospital, 317-1st Ave. NE; Thursday: 8 p.m., 700-16th Ave. SW; Bottineau: 8 p.m., 123 Sinclair St., Bottineau; Saturday: 10 a.m., First Presbyterian Church.
Gamblers Choice therapeutic group sessions will be offered Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota office in Minot. For more information, call Lisa Voeller at 838-7800.
The Sexual Assault Survivors' Support Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays in the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for women age 18 and older who have been the victims of any form of sexual abuse. The meeting dates for 2012 are: Jan. 16 through March 26, May 7 through July 23, and Sept. 10 through Nov. 19, 2012. Services are free of charge. For more information, contact Diane at 852-2258 or toll free at (800) 398-1098.
Gamblers Anonymous Mondays: 7 p.m., Immanuel Baptist Church. Open meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, at the same time and place.
The support group for people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and polymyalgia rheumatica meets on the first Monday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the small conference room in the basement of the Minot Public Library. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 839-0754.
The Minot Breast Feeding Group meets the third Wednesday of every month, at 4:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Minot Public Library. A different topic will be discussed every month. For more information contact Steph Boushee at 218-791-6217 or Sarah Dabney at 937-367-2995 with any questions.
Heart of America Medical Center of Rugby's Heart Smart support group meets the first Monday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the GS Professional Building classroom at Heart of America Medical Center.
Compassionate Friends, a support group for parents who have lost a child of any age, meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Trinity Hospital's 4 South Classroom. Call Kim Kraft at 857-5233 or the Rev. Cliff Nelson at 857-3284 for more information.
The Alzheimer's and Related Dementia Support Group meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024-2nd St. SE. Call Jodi Keller at 837-0062 for more information.
Support groups for family members and persons dealing with a mental illness meet the third Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Vincent United Methodist Church Outlook Room. The Connection Recovery group for people with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder and anxiety disorders meets at the same time. The groups are sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Northwest N.D. For more information, contact Janet at 852-8202 or Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Tuesday: 8 p.m., New Life Lutheran Church, 710-46th Ave NE; Friday: Open Meeting, 8 p.m., New Life Lutheran Church. Non-addicts may attend open meetings; Sunday: 8 p.m., New Life Lutheran Church. For more information contact the NA hotline at (800) 494-8381.
A peer support group for people with mental health challenges will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Harmony Center, 212 E. Central Ave.
A Domestic Violence Support Group for women aged 18 and older meets from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Services are free of charge. For more information, contact Diane at 852-2258 or toll free at (800) 398-1098.
The Tri-Life Chronic Pain Management Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace, 707-16th Ave SW. Call 852-5899 for more information.
Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby, hosts a TLC Grief Support Group for those who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The group is supervised by a licensed social worker and meets the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the 1B Hospice meeting room. For more information, call Vicky Reile at 776-5261.
A Prostate Cancer Support Group is held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Trinity Health Community Conference Room, located in the Town & Country Center. Call 857-7396 for more information.
Minot Pink Ribbons Breast Cancer Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Room of Trinity Homes. For more information, call Connie at 838-2748.
A support group for people with cancer meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity's CancerCare Center in Town and County Center. For more information, call 857-3535.
Ward County In-Home Day Care Support Group: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church.
Social Misconduct Anonymous: Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Ward County Jail.
Minot Area Parent Support for Autism Spectrum Disorders meeting: Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Minot High School-Magic City Campus. Use the entrance for the Preschool, Door No. 8, southeast side near the greenhouse. Child care is provided by members of the MSU Student Social Work Organization. Call Heather Wittliff at 720-6430 or Angy Edison at 833-5903 for more information.
A support group for people with Parkinson's disease, their families, friends and caregivers meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., in the community room at Brentmoor, 3515-10th St. SW. Use Brentmoor's north parking lot and door.
The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Trinity Hospital-St. Joseph's. For more information, call Donna Herslip at 837-0824.
A support group for people with ALS meets the third Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Easter Seals, 800-12th Ave SW. For more information contact Anne at (888) 672-0484 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
The Tackling Tobacco Support Group is for people who have quit using tobacco, are thinking about quitting, want to support someone who is quitting, or have questions about quitting. Individual and group discussions are available Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Minot's First District Health Unit, Door B. For more information, call Bonnie Riely 852-1376 or log on at (www.fdhu.org).
Gam-Anon for families of compulsive gamblers Thursdays: 7 to 8 p.m., 1905-2nd St. SE., Suite 1-B. Call Kathy or Lisa at 838-7800 for more information.
Teens with Disabilities: Thursdays, 4 p.m., 900 N. Broadway, Suite 302.
Minot Blind and Visually Impaired Support Group: Third Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m., Minot Senior Citizens Center. People may order lunch off the menu. The meeting is open to the public.
The Celiac and Gluten Intolerant Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Skyline Room at Trinity Health Center-East. For more information, call 857-5758.
The gastric bypass support group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Minot Public Library's South Community Room. The group is for people who plan to have or have already had surgery. For more information, call Linda Alexander at 839-8470.
The Diabetes Self-Management Network meets the third Thursday of every other month (September, November, January, March and May) in the Trinity Health Center for Diabetes Education, Town & Country Center, at 7 p.m. No charge to attend. Contact diabetic educator Deanna Westman at 857-5268 or 857-5000 for more information.
TOPS (taking off pounds sensibly) chapters No. 200 and 223 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively, at the Minot Public Library, Room #1. Weigh-ins are from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m., and meetings at 9 to 10 a.m., on the respective days. For more information on Chapter No. 200, contact 852-2189; for Chapter No. 223, contact 839-1729. Chapter No. 244 meets at Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024-2nd St. SE, Minot, on Fridays. Weigh-ins are from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and the meeting is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact 837-0884. Club 583 meets Tuesdays at 5:15 in the lower level of the Minot Public Library. Visitors welcome, first meeting is free. For more information, contact 721-3532.
Rehab Services Inc. is seeking participants for its Recoveree Connection program. It is a program of men and women helping each other to overcome drug and alcohol addiction through telephone support. To become a part of a recovering community, call Colman Quill at 839-4240 or (800) 258-8132.
For information on when sessions of the "Look Good, Feel Better" program meet, call Trinity Cancer Center at 857-3535. The program is for patients with cancer who are actively undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
The Minot Ostomy Support Group meets every three months. For more information, call 338-2739.
For information on a support group for people who are allergic to peanuts, call 839-0204 or 833-9981.
DivorceCare, a weekly seminar/support group for those who are separated or divorced, will meet Monday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning Sept. 10, at West Minot Church of God, 1105-16th St. NW. Please use the west entrance. For more information, call Candy at 721-3339.
HELP WITH COPING - Mental health and substance addiction recovery help is available from public, private and pastoral entities. For help, call 2-1-1, or go online to (store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator) or (dasis3.samhsa.gov) to find a provider, or contact North Central Human Services Center. The center has a Crisis Mental Health Line at 857-8500 or (888) 470-6968 that is answered 24 hours a day.
MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE - FirstLink maintains a statewide crisis intervention, information and referral service phone line for all North Dakotans. People may receive assistance from trained crisis management personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (800) 472-2911 or dialing 2-1-1 from any phone.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE - The Domestic Violence Center Inc. has a toll-free crisis line: (800) 247-1316. The line is staffed 24 hours a day. All services are provided free of charge.
SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE - Help is available at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255.
NORTH DAKOTA FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM - The North Dakota Family Caregiver Support Program provides assistance for informal caregivers providing in-home care for an adult 60 years of age or older or caring for a person with Alzheimer's or related dementia regardless of age. The Caregiver Program also provides services for grandparents and other relative caregivers who are 55 years of age or older and are caring for a child 18 or younger or for an adult child with a disability between 19 and 59 years of age. For more information, call North Central Human Service Center at 857-8500.
PRESCRIPTION REFILLS FOR DISPLACED MEDICAID CLIENTS - The Department of Human Services has authorized early prescription refills and has worked with the N.D. Board of Pharmacy to help ensure that Medicaid clients who are displaced can get their medication needs met. People needing prescription refills are encouraged to take their current prescription bottles to the most convenient and accessible pharmacy and inform their pharmacist of their situation.
CHILD SUPPORT UNIT INFORMATION - The Department of Human Service's Minot Regional Child Support Enforcement Unit encourages people with questions about their child support case to call Customer Service at the Central Office of the Child Support Enforcement Division at (800) 231-4255 or 328-6580. Customer service phones are answered Mondays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Case specific information is available 24 hours a day through the Interactive Voice Response System at the numbers listed above and through (www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childsupport).
MEDICAL TRAINING - People in need of CPR or First Aid training, ACLS training or PALS training, contact the Community Ambulance Service of Minot Education/Training at 852-9483 for these classes.
MEDICAL CARE - People who do not have health insurance can receive medical care at the City and Country Health Clinic in Minot. The clinic is open Monday evenings and select other days. Please call 833-1951 for the schedule. No appointment is required for care. Access the clinic by using the Luther Hall door on the east side of First Lutheran Church, 120-5th Ave. NW in Minot.
CANCER CHECKS FOR MEN - Prostate exams will be offered at the Trinity CancerCare Center, 831 S. Broadway, Suite 113, on Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 857-3535.
SENIOR AID - The Senior Care Line, a telephone reassurance system, is available in the Minot area to seniors age 55 and older who would like to be telephoned once a day to make sure they are all right. To sign up for this service, or for more information, call 852-0561. There is no cost.
HELP FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES - The North Dakota Association for the Disabled assists people with disabilities within the state, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies. NDAD provides information, referral, advocacy services and direct financial assistance with personal attendant care, durable medical equipment, home and vehicle accessibility, medications and out of town medical travel. For more information, call Stephanie at (888) 999-6323.
CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE COST ASSISTANCE - The Department of Human Services Children's Special Health Services Unit reminds families of a program that can help cover the diagnosis and treatment costs of children with asthma. Families must meet income guidelines to qualify for financial help with treatment. Application must be made through a county social service office. For more information, call (800) 755-2714.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS INFORMATION - People with multiple sclerosis can receive statewide referral information from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America by calling (800) 532-7667. The association has wheelchairs, portable ramps, canes, walkers and other items for free loan.
SPECIAL SERVICES - Easter Seals provides opportunities and services to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families, and provides in-home support services for people who care for a special-needs child or adult. For more information, call 839-4121. The Easter Seals Society also has a variety of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other special equipment available on a loan basis. A nominal fee per month is charged for equipment maintenance. For more information, call the Easter Seals office at 838-0669.
HELPFUL INFORMATION AVAILABLE - The North Dakota Department of Human Services has a website (www.carechoice.nd.gov) to help people locate services for older adults and adults with disabilities. Called the Aging and Disability Resource-LINK, it replaces the state's Senior Info-Line Web site and includes additional information such as food pantries, community services and transportation resources. The same information can be obtained by calling the nationwide toll-free number at (800) 451-8693.
NURSING HOME GUIDE - The North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Health Care Data Committee has prepared the Guide to Nursing Facility Charges. To request copies, call 328-2353. The guide also may be downloaded from (www.ndhealth.gov). Click on "Topics A to Z," then scroll down to and click on "Nursing Facility Charges."
INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES - Independence Inc. assists people with disabilities in working toward goals they establish for themselves, whether it is resources to learn a new skill, some help with advocacy to get a needed service, the support of a mentor or basic information on programs or equipment. For more information, call 839-4724 or (800) 377-5114 V/TDD.
HELP AVAILABLE - Pathfinder Parent Center, a statewide family education training center, serves families with children, birth to 21 years, in regular or special education. For information or free library listings, call 837-7500 or toll free at (800) 245-5840, or log on at (www.pathfinder-nd.org).
WOMEN'S WAY - Women's Way is a federally funded program that pays for breast and cervical cancer screenings for women ages 40-64 who have limited income and no health insurance. For more information, call (800) 449-6636 or log on at (www.womensway.net).
CANCER INFORMATION - The American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivors Network may be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling toll-free (877) 333-4673 or visiting the website at (www.cancer.org).
VISION EXAM ASSISTANCE - Vision USA-ND Project will offer free eye exams year round to low-income, uninsured workers and their families who are North Dakota residents. Applications for the exams may be obtained by writing Vision USA-ND Project, 921-9th St. S., Suite 120, Bismarck, ND 58504 or downloaded from the website (www.ndeyecare.info).
DONATED DENTAL CARE PROGRAM - Care is available at no charge to people of all ages who, because of a serious disability, advanced age or medical problems, lack adequate income to pay for needed dental care. Contact the Donated Dental Services Program coordinator at (866) 572-9390.
EASTER SEALS HELPS - Easter Seals offers a variety of support programs for anyone caring for an elderly person. The programs assist families in keeping older family members in their own home and living independently. For more information, call the Easter Seals Society at 839-4121.
ASSISTANCE OFFERED - People who have been diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome can get support by calling Kay at 852-3268.
GRIEF COUNSELING - Individual grief counseling and support groups are available through Trinity Hospice. For more information, call 857-5083.
ALZHEIMER'S HELP AVAILABLE - The Minnesota-North Dakota Alzheimer's Association has a regional center in Bismarck. The office will provide patient and family services, education opportunities, initiate advocacy efforts for better public policy and support medical research. For more information, call 258-4933.
ANSWERS - The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University is using an online resource that allows people to submit questions or request information about disability issues via an online form. Access the form at (www.ndcpd.org), click on AskNDCPD and complete the online form. Dawn Olson, NDCPD's consumer liaison, will receive the inquiries and arrange for a response within 36 hours.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES - The Healthy Lifestyles group meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Parker Senior Center. The meeting is open to the public, and various ways to live a healthy lifestyle are discussed. Call Clayann Almquist at 852-1696 for more information.
CONSUMER EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP - Independence, Inc. and Rehab Services will hold a Consumer Employment Workshop for people with disabilities who are unemployed and looking for a job or those who would like a new job. The workshop will provide information on the Social Security Administration's employment work incentives for people with disabilities, tips for interviewing, reasonable accommodations and more employment-related strategies and resources. Call 839-4724 or (800) 377-5114 to register.
WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN - The Women, Infants and Children program provides foods for young children, nutrition and health information and referrals to other services for pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, infants and children to age 5. WIC is for married and single parents, working or not working who meet income eligibility guidelines. Contact First District Health Unit at 852-1376 for more information.