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Free Wheelers-Spinal Cord Injury Group

Spinal cord injury support group for people in Scottsdale, AZ.

When: Every 3rd Friday of the month 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Tom Shankle

San Francisco Bay Area Spinal Network – San Francisco

  • County:
    San Francisco
  • Location:
    Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (ILRCSF)
  • Address:
    825 Howard Street (between 4th and 5th.)
  • Contact:
    Tom Shankle
  • Phone:
    (415) 205-3882
  • Email:
    tom@everydayabilities.org

Our purpose is to assist those with SCI and SCI-related diseases including their friends, families, and caregivers.  This group is for the newly-injured and those who have been living with SCI for years.  We are here to support each other in every way possible.

The group is also about education and empowerment. We have regular presenters covering a variety of SCI topics.

We provide a comfortable, no pressure environment.  Beverages and food are available at every meeting.

This group is free and open to the public. No reservations are required so please drop in anytime.

When: 4th Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

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Cotie Williams

Head Injury & Trauma Spinal Support Group (HITSS)

  • County:
    Loma Linda
  • Location:
    Loma Linda University Medical Center
    East Campus Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
  • Address:
    11406 Loma Linda Drive, Room 129A
  • Contact:
    Cotie Williams
  • Phone:
    (909) 558-6384
  • Email:
    cowilliams@llu.edu
PossAbilities is a FREE community outreach program developed by the Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus (LLUMCEC). Its goal is to offer disabled individuals who were born with or have suffered a permanent physical injury a sense of community and provide activities and practical help to integrate them back into life-once again giving them the opportunity to become valuable members of our communities.

Adult & pediatrics group meeting open to any survivors and/or family members.

When: 4th Monday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

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Renee White

HeadNorth Peer Mentoring Program

Has a dedicated peer mentoring program specifically for individuals who have just sustained an injury (within 60 days).

Mentors are all volunteers, we train them, do background checks, and manage all of the matching of peers to mentees to ensure a good support system.

Allen Roope

Leon S. Peter’s Rehabilitation Center Support Group

Allen Roope, a spinal cord injury survivor and Peer Educator at the Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center,  leads the monthly Spinal Cord Injury Support Group.

The support group meets on the third Wednesday of every other month. Call for more information.

Long Beach Memorial Hospital SCI Support Group

Celebrate successes and share resources. Group is led by a rehabilitation social worker. 

When: 2nd Monday of every month from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Richard Green, MSW

Men’s Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

  • County:
    San Diego
  • Location:
    Sharp Rehab (Day Treatment Conference Room)
  • Address:
    2999 Health Center Drive
  • Contact:
    Richard Green, MSW
  • Phone:
    (858) 939-3156
  • Email:
    richard.green@sharp.com
Richard Green, MSW, Lead Social Worker for Sharp Rehabilitation Center, has started a Men’s Group for men who have spinal cord injuries.
 

When: 3rd Monday of each month from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Ryan Voss

Napa Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

  • County:
    Napa
  • Location:
    Queen of the Valley Medical Center: Community Outreach Department
  • Address:
    3448 Villa Lane, Suite 102
  • Contact:
    Ryan Voss
  • Phone:
    (707) 227-6542
  • Email:
    ryanleevoss@gmail.com
When: last Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
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DR. SANDRA RUDNICK

NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL SCI SUPPORT GROUP

  • County:
    Los Angeles
  • Location:
    NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL IFL TOWER, 5TH FLOOR
  • Address:
    18300 ROSCOE BLVD.
  • Contact:
    DR. SANDRA RUDNICK
  • Phone:
    (818) 783-0790
When: Thursdays 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Lynn Murray

Placerville Mobility Support Group

To foster improved physical, mental and emotional health for the mobility impaired. 

The group meetings are open to all persons with a mobility disability, friends, families, caregivers and general public. There are no membership fees, no donations requested, no expectation other than participating with us in discussions ranging from everyday issues to personal relations to personal care.

When: 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

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Keith Smith

Project Walk SCI Group

Here at Project Walk in Los Angeles, we have developed an SCI team. Our team consists of highly trained Spinal Cord Injury, therapists, SCI victims, friends and family members. Each meeting is uniquely orchestrated to be informative and beneficial to all those suffering from some sort of SCI.  We have guest speakers who come to educate and make people’s lives better. Education on fitness, dieting, proper hydration and any questions regarding SCI issues will be answered with our teams, brilliant minds and education. We offer peer support every day of the week.

Everyone from SCI victims, friends and family members are welcome to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This free club offers priceless information.

When: 2nd Friday of every month at 6:00 p.m.

Pushrim SCI Group

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m.

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Tom Shankle

San Francisco Bay Area Spinal Network – Berkeley

Support group to assist those with spinal cord injury (SCI) and spinal cord related disease including their friends, families and attendants.
 

Our purpose is to assist those with SCI and SCI-related diseases including their friends, families and caregivers.  This group is for the newly-injured and those who have been living with SCI for years.  We are here to support each other in every way possible.

The group is also about education and empowerment. We have regular presenters covering a variety of SCI topics. We provide a comfortable, no pressure environment.  Beverages and food are available at every meeting. This group is free and open to the public. No reservations are required so please drop in anytime.

When: 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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Robert Medel

SCI Connections

Family/caregivers are also welcomed. Always has a speaker to address topics of interest and dinner is served.

When: 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Robert Rohan

SCI Support Group

  • County:
    Los Angeles
  • Location:
    Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (900 building room 10)
  • Address:
    7601 Imperial Hwy.
  • Contact:
    Robert Rohan
  • Phone:
    (562) 401-8175
  • Email:
    rrohan@dhs.lacounty.gov
When: every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.
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Kevin Wheeler

SCI Support Group, UCDMC (UC Davis)

Support group for SCI persons and their caregivers; includes peer support, guest speakers, educational topics, community resources; Free child care upon request.
 
Support group for SCI persons and their caregivers; includes peer support, guest speakers, educational topics, community resources; Free child care upon request.
 

When: every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Joy Wade

SCI Support Network in Northern Central Valley

  • County:
    Shasta
  • Address:
    PO Box 720327
  • Contact:
    Joy Wade
  • Phone:
    (530) 241-1007
Joy Wade, RNFNP and Physicians Assistant. Willing to discuss SCI-related issues and local resources.

Michael Hopfe

Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group of Concord, California

  • County:
    Contra Costa
  • Location:
    Independent Living Resources of Solano and Contra Costa Counties
  • Address:
    1850 Gateway Blvd., Suite 120
  • Contact:
    Michael Hopfe
  • Phone:
    (925) 363-7293
  • Email:
    michaelh@ilrscc.org
When: every 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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Deborah Pimstone

Spinal Cord Injury Support and Education Group

When: 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Meet other individuals affected by a spinal cord injury and the loved ones supporting them.

This group is free and open to the comunity. Here you will:

Receive hope and encouragement, share concerns, develop coping strategies, build supportive peer relationships, lear othe perspetices, continue a life of meaning and purpose.

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Benilde Leal

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Meeting for encouragement, education and socialization.

When: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

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Andrew Skinner

Triumph Foundation Ballard Rehab SCI Life Series Group

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Andrew Skinner

Triumph Foundation CORE (Center of Restorative Exercise) SCI Life Series Group

When: last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
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Andrew Skinner

Triumph Foundation Cottage Rehab SCI Life Series Group

When: third Thursday of every month from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
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Andrew Skinner

Triumph Foundation New Start SCI Life Series Group for High Level Impairment

Care Meridian provides no-cost meeting space for group meetings. Triumph Foundation currently supports the groups. We host our meeting free of charge.

When: the last Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.

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Andrew Skinner

Triumph Foundation Oxnard SCI Life Series Group

When: the last Tuesday of each month

Andrew Skinner

Triumph Foundation St. Jude SCI Life Series Group

When: the second Tuesday of each month

Kirsten Skinner

Triumph Foundation’s Wives & Girlfriends of Men with SCI

A spinal cord injury support group in Canyon County, CA.

Group meets every other month, call Kirsten for schedule.

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Women on Wheels (WOW) Support Group

The Challenged Women’s Support Group gathers to share thoughts and feelings about current life challenges, victories, and visions.
 

Women on Wheels (WOW) Support Group gathers to share thoughts and feelings about current life challenges, victories, and visions. It is a great opportunity to offer support to one another in a safe environment. The group also holds social events and educational meetings. This group is for women only and is facilitated by Sharp Rehab social workers. We will provide snacks and beverages. In addition to the support group meetings, we regularly have social events in the community. Please call or email to be added to the email list, or to receive the latest updates.

When: The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center’s Conference Room (#21). Meeting times are from 12:30 - 1:30pm and socializing follows from 1:30 - 2:00pm.

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Amy McKnight

Women’s Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

  • County:
    Los Angeles
  • Location:
    Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation-RANCHO Wellness Center
  • Address:
    7601 East Imperial Hwy
  • Contact:
    Amy McKnight
  • Phone:
    (562) 401-6847

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group Peer counselors and licensed psychologist provide support for persons with SCI.

When: every 1st Friday of every month 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

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