ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Some St. Cloud inmates recently met with community groups to begin planning for their future outside of prison.
The Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud held its...
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — An organization that helps homeless women and children is getting a new fitness center.
Planet Fitness has renovated the basement of Lydia's House of Hope in...
Comedian with Parkinson’s performs while he still can
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Behind the stage curtain, Glenn Lurie could see the bar stool waiting for him.
It was just a few feet away but for the 57-year-old comedian, every step of the 10 he...
LONDON (AP) — Members of a Pacific Island players' support group in Europe are considering boycotting the Rugby World Cup in response to plans for a new world league that excludes Fiji, Samoa, and...
Group offers support to parents who have lost children
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Thirty weeks into her pregnancy, Natalie Steuer stopped feeling her baby move.
The examination revealed that his heart had stopped beating.
Steuer's physician induced labor a few days later and she felt numb. Her son's death did not feel real.
"What are you supposed to do? There was nothing I could do," she said. "I didn't cry."
Steuer and her husband, Brad, welcomed their stillborn son, Brecken, into the world in October 2015. They spent 30 minutes together.
South Dakota mother creates online support group
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — In its 1979 hit "Message in a Bottle," the rock group The Police sang about a lonely castaway who put a message in a bottle, threw it into the sea and a year later saw that a billion bottled replies had washed up on his shore.
Something similar is starting to happen to Ashley Holida.
Support group for restaurant workers starting in Durango
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Restaurant workers face high-pressure, low pay, odd hours and sometimes unrelenting working conditions. As a result, those employees tend to be more susceptible to stress, unhealthy drinking habits and mental health issues.
Program offers support, fresh food for breastfeeding mothers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mallory Bonie is not new to motherhood. Her eldest daughter is now 7 years old.
But when she gave birth to her second daughter Ahdelina, three months ago, she felt like she was relearning everything about caring for an infant.
Bonie has breastfed both of her children, but had trouble initially feeding Adhelina. Making an appointment to speak with a lactation consultant at a hospital was challenging while trying to manage a new baby and young child.
National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown
Nonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers.
Cahokia Mounds society gets $100K grant for digital projects
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The support group for the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site has been awarded a $100,000 grant for digital projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society announced the grant Wednesday. Officials will use it to develop a functional prototype of an augmented reality application available for smartphones and other applications and an educational website about Cahokia Mounds.
Wisconsin family starts support group after son’s suicide
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — When Kristi TeRonde-Heimerl's brother Rodney killed himself in 1979 she was just 11 years old.
What followed in the wake of Rodney, who she called Roddy's, death was a heavy dose of confusion, sadness and pain.
Organization helps new mothers deal with depression, anxiety
Kimberly Barnard-Bracey turned to a small group of women inside a room at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center on a recent weekday afternoon.
"So what's the topic this week?" said Barnard-Bracey, a licensed clinical social worker. "What've you guys got going on?"
Ashley Beer, holding her 7-month-old son, Travis, launched into a story of how she snapped at her husband recently — she was feeling overwhelmed as tasks like cleaning started to add up.
Low-vision support group provides resources, friendship
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mary MacKenzie held up the talking pill bottle that she had brought for show-and-tell at the low-vision support group meeting on a recent Wednesday.
Vermont support groups help former inmates reintegrate
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Community justice centers in Vermont are using support groups to help reduce recidivism.
Group urges schools to update anti-bullying policies
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nonprofit refugee support group in Utah is asking school districts to update their anti-bullying policies to add protections for students targeted for religious beliefs, citing the example of a young girl who had her hijab pulled off during recess.
Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry
BEIJING (AP) — Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists who have been missing since the weekend.
Campaign helps military members get home for the holidays
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The distillery that produces Jack Daniel's whiskey is working with a military support group to make sure military service members and their families can celebrate the holidays at home.
For the eighth year, the distillery in Tennessee is teaming with the Armed Services YMCA for the "Operation Ride Home" campaign. It provides financial assistance to active duty junior-enlisted military members and their families to travel home during the holidays.
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Support group leader dies after battling cancer for 30 years
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Mary Kathryn Berry would draw her last breath during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Berry, who died Oct. 4, was the founder of the Northeast Arkansas Breast Cancer Support Group in 1989.
Daughter Mary Hahn was quick to point out to sister Cheryl Reeves the significance.
Remarks at LDS General Conference worry LGBTQ supporters
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Some LGBTQ support groups are raising concerns about a Mormon church leader's talk reaffirming opposition to same-sex marriage as well as the belief that gender is eternal.
Portraits of overdose victims on display in Washington
PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman's vibrant portraits of young people who died of drug overdoses are going on display in Washington.
Artist Anne Mare Zanfagna, whose daughter died in 2014, began getting portrait requests from other parents after bringing her daughter's painting to a grief support group. The Plaistow woman now runs a nonprofit organization called Angels of Addiction to raise money for scholarships and addiction recovery resources.
Victims’ group pressures review of clergy abuse concerns
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A victims' support group is putting pressure on Missouri's governor to intervene in a state investigation of potential clergy abuse, but Gov. Mike Parson's office says he doesn't have the authority to act at this point.
Missouri leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in a Wednesday letter asked Parson to order Attorney General Josh Hawley to conduct a full criminal investigation.
University of Arkansas to sell land to homeless nonprofit
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas plans to sell to a nonprofit homeless support group undeveloped land adjacent to university property where up to 100 homeless people were forced to leave in recent weeks.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the UA Board of Trustees voted Friday to sell 4.69 acres to Serve NWA for $72,571.
Dubuque nonprofit to offer children’s grief support groups
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A nonprofit organization seeks to establish the first children's support groups in the Dubuque area, serving youths who have lost a family member or loved one.
Nearly 20 children have signed up to attend monthly meetings, which are being administered by a nonprofit organization, Live Like Jack.
"There is lots of support for adults that lose someone they love, but not for children," said the organization's executive director, Angie Hohmann.
Dementia caregivers learn improv acting skills
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The first rule of improvisation — or improv — is to say 'yes' and accept with every situation thrown the actor's way.
Rita Davis isn't an actor but finds the rule of agreement applies when tending to her husband, Travis.
More than a decade ago, Travis was diagnosed with severe dementia, which has affected his memory, physical and mental abilities.
LGBT group denied from Utah parade for fifth year
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An LGBT support group has been denied from participating in an annual Salt Lake City parade for the fifth year in a row.
Event executive vice president Greg James said Thursday that Mormons Building Bridges is an advocacy organization whose participation in the Days of '47 parade on Pioneer Day is prohibited. He compared the LGBT group to political organizations that ask to take part in the parade.
Navy veteran and hockey player launch PTSD group
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A retired ice hockey professional and a U.S. Navy veteran are teaming up with Suicide Prevention Network to launch a new support group for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Clint Malarchuk and Aaron Rasavage of Gardnerville both suffer from PTSD and wanted others suffering to know they are not alone.
"We both still struggle with it so we wanted to broadcast it like 'hey, you don't have to do this alone,'" said Rasavage.
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DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Police Sgt. Tim Firchau was on the scene when the bodies of two children were removed from a freezer in a Detroit townhouse. He says the image is difficult to shake.
"Having worked in homicide for 12 years, I've probably seen every type of horrific death you can imagine," Firchau said. "But seeing two small children in a freezer ... it still gives me nightmares.
SCOTTSBLUFF — It was a sunny Saturday morning for walkers at the zoo as the Autism Walk got underway before the animals were even awake and outside for the day.
Dozens of participants strolled around the zoo, taking their time to talk and raise awareness for autism.
Couple engaged after surviving Las Vegas mass shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas couple that met in the aftermath of the October mass shooting is happily engaged.
KSNV-TV reports Shawna Bartlett and her fiance Steve Cady met on a Facebook support group for singles who survived the Oct. 1 shooting where a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
n Animal Shelter Advisory Board meeting will be today at noon at the Pocatello Animal Shelter.
n City of Pocatello Japanese Sister Cities Delegates meeting will be today at 7 p.m. in the Iwamizawa and Paradice conference rooms at Pocatello City Hall.
n Gateway Coalition for Change will host a meet today from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Marshall Public Library.
Linda Sue Grotzke, 70, of Janesville, passed away at her home Saturday, April 21, 2018, surrounded by her family, following a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Betsy Rosenberg had a sense of humor that cut through tension in a way nobody else in her family could.
Only after she was murdered — when her parents and siblings needed her wit more than ever — did her family come to fully understand the happiness she brought to their lives.
"She had the best sense of humor among us, so we were a little more somber and boring without her," said Betsy's sister, Jean Parks. "Our family gatherings and holidays were inevitably different."
For the 33rd year, the Buttes will be abuzz with cyclists riding for a good cause.
Proceeds from the annual Bike Around the Buttes go to the Yuba-Sutter Diabetes Support and Resource Center, which supports locals who live with diabetes.
Ouida Wakefield, founder and executive director, remembers the uncertainty she faced when her young daughter was diagnosed with type I diabetes in 2002.
MS Support Group, Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall St., Kankakee. 7 p.m. third Wednesday of each month. 815-933-8594.
Overeaters Anonymous, Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall St., Kankakee. 7 p.m. A 12-step support group for compulsive eating and problems with food. 815-932-9209.
DeKALB – Dr. Martha McGraw, a specialist in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, will be speaking at the Parkinson’s support group meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the DeKalb senior center, 330 Grove St.
McGraw is a neurologist with ties to Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Topics of discussion will include new and current treatments for Parkinson’s, stem cell research and medical marijuana.
“A connecting cord in our loss:” Art promotes healing for Lifebanc organ donor families
"A connecting cord in our loss:" Art promotes healing for Lifebanc organ donor families
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Marla Corrado's first experience with Lifebanc was on the drive home from the hospital after her father had died. William Zmich, had never discussed being an organ donor, but the family received word from the mortuary that he was.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A leading LGBTQ support group in Utah has a new director and new a headquarters.
The Utah Pride Center's new director is Rob Moolman, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday.
The center's new location is near Smith's Ballpark on S. Main Street. It once housed a bank and, later, the Mexican Consulate. The outgoing executive director, Carol Gnade, made the center's new home a priority before retiring.
HUNTINGTON - The Lupus Spring/Summer Bazaar is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Central United Methodist Church, 1043 Jefferson Ave., Huntington.
Food will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Lupus Support Group of WV Chapter.
For more information, contact Geane Revely, 304-529-0506.
FOX VALLEY, Ill. — It was not all that long ago Sandy Fink, Karen Gonzalez and Robin Dale were among the hundreds of other parents in the Fox Valley struggling to understand their children’s opioid addictions.
‘Last Tunnel Walk’ painting honors Husker heroes Foltz and Berringer, raises money for grief support group
They will forever be remembered by Husker fans for their tenacity on the field, and for leaving this world too early.
Now an Omaha artist has created a painting honoring the memories of former Huskers Brook Berringer and Sam Foltz. The piece, called “Last Tunnel Walk,” has helped raise $9 ,000 for a grief su pport group in Nebraska.
Alateen, a support group for children and teens whose family members abuse alcohol, wants to see more faces at its next meeting.
Monica Brennan, a nurse at Mayo who runs Alateen meetings, said having a support group in town goes a long way toward mitigating the “quiet problem” that is familial alcohol abuse.
The group meets every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. NW, room 15.
There is an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the same time.
BOSTON (AP) — A new online tool aims to help pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders.
The state's Department of Public Health launched a web-based resource tool "Journey Project " Monday to help women looking for additional treatment resources.
The site features video tutorials from women who share their own stories of substance abuse, recovery information, and support groups for pregnant women seeking a healthy pregnancy.
CEREDO — The Wayne County Prevention Coalition is working to target both churches and other community settings throughout the county to conquer substance abuse and increase prevention awareness.
Though a recently organized support group is seeing a small amount of attendance, the coalition is looking to expand prevention and support resources to multiple church settings, community settings and in all areas of the county.
Here's a list of health screenings, classes and support groups coming up at area hospitals:
Tuesday, March 20
• Epilepsy Support Group, 6 p.m., Enslow Park Presbyterian Church. Meet with others seeking more information about epilepsy in this support group setting. Call 877-804-2241.
The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Monday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.
The program will be a video on Making Visits Valuable by Teepa Snow.
Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCH&L Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Hospital.” The meeting rooms will be to the left. The Small Conference Room is the second door.
Care package fundraiser for deployed troops set for today, March 10
A local military family support group will host a care package fundraiser today at the Sutter County Veterans Memorial Hall.
The Tri-Counties Blue Star Moms, a chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, plans to ship over 500 packages and raise funds for the postage.
The doors will be open from
8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sutter County Veterans Memorial Hall at 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.
POCATELLO - Experiencing the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult events of a lifetime. To support you during this time of change and adjustment, Access Home Care and Hospice invites you to participate in a grief seminar every Monday starting March 19 to April 30 at noon to 1 p.m. This seven week seminar is designed to assist you with coping through grief and loss. We hope you'll consider attending this free group to be held at the Access Home Care and Hospice Office 240 W. Burnside Ave, Suite B, Chubbuck, Idaho. This group is open to the community, please feel free to invite a friend. Pre-registration is encouraged so adequate materials can be prepared. To register or for additional information, call Tera or Dave at (208) 637-2273.