Support Groups


Offers strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers.

Schedule: Meets every Thursday from 12 - 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital

Registration: There is no registration required.
Co-facilitators are Mary Jane: or 253-583-4628 and C.C. at 253-509-2060

A.W.A.K.E. Support Group

A great resource for CPAP users!

The "Alert Wakefulness and Keeping Energetic" (A.W.A.K.E.) support group is a meeting place for Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (NCPAP or CPAP) wearers and their families. NCPAP is a piece of equipment consisting of a mask and blower unit, which prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea by blowing air into the sleeper's nose. The discusses various topics related to obstructive sleep apnea and may hear presentations from sales representatives on new products. Light snacks are provided. For more information, call 253-985-6951.

Schedule: These meetings are held on the second Wednesdays of each quarter (February, May, August, November) at 7 p.m.

Location: St. Clare Resource Room on the St. Clare Hospital campus.

Please note: The Resource Room is not inside St. Clare Hospital. It is just north of the hospital (across from the Emergency Department), at 4908 112th St., Lakewood. The room is on the main level.

Cancer: Breast Cancer Support Group

For information about local breast cancer support groups near you, please contact Tanya Parieaux, Breast Cancer Support Group Facilitator, at 206-938-9081.

Cancer: Fitting Food Into Your Fight Against Cancer

Designed for cancer patients in active treatment and their caregiver or support person. Topics include: anti-inflammatory foods to aid recovery and healing, coping with common treatment related side effects, and reputable nutrition resources. Instructor: Nancy Steedman RD, CD, a certified specialist in oncology nutrition. View the flyer.

Cost: Free

Schedule: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 3 – 4 p.m at St. Joseph, 4th Thursday of every month, 10 – 11 a.m at St. Anthony

Locations: Ground Floor Oncology Administration Conference room,
St. Joseph Medical Center
1717 S. J St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital
11567 Canterwood Blvd. N.W.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Registration: Call 253-426-4428

Cancer: General Cancer Support Group

For cancer patients and their families.

Cost: Free

Location: St. Francis Hospital,
Radiation Oncology (Garden Level) waiting room
Federal Way

Registration: None required

Cancer: Knit for Life Support Groups

A Free knitting support groups for all cancer patients, family members and caregivers.

Schedule: St. Joseph Outpatient Center - Meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 1 - 3 p.m.; St. Francis Hospital - Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center - Meets Wednesdays from 1 - 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Locations: St. Joseph Outpatient Center,
Infusion Clinic (1st floor near Rehabilitation)
1617 S. J St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

St. Francis Hospital,
Radiation Oncology waiting area
Federal Way

Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital

Registration: No registration necessary. Call 253-426-6746 for more information.

Cancer: Laryngectomy Support Group

A support group led by laryngectomy survivors. The group is open to survivors, spouses and/or caregivers. Provides information and support on treatment, recovery and the challenges of living with laryngectomy.

Schedule: First Tuesday of every month, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Highline Cancer Center

Call 206-431-5249 for more information.

Cancer: Living with Cancer Support Group

Provides cancer survivors, family and/or caregivers information and support through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and the challenges of the first year of living and surviving cancer after completion of treatment. Caregivers are welcome to attend.

Schedule: Second and fourth Monday of every month, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Highline Cancer Center

Call 206-431-5249 for more information.

Cancer: Look Good, Feel Better

Open to female cancer survivors. This 2 and 1/2 hour class teaches women how to apply make-up, tie head scarves and enhance their appearance during cancer treatment. Lots of fun for everyone!

Schedule: Held once each February, April, June, August, October and December on the first Friday from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital

Registration: Register through the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345

Cancer: Prostate Cancer Support Group

Education, information, sharing and support for men with prostate cancer and their partners. Topics include pathology of prostate cancer, incontinence and brachytherapy-seed implants.

Schedule: Second Wednesday of every month, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Highline Cancer Center,
Conference Room Two

Call 206-431-5249 for more information.

Cancer: Yoga for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

Open to anyone touched by cancer as a patient, survivor or caregiver. All levels welcome. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Schedule: Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free, no registration required

Location: Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center lobby

Caregivers Support Group - St. Joseph Medical Center

This group offers support for at-home caregivers.

Schedule: Second Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m. - noon

Cost: Free

Location: St. Joseph Medical Center,
South Pavilion 3rd floor

Registration: 253-426-6935

Caregivers Support Group - St. Elizabeth Hospital

Caregiving is an act of kindness, love and loyalty. It is also an act that can drain one’s batteries, involving numerous practical decisions and emotional hurdles. If you are the primary caregiver for an aging, declining or ill individual, join us. Find out about valuable resources, education and tools for coping with the challenges of caregiving while receiving understanding support from other caregivers.

Schedule: First and third Thursdays, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: St. Elizabeth Hospital,

Diabetes Support Groups

The Franciscan Diabetes Support Group is designed for people with diabetes and their family members. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and feelings, and in return learn and find encouragement and support from others coping with similar issues. Half of the meeting is dedicated to presentation on specific topics identified by the group, like meal planning, blood sugar self-testing and exercise. The other half is dedicated to open discussion and sharing.

Times and locations vary, call Franciscan’s Diabetes Services at 253-426-6753 for more information.

Registration: None required.

Diabetes Support Group - St. Elizabeth Hospital

Learn about living well with diabetes with new topics every month. We welcome all people who live with diabetes and their families. Walk-ins welcome. For information call: 360-802-8376. Led by Ann Lachney, RD, CD; Registered and Certified Dietitian.

Schedule: First Wednesday of every month, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Rainier Room, Second Floor behind Cafeteria,
St. Elizabeth Hospital,

Registration: No pre-registration or referral required.

Freedom From Tobacco Support Groups

CHI Franciscan Health offers Freedom From Tobacco. When it's your time to quit, we can help. We offer FREE weekly support groups at Franciscan hospitals throughout the South Sound. Please confirm the location and meeting time before you attend your first group.

Cost: Free

Free Weekly Support Groups

If you are thinking of quitting tobacco, trying to quit, or wanting to help a friend, we are here to help. Join a support group today! And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try again! Most tobacco users make 8–11 quit attempts before succeeding.

Mondays: 6 to 7 p.m.
St. Clare Hospital,
Classroom C
11315 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood, WA 98494

Tuesdays: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital,
11511 Canterwood Blvd. N.W., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Thursdays: 7 to 8 p.m.
St. Joseph Medical Center,
Dining Rooms 1 and 2
1717 S. J Street, Tacoma, WA 98405

Thursdays: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Francis Hospital,
Radiation Oncology Registration and Waiting Area
34515 9th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003

Just show up! If you stick with our program, you will quit tobacco! Open to anyone wanting to quit tobacco, newly quit, struggling with relapse, or helping a friend quit. Medical advice provided by Dr. Patrick Hogan; funded by CHI Franciscan Health Community Cancer Program.

CHI Franciscan Health also offers Tobacco Cessation Classes that can be conveniently scheduled at work. Tobacco cessation is a cost-effective way to save your company money, and make your workforce more productive.

To learn more about Franciscan's tobacco cessation support groups or at-work classes, contact the Franciscan Cancer Care Program's Tobacco Cessation coordinator, Heidi Henson.

Phone: 253-223-7538

Grief: Hospice Loss Support Group

For family members of hospice patients and bereaved individuals within the community.

Cost: Free

Location: Various locations and times. Please call 253-534-7000 for details.

Registration: Registration is required.

Grief Support Group - St. Elizabeth Hospital

“Grief Talk” - This group offers a welcoming, safe environment to explore and understand the grieving process.

Cost: Free

Location: St. Elizabeth Hospital,
Cedar Room (main floor near gift shop),

This is an open, drop-in bimonthly event, for more information call 360-802-8800.

Heart Failure Support Group

The symptoms of heart failure - like fatigue, swelling and shortness of breath - can have a major impact on your day-to-day life. At CHI Franciscan Health we know it can be challenging going toe-to-toe with this disease. With a community at your side, tackling better health with heart failure is achievable. You don’t have to do this alone. We’re here to help with expert advice and a safe environment to connect with others managing this condition. Heart failure expert, Susan Eardley, RN and Certified Heart Failure Nurse, will lead the group to provide you with information and support to care for mind, body and soul, to achieve your greatest wellness.

Call 253-426-4766 to reserve a spot in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Federal Way and Enumclaw.
Call 360-744-5200 for Bremerton.

All meetings are held 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Tacoma – 4/14, 7/14 and 10/13
St. Joseph Medical Center
Dining Rooms 1 and 2, Ground Floor
1717 S. J Street, Tacoma, WA 98405

Federal Way/Auburn – 4/23 7/23 and 10/22
St. Francis Hospital
Outpatient/VT Conference Room
34515 Ninth Ave., S., Federal Way, WA 98003

Gig Harbor - 4/8, 7/8 and 10/12
St. Anthony Hospital
Greenpoint Dining Room
11567 Canterwood Blvd N.W., Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Enumclaw – 4/16, 7/15 and 10/15
St. Elizabeth Hospital
Rainier Conference Room
1455 Battersby Ave., Enumclaw, WA 98022

*Bremerton – 4/22, 7/22 and 10/21
Harrison Medical Center – Bremerton, 2nd floor
Heart Failure Clinic Education Room
2520 Cherry Ave., Bremerton, WA 98310
* For Bremerton, call 360-744-5200.

Maternity Support Services

Pregnant? Need a medical provider? Need transportation? Need to know how to navigate the medical system? Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a variety of free and cost-discounted services or resources to help you and your baby. Call us at 253-589-1283 or 253-531-4851 for more information.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Open to all persons diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and their care partners or significant other. Find comfort and strength with your peers as you learn, cope, laugh and celebrate the challenges and successes of living with MS.

Schedule: Held once each month on the second Monday of every month from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital

Registration: No registration is required.

Contacts are Judy Olson at 253-225-0857 or and Sandy Gold at 360-895-3329 or


Open to friends or family who are affected by someone else’s addiction.

Schedule: Meets every Thursday from 7 - 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Locations: Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital

Registration: Call Karen at 253-208-5362

Surgical Weight Loss Support Groups

Choosing to have bariatric surgery may be among the most important health decisions you'll make in your lifetime. Getting to know other people who share experiences similar to yours can contribute a great deal to your long-term success. Whether you're contemplating surgical weight loss or have already had surgery, we have a support group to meet your needs. We welcome patients of any surgeon or hospital. Participants share experiences and answer each others' questions in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere. Health professionals, including behaviorists, dietitians, physicians and physical therapists, attend these meetings on a rotating basis to offer guidance and up-to-date information.

Schedule: St. Clare Hospital - Third Monday of the month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; St. Francis Medical Office Building - Second Tuesday of the month, 1 to 2 p.m.;

Cost: Free

Locations: Resource Center Classroom (separate building across from St. Clare Emergency Department)
St. Clare Hospital
4908 112th St. S.W., Lakewood, WA 98499

Suite #310 (third floor)
St. Francis Medical Office Building
34509 Ninth Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003

Contact: To reserve your spot in one of these support groups, please call 1-800-825-3227 or visit

For additional questions about the support groups, contact the Franciscan Center for Weight Management at 800-823-6525.