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The MSF Independent Support Group Network consists of 170 support groups nationwide. We believe that support groups truly embody the spirit of our motto: It’s All About “MEE” - Motivating, Educating, Empowering. Support groups exist to connect you with the latest information about MS, to give you an opportunity to share stories and experiences with other people who will understand, to inspire you to discover new strengths and abilities you didn’t know you had, to help you focus on what you can do, to share tips and tricks to help you get through even the toughest days, and to find ways to stay positive in the journey through life with MS.

Support group meetings are designed to be educational, fun, and positive. The MSF provides guidance, resources, and structure while allowing affiliated support groups to maintain their independence. We recognize that each support group is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of its specific members and community. In addition to supporting their members, MSF-affiliated support groups are frequently active in engaging in MS awareness and advocacy efforts in their communities. 

Anyone with MS can start a support group and become a leader. Healthcare professionals can also start or affiliate their support groups with the MSF. Through the MSF Independent Support Group Program, support group leaders receive training, ongoing support for their meetings, and many types of unique assistance throughout the year, including materials for meetings and resources for member recruitment.  

If you would like to start or affiliate a support group, contact MSF's Support Groups and Outreach Manager Alissa Ayden at alissa@msfocus.org or (888) 673-6287, Ext. 141. If you are looking for an existing support group to join, search our interactive support group directory below. Please call the contact person for the support group you are interested in to confirm the date, time, and location.

MSF National Independent Support Group Network Directory

Please Note: The purpose of this directory is to provide information about support groups to those with MS. This list may not be used for solicitation purposes. If you have any questions or would like to discuss information that may be of interest to our affiliated support groups, please contact the MSF’s Support Groups and Outreach Manager, Alissa Ayden, at (888) 673-6287, Ext. 141 or alissa@msfocus.org.

The Pediatric MS Telephone Support Group meets once a month on a national toll-free conference line and is open to all parents or caregivers of children or teens who have MS. Please contact Elin at (979) 219-1755 or elinphillips@ymail.com for more information.

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GUERNEVILLE

River Area Guerneville MS Support Group

Russian River Senior Resource Center
(Marshall House)
Contact: Kristina 707-217-0289 / k_sutherlin@msn.com
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Meets: Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, and location. Text messages are also encouraged. We provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental, and confidential environment in which members can share information and concerns. We also like to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the river area together.


MARINA

MSQLP's Family Caregiver Support Group
Marina Library (Community Room)
190 Seaside Circle

Contact: Osiris 831-333-9091 / osiris_msqlp@sbcglobal.net
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Meets: Third Friday of every other month from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, and location. Our mission is to reduce caregiver strain and increase special support and community among caregivers of people living with MS. The group is intended as a safe place for members to share thoughts, feelings, and emotions about their caregiving experiences. It is hoped that caregivers will gain ongoing peer relationships, strategies to decrease stress, and education about MS. This group meets in conjunction with the MSQLP's Monterey and Salinas joint MS support group meeting. Website: MSQLP.org


MONTEREY

MSQLP's Monterey MS Support Group
Monterey Library (Community Room)
625 Pacific Street

Contact: Osiris 831-333-9091 / osiris_msqlp@sbcglobal.net
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Meets: Third Saturday of every other month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, and location. Our group meets every other month to collaborate, network, and share ideas and perspectives. Group members also share experiences related to the challenges of MS and provide social support to each other. This group has a joint meeting with MSQLP's Salinas MS Support Group on the third Friday of every other month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Marina Library (Community Room). Website: MSQLP.org


REDDING

HOPE 4 MS Support Group
Redding Christian Fellowship Church
2157 Victor Ave

Contact: Patricia 530-222-7277 / hopefourms@yahoo.com
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Meets: First Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. This self-help group is a place where you can share encouragement, inspiration and information with others who can relate to your experience. The mission of HOPE 4 MS Self-Help Group is to offer a safe and confidential place for people affected by MS to share common life experiences, extend support, educate, and offer mutual aid. The vision of our support group is not only to be an advocate for those affected by MS, but also to play an active role in the northstate community. For more information you can visit our website at hope4ms.org.


SALINAS

MSQLP's Salinas MS Support Group
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (Downing Resource Center, Conference Room A)
450 East Romie Lane

Contact: Osiris 831-333-9091 / osiris_msqlp@sbcglobal.net
Contact:
Meets: Third Friday of every other month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, and location. Our group meets every other month to collaborate, network, and share ideas and perspectives. Group members also share experiences related to the challenges of MS and provide social support to each other. This group has a joint meeting with MSQLP's Monterey MS Support Group on the third Friday of every other month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Marina Library (Community Room). Website: MSQLP.org


SANTA ROSA

Sonoma County Santa Rosa MS Support Group
Round Table Pizza
2065 Occidental Road

Contact: Susan 707-800-7837 / mudwoman@sonic.net
Contact: Debi 707-548-8437 / debiwebi7@comcast.net
Meets: Second Monday of the month 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Comments: Please call the contact person to confirm date, time, & location. The Sonoma County MS Group exists to improve the lives of those in our county who are affected by multiple sclerosis. It is our goal that through networking with our members, business, and other organizations we can help the people in Sonoma County who are diagnosed with MS live fuller, easier, and more comfortable lives. Support Group Website: http://sonomacountymsgroup.org



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