(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001


VINE hosts a variety of support groups and provides a place for people to gather and talk about their struggles. Perhaps the biggest advantage of support groups is helping participants realize that they are not alone; visiting with others facing similar challenges can be a source of strength and comfort. Support groups are facilitated by a VINE social worker or another experienced professional with understanding of bereavement after the death of a loved one, caregiving, or memory loss. 

Caregiver Support Group

Caregiving can be difficult and isolating, especially during COVID. Gain insights and encouragement from others facing similar challenges.
• First Tuesday of the Month
• 2:30 – 4 pm
• St. Teresa Catholic Church, Mapleton
Call (507) 386-5583 to register.
Facemasks are required.

• Wednesdays, March 10 & 24
• 1:30 – 2:30 pm
• Virtual
Call (507) 386-5577 to register and learn about virtual procedures.

Grief and Loss Support Group

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, please join us for 8 weeks of grief support, beginning February 10.
• Every Wednesday, February 10 – March 31
• 10:30 – 11:30 am

Call Joyce at (507) 386-5583 for more information and to register.

LGBTQ+ Caregivers Support Group

A priority for VINE Staff is to continue understanding and responding to the needs of our LGBTQ+ elders and their advocates. Support is provided as needed.

• Wednesdays, March 10 & 24
• 4 – 5 pm
• Virtual

Please call Joyce at (507) 386-5583 if you are interested in being part of a virtual Support Group.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

• Six consecutive Thursdays, beginning April 15
• 1 – 2:30 pm
• VINE Adult Community Center
Powerful Tools for Caregivers … better self-care.

Weekly topics include challenges of caregiving, identifying signs and sources of caregiver stress, dealing with anger, guilt and depression, benefits of good communication, power of optimism, and making an action plan. Joyce Kolbet and Mary Wichtendahl will conduct the series. Join us and learn how to thrive as a caregiver.

For more information or to register, call Mary Wichtendahl at (507) 386-5577. Class size is limited, so register soon. Cost is $35 for the Caregiver Helpbook; donations for the classes are encouraged.

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