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

SUPPORT GROUPS

VINE hosts a variety of support groups and provides a place for people to gather and talk about their struggles. Probably 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 professional with understanding of bereavement after the death of a loved one, coping with a chronic medical condition, or a progressive illness. There is no charge for participation, however donations are appreciated and benefit VINE’s caregiver support services.

Caregiver Support Group

  • Fourth Wednesday of each month
  • 1:30 – 3 pm
  • Free, but contributions are welcome

This group is for anyone caring for a person with a progressive illness such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease.

Facilitated by VINE’s Social Worker, Mary Wichtendahl.

Please call (507) 387-1666 with any questions.

Caregiver Support Group in Mapleton

  • First Tuesday of each month
  • 3 – 4:30 pm
  • St. Teresa Catholic Church

This group is for anyone who provides care to a family member or friend with a progressive illness. Each session includes a brief presentation and opportunity for sharing. Participants offer support and encouragement to each other.

Facilitated by VINE’s Community Living Coach, Joyce Kolbet.

Please call (507) 387-1666 with any questions.

Grief and Loss Support Group

  • First and Third Wednesday of each month
  • 1:30 – 3 pm
  • Free, but contributions are welcome

This group is for anyone suffering a significant loss. Sharing experiences with others can often help us manage the pain that is a natural part of grieving. You are welcome to attend as many session as you’d like.

Facilitated by VINE’s Community Living Coaches, Joyce Kolbet and Carol Ries.

Please call (507) 387-1666 with any questions.


  • Wednesdays: May 24, June 28, July 26 & August 23
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • St. Peter Community Center Room #215
  • Free, but contributions are welcome

This group is for anyone suffering a significant loss. Sharing experiences with others can often help us manage the pain that is a natural part of grieving. You are welcome to attend as many session as you’d like.

Facilitated by VINE’s Community Living Coach and St. Peter Recreation Department and Senior Center
Please call (507) 387-1666 with any questions.

Memory Support Group

  • Second Thursday of each month
  • 10 – 11:30 am
  • Free, but contributions are welcome

This group is for those who have been diagnosed with a cognitive impairment or for anyone who has questions about their memory. Family caregivers are welcome to attend.

Facilitated by VINE’s Social Worker, Mary Wichtendahl and Dr. Jeff Buchanan and Sharon Chader LSW.

Please call (507) 387-1666 with any questions.

Stroke Support Group

  • Second Thursday of each month
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Free, this group is made possible in part through support from the Minnesota Department of Health

The Stroke Support Group is for stroke survivors and their families and caregivers. Topics will change each month and may include sharing of similar experiences, learning from others or expert education. This group will allow stroke survivors to cope in their own way while finding the emotional support and encouragement necessary to continue a meaningful life after stroke.

No registration is necessary. This support group is organized by Mayo Clinic Health System.

Please call (507) 304-7165 for more information.

AA Support Group

  • Monday through Friday
  • 10:30 am
  • Free, but donations are encouraged to cover costs

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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