Great Lakes West Support Groups


Networking Groups
Our Networking Coffees and support groups are driven and coordinated by volunteers who have been touched by type 1
diabetes. The organization of each group is set up differently though the purpose remains constant; to get you through this
difficult time, share helpful information, grow lasting friendships and remind all involved that they are not alone.

Are you interested in setting up a Networking Coffee in your area? Contact Denise Pentescu at

Local Networking Groups

Greater Grand Rapids – Let’s Talk About Diabetes
Support Group for Parents of Type 1 Diabetics
Location: Fellowship Reformed Church, 6610 36th Ave, Hudsonville, MI
When: 7:30PM on the third Tuesday of each Month
Open to all parents of T1D Kids (Birth – College)
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Contact: Heidi 616.875.6355 or Sonya 616.485.6651
Grand Rapids – More Than Numbers
Adults with Type 1
Rachel O’Callaghan
Meets 3rd Tuesday of every month
Dinner Provided
Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
4069 Lake Drive, Grand Rapids
3rd Floor Conference Room
Grand Rapids – College Type 1 Diabetes Small Group
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Harbor Springs
Families with Type 1
Marcia VanderLip
St. Joseph – Families Living with Diabetes
Families with Type 1
Francine Jordan
Brenda Shepard
Meets 2nd Tuesday each month from 7-8pm at:
First Church of God
2627 Niles Ave
St. Joseph, MI
During the summer months, we often
meet offsite for fun; contact us for information.
Kalamazoo – Glucose Gathering
Contact: Ruthie Tyler
Contact: Tracie Molton