Mercy Medical Center Sioux City

Support Groups

If you have any additions to the Support Group list, please contact Community Education by e-mailing with your request. Thank you.

A Step Beyond
This support group is designed for those who have experienced loss. Sessions are designed to help people move beyond grief and learn how to live again. Discover friendship and fellowship. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m., Christy-Smith Resource Center, 1819 Morningside Ave. For more information, call 712-276-7319.

AA Group - Many Hands Caring
Meets-11:30 am to 1:00 pm each Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center, Woodbury Room-3rd Floor, in the back of the cafeteria. Siouxland Inergroup, 712-252-1333.

ADHD Support Group
Held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm at Disabilities Resource Center 520 Nebraska Street, Suite 101. For more information call Joan at 255-1065.

After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group
For women who have or have had breast cancer. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm at the June E Nylen Cancer Center, September through May. Please call 712-252-9370 for more information.

Alzheimer's Association Support Group
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 5:30pm, Bickford Cottage, 4022 Indian Hills Dr., Sioux City or the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2 pm at the Alzheimer's Association, 201 Pierce St. (By Famous Dave's) Sioux City. Contact Emily Garber at 712-279-5802. For other Siouxland area support groups, please see:

Anger Management Class
Boys and Girls Home - 21st and Court
Meets 5:15-7:15 pm - Wednesdays for 2 weeks
Cost is $100 and must be paid prior to attending the class.
Contact: Kathy at 712-293-4760
Heartland Counseling Services, 917 W 21st St, South Sioux City, Contact: 402-494-3337
Call for dates, times and fees.

Attention Deficit Disorder
Siouxland CH.A.D.D.*
(*Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders)
CHADD of Iowa meets at various locations, dates and times throughout the State. Meetings in Sioux City are temporarily on hold at this time. If you have questions regarding ADHD supports in the Sioux City area, please contact CHADD of Iowa Coordinator, Cindy Laughead at 563-263-8476.

Autism--Siouxland Autism Support Group
Second Thursday of the month at Western Hills Area Education Agency, 1520 Morningside Ave. For more information, call 274-6000, ext. 6040.

Bariatric Support Group
First and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Leiter Room at Mercy Medical Center. For questions contact Megan Cleveland, RD, LN 605-217-5566.

Brain Injury Support Group
This group is held the 2nd Sunday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at Opportunities Unlimited, 3439 Glenn Oaks Blvd, Sioux City.  The group is open to survivors and caregivers.  Contact Britney Cooper for details, 712-277-8295.  You may also get help or information from the Brain Injury Association's Family Helpline at: 1-800-444-6443 or visit their web site at

BRCA Positive Support Group
For those who have tested positive for the BRCA gene or those who are thinking of taking the test. Contact Aimee Uhl at 712-574-7455 or for more information including dates and times.

Breast Cancer (ABC-After Breast Cancer) Support Group
Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center This is a support group for women who have or have had breast cancer. This group meets September through May. Contact person: Mary Jane Fitch 712-252-9338.

Broken Silence Suicide Support Group
Seven-week structured support group to help individuals move through the intense emotions of grief when a loved one has died by suicide. Topics include: understanding grief and suicide, guilt, depression, and dealing with anniversaries and holidays. Contact Brenda Zahnley 712-276-7319 for more information.

Caregivers Support Group
This group is primarily for caregivers and helps them cope with change and losses, help with decision making, and lets them connect with other caregivers. Contact Sister Janet at 712-252-9387 or Brenda Winkler at 712-252-9370.

Caregivers Support Group
Meet at Sunrise Retirement Community, 5501 Gordon Dr., Sioux City on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Meetings will be facilitated by Connections Area Agency on Aging. Call 712-279-6900 for more information.

The Celiac Sprue Support Group
Celiac Disease (CD) is a genetic disorder. In people with CD, eating certain types of protein, called gluten, sets off an autoimmune response that causes damage to the small intestine. Meets the 3rd Monday of every month at Mercy Medical Center, Leiter Room. Contact: DeAnna Pennings at 252-5131 or cell 223-0220

Children of Divorce Group (Two Groups - Ages 5-8 & 9-12)
This group will help children cope with adjustment difficulties resulting from parents separating or divorcing, changes in relationships with extended family, estrangement from one parent and the introduction of step-parents and step-siblings. Please call Mandi at 712-279-2373 or email for more information.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group
For more information, call Rhonda at 712-568-2790.

Community of Daughters
Four-week grief group for any woman who has experienced the death of her mother through illness, accident, sudden death or suicide. You will be provided with educational information about the grieving process as well as a safe environment where you can express your feelings openly without criticism or judgment. Call 712-276-7319 for information and schedule.

Compassionate Friends
For families who have lost children. Meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month (except for third Wednesday in November and 2nd Sunday in December) in Mercy Medical Center's Leiter Room. Chapter co-leaders are: Don Mulder, 712-278-2032 or 712-441-0144 and Nancy Webb 712-212-4032.  

COPD Support Group
For patients (and their families) suffering from various pulmonary diseases. Quarterly at 7 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center, Leiter Room. Call Pulmonary Rehab at 712-279-2579 for more information.

Developmental Disabilities - Siouxland Developmental Disabilities Network
A support group of/for people experiencing a developmental disability or families touched by a loved one with a developmental disability. The group meets the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 218 W. 18th Street, South Sioux City, Nebraska. Please use the parking lot behind the church on West 19th Street. For more information, contact Jennifer Smith at 712-226-4477 or 402-494-2018.

Divorce Support (Children's) (Light a Child's Life)
A unique group to help children cope with the challenges of parental separation or divorce.
Call 712-279-2373 for more information or to register.

Epilepsy Support Group
For anyone diagnosed with seizures or epilepsy and family or friends. Call or e-mail Steve Fox at 712-277-2324 from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday-Friday for meeting dates, locations, or more information. Email:

Family Support Group (formerly Leukemia & General Cancer Support Group)
This support group meets monthly at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. It is designed for patients and their families who are dealing with the diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Also included in the group are any and all types of cancer. Please call Brenda at 712-252-9370 for dates and times of meetings.

General Cancer Support Group
Meets monthly at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center, 230 Nebraska Street. Contact Person: Mary Jane Fitch - 712-252-9338.

HIV/AIDS Support Group
Meets weekly. For more information, call Darla or Teri at Siouxland Community Health Center 712-252-2477 or 1-888-371-1965.

Kids Coping with a Loved One's Cancer
This class is for kids ages 5 - 15 and consists of three one-on-one sessions to help kids deal with a loved one's cancer. Class meets on as-needed basis. Please call Mary Jane Fitch at 712-252-0088 or email for more information.

Life After Fibromyalgia LAF (laugh) - Fibromyalgia Support Group
This support group's purpose is to share and be with others that are dealing with Fibromyalgia. Family members are also welcome. Held in Sioux City, Iowa. Please contact Trish Parvu by calling 712-203-9814 or e-mailing at for more information.

Lupus Support Group
Meetings will cease until further notice. For more information, call Iowa Lupus Chapter in Des Moines, Iowa, at 1-888-279-3048.

Mercy's Health Coaching for Tobacco Cessation
One on One Health Coaching for Tobacco Cessation consists of 5 sessions for $150.00. Health Coaching provides participants with a one-on-one opportunity to formulate achievable individual health goals, determine actions plans to achieve these goals and discuss strategies to overcome potential barriers. Health coaching is appropriate for those wanting to lose weight, eat healthier, become more active, manage stress in a healthier manner, quit tobacco, and/or manage a chronic health condition. Health coaching can help you achieve your best 'you'! Call Deb Twyford at 712-274-4334, Mercy Business Health Services, for detailed information.

Mothers of Multiples in Siouxland (MOMS)
Support group for mothers of twins, triplets or more. Monthly activities, speakers, family outings, and annual rummages. For more information on how to join, call Tara at 234-1266 or Deb at 253-3351.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. first Saturday of the month at the CNOS, Dakota Dunes, S.D. For anyone with MS and/or their families. For more information, call Janet Limoges at 605-217-2726.

Obtain Optimal Health and Wellness
Personalized six-week program for cancer survivors. For information and to sign up, call Cindy Gates at 712-252-9425 or email

Parkinson's Support Group
Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. For current meeting location, please call Marilee Lynn at 389-2954.

Post Polio Support
The Post-Polio support group meets at 11 a.m. first Thursday of the month at Perkins Restaurant by Menards in Sioux City. For more information call Joan at 255-1065.

Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group meets at 5:15 on the first Tuesday of the month at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center. The purpose of the group is to provide a comfortable place to receive information about diagnosis and treatment options for prostate cancer along with providing interesting topics for discussion. Call 712-252-9338 for more information.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Individual and Support Groups
For more information, call CSADV in Sioux City at 712-258-7233; Plymouth County at 712-546-6764; Monona County at 712-423-3443. Advocacy and support available 24 hours a day at 1-800-982-7233. All services free of charge and confidential.

Siouxland IC Support Group
We are a support group for patients who have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome. We also welcome those with any concerns about urinary frequency or urgency. Meets quarterly in Sioux City, Iowa. For more information, call Jacque Dundas at 316-641-9766 or e-mail

Type I Diabetes Support Group
Mercy Medical Center and Midlands Clinic is sponsoring a support group for those affected by Type 1 diabetes. For more information, please call 712-279-2345 to reach the Diabetes Education Department at Mercy Medical Center, or call Sharon Blom, R.N. or Joanne Hannah, R.N. at Midlands Clinic, 605-217-5517 for more information.

Voice Disorder Support Group
Meets as needed at Mercy Medical Center, Buena Vista Room. 712-279-2686

Woodbury County D.M.D.A.
Support group for people with disabilities and mental disorders.
Noon to 2 p.m. first Saturday of the month at Country Friendship Acres, 4501 West St. (for directions, call Denny at 277-4687); 7 to 8 p.m. first Tuesday of the month at 515 Court St. in the Community Room; 7 to 8 p.m. second Tuesday of the month at 441 W. Third St. in the Community Room; 7 to 8 p.m. third Tuesday of the month at 409 W. Third St. in the Community Room.

Young At Heart Cancer Support Group
Group designed for cancer survivors forty-something and below, who have completed or are undergoing treatment. The group addresses issues of fertility, dealing with a cancer diagnosis while raising young children, family issues and fatigue. Call Sara 712-253-9304 or Kristen 712-898-7756 for meeting dates and times.

Young Widow's Support Group
A 5-week support group for women ages 35-50. This group combines educational components as well as a safe environment to share feelings openly with other young widows. Periodic meetings with social events will follow the 5-week structured format. Call 712-276-7319 for information and schedule.

Your Way to Wellness: Life After Cancer Treatment
This class is free to people who have completed active cancer treatment and includes information on: nutrition, physical activity, social and emotional well being, spiritual resources, and physical and medical health. A class is held monthly. For more information and to register, please contact Tracy Feathers at 712-252-9426 or e-mail