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Groups and Classes

There are a variety of in-person and virtual options for Veterans to live Whole Health and stay connected in their recovery. Veterans interested in attending these phone or online group can contact the facilitator of the group for more information or to register. They will either need to provide their email and phone number so they can be included on the Video Connect Group or they will be provided a call in number with a code in order to connect to the group by phone.

1:00pm – 2:00 pm.

Benefits Briefing 101   

Teach about Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), which includes;  Compensation and Pension (also called disability benefits), post 9/11 GI Bill and other educational benefits, VA Home Loan,  and the process of all benefits. 

Facilitator: Brent Haddow

To Register: Please contact Brent Haddow at 313-686-8691

Format: Cisco Webex

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Group capacity:   Open to All Veteran

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Open Gym

Veterans have access to the gymnasium to play basketball, lift weights or exercise on the cardio equipment.

Location: Gym  Bldg. 134
 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Strength at Home

These are ongoing sessions.  Dates and times will be developed by the Veteran and clinician.  

This is a comprehensive program to assist Veterans struggling with anger and conflict in relationships.  There are 12, two hour sessions, that focus on: 

Understanding abusive behavior and taking responsibility for abuse, understanding anger and trauma, learning ways to deescalate situations that may lead to conflict and aggression, learning how to view situations in a less hostile manner, managing anger and stress more effectively, and communicating in more assertive ways. 

Facilitator: Alison Mencarelli

To Register: Please contact 269-223-6648

Format: Virtual and face-to-face groups are available for participation at the Battle Creek VA and most of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics 

Group Capacity: 10
 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Veteran Check In

This group is offered to provide Veterans an opportunity to call in an discuss any concerns or issues that they are having.  COVID 19 has created an extremely stressful time for Veterans in the community.  The social isolation imposed on individuals can create stress.  This will opportunity to share with each other.

Facilitator: Michael Morehouse

To Register: Please contact 269-966-5600 ext. 31815.

Format: Video Connect

Group Capacity: 10

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

FOCUS ON RECOVERY

This is a topic based group that looks at various components of recovery. Veterans who attend the group are expected to participate in discussions about the varying aspects of recovery. (i.e. honesty, triggers, boundaries, relapse, etc.).

Facilitator: Russell Bell, LMSW

Telephone: 269-966-5600 ext. 31634

Group Capacity: 10
 

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Surviving and thriving through the day

This group will meet weekly to discuss the day to day struggles we face as we go about our daily routines.  Through the use of information on stress management, supportive discussion and activities the group will explore how our ability to tackle the difficulties we face is impacted by our perspective.

Facilitator: Darryl Weekley

Contact: 269-966-5600, ext. 39205

Zoom group

Group capacity: 10 - Open to all Veterans enrolled at the medical center

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Seeking Safety Group

This group will cover topics such as trauma, substance use, coping skills, honesty, setting boundaries, healthy relationships, healing from anger, etc. 

Facilitator: Kendra O'Keelean & Jessica Walker

Contact: 269-358-9741

Zoom group

Group capacity: 12

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Housing Search Group    

This group provides HUD-VASH participants who are currently searching for housing the opportunity to provide housing updates, discuss resources, barriers as well as have any questions answered in regards to securing housing through the HUD-VASH program.

Facilitator: Mike Witt

To Register: Please contact Mike Whitt at 269-873-2226.

Format: Zoom

Group Capacity: 10 (Open to Lansing HUD VASH Veterans)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This group will be led by a Case Manager in the HUD/VASH program.  This group is designed to be a place for Veterans to come together and discuss the barriers they have or are experiencing securing housing as well as share current resources to identify possible housing options.  Topics could range from finding affordable housing, contacting landlords, orientation material review, resource review, etc. 

Facilitator: Tyler Langoni

To Register: Please contact 269-873-2243

Format: Mixed/ HCHV Conference room/ B14R007C

Group Capacity: N/A

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Weekend Check-In: Peer Support Group

Peer support groups are for people who are in mental health recovery.  In this group you will assist each other while engaging in the recovery process as well as discuss  many other benefits  available to Veterans.  Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Support Specialist(s) that help to promote self-determination and assisting others in regaining control over their own lives while embracing the recovery model.

Facilitator: Reggie Howard

Contact: 269-966-5600, ext. 39209

Format: Zoom group

Group capacity: 25- Open to all Veterans enrolled at the medical center
 

1:00 p.m. 

Woven (National Pilot Group)

To provide a unique social network of women Veterans to foster connections and build relationships in local communities and across the nation.

Facilitator: Mary Blythe

Contact: 269-966-5600, ext. 39370

Format: Virtual

Group capacity: Open to all female Veterans
 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Chair Relaxation

Therapeutic Goals:

Relax, strengthen and energize both mind and body without leaving your seat! During sessions, we will go through simple routines including chair poses, stretches and relaxation techniques in a supportive environment. This is a great way to not only maintain and build strength and flexibility but also help calm your mind. This group can be enjoyed without having any experience.

Limit: 10

To register: Please contact Alexandra Norton, CTRS at 269-275-7882 or alexadra.norton@va.gov

Format: VVC/VANTS

Group Capacity: 10
 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Integrated Sprituality & Recovery

Therapeutic Goals:

Integrated Spirituality & Recovery (IS&R) is the ‘Spiritual’ version of the 12 Step Program. At each step, it helps the Veteran see how by embracing their higher power for long-term sobriety and abstinence from drugs, allows for a new narrative to be written in their life.


Facilitator: Chaplain Hooey

To Register: Please contact 269-966-5600 ext. 36598

Format: Zoom

Target Audience: Spirituality

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Healthy Living and Ask The Nurse

 

This group is dedicated to educate Veterans on the importance of healthy living as associated with diet, sleep, and other self-care topics. There will also be a portion of this group designated for a Q&A regarding medical conditions and medication education. These topics will be set prior in order to avoid any possible disclosure to PHI.

Facilitator: Alicia Prentler

To Register: Please contact Alicia Prentler 269-873-2189

Format: Zoom video & audio (phone)

Target Audience: HUD-VASH & Residential Veterans

Capacity: 10
 

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Diabetes Education Class

This group is focused on education of Diabetes. Meets First Three Mondays of the Month. Except Holidays.

Facilitator: Andrea Garver

Contact: 269-223-5794

Format: VVC

Group capacity: Open to all Veterans and Family Members
 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This group will be led by a Case Manager in the HUD/VASH program.  This group is designed to be a place for Veterans to come together and discuss the barriers they have or are experiencing securing housing as well as share current resources to identify possible housing options.  Topics could range from finding affordable housing, contacting landlords, orientation material review, resource review, etc.  If you are a HUD/VASH Veteran feel free to join us using the VANTS line listed below.

Facilitator: Tyler Langoni (ext. 31726)

To Register: Please contact Tyler Langoni at 269-873-2243

Format: Zoom video & audio (phone)

Target Audience: Veterans in HUD/VASH searching or needing assistance with finding/securing housing.

Capacity: N/A 

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Organize Your Life

Life can be so hectic these days, so hectic that everything feels messy and it’s like everything’s happening all at once. It’s time to admit that we need help in organizing our lives. Never miss another appointment because you are so over loaded. Organize your life at home, work and everything in between. Join this group and learn how to be organized. 

Facilitator: Emily MacDonald

To Register: Please contact Emily MacDonald at 269-615-5726

Format: Zoom

Target Audience: All HCHV Veterans

Capacity: Unlimited

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learning to Help Others

The purpose of this group is to educate Veterans on how they can learn peer support skills to implement support groups or how to interact with a Veteran who is struggling with recovery. The group is interactive where Veterans are expected to share and examine their own experiences with recovery to better understand how to help others.

Facilitator: Russell Bell. LMSW

Tel. 269-966-5600 ext. 31634

Group Capacity: 10

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Open Gym

Veterans have access to the gymnasium to play basketball, lift weights or exercise on the cardio equipment.

Location: Gym  Bldg. 134


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Mindful, Awareness and Thoughts

A mindfulness group that will use a strengths based focus to achieve one’s awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting one’s thoughts and bodily reactions.  We will be doing breathing exercise, relaxations techniques and physical exercise(mainly walking).

Facilitator: Gayle Witham

Contact: 269-339-1517

Format:  Zoom group

Group capacity: 10- Open to all Veterans enrolled in VA Medical care
 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Moment By Moment- Women's Recovery

This is a mindfulness-based group approach to relapse prevention. This group may also be helpful for women who may have experienced trauma in their lives and are struggling with mental illness. The course is nine weeks long, however, each group session is not reliant on attendance during previous sessions. Drop-in’s are welcome and no pre-registration is necessary.

Facilitator: Lisa Alicea

Contact269-967-2153

Format:  Zoom group

Group capacity: Women's Veterans

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Anger Management

Learn about anger and how to keep yourself from making things worse when you are angry. Learn relaxation approaches, new ways of thinking, and how to deal more effectively with other people.

Facilitator: Thelmo Torrealba

To Register: Please contact Thelmo Torrealba at 517-599-4663.

Format: Video Connect

Capacity: (Open to Lansing Veterans)

10:00am-11:00am

HUD/VASH Housing Search Group/tenant advocacy skills

This group will increase awareness on tenant advocacy skills, housing rights,  inspections, documentation and additional skills to effectively identify and access housing. Information will be provided on how to use technology, though apps, pdf, document delivery and electronic communication to expedite voucher issuance. Veterans in a group setting can share strategies, leads and or experiences in the housing process.

Facilitator: Maria Bosnak

Contact: (269-425-0993

Format: Zoom group

Group capacity: (Open to Benton Harbor Veterans)
 

11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Relapse and Prevention group

Providing tools and strategies to help you on your recovery journey. Veterans will be presented materials and presentation on Relapse and Prevention, Anger management, Changing Unhealthy Thinking patterns, Relationship related triggers, Changing Irrational Beliefs and Scheduling Activities in Early Recovery.

Facilitator: Lisa Alicea, 269-967-2153.

Format: Zoom Connect

Group Capacity: Open to all Veterans
 

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Stress Relaxation & Self-Reflection

This group provides Veterans an avenue to learn and utilize stress relaxation techniques while simultaneously confronting the barriers we face when working on self-improvement. A variety of topics will be discussed including deep breathing, progressive relaxation, vulnerability, and reframing negative thoughts. 

Facilitator: Jennie Brown

To Register: Please contact Jennie Brown at 269-223-0176

Format: Zoom

Group Capacity: 10, Open to all Veterans enrolled at the medical center

1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Peer Support Group

Peer support groups are for people who are in mental health recovery.  In this group you will assist each other while engaging in the recovery process as well as discuss  many other benefits  available to Veterans.  Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Support Specialist(s) that help to promote self-determination and assisting others in regaining control over their own lives while embracing the recovery model.

Facilitator: Reggie Howard

To Register: Please contact Reggie Howard at 269-966-5600, ext. 39209

Format: Zoom group

Group capacity: 25
 

5:00 p.m.

Integrative Restoration 

Integrative Restoration is an evidence-based, mind-body approach that offers tools to help you relax deeply, release stress, increase resiliency, improve your interpersonal relationships, and empower you to practice self-regulation and self-care to support your health & wellness. 

Facilitator: Rebecca McCullers, Louise Mahoney

Contact: 202-550-4248rebecca.mccullers@va.gov650-815-9463louise.mahoney2@va.gov

Zoom Group Group capacity: Open to all Veterans enrolled at Medical Center

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Open Gym

Veterans have access to the gymnasium to play basketball, lift weights or exercise on the cardio equipment.

Location: Gym  Bldg. 134


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Spiritual Fitness

Spiritual Fitness is critical to the Veterans overall wellness. It impacts mental health, social interactions, and family relationships. This group allows Veterans a safe place to be vulnerable and open to different viewpoints and experiences. This group address spiritual injury, moral injury, guilt, shame, and it provides an opportunity for Veterans to connect with their higher power as a major source of strength for long-term sobriety and abstinence.

Facilitator: Chaplain Hooey, Zachary F.

To Register: 269-966-5600 ext. 33084

Format:  Zoom group

Group capacity: Unlimited


9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Peer Support Life Skills Group

Peer support groups are for people who are in mental health recovery.  In this group you will assist each other while engaging in the recovery process as well as discuss  many other benefits  available to Veterans.  Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Support Specialist(s) that help to promote self-determination and assisting others in regaining control over their own lives while embracing the recovery model.

Facilitator: Ron Henson

To Register: Please contact Ron Henson cell phone at 269-268-0337

Format:  Zoom group

Group capacity: 20
 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

International Kitchen

Cruise with me around the world and experiment with a variety of  fresh herbs and spices.  We’ll travel to the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Facilitator: Regina Dukes-Noble

To Register: Please contact 269-601-4016

Format: Zoom (HUD-VASH & HCHV Veterans)

 

Group Capacity: 10

11:00 a.m.

Women Warriors Group

This is a group that is focused on Women Veterans.

Facilitator: Erika Rose, Susan Lee

To Register269-966-5600, ext. 33593, ext. 36363

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Life Skills Recovery

This is an opportunity to learn and foster daily life skills related to sustaining and strengthening recovery from addiction and/or mental health challenges. 

Facilitator: Sean Stallworth

To Register: 269-832-4001 or 269-966-5600 ext. 35631

Format: Zoom

 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Death of a Loved One Group

Learn about the stages of grieving and the potential impacts on life during each stage. There is no pattern and the grieving process is unique to the individual. Learn to identify symptoms and characteristics within each stage and how to cope through the process.

Facilitator: Ebony Crane

To Register: Please contact Ebony Crane at 269.873.2236.

Format: Zoom

Group Capacity: 10
 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Relapse Recovery

This is an opportunity to learn and foster daily life skills related to sustaining and strengthening recovery from addiction and/or mental health challenges. 

Facilitator: Sean Stallworth

To Register: Please contact 269-832-4001 or 269-966-5600 ext. 35631

Format: Zoom (Grand Rapids Vets)

 

Group Capacity: 10

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

GWOT Support Group

Sessions will provide a space for all Post 9/11 Veterans to process current events in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism while connecting with other Veterans for guidance and support.  Facilitators will review strategies for managing ongoing stress, provide resources, and assist with coordinating  continuing care as needed.

Facilitator: Kris Tabiadon and Mick Hornev

To Register: call 269-966-5600 ext. 36451 or ext. 34341

Format:  Zoom group
 

1:00 p.m.

Codependant Peer Group

The purpose of this group is to help change codependent patterns of thoughts and beliefs.   

Facilitator: Susan Lee                  

To Register: call 269-966-5600 ext. 36363


1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Military Women’s Empowerment Group

Zoom Group focusing on issues facing todays women including topics on Addictions; trauma; relationships; sleep disorders; child rearing; and more. A specific topic will be covered each week using videos and or handouts and time for Group support.

Facilitator: Valerie Butler

To Register: Valerie Butler, Valerie.Butler@va.gov call: 269-966-5600 ext. 31104

Format: Video Connect
 

1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

VA Calm: Mindfulness Meditation            

A series of groups focusing on cultivating awareness of the present moment with kindness and compassion. Through mindfulness the group will notice, without judgement, preoccupied thought and time spent thinking of the past or the future, and work with sensory experiences to guide the mind into the present. Be prepared to learn and practice in a safe environment and take your practice with you. For all levels that bring a beginner’s mind.

Facilitator: Nicole Najar

To Register269-966-5600 ext. 32963

Format: Video Connect

 

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Caring For Your Heart

Goal of the class is to educate Veterans on heart health basics with a focus on healthy lifestyle (diet/exercise) as ways to improve heart health.  
 

2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Art Group           

Now more than ever, we need to make time to be creative. From wherever you are, we are going to do art together! If you have supplies, great! You can do any project you want. You can also do crafts, knitting, whatever is your form of positive creativity! If you don’t have supplies, I can send some to you. No experience needed!

Facilitator: Allyson Bolt

To Register: Please contact Allyson Bolt at 517-231-2735.

Format: Video Connect

 

2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

I've Secured Housing, Now What?     

This group will meet each week to assist Veterans with maintaining their permanent housing long-term with an aim to ensure that Veteran homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. Topics will include tenant/landlord relationships, effective communication/problem solving, resource provision, furniture/household good acquisition, etc. This group will provide Veterans a platform to problem solve issues and share strategies with a HUD VASH case manager as well as peers.

Facilitator: Lauren Tarkiewicz

To Register: Please contact 269-300-8953

Format: Video Connect

 

2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Peer Support


This session is part of the Residential Treatment Program.

Peer support groups are for people who are in mental health recovery.  In this group you will assist each other while engaging in the recovery process as well as discuss  many other benefits  available to Veterans.  Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Support Specialist(s) that help to promote self-determination and assisting others in regaining control over their own lives while embracing the recovery model.

Facilitator: David Baker

To Register: Please contact 269-966-5600  x 32611

Format: Video Connect

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Open Gym

Veterans have access to the gymnasium to play basketball, lift weights or exercise on the cardio equipment.

Location: Gym  Bldg. 134


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

GWOT Buddy Check

This is a check in support group for Veterans that are current processing current events in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.

Facilitators: Russel Bell and Bill Valonkhuyzen

To Register: Please contact 269-966-5600 ext. 35049 or 31634

Format: Virtual or in-person

Target Audience: All Veterans

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Seeking Safety Group

This group will cover topics such as trauma, substance use, coping skills, honesty, setting boundaries, healthy relationships, healing from anger, etc.

Facilitators: Deb Brunner (ext. 30073)

To Register: Please contact Deb Brunner at 269-966-5600, ext. 30073

Format: Video Connect

Target Audience: Residential Veterans

Capacity: 12
 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Employment Support Group

This group will cover topics such as resume building (resumes that get interviews), interviewing skills, Schedule A Authority, navigating USA Jobs, Michigan Talent Bank , networking skills, understanding job postings, translating military MOS to civilian skills, available jobs in different cities (will be based on who is on the call), job fairs, etc.

Facilitator: Dwayne Kelly

To Register: Please contact Dwayne Kelly at 269-832-2854

Format: Zoom video 

Target Audience: HCHV Veterans in 22 county catchment area

Capacity: 20
 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (Ionia Co. Courthouse)

This group is for Veterans identified as having substance abuse disorders. CBT is a well-researched, efficacious, and time-limited psychotherapeutic approach that has been used to treat a number of mental and behavioral health conditions. CBT involves a structured approach that focuses on substance use disorders and relationships among cognitions.

Facilitator: Brenden Wright

To Register: Please contact Lisa Alicea at 269-873-0114

Format: Video Connect

Target Audience: Veterans in the Ionia County area seeking outpatient substance abuse treatment.

Group Capacity: Open to all Veterans
 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Let’s Take a Walk

Description: This is a group that will meet each week to increase our physical activity and enjoy some community to combat the isolation that this pandemic has brought.  This group is open to anyone in the Battle Creek VA System.  If you are interested, please contact me for the ZOOM group info.  Don’t worry; Every person will go at a pace that works for them, so please join us!

Facilitator: Amanda Briggs

Contact: 269-967-0190

Format: ZOOM Group

Group Capacity: 25
 

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

OEF/OIF/OND PTSD Group

This group is for all Veterans who have PTSD symptoms related to their time spent in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Kuwait. This is a place to share your experiences and how you are coping with them. The group will be moderated and will include education about PTSD, anger, and the challenges of fitting back into the civilian world.

Facilitator: Thelmo, Torrealba

To Register: Please contact Thelmo, Torrealba at 517-599-4663.

Format: Video Connect

Target Audience: (Open to OEF/OIF/OND Veterans)


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Book and Writing Club

Let us pick up a book or write a journal entry and explore reading and writing as a choice for leisure. We will discuss many different books and writing selections in a relaxed and interactive setting, with attention to different themes and problems. There will be activities during each group centered around the selection for the week. Come share your insight, comments, and feelings in a social setting with fellow veterans. 

Facilitator: Taylor Van Horn

To Register: Please contact Taylor Van Horn at 269-873-2458 or 269-966-5600, ext. 31694

Format: Webex

Target Audience: Open to all Veterans

Capacity: 12
 

1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Peer Support Group

Peer support groups are for people who are in mental health recovery.  In this group you will assist each other while engaging in the recovery process as well as discuss  many other benefits  available to Veterans.  Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Support Specialist(s) that help to promote self-determination and assisting others in regaining control over their own lives while embracing the recovery model

Facilitator: Ron Henson

To Register: Please contact Ron Henson at 269-966-5600, ext. 32566

Format:  Zoom group

Group capacity: 25

 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tackling the tough stuff

This is a group that will meet weekly to help each other work through problems that each of us faces every day.  It might be a difficult landlord or figuring out how to cope with Depression.  Every week the group will choose a new topic to tackle together.  This is an open group to anyone in the VA.

Facilitator:  Amanda Briggs

Contact269-967-0190

Format:  Zoom Group

Group Capacity: 10- Open to all Veterans enrolled at the medical center


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mindfulness and Timeless Trivia              

Join this group for a little relaxation and fun! Don’t forget to bring your thinking caps.

Facilitator: Cheryl Krzeminkski

To Register: Please contact Cheryl Krzeminski at 269-986-5099

Format: Video Connect

Target Audience: All HCHV veterans


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Advance Care Planning via Group Visits Workshop

Advance Care Planning via Group Visits is a group discussion and workshop centered on creating healthcare goals that will inform your family and providers on YOUR preferences for care.
Veterans will learn how to complete a VA Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Advance Directive(s), as well as, discuss stressors/barriers related to healthcare and end of life conversations. Available for ALL Veterans, Spouses and their families.
Facilitator: Brandon Snyder, LLMSW
To Register: Call 269-966-5600 ext. 31978
Group Capacity: 7
 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Veteran and Family Council

This is a Veterans consumer council that is open to Veterans and family members. Veterans and family are invited to attend, but in order to vote on matters in the meeting you will first need to become a member. The council identifies concerns and issues that Veterans are experience and acts as a bridge between the Veteran and the VA in an attempt to address and improve the overall Veteran experience. The council meets every Thursday as a workgroup.
The 3rd Thursday of the month is the official meeting.

Facilitator: Russell Bell, LMSW

Telephone: 269-966-5600 ext. 31634

Group Capacity: 30

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Open Gym

Veterans have access to the gymnasium to play basketball, lift weights or exercise on the cardio equipment.

Location: Gym  Bldg. 134


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Veteran Check In

This group is offered to provide Veterans an opportunity to call in an discuss any concerns or issues that they are having. COVID 19 has created an extremely stressful time for Veterans in the community. The social isolation imposed on individuals can create stress. This will opportunity to share with each other.

Facilitator: Michael Morehouse

To Register: Please contact Michael Morehouse 269-966-5600 ext. 31815.

Format: Video Connect

Group Capacity: 10


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Peer Support Group

Peer support groups are for people who are in mental health recovery.  In this group you will assist each other while engaging in the recovery process as well as discuss  many other benefits  available to Veterans.  Groups are facilitated by Certified Peer Support Specialist(s) that help to promote self-determination and assisting others in regaining control over their own lives while embracing the recovery model.

Facilitator: Reggie Howard

To Register: Please contact Reggie Howard at 269-966-5600, ext. 39209

Format: Zoom group

Group capacity: 25
 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Communication within Relationships

Learn how to have effective communication within relationships. This can be any type of relationship, professional or personal. Communication skills will be learned based off of Cognitive Behavioral principles.

Facilitator: Laura Gilley

Contact: (269) 300.-316

Zoom group

Group Capacity: 10 – Open to ALL Veterans enrolled at the medical center


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 

“Supporting a healthy lifestyle through Exercise, sports and physical activities.” 

Therapeutic goals: 

To offer education about the emotional, social and physical benefits of participating in physical exercise, sport and/or physical leisure activities. 

To identify and address barriers to participating in exercise or sports. 

To provide Community, VA and virtual resource education to get more involved in exercise, sports and physical activities. 

To provide education/suggestions for functional fitness; exercises that can be done at home and with little to no equipment. 

Facilitator: Jody Barnes

To Register: Please contact Jody Barnes at 269-234-3581 

Format:  Zoom group

Group capacity: unlimited

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Advance Care Planning via Group Visits Workshop

“Advance Care Planning via Group Visits is a group discussion and workshop centered on creating healthcare goals that will inform your family and providers on YOUR preferences for care.

Veterans will learn how to complete a VA Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Advance Directive(s), as well as, discuss stressors/barriers related to healthcare and end of life conversations. Available for ALL Veterans, Spouses and their families.”

Facilitator:  Brandon Snyder, LLMSW

To Register: Please contact Brandon Snyder at 269-966-5600 x 31978

Format: Video Connect

Group Capacity: 7

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Spiritual Growth Bible Study

Interactive Spiritual Growth Bible Study. Come learn the meaning and message of the word and scripture, as guided by your Chaplains!

Facilitators: Zachary Hooey (ext. 36598)

To Register: Email Chaplain Zachary for link. Zachary.hooey@va.gov

Format: Virtual (Microsoft Teams).

Target Audience: Veterans, Family Members, and Staff. 

  • Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
  • For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.
  • Vet Centers - Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.
  • VA Mental Health Services Guide - This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services.
  • MakeTheConnection.net - information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.
  • Download VA's self-help apps - Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
  • VA Women Veterans Call Center - Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 6:30PM ET)
  • VA Caregiver Support Line - Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 5PM ET)
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