ALS Support Groups

Led by professionals, ALS Support Groups provide opportunities for group members to share their personal experiences and to learn more about living with ALS. Participants learn that they are not alone nor without help or hope. Support Group meetings are free and open to all people living with ALS and their caregivers. Support Groups sometimes feature speakers on relevant topics and are designed to share information as well as strategies for preserving the independence and quality of life of both people living with ALS and their caregivers.

Regional ALS Support Groups for People Living with ALS, Family, Caregivers, and Friends

(all are welcome)

Portland

First Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Imago Dei Eastside Church
3130 SE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97236
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Amber Smith at 503-238-5559 ext. 122 or Amber.Smith@alsoregon.org

Hood River

Fourth Wednesday of every month from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Providence Hospice - Hood River
1630 Woods Ct. Hood River, OR 97031
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Amber Smith at 503-238-5559 ext. 122 or Amber.Smith@alsoregon.org

Vancouver, Washington

Second Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
St Luke’s Episcopal Church
426 E 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Susan Pennock at 503-238-5559 ext. 114 or Susan.Pennock@alsoregon.org

Beaverton

Third Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Susan Pennock at 503-238-5559 ext. 114 Susan.Pennock@alsoregon.org

Eugene

Second Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hilyard Center
2580 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97405
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Mary Rebar at 541-990-1246 or Mary.Rebar@alsoregon.org

Bend

Second Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Partners in Care: 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, OR 97701 
(Parking Instructions: Please park at the Partners in Care Building Parking lot located at 2611 NE Courtney)
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Christina Riddock at 541-977-7502 or Christina.Riddock@alsoregon.org

Medford

In-Person: Third Thursday of each month from 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m (rotating locations)
Virtual: First Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. PST
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Laura Geilenfeldt at 541-292-8775 or Laura.Geilenfeldt@alsoregon.org

State Capitol

Virtual: Third Wednesday of each month from 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. PST
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Mary Rebar at 541-990-1246 or Mary.Rebar@alsoregon.org 

Learn more about our team.

Support groups are one of the many free services offered by ALS Northwest.

Oregon Statewide Family Caregiver Support Group

Virtual: Second Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. PST
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Christina Riddock at 541-977-7502 or Christina.Riddock@alsoregon.org

Portland Family Caregiver Group

Third Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Redwood Room
6650 SW Redwood Lane, Portland, OR 97223
To attend and for questions, please contact: 
Amber Smith at 503-238-5559 ext. 122 or Amber.Smith@alsoregon.org

Salem Family Caregiver Group

First Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m.
Broadway Commons, Second Floor Conference Room
1300 Broadway St NE #100, Salem, OR 97301
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Mary Rebar at 541-990-1246 or Mary.Rebar@alsoregon.org

Southern Oregon Family Caregiver Group

Quarterly on Second Wednesdays
United Way, 60 Hawthorne St, Medford, OR 97504
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Laura Geilenfeldt at 541-292-8775 or Laura.Geilenfeldt@alsoregon.org 

Vancouver, Washington Family Caregiver Group

Third Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
E 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Susan Pennock at 503-238-5559 ext. 114 or Susan.Pennock@alsoregon.org

See additional resources for family caregivers.

Oregon Statewide ALS Support Group (Virtual Group for People Living with ALS, Family & Friends)

Fourth Wednesday of each month from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
Note: The Statewide Support Group will run concurrently with our Educational Topic Call in May, June, September, and December.
To attend and for questions, please contact:
Cassy Adams at 503-238-5559 ext. 100 or Cassy.Adams@alsnorthwest.org

PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis) Support Group

Available to anyone living with a Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) Diagnosis
Meetings occur every other month from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST

2023/2024 Schedule:

  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST - *please note* updated from November 2nd.
  • Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST
  • Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST
  • July TBD!
  • Thursday, September 5, 2024 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST

To attend and for questions, please contact:
Mary Rebar at 541-990-1246 or Mary.Rebar@alsnorthwest.org

Generation X/Y/Z Support Group

(Geared toward people living with ALS age 50 or younger)
Quarterly Meetings occur the fourth Thursdays in March, June, September, and December from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. PST

To attend and for questions, please contact:
Christina Riddock at 541-977-7502 or Christina.Riddock@alsnorthwest.org

ALS/FTD (Frontotemporal dementia) Family Caregiver Support Group- Virtual Meeting

(Open to family caregivers with a loved one with ALS & Frontotemporal dementia)

ALS/FTD Support Group meeting occurs virtually the 2nd Thursday of every month from 4-5 p.m. PST beginning February 8th, 2024. 
Also available are virtual meetings occurring the Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. PST hosted by Oregon Health Sciences University for care partners of a person living with FTD. 

To attend and for questions, please contact:
Cassy Adams at 503-238-5559 ext. 100 or Cassy.Adams@alsnorthwest.org or Amber Smith 503-966-1141 or Amber.Smith@alsnorthwest.org 

Upcoming Meetings