Affirmations Support and Discussion Groups

Support and Discussion Groups

Affirmations’ Support & Discussion Groups are free for anyone who’d like to access them virtually or at the Center. The groups are intended to provide guests connection, support, and community around a particular issue or identity. All groups are considered a safe space for the members they serve. If you are approaching the group as an ally, please reach out to ewhite@goaffirmations.org for him to receive consent from the group for you to attend. We also ask that groups are NOT attended to be observed by students for studies or similar purposes.

Interested in starting a group that you don’t see here? We accept group proposals, on a rolling basis, from community members who seek to lead a new group! You can start that process by submitting our New Group Proposal Form.

***All of our Support and Discussion Groups are ages 18 & up. Please check out our youth programs page for information regarding Youth Programs.

Bisexual+ Community Support

When:

Mondays | 7-8 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

A discussion and support group for members of the bisexual+ community, including those who self-identify as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, queer, polysexual or any person who experiences attraction to more than one gender. All gender identities are welcome!

The group will address current events and issues affecting the Bisexual+ community by creating a space where participants can engage in enjoyable and meaningful discussions, group activities and projects, and social events.

Brown Baggers AA

When:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | 11:30 am – 1 pm

Saturday | 1:30 – 3 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

CMA – Crystal Clean

When:

Wednesdays (hybrid; in-person at Affirmations) | 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Saturdays | 5:30 – 6:30 pm (virtual)
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale (for in-person meetings)

Google Meets (for virtual meetings)

 

A confidential recovery group for those recovering from the use of Crystal Meth. To join, please call (248) 398-7105 or email ewhite@goaffirmations.org.

Email to join CMA

Coming Out

When:

Saturdays | 10:30 am – 12 pm
Where:

Google Meet

 

A confidential support group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have in life. Email comingout@goaffirmations.org for the Google Meet link.

Email to join the coming out group

Coming Out Together

When:

Tuesdays | 7 – 9 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

Confidential support group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have in life.

Disability and Discussion

When:

Mondays | 7-9 pm (hybrid; in-person at Affirmations)
Where:

Google Meet / Affirmations room 201 | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

A space for disabled LGBTQ+ folks to be ourselves unapologetically, without worrying about our personal challenges not being taken seriously. Share out about your week, help to support others in the community, and discuss key disability-related social issues all within an inclusive, intersectional environment. To join, please call (248) 398-7105 or email ewhite@goaffirmations.org.

Join Disability and Discussion

Harm Reduction Group

When:

Wednesdays | 6 – 7 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

We’ve partnered with Oakland County Health to bring folks a safe space to talk and seek support for substance use or misuse. Attendees do not have to be sober to attend, though sobriety can be one of your substance use goals.

The group is for anyone 18+, who has an interest in understanding harm reduction, practices harm reduction themselves, or simply wants support and guidance along the way.

Men’s Discussion Group

When:

Saturdays | 5 – 7 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

Discussion group for gay, bisexual, and transgender men ages 18 and up. Topics vary from lighthearted subjects to in-depth discussions. Holds holiday parties and outings in addition to regular meetings.

Motor City Bears

When:

2nd Saturdays | Meet and Greet at 3 pm, General Meeting at 4 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

A social, fundraising group made up of Bears and admirers. Membership is open to all that consider themselves men* and are attracted to men. * includes biological males as well as male presenting individuals.

Learn more about Motor City Bears

NA Diversity

When:

Tuesdays (hybrid; in-person at Affirmations) | 6:30 – 8 pm
Where:

Google Meet / Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

Meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.

Email to Join NA Diversity

NA Regardless of…

When:

Thursdays | 11:30 am
Where:

Google Meet

 

Meeting of Narcotics Anonymous. To join, please call (248) 398-7105 or email ewhite@goaffirmations.org.

Email to join NA Regardless of...

SAA: Sex Addicts Anonymous

When:

Mondays (hybrid; in-person at Affirmations) | 7 pm
Where:

Google Meet / Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

Join SAA

Senior Koffee Klatch

When:

Wednesdays | 1 – 3 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

When:

Fridays | 1 – 2:30 pm
Where:

Royal Oak Senior Center | 3500 Marais Ave, Royal Oak

 

Both locations host a discussion and networking group for people 45 and older. Various discussion topics, social outings, and potlucks are held throughout the year.

Serenity AA

When:

Mondays | 5:45 – 7 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

SMART Recovery

When:

Saturdays | 10 – 11:30 am (hybrid; in-person at Affirmations)
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale (for in-person meetings)

Google Meet (for virtual meetings)

 

For more information or to join virtually, please contact toddsmitmarch@gmail.com.

Email to join SMART Recovery

Transgender and Non-Binary Discussion

When:

Tuesdays |  5 pm (virtual)

Saturdays |  2 pm (in-person at Affirmations)
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale (for in-person meetings)

Google Meet (for virtual meetings)

 

A group for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals.

Join TeaEnby

Transgender Life Support

When:

Tuesdays | 7 pm – 9 pm (in-person at Affirmations)

Thursdays | 7 pm – 9 pm (virtual)
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale (for in-person meetings)

Google Meet (for virtual meetings)

A group for anyone who is transgender, non-binary, or questioning their gender identity. This group is an informal discussion about the experiences of being gender-nonconforming and addresses topics such as navigating coming out, accessing medical care, current events, and more!

Email to Join TLS

Trans Male Support Group

When:

1st and 3rd Thursdays | 6 – 7:30 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

Affirmations and Stand With Trans are partnering to create a safe space for our trans male community members to find support and build community.

Women’s Discussion Group

When:

2nd Thursdays | 6:30 – 8 pm

Last Saturdays | 11 am – 12:30 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

A safe space and place for WOMEN: lesbian, bi, trans, etc. Socialize, vent and chat, and build community. Topics vary from lighthearted subjects to in-depth discussions: coming out stories/struggles, as well as social norms, friendships/families, the validity of bisexual women, assumptions of sexuality and being a bi/lesbian woman in the workplace – and much more.

Learn more about Women’s Discussion Group

Writing Group

When:

1st and 3rd Thursdays |  6:45 pm
Where:

Google Meet / Discord

 

Please email affirmationswriting@gmail.com for Google Meet/Discord information. If you do not hear back within a couple of days, please check your spam folder.

Email to join the writing group

Queer Billiards Social

When:

Thursdays | 7 – 8:30 pm
Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

An activity-based social group, meant for community building through sport. Whether you’re a pro or novice, there’s space for you to learn and practice your billiards skills with other LGBTQIA2S+ people in this group. Please email chefemilboch@gmail.com to register before attending this group.

Whole New Worlds: A Queer Fantasy Book Club

When:

1st Wednesdays | 6:30 – 8 pm

Where:

Affirmations | 290 W 9 Mile, Ferndale

 

A group for queer folks to gather, read, and discuss fantasy in literature. This book club’s goal is to show queer people that they are welcome in every space and exist in every world. It can be hard to figure out where to jump in or go next, so we aim to provide structure with this group whether this is your first foray into fantasy or you’re a fantasy fanatic!

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