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      About 54,000 Iowans are blind or low vision. If you or someone you know is experiencing vision loss, there are several support groups throughout the state to help connect those with vision loss.

      Support groups generally meet once a month to network and share information on topics relating to vision loss.  For specific information on a group in your area, choose the town closest in proximity to your home.

      ALTOONA

      Name:            Altoona White Cane Community
      Date:              Third Thursday of the month 
      Time:              5:00 – 6:30 PM
      Location:         Church of the Cross
                            1701 8th Street SW
                            Altoona, IA
      Contact(s):      Carrie Chapman
                             515-657-1461
                             c.chapman657@yahoo.com

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      CEDAR FALLS

      Name:            Friendship Village Vision Group
      Date:              3rd Friday of every month
      Time:              2:00 PM
      Location:       Friendship Village Chapel
                              600 Park Lane
                              Waterloo , IA
      Contact(s):    Bonnie Tibbetts
                              319-291-8157

      Name:             Macular Degeneration Support Group - Download flyer (Adobe PDF)
      Date:                2nd Monday of every other month (on the odd months: January, March, May, and so on). 
      Time:               10:00 – 11:30 AM
      Location:         Kimball Ridge Center - Board Room
                                2101 Kimball Ave (Kimball and Ridgeway Avenues)
                                Waterloo, IA
      Contact(s):      Barb Lamfers
                               319-230-4499
                               Barb111482@hotmail.com

      CEDAR RAPIDS

      Name:            Cedar Rapids Blindness Support Group
      Who's Invited:  Anyone who has loss of vision or has interest in this                       
      Date:              4th Thursday of every month, starting on 3/28/2019
      Time:              1:00 - 3:00 PM
      Location:       Cottage Grove Place, Sedlacek Hall
                            2115 1st Ave SE
                            Cedar Rapdis, IA  52403
      Contact(s):    Jonathan Ice
                           319-298-2919, jkice89@q.com

       

      CLINTON

      Name:           Clinton VIP (Visually Impaired Persons)
      Date:              4th Tuesday of the month  
      Time:              5:00 – 7:00 PM
      Location:        Sarah Harding Senior Living
                              308 South Bluff Blvd.
                              Clinton, IA 52732
      Contact(s):    Kathy Youmans Driscoll
                              612 5th St.
                              Camanche, IA 52730
                              (563)-259-8766
                              (563)-219-6740 (c)

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      CORALVILLE

      Name:           Johnson County Support Group
      Date:             2nd Wednesday of the Month (call Dan Fisher to verify meeting in advance, schedule sometimes varies)
      Time:             2:00 PM
      Location:        Coralville Public Library, Room B (Lower Level)
                           1401 5th Street, Coralville, IA 52241

      Contact(s):     Dan Fisher
                           PO Box 13
                           Wellman, IA 52356
                           319-321-1839

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      COUNCIL BLUFFS

      Name:           Council Bluffs Support Group
      Date:             Thursday
      Time:             10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Braille Class, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Support Group
      Location:        Broadway United Methodis Church
                            11 S. First Street, Council Bluffs, IA  51502

      Contact(s):     Terri Wilcox
                             515-281-1309
                             terri.wilcox@blind.state.ia.us

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      DES MOINES

      Name:            Monthly Support Group for Visually Impaired Veterans and Families
      Date:               4th Friday of the month
      Time:              10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
      Location:        VA Hospital 
                               3600 30th St.
                               Des Moines, IA
      Contact(s):         Wes Hodgson
                               VA Hospital
                               3600 30th Street
                               Des Moines, IA  50310
                               515-699-5410
                               wesley.hodgson@va.gov
       

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      DUBUQUE

      Name:            Tri-State Independent Blind Society
      Date:              Support group meetings are EVERY Tuesday at 1:30 P.M.
                             (We have crafts, games, socials, bowling, picnics, bus trips, and other events.)
                             NOTE: When meals or special events are scheduled, start time will be NOON. 
                             The 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month is Movie Day, scheduled at 1:30 P.M.
                             Come make new friends! Everyone is welcome. We are here to help any low vision or blind person with aids & devices in the Low-Vision                        Center or large print and audio books from the Used Book Store.
                             Any questions, contact the number listed below.
      Location:        Tri-State Independent Blind Society
                             1068 Cedar Cross Road
                             Dubuque, IA   52003
                             M-F (9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.)
      Contact(s):      Debbie Gagne
                             3333 Asbury Rd.
                             Dubuque, IA   52002
                             563-556-8746
                             tristateblind@gmail.com
                             www.tristateblind.org

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      FORT DODGE

      Name:           EyeShare Low Vision/Blind Support Group
      Date:             2nd Tuesday of the month
      Time:             1:30-3:00 PM
      Location:       Northridge Apartments
                            2805 6th ave.
                            N. Building 1
                            Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
      Contact:         Bonnie Kennedy (co-chair)
                            515-571-0142
                            Carol Flickinger (co-chair)
                            712-887-1109

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      FORT MADISON

      Date:            2nd Monday of the month
      Time:           9:30 AM
      Location:      Sunnybrook Assisted Living 
                           5025 River Valley Rd.
                           Fort Madison, IA

      Contact:        Sarah Martin
                           Sunnybrook Assisted Living 
                           5025 River Valley Rd.
                           Fort Madison, IA 52627
                           319-470-8611 (o)
                           319-470-9286 (c)

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      INDIANOLA

      Name:            Low Vision Support Group
      Date:              2nd Wednesday in January, April, July, and October
      Time:             10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
      Location:        The Village
                             Maplecrest Building, Heritage Room
                            1203 N E Street
                             Indianola, IA  50125

      Contact(s):     Everett L. Laning 
                            805 Robin Glen
                            Indianola, IA   50125
                            515-554-4546
                            elandmt@gmail.com

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      IOWA CITY

      Name:            Iowa City Support Group
      Date:              Mondays
      Time:             10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Braille Class and 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Support Group
      Location:        Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center
                            28 S. Lin
                            Iowa City, IA  52240
                            
      Contact(s):     Terri Wilcox
                             515-281-1309
                             terri.wilcox@blind.state.ia.us

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      MARSHALLTOWN

      Name:            Marshalltown Support Group
      Date:              Fridays
      Time:             9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Braille Class and 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Support Group
      Location:        Marshalltown Public Library
                            105 W Boone Street
                            Marshalltown, IA  50158
                            
      Contact(s):     Terri Wilcox
                             515-281-1309
                             terri.wilcox@blind.state.ia.us

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      MONTICELLO

      Name:            Jones County Vision: A Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired
      Date:              3rd Thursday of the month for February, April, June, August, and October
      Time:              2:00  – 4:00 PM
      Location:        United Church of Monticello, Church Basement
                            123 N Chestnut St.
                            Monticello, IA 52310
      Contact(s):     Joy Adams,Group Leader
                           319-480-0898

                            Ruth Harms, Membership
                            319-465-3990 

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      MUSCATINE

      Name:            Muscatine Blind and Low Vision Support Group
      Date:              3rd Wednesday of the month 
                            Does not meet January and February
      Time:              11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
      Location:        Farmer's Diner
                            2300 Park Ave
                            Muscatine, IA 52761 
      Contact(s):  Gay Hindbaugh
                            3525 Hwy 22 E.
                             Muscatine, IA 52761
                             563-263-4889
                             563-260-6989 (preferred)

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      SIOUX CITY SUPPORT GROUP

      Name:            Sioux City Support Group
      Date:              Tuesdays
      Time:             11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Braille Class and 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Support Group
      Location:        Disability Resource Center
                            505 5th Street, Suite 400
                            Sioux City, IA  51101
                            
      Contact(s):     Terri Wilcox
                             515-281-1309
                             terri.wilcox@blind.state.ia.us

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      SIOUX CITY - SIOUXLAND 

      Name:          Siouxland Informational Group for the Blind
      Date:            2nd Tuesday of the month
      Time:            2:00 – 5:00 PM
      Location:       Northern Hills Assisted Living - Country Store Room
                          4002 Teton Trace
                          Sioux City , IA  
      Contact(s):    Greg Hanson 
                          721 Noltze Dr. Apt. 3
                          Sioux City, IA   51103-3750
                          712-258-1311
                          blinddragon@earthlink.net

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      SPENCER

      Name:            Spencer Area Visually Impaired/Blind (SAVIB)
      Date:               1st Tuesday of the month
      Time:              1:30 PM
      Location:        Spencer Public Library
                               21 E. 3rd St.
                               Spencer , IA   51301
      Contact(s):     Alice Dalager
                              712-262-4783
                                     or
                            Judy Taylor
                              712-262-1897        

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      WAPELLO

      Name:            Louisa County Visual Support Group
      Date:              3rd Thursday of the month  (Group does not meet during the winter months of November, December, January, February, and March)
      Time:             1 p.m.
      Location:        Corner Market
                            340 N. Second
                            Wapello, IA 52653
                            319-527-6328
      Contact(s):     Lois Richers
                               424 S. 6th
                               Wapello , IA   52653
                               319-527-2630
                               319-850-0848 (cell)
                               lerichers@louisacomm.net    

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      WATERLOO

      Name:            Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) -- local support group for those with or interested in visual impairments
      Date:               2nd Sunday of each month 
      Time:               2:00 - 4:00 PM
      Location:        Covenant Hospital - Meeting Room 2
                               3421 W. Ninth St.
                               Waterloo , IA
      Contact(s):     Rebecca Barrionuevo
                               319-266-8511
                               rbarrionuevo@cfu.net

      Name:            Friendship Village Vision Group
      Date:              3rd Friday of every month
      Time:             2:00 PM
      Location:        Friendship Village Chapel
                            600 Park Lane
                            Waterloo , IA
      Contact(s):      Bonnie Tibbetts
                            319-291-8157

      Name:             Macular Degeneration Support Group - Download flyer (Adobe PDF)
      Date:                2nd Monday of every other month (on the odd months: January, March, May, and so on). 
      Time:               10:00 – 11:30 AM
      Location:         Kimball Ridge Center - Board Room
                                Kimball and Ridgeway Avenues in Waterloo
      Contact(s):      Barb Lamfers
                                2541 W 9th St.
                               Waterloo, IA   50702 
                               319-230-4499
                               Barb111482@hotmail.com

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