Support Groups

We all need  someone to talk to sometimes. St. Margaret’s support groups offer that listening ear. Share your story, meet with people in similar situations, or  learn how to cope.

This group meets the third Monday of every month at 6pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hall (344 Joliet Street, LaSalle).

Contact Joanne Milby at (815) 228-1858 for more information. 

This group is here for families who have lost a child through death.

This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at St. Margaret’s Health – Peru’s 6th Street Building Conference Room (1305 6th Street, Peru). It is best to park in the lot off 7th Street and enter through the west side door. 

Contact Rita Studzinski, (815) 223-7663

This free group is held the first Tuesday of each month from 3pm – 4pm in the 2nd Floor conference room at the St. Margaret’s Diabetes Center located at 310 Walnut Drive in Peru (adjacent to the Illinois Valley YMCA) at the corner of 15th Street and Walnut Drive.

2022 FREE Diabetes Support Group Schedule:

February 1: Get back on track after the holidays

March 1: How blood sugar affects feet & eye health

April 5: Sleep hygiene (how sleeping habits affect overall health)

May (TBD): Hy-Vee grocery store tour with a registered dietitian

June 7: Low impact exercise class

July 5: Diabetes trivia game

August 2: Smile! Lean more about oral complications of diabetes and brush up on dental care skills

September 6: Chair exercises with a physical therapy expert

October 4: Rethink your drink

November 1: Guest speaker: Medicare specialist

For more information, call our Diabetes Centers at (815) 780-3309 (Spring Valley) or (815) 780-3326 (Peru).

For more diabetes resources or to learn more about our Diabetes Resources Team and other diabetes education opportunities, click here.

Open to people with epilepsy, caregivers, family, friends and community members

While this group usually meets in-person, some of these meetings are ZOOM-only meetings so please be sure to check our event calendar. 

In-person meetings are usually held the second Thursday of the month at 6pm, Lighted Way building, 641 6th Street, LaSalle.

Questions? Contact Erika Fleck, Vice President of Government Affairs & Advocacy at the Epilepsy Advocacy Network at (815) 414-8655 or erika@epilepsyadvocacynetwork.org

Learn more about the Epilepsy Advocacy Network

For other epilepsy support groups in North-Central Illinois (running through the Epilepsy Advocacy Network in 2022), click here.

Grief Support Group is offered the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6pm.

This group meets at St. Margaret’s Health – Peru’s 6th Street Building Conference Room (1305 6th Street, Peru). Parking is best in the lot off 7th Street – enter through the west side door.

Contact Joan Fernandez at joan.fernandez@ivch.org or call (815) 780-4618 for more information.

Open to anyone who has any type of cancer.

This group meets the second Monday of each month at 6pm at St. Margaret’s Health – Peru’s 6th Street Building Conference Room (1305 6th Street, Peru). It is best to park in the lot off 7th Street and enter through the west side door. 

This group is NOT meeting in January or February of 2023. Meetings will resume in March. This group will still meet on December 12, 2022 for regular meeting and Christmas cheer.

For more information, call Joan Fernandez in the Community Outreach Department at (815) 780-4618. 

This group meets the second Monday of each month at 6pm at St. Margaret’s Health – Peru’s 6th Street Building Wellness Conference Room (1305 6th Street, Peru). It is best to park in the lot off 7th Street and enter through the west side door.

Contact Joan Fernandez at (815) 780-4618 for more information.

This group meets the first Monday of the month at 1:30pm – 3:30pm at St. Margaret’s Health – Spring Valley’s Presentation Room on the First Floor of the hospital (600 East First Street, Spring Valley). Park in the North Parking Lot and enter on through the Main Entrance on the north side of the hospital. 

This group will meet for lunch at Liberty Restaurant on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 for the Christmas luncheon (Everyone pays for their own).

Contact Sue English at (815) 434-7114 for more information. 

Fourth Wednesday of every month from 5:30pm – 7pm at First Congregational Church in Peru (1431 4th Street, Peru).

This group will not meet in November or December 2022 due to the holidays. 

Contact Joan Fernandez at (815) 780-4618.

This group meets the first and third Monday of each month at 6pm at St. Margaret’s Health – Peru’s 6th Street Conference Room (1305 6th Street, Peru). It is best to park in the lot off 7th Street and enter through the  west side door. 

Contact Joan Fernandez at (815) 780-4618 for more information.

First Thursday of each month at 1pm Conference Room C.

Contact Pat Inda at (815) 223-7878. (not yet back in session)

Third Wednesday of every month | 6 p.m.
(location not disclosed for confidentiality purposes)

For more information, please contact Joan Fernandez at (815) 780-4618.

Upcoming Groups

Check out our events page for upcoming groups.

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