Michigan and Northern Ohio Chapter

Local Networking Groups

Join others with a connection to type 1 diabetes in a casual and relaxed setting to “chat, share, and learn” about living successfully with this disease. Interested in starting a group in your area? Please contact Denise Pentescu at dpentescu@jdrf.org or 517.899.2251 (mobile).                                                                             


  • Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County: Fourth Tuesday of the month 6:30pm-8:00pm; September –May (no December)
    Brewed Awakenings Café • 7025 E. Michigan, Saline, MI
    RSVP: Adrianne Taylor adriannejoytay@gmail.com/ 248.767.0527


  • Bad Axe Glucose Avengers/ Huron County Area: monthly meetings in the evenings, contact Sarah for dates/times
    Big Boy • 900 Van Dyke Rd, Bad Axe, MI
    RSVP: Sarah Murray sarahbensinger.sab1809@gmail.com/ 989.975.2174


  • Brighton Go-Getters/ Livingston County area: First Friday of the month @ 9:00am-11:00am
    IHOP • 8075 Nemco Way, Brighton, MI
    RSVP: Sheila Andring andringfamily@gmail.com /810.354.2760


  • Canton/Plymouth/Livonia area: Meets third Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm-8:30pm; September-May (no December)
    Panera Bread • 37091 W. 6 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI
    RSVP: Kelly Green at 734.432.2610 or Amy Ostella at pdnmembership@comcast.net


  • Grand Blanc: Social meet-ups; contact Erica Surman for date and time
    RSVP: Erica Surman ericasurman@gmail.com/ 810.610.4935


  • Grosse Pointe/East Side Group: Social meet-ups; contact Lora Tod for date and time
    RSVP: Lora Tod loraftod@gmail.com/ 313.410.1879


  • Greater Lansing Area JDRF T1D Support and Play Group: contact Janelle or Megan for date and time
    RSVP: Janelle Chitwood nell4him@gmail.com/541.591.4010 or Megan Doherty meganfdoherty@gmail.com/ 317.796.2341


  • Macomb County T1D Support Group: contact April Borowski for dates/times
    RSVP: April Borowski 586.354.8475/ borowskiaa0411@yahoo.com


  • Northern Oakland County: Meets first Thursday of every month – alternate mornings/evenings
    Grand Traverse Pie Co. • 6920 N. Rochester Rd, Rochester, MI (meetings take place on second floor)
    RSVP: Shari Navetta sharinavetta@gmail.com/ 248.797.0503


  • Royal Oak/Madison Heights/Troy area: Social meet-ups; contact Maria Haywood for date and time
    RSVP: Maria Haywood mlhaywood02@gmail.com/ 248.808.5720




EMERGING LEADERS GROUP –for adults over age 21
Social Meet-ups and Fundraising


FACEBOOK GROUPS -contact parent leads
for further information on joining the Facebook groups

  • JDRF T1D Littles: For parents/caregivers of Littles age 0-5 years old; Contact: Lia Benn: T1Dlittles@gmail.com 
  • JDRF T1D Teen Central: For Teens and Parents: Contact Amy Ohmer; amytdd@charter.net

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