Local Support Groups

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic illness. In fact, it’s often called a family disease because it changes the day to day for everyone who lives with or cares about someone who has it. Whatever age or stage you’re at with T1D, you will find practical support, timely information and a passionate—and powerful—community through JDRF. Through our T1D Connections Program, our chapter can match you with a family after diagnosis that can help lead you through new T1D milestones and challenges. Below are a list of local support groups that would love to connect with you.

The support groups listed below are not led by JDRF, but can be an important and valuable resource for members of the T1D community.  For a listing of local hospital-based support groups, click here.

Would you like to potentially start a new support group? JDRF Southwest Ohio can provide funding and assistance. Click here for more information about applying for a Support Group Development Grant.

D-Moms of Dayton
The D-Moms of Dayton group offers support to mothers of T1D children who reside in the greater Dayton area.

Contact: Diane Schoeffler-Warren
Facebook Page: D-Moms of Dayton
Location & Meeting Dates: Varies, check the group’s Facebook page for details.

Forever US ~ T1D Families
Forever US ~T1D Families is a NKY area based support group for families with children living with T1D. The group’s goal is to bring together families to share experiences and information, learn from each other, and have fun. Diabetes impacts your whole family so everyone is always welcome to attend these meetings. Membership to the Facebook group is limited to those located in or near the NKY area and over 18 years of age.
Contact: Michelle Adamson
Facebook Page: Forever US~ T1D Families
Location: Varies, check the group’s Facebook page for details
Meeting Dates: 3rd Thursday of each Month

NKY Type 1 Troopers
NKY Type 1 Troopers is a type 1 diabetes support group for parents and families in the Northern Kentucky area. Our purpose is to offer a forum for T1D families to share ideas, strategies, resources, questions and information on T1D management.

Contact: Angie Wright, 859-802-5216, angiewright@twc.com
Facebook Page: NKY Type 1 Troopers
Location & Meeting Dates: Varies, check the group’s Facebook page for details or e-mail Angie Wright

Ohio River Valley T1D Support Group
This group is based in Portsmouth, Ohio and is open to children, adults and families.

Contact: Malissa Sarver, 740-991-1430
Facebook Page: Ohio River Valley T1D
Location: King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio in the lower lobby
Meeting Dates: TBD

Taking on Type 1 Together
Taking on Type 1 Together is based on the east side of Cincinnati and its purpose is to provide an uplifting, casual atmosphere for parents of Type 1 kids, and to share resources, strategies for home and school, and social opportunities with the goal of moving forward in the daily management of T1D. The group is open to adults only, with occasional events for families.

Contact: Tracy Huebner, tracy@zimcom.net or 513-470-6787
Facebook Page: Taking on Type 1 Together
Location & Meeting Dates: Varies, check the group’s Facebook page for details or email Tracy.

T1D Families for Families
T1D Families for Families is a west-side Cincinnati area based support group for families with children living with T1D. The group’s goal is to bring together families to share experiences and information, learn from each other, and have fun. Diabetes impacts your whole family so everyone is always welcome to attend these meetings. Membership to the Facebook group is limited to those located in or near the Tri-state area and over 18 years of age.

Contact: Marianne Dressman
Facebook Page: T1D Families for Families
Location: Varies, check the group’s Facebook page for details
Meeting Dates: This group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month

Type 1 Kids Play Group
Type One Kids Play Group is a northern Cincinnati area based support group for families with children living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The group meets for monthly play dates that include their T1D heroes and families.

Contact: Lindy Mathes (lindymathes@hotmail.com) & Jenn Mosier (jennrmosier@gmail.com)
Facebook Page: Type 1 Kids Play Group
Location & Meeting Dates: Varies, check the group’s Facebook page for details.

Type One Support for Greene County and Beyond
Type One Support for Greene County and Beyond is a support group based in Greene County Ohio for families and adults affected by Type One Diabetes.

Contact: Melissa Litke, melissaalitke@gmail.com
Facebook Page: Type One Support for Greene County and Beyond
Location & Meeting Dates: The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at various locations. See the group’s Facebook page or contact Melissa Litke for more information.

Type One Teens
This group is based in Cincinnati and meets monthly. Meeting updates and event postings are made via the group’s Facebook page and website. Type One Teens was created to connect teens with T1D in a fun, social environment and to provide an environment where teens can share and have fun. This group is open to teens only, with and without T1D.

Contact: Hadley George, 513-377-1531
Facebook Page: Type One Teens
Website: typeoneteens.com
Location & Meeting Dates: Varies, check the group’s website or Facebook page for details.