Parent & Caregiver Support Groups

All groups meet under the guidance of a trained professional, who proposes discussion topics and will also help to facilitate conversations based on whatever comes up at each gathering.

These are small groups and all members are asked to commit to regular attendance at the 60-minute sessions, which will meet every other week starting in September. Information, as well as what is shared, is kept strictly confidential. During the fall season (Sept.–Dec.), we offer three support groups. Drop-in visitors are welcome to all groups, although we would prefer participants commit to regular attendance for the benefit of creating a more close-knit community.

The benefits of participating in the support group include:
  • Gain sense of belonging while decreasing feelings of isolation parents and caregivers of seriously ill children often experience
  • Discover new ways to cope with stress related to caring for chronically ill child and improve own health and well-being
  • Learn about community resources
  • Opportunity to share experiences with others who have had a similar journey

Register today for our fall parent/caregiver support groups.

2021 Fall Support Groups

Open Discussion Group

When: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:00 p.m. (EST), every other week, starting September 21

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What: An open discussion group to address a range of topics that are most relevant to members. Drop-in visitors are welcome. Discussion topics may be proposed during summer meetings. All registered members will receive an email in advance with details about those specific topics.

Who: Facilitated by North Star Reach’s Mary Ann Fithian and Nicole Fitzpatrick, a certified Parent-to-Parent mentor

Facilitator Bios:

Mary Ann Fithian is mom and caregiver for Will and her chronically ill child Faith. She is a certified small group facilitator and is passionate about helping families get the resources they need to care for their chronically ill children.

Nicole Fitzpatrick is a certified Parent-to-Parent mentor through Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) and an active volunteer with the Epilepsy Project within CSHCS. She is a mother to a blended family of five children. Her youngest child, now 16, was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 7. Nicole first became familiar with North Star Reach when her daughter attended camp in 2018. Nicole has a passion for serving individuals and families dealing with chronic health diagnoses.

Hope & Healing Group

When: Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 p.m. (EST), every other week, starting Sept. 22

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What: Focus on hope and healing for parents and caregivers.

Who: Facilitated by Victoria Lovell and North Star Reach’s Jessica Doletzky

Facilitator Bios:

Rev. Victoria Lovell, B.A., M.Ed., MDiv., is a former educator and coach of 20 years. She is the award-winning author of the children’s book, “My Guy in the Sky,” and the founder of Angel Whispers Ministries whose mission is to lead those poor in mind, body and spirit to a life of wholeness. She also serves at Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, where she is the associate pastor, an advocate for those experiencing homelessness and a missionary in Uganda, Africa.

Jessica Doletzky, CCLS, CTRS, is North Star Reach’s Outreach and Family Liaison Specialist. Prior to joining North Star Reach in 2014, she was a Child Life Specialist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for nine years, where she worked with pediatric patients and families in the hospital setting.

Self-Care Group

When: Wednesdays, 8:00–9:00 p.m. (EST), every other week, starting Sept. 22

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What: Focus on self-care and wellness for parents and caregivers.

Who: Facilitated by Manisha Leary, LMSW, and North Star Reach’s Ami Walsh

Facilitator Bios:

Manisha Leary, LMSW, is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Social Work. Manisha is currently serving Southeast Michigan as a Trauma Trained Psychotherapist with Wayne Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. “Working with North Star Reach has truly been an honor, and aligns directly with my passions”.

Along with her many roles at North Star Reach, Ami Walsh directs the program “Story Studio” for campers and family members.

Parent & Caregiver Support Group Registration

Families may register up to two caregivers for our fall support groups by submitting the additional name using the form below.

Fall Support Group Registration 2021
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Please note: Families with two caregivers who wish to attend separate support groups should submit a separate form for each participant, making sure to designate the preferred support group for each individual. (In other words, complete and submit this form for one individual and then return to complete for the second participant.) The fields below are for you to register a second caregiver who will attend the same session as you. If you have more than two caregivers in the same family who wish to attend a support group, please contact us.
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Support Groups Waivers

We ask that participating parents and caregivers consent to the following policies, procedures and expected behavior at North Star Reach programs. By clicking on the boxes below, you (and, if applicable, a second caregiver) acknowledge that you have read and agree to the policies, consents and code of conduct contract. All fields are required. Here is the “official” legalese disclaimer: In consideration of being allowed to participate in programs delivered by North Star Reach, you (as the Participant), do hereby agree to the fullest extent permitted by law to the required policies and waivers below:

Program Consent

I hereby release, discharge and otherwise indemnify North Star Reach, its affiliated organizations and sponsors, its officers, directors, employees, volunteers and agents (the “Camp Parties”) against any claim by me or any family caregiver as a result of our participation in any program or activity sponsored, coordinated, or supervised by North Star Reach. *

Photo / Media Consent

In the interest of respecting the privacy of other support group members, I agree not to take screenshots or to record in any manner of online programming, including zoom gatherings, breakout rooms or comment areas. *

Communication Policy Consent

As part of our policies and procedures, we do not allow staff or volunteers to communicate with camper families or support group participants via various social media sites, email, mobile phones and mail outside of official programs. Our staff and volunteers participate in an extensive screening, selection and training processes and are supervised by our support team during camp and support groups to ensure their behavior is professional and appropriate at all times. We cannot take responsibility for their behavior once camp or a support group has ended. *

Camp Code Contract

We ask every support group participant to read the Camp Code Contract. Once you have read the Camp Code Contract, check the box to confirm that you and any other participating caregiver in your family accepts the responsibility to meet these behavior expectations.
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1200 University Camp Drive
Pinckney, MI 48169

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North Star Reach is an independent nonprofit medical speciality camp based in Pinckney, Michigan. We provide life-changing camp experiences for children living with serious illnesses and their families, at no charge to them. You can support us today by making a donation.

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