What are Self-Help Groups?

The Franciscan Friars of Saint Francis of Assisi Church offer their facilities as a community service and ministry to many autonomous Self Help Groups.  Each group conducts its meetings independently. Most of the groups listed here are based on the Twelve Step Program of Recovery pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous.   The meetings all generally follow the same format:  a member will share his or her “story” (what it was like, how he or she came to the program, and what it has been like since then). This is then followed by sharing by other members.  This description can be more accurately detailed by members of any of the groups.

What problems are dealt with?

Most of the groups deal with some kind of compulsive or addictive behavior, i.e., behavior that has become out of control and is getting in the way of functioning in daily living.  These problems include alcohol, sex, lying, etc.

How can I learn more about a group?

The best way to learn about any of the groups listed here is to attend one of the meetings and observe.  Members of the group will answer your questions.

Who can join these groups?

Members of these groups are of all races and religions.  All that is necessary is to admit that there is a problem, that it is out of control and that you want help and/or support.

Where are these meetings held?

Meetings are held in classrooms at the

Church of Saint Francis of Assisi
Adult Education Center
135 W. 31st Street,
between 6th & 7th Avenues.

The Center is also used for Adult Education, the Music Ministry and other Church affiliated groups.  The building is found immediately to the left of St. Francis Church through a short passageway next to the church.

PLEASE NOTE:  The dates and times of the meetings listed are subject to change.  Please consult this site for updates or the schedule posted in the St. Francis Center and at the information desk in the St. Francis House.


A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous]
Mondays        Room 3A      12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Tuesdays       Room 2D       12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Wednesdays       Room 3A       12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Thursdays       Room 1B       6:00 PM — 7:30 PM
Fridays       Room 3A       12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Saturdays       Room 3A       6:00 PM — 7:30 PM
Sundays       Room 1B       6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

A.C.A. (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

Mondays       Room 3A       6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Monday Night Step Writing Women’s group)

Al Anon
Mondays       Room 2D       6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Un Nuevo Comienzo, Spanish)
Tuesdays       Room 3A       12:30 PM — 1:00 PM
Thursdays       Room 1B       1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Thursdays       Room 2E       5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  (Solo por hoy, Spanish)

CoDa (Co Dependents Anonymous)
Saturdays       Room 1B       12:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Tuesdays     Room 1B     6:30 – 8:00 PM

F.A.A. (Food Addict Anonymous)
Wednesdays        Room 2C       12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

N.A. [Narcotics Anonymous]
Mondays       Room 1B       3:00 PM -4:30 (Manhattan 3 o’clock)
Fridays       Room 1B       3:00 PM -4:30 (Manhattan 3 o’clock)

S.A. (Sexaholics Anonymous)
Wednesday   Room 3A   6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

S.A.A. [Sex Addicts Anonymous]

Mondays       Room 2E       6:30 PM — 8:00 PM
Tuesdays       Room 3A       7:15 PM — 8:45 PM
Thursdays       Room 3A       7:15 PM — 8:30 PM
Saturdays       Room 3A       9:15 AM —10:45 AM
Saturdays       Room 3A       12:00 —1:00 PM
Saturdays       Room 3A       4:00 PM — 5:30 PM
Sundays       Room 3A       9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

S.L.A.A. (Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous)
Mondays       Room 1B       6:30 PM — 7:30 PM
Thursdays       Room 2D       7:15 PM — 8:45 PM
Fridays       Room 3A       4:30 PM — 6:00 PM
Fridays       Room 3A       6:15 PM — 7:30 PM
Saturdays       Room 3A       11:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Saturdays       Room 1B       6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

W.A. [Workaholics Anonymous]
Fridays       Room 1B       6:00 PM — 7:30 PM


We reserve the right to relocate and allocate Classrooms.



The Center is CLOSED on the following holidays:  (Please note:  when a national holiday falls on a saturday, the center will be closed to the preceeding Friday.  When the holiday falls on a Sunday the holiday will be transfered to the following Monday.  The center is closed on these days)

January 1 — New Year’s Day

January — Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr. 

February — President’s Day

Good Friday – March 29, 2024

Holy Saturday – March 30, 2024

Easter Sunday after 12:00 Noon

Easter Monday – April 1, 2024

May — Memorial Day

June 19th — Junteenth

July 4 — Independence Day

September — Labor Day

October — Columbus Day

November — 11 Veteran’s Day

November  — Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving day.

December 25 —  Christmas Day

December 26 — Day After Christmas

December 31st — New Year’s Eve


(updated January 2024)

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