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.
STEP PROGRAMS / SELF HELP SUPPORT GROUPS
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
Mondays Room 2E 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
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)
Wednesdays Room 1B 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM (Women)
Fridays Room 1B 3:00 PM -4:30 (Manhattan 3 o’clock)
S.A.A. [Sex Addicts Anonymous]
Mondays Room 3A 7:45 PM — 8:45 PM
Tuesdays Room 3A 7:15 PM — 8:45 PM
Thursdays Room 3A 7:15 PM — 8:45 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 6:00 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 — 7:45 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.
PLEASE HELP US KEEP “AN ATMOSPHERE OF RECOVERY” FOR ALL !
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 Day
February — President’s Day
May — Memorial Day
June 19th — Junteenth (observed on Monday, June 20, 2022 this year)
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 27 — Offices closed for Christmas falling on a Sunday
December 31st — New Year’s Eve
January 2, 2023 — New Year’s Day observed
(updated December 2022)