Affirmations
Support & Discussion Groups
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All support and discussion groups are held at Affirmations. Unless otherwise noted, groups are open. Simply show up at the time listed to participate.

Affirmations’ Support & Discussion Groups are intended to provide guests connection, support, and community around a particular issue or identity. Observation of groups is greatly discouraged. Any and all requests for observation are forwarded to the group Facilitator. The group’s decision is final. Affirmations support group decisions regarding observation and research requests. If interested in Affirmations’ Support & Discussion Groups for educational and/or research purposes, contact Heather Aymer, Community Resource Coordinator, haymer@goaffirmations.org.

Upcoming Holiday Center Closure Dates:

  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 28th
  • Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4th
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 3rd
  • Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd
  • Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24th
  • Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25th
  • New Year's Eve - Thursday, December 31st
  • New Year's Day - Friday, January 1st

    Facilitator Training Dates

  • Saturday, Feb. 24th, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 24th, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


  • PLEASE RSVP for the dates of the training you wish to attend. We hope to see you! Observation of groups is greatly discouraged. Any and all requests for observation are forwarded to the group Facilitator. The group’s decision is final. Affirmations support group decisions regarding observation and research requests.

    As of September 2017:

    All prospective volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation & Training and Adult Ally Training, complete the volunteer application, submit to and pass a background check and sign the Confidentiality Agreement, to be eligible for service with Affirmations. Adult Ally Training must be completed within three months of the Volunteer Orientation & Training start date.
    All volunteers are required to retrain for both Volunteer Orientation & Training and Adult Ally Training once yearly to remain in active standing. Simply attend any open monthly training session, sign-in, and mark, 'Retraining,' to complete the annual requirement.
    Affirmations' Facilitators are required to retrain by attending Volunteer Orientation & Training, Adult Ally Training, and Facilitator Training once yearly to remain in active standing. Simply attend any open monthly training session, sign-in, and mark, 'Retraining,' to complete the annual requirement.

    All interested parties, please contact Heather Aymer, here.

    Open Call For Dance Instructors

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  • Affirmations is seeking dance instructions of any style to teach our center guests basic movements. Any type of dance is acceptable!Interested? Please reach out to Heather Aymer at haymer@goaffirmations.org or call (248) 398-7105 for more information.






    AA Brownbaggers, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 am to 1 p.m., Saturday, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

  • Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • AA 5:45 Serenity, Mondays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

  • Weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • AA/NA SMART Recovery, Saturdays, 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Smart Recovery offers people with any type of addiction a place to learn how to change unwanted behaviors through cognitive based methods. This is a non-12 step program that does not require abstinence. Group is led by Smart Recovery trained facilitators.

  • Alter-Abilities Support, Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m.

  • Support group for alter-abled or ‘disabled’ LGBTQ identifying persons.
  • Bi-Sexual Men & Women, next meeting on Friday, Feb. 23rd, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Discussion group focused on the bisexual experience. Post-group social mix & mingle in Downtown Ferndale. Also on Meetup.com, under Bisexual Men and Women.
  • Coming Out Over Coffee, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • A confidential support group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have in life.
  • Coming Out Together, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Confidential support group covering all aspects of coming out and the effects it may have in life.
  • Friends & Families, Saturdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

  • Support group for friends & families of LGBTQ identifying persons.
  • FtM Detroit, 2nd Wednesdays and 4th Mondays from 7 to 9pm.

  • A support group that provides trans men an opportunity to discuss a fuller image of transition within their larger life. Come together and tell your stories of doubt and discovery, invisibility and belonging, isolation and paying wisdom forward, male privilege and vulnerability, integrating intersections of your identities, and learning how to be a good man. Attendance is restricted to FTM/transgender men, anyone who identifies on the transmasculine side of the spectrum.
  • Gender Non-Conformists, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • A social and support group for genderqueer, gender-fabulous, transgender, gender-exploring folks, and all those who transgress gender binaries. This safe, open and affirming space is also open to supportive family, friends and significant others.
  • Lezbehonest Lesbians of Detroit, 1st Wednesdays and 3rd Fridays, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

  • A support, discussion, and social group for women who love women. Wednesday meetings feature discussion on various topics. Friday is centered on social and emotional support in a peer-to-peer setting.
  • Lesbian Euchre, 1st Saturdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

  • Play cards with women who identity as women who love women.
  • LGBTQ+ Book & Film Club, 3rd and 4th Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • A group for the discussion and viewing of LGBTQ related and/or general interest books and films. New book and film every month, all themes accepted.

  • Upcoming Book and Movie Selections:

    Feb. 15th and 22nd
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope

    March 15th and 22nd
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

    April 19th and 26th
  • Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi

    May 17th and 24th
  • Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones

    June 21st and 28th
  • Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

    July 19th and 26th
  • Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi

    August 16th
  • Star Wars Party!

    LGBTQ+ in Uniform, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Support and discussion group for members of the LGBTQ+ community who serve. Open to all current and former police, fire, emergency medical personnel, and military.
  • Men’s Discussion Group, Saturdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Discussion group for gay, bisexual and transgender men ages 18 and up. Topics vary from lighthearted subjects to in-depth discussions. Holds holiday parties and outings in addition to regular meetings.
  • Below are the topics of discussion for 2018;

    Jan. 6th   Open Night Topic
    Jan. 13th   Facebook and Other Social Media
    Jan. 20   Puzzle Night
    Jan. 27th   What Does It Mean To Be Man Enough?
     
    Feb. 3rd    Open Night Topic
    Feb. 10th  Guest Speaker: Rep. Jeremy Moss
    Feb. 17th   Movie Night
    Feb. 24th  Biographies: Ellen DeGeneres and Barry Manilow
     
    March 3rd   Open Night Topic
    March 10th  Street Music
    March 17th  St.Patties Day Pot Luck
    March 24th Recycling
    March 31st  LGBTQ+ Life In Other Countries

    Motor City Bears, 2nd Saturdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

  • A gay male, social, and fundraising activity group for Bears and admirers, established in 1994.
  • NA Diversity, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.
  • NA Regardless Of, Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Meeting of Narcotics Anonymous.
  • SAA Courage to Change, Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous.
  • SAA Step Study Group, 1st and 3rd Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m.

  • Meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous.
  • Senior Koffee Klatch, Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

  • A discussion and networking group for people 45 and older. Various discussion topics, social outings, and potlucks are held throughout the year.
  • Smeared Lipstick, 4th Saturdays, 3 to 6 p.m.

  • A group for self-identified feminine lesbian women to identify issues specific to them. A safe space for open discussion, networking, and unity building. The group also does a monthly community service project to increase their visibility in every community.
  • Transgender Life Support, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

  • An open support group for transgender individuals just coming out and their allies.
  • Youth Drop-In Center, Fridays & Saturdays, 4 to 9 p.m. (Ages 13-20)

  • Social safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allies to play games, watch movies, do art projects, and much more. Click here for more information on the drop-in center.
  • Volunteer and Intern Spotlight

    Jud Cole

    Partner Spotlight

    Thank you Care One, Inc. for your support of our Spring Bash gala. Your help is assisting in keeping our doors open twelve hours a day, six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year! We are beyond appreciative for your commitment.

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