Common Ground is a support group that offers caregivers emotional support and encouragement. Three types of support groups are now available 1) Memory Loss for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, other dementias, or memory loss, 2) General for all types of caregiving situations and 3) Grief support for individuals that have lost their loved one. In collaboration with partnering congregations in Houston and the surrounding areas, Common Ground groups are informal, confidential, and offered free of charge.
We have both in-person and online options available. The online support group meets every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. The online grief support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 2:00 P.M.
Click here to register for the online meetings. To search for in-person meetings, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Download the below documents for further information on a typical day at Common Ground and what to expect as a caregiver.
A Typical Day – What to Expect as a Caregiver
*Each participant will state their name in roll call and be given an opportunity to share their experience based on the topic provided by the Common Ground leader. Time for each caregiver will be between 3-5 minutes with an opportunity for the leader to comment on resources available and if other callers have feedback/advice for the caregiver at that time. Common Ground
support group calls will be limited to 1-1.5 hours per call.
This program was funded by a grant provided by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).
To find a Common Ground nearest you, enter your zip code below:
Step 1: Click the zip code locator search below to find a Common Ground program near you. Enter in your zip code and click the radius you are willing to drive. Do not contact the host site to register, all registration and eligibility to participate is completed by CarePartners.
Step 2: Only ONE email to a CarePartners Coordinator to learn more about how to register for a program near you is needed. In the email inquiry include the following:
- Cell or home phone number
- Your name and name of the person you are caring for
- Details about your need
- Name of each location you are interested in attending
Step 3: CarePartners Coordinator will set up a time to complete your registration intake before you are able to begin the program.
What exactly is Common Ground?
It is a support group for caregivers that offers emotional support, encouragement and helpful tips about self-care and caregiving.
Does it cost to attend?
When and where are the Common Ground programs?
Go to our zip code locater to locate a common ground near your home. They are located in partnering congregations across the Greater Houston area. Programs are held monthly.
Do I have to register prior to attending Common Ground?
Yes, we would like for you to register prior to attending. Go to our contact us page to inquire about attending, call 713-682-5995 or email Tom Breaux, .
Do any of the Common Ground Support groups meet during a Gathering Place program?
Yes, many of them are held in conjunction with a Gathering Place program. This offers you respite support and care for your loved one, while you attend an emotional support group.
Who leads the Common Ground?
All of our support comes from volunteer leadership. Common Ground is led by a volunteer who is a trained facilitator that has a background, license or training that allows them to support and understand this group of individuals. We also, in many cases, have a lay or co-facilitator who has had experience in caregiving and has gone through the journey of caring for an individual with memory loss.
Are the volunteers involved with Common Ground screened in any way to provide a safe environment?
Yes, our volunteers go through a volunteer screening process, as well as training to equip them with skills, information and knowledge to support caregivers and their loved ones.