In 2010, the Help-A-Heart Support Group was founded.  Wendy Meyer wanted to expand Help-A-Heart’s mission and had a passion to create a safe place for families of children with congenital heart defects to share their stories, connect with families, and get emotional support.  Our support group has brought in special speakers, including pediatric doctors and staff.  The Help-A-Heart Support Group started out with about 5 families and has grown to over 25 families in 9 years!  We meet every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and have other social gatherings throughout the year including a  an Iowa Wolves Game, Mom’s Night Out, Dreamnight at the Zoo, Summer Potluck, and a Pumpkin Patch Outing.

Due to the AMAZING growth we have experienced, the last couple years we have reached out to several heart moms to provide extra support in volunteer roles.  We appreciate their willingness to help and are very grateful for the ones who have served and are continuing to serve in these roles.

If you have a need in one of these areas, please reach out to the following volunteers at supportgroup@help-a-heart.org.

Holly Messenger (Support Group Discussion Facilitator)

Kasey Vermillion (Newsletter & Admin support)

Allison Meiners (Meal Co-Coordinator)

Nicole Ballard (Meal Co-Coordinator)

If you have any questions or would like to be added to our support group mailing list/facebook page, please contact Wendy Meyer.

2020 Support Group Meeting dates are as follows:

January 9 – Valley Community Center

February 13 – Valley Community Center – Valentine’s Party – Share Heart Kid/Angel Stories

March  12 – MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.  Finding Faith: Where We Turn For HOPE and Strength When We Need it Most

April 9 – Dr. Noble via Zoom – For more information, please contact wendy@help-a-heart.org 

May 14 – Valley Community Center – Feeding Fun: How We Celebrate Food with a Child Who Eats Through a Feeding Tube (or Has Other Food Challenges)

June  11- Valley Community Center – Successful Self Care: Sharing Ideas on How to Care for Ourselves While Caring For Our Child

July 31 – Valley Community Center – Summer Picnic

August 13 – Valley Community Center – Regarding Romance: Challenges and Joys CHD Brings to Significant Others/Marriage

September 10 – Valley Community Center –

October 8 – Valley Community Center – Special Siblings: How to Support and Make Time For All Our Children

November 12 – Valley Community Center – CHD PANEL

December  10 –  Valley Community Center – Christmas Party