Start a New Support Group

Thank you for your interest in starting a support group in Minnesota or the Dakotas.  We would like to have groups in many locations to serve as many communities as possible and we need volunteers to start the groups.
Our support groups are driven by volunteer facilitators, supported by CCFA staff. Each facilitator undergoes an interview process and training before serving.

Facilitator's Responsibilities

• Complete the application and training process (see below for details)
• Identify a public meeting space that can be reserved, free of charge, for a consistent day monthly
• Find a co-facilitator-- CCFA encourages each group to have two facilitators
• Promote the support group around town
• Maintain communication with group members regarding upcoming meetings

CCFA's Role

• Provide training and resources
• Support facilitator with any issues or problems
• Help find a meeting space
• Assist in securing guest speakers
• Promote the group to local contacts via email
• Notify local gastroenterology offices about the group

Facilitator Application Process

1. Complete a written application – contact chapter for a copy at
2. Phone interview with Michelle, Education & Support Manager in the Midwest
3. Phone interview with a national staff person
4. If accepted, 1 hour training over the phone with a national staff person and other new facilitators around the country