Hello,

     On behalf of the entire Caregiver Support Program staff here at Alternatives, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you as a visitor to our website.  Our mission is to promote the independence and quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities, and their families.

     I take pleasure in informing you that we pride ourselves on offering our clients responsive, competent and excellent support in a variety of ways.  The support services we provide are Caregiver Support Groups, Individual Caregiver Counseling, Respite Services and support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

     I continually encounter many Caregivers who are overwhelmed and feel isolated in their role as a Caregiver.  Honestly, many Caregivers do not consider themselves Caregivers at all.  Our Caregiver Support Counselors are here to assist and educate you as you continue with one of the most important roles you will have “caring for your loved one.”

     When should you seek help for your role as a Caregiver?  Contact us if you are feeling over whelmed,  feeling depressed a lot, missing work, feeling guilty and frustrated, or losing your temper when the person you take care of becomes difficult (i.e. violence, arguing, lack of sleep, repeating themselves over and over).   When you call Alternatives, you will speak with one of our Case Associates who will take your information and assign you to one of our Caregiver Counselors.  Your Caregiver Counselor will contact you to discuss how they can be of service to you.

     Our Clients are the most important part of our agency, and we work tirelessly to ensure your complete satisfaction, now and for as long as you are in need of our services.

     Thank you again for your interest in our Caregiver Support Program.  Please contact us if you have further questions about the program or Alternatives as a whole.  We are honored to serve you.

Kind Regards,

                               Yolanda Kirk, Program Director

Caregiver Support Program


We offer support for anyone caring for a senior, and for grandparents raising their grandchildren. In addition to the support groups that meet once a month, we also have workshops and counseling to assist people dealing with this rewarding and difficult work.

How do I know when to ask for help?

  • When you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • If you are showing signs of depression.
  • If you are missing work.
  • When you are feeling guilt or frustration.
  • If you are losing your temper when the person you take care of becomes difficult. (i.e. violence, arguing, lack of sleep, repeating themselves over and over)

What Happens When I Call?

You will talk to a case associate who will take your information and assign you to a caregiver counselor from your area. Your caregiver counselor will then call you and set up an appointment to further discuss your situation and give you information on our support groups.

You are also invited to attend any of our Caregiver or Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support groups:

Moline Caregiver Group (Susan Kivisto)
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Lunch provided)
At  Active Day (Formerly Intouch Adult Day Center)
4011 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 102, Moline, IL

Moline/Sage Center “After-work” Caregiver Group (Susan Kivisto facilitator)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
At the Moline Alternatives’ Office
1803 7th Street
Snack provided

Scott County/Milestones Caregiver Group (Susan Kivisto facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Suggested donation of $3.00 for lunch)
At Milestones
935 East 53rd Street, Davenport, IA

For more information please call Susan Kivisto at 309-277-0167 or 1-800-798-0988.

Moline Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group (Jessica Shipley facilitator)
Meets the 4th Tuesday of the month
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
At the Moline Alternatives’ Office
1803 7th Street, Moline

Geneseo Caregiver Group (Jessica Shipley facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Hammond Henry Hospital
600 North College Avenue, Geneseo, IL
Snack provided

Aledo Caregiver Support Group (Susan Kivisto facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
At Mercer County Senior Center
137 West Main Street, Aledo, IL
800-798-0988
Snack provided

Kewanee Caregiver Group (Jessica Shipley facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
At the Kewanee Senior Citizen’s Center
200 East South Street, Kewanee, IL
Snack provided

For more information please call Susan Kivisto or Jessica Shipley at 309-277-0167 or 1-800-798-0988.

Macomb Caregiver Support Group (facilitated by Jessica Shipley)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
MidAmerica Bank Building
130 North Side Square, Macomb, IL – 2nd Floor
Snack provided

Macomb Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group (facilitated by Jessica Shipley)
Meets the 3rd Friday of the month
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
MidAmerica Bank Building
130 North Side Square, Macomb, IL – 2nd floor
Snack provided

Galesburg Caregiver Group (facilitated by Jessica Shipley)
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
At the Galesburg Alternatives Office Conference Room
335 East Main Street Suites B & C, Galesburg, IL
Snack provided

Galesburg Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group (facilitated by Jessica Shipley)
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
At the Galesburg Alternatives Office Conference Room
335 East Main Street Suites B & C, Galesburg, IL
Snack provided

For more information please call Jessica Shipley at 1-800-798-0988.

Ottawa Caregiver Support Group (Joyce Tournear facilitator)
Meets the 2nd Friday of the month
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
At Heritage Woods of Ottawa
801 East Etna Road, Ottawa, IL
Snack provided

Peru Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group (Joyce Tournear facilitator)
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
809 21st Street, Peru, IL
Snacks provided

Princeton Caregiver Support Group (Joyce Tournear facilitator)
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
At Liberty Village
140 North 6th Street, Princeton, IL
Snack provided

Groups are not currently provided in Warren, and Henderson County. If you are interested in individual counseling, please call (309) 277-0167 or (800) 798-0988.