Support groups provide a place for participants to exchange not only helpful information but also share life experiences that encourage each other in their struggles. Most of these support groups are facilitated by social workers.
Cancer Support Group
The Cancer Support Group is open to any Japanese-speaking patient diagnosed with any type of cancer and is the only group of its kind in Southern California. Group members come together every other week to support each other and overcome fear, anxiety, stress and pain. Members have a positive outlook and are living their lives to their fullest potential. Some members have expressed their view that after their cancer diagnosis they realized how precious and beautiful life is and have chosen to celebrate everyday.
Because raising children in the United States presents unique challenges to Japanese speaking mothers, Little Tokyo Service Center holds a parenting support group called Koala Club. The mothers, along with their children, meet twice a month to socialize and interact with each other. Making new friends and building a support network is a significant aspect of the group because many of them are recent immigrants from Japan and often feel isolated having left family and friends behind.