Support groups serve such a critical function in society. They provide a low barrier way for people struggling with life challenges to connect with those who are dealing with similar issues. People coping with divorce, serious illness, death of a loved one, etc. often do not need counseling, but they can benefit tremendously from the support offered by others who truly “get it.”
SendTree is an excellent tool for leaders who want to engage with and remain connected to their support group members. Individuals who attend support groups are often feeling alone and may have a tendency to withdraw from others. Using SendTree, you can have members text “JOIN” to your SendTree number, giving you with the opportunity to text your whole group at once. No more wondering if your group members received your message —people read texts immediately. You can use SendTree to send reminders about group meetings, information about cancelations/schedule changes, and or even to send encouraging quotes. A great option would be to ask members which types of messages they would be interested in receiving. For example, members may be interested in reminders about important dates (e.g., anniversaries of death dates) or critical events (e.g., start/ending of treatments). SendTree can enhance community building, increase attendance, and facilitate the positive impact of your support group.
Whether your group meets weekly, biweekly, or monthly—needs for immediate communication always come up along the way.