Q    Is Alano the same as AA? 

A    AA, short for Alcoholics Anonymous, is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Alano is the name of a club that hosts a variety of recovery programs.



Q    Do I need to be a member of the Alano Club to attend meetings there?

A    You do not need to be a member to attend meetings.  Eventually, you may want to consider a membership to help support the programming and maintenance of the facility as well as community outreach. 



Q    What is a closed meeting?

A    Open meetings are open to the public, while closed meetings are for group members and potential group members only. Group members are people who have a desire to overcome their addiction. 



Q    Does the Alano Club receive any city, state, or federal funding?

A     No. The Alano Club of Kent County receives no public funds at the federal, state, or local level.  The Club relies entirely on private donations to support its mission.



Q    I see a number of meetings for each group.  How do I know what meeting to attend?

A    If you are unsure about what meeting might be best for you, please ask any employee on site for a recommendation. 




Q    Is there a fee to attend a meeting?

A    There is no required fee to attend meetings.  However, in honor of the 7th Tradition of each group being fully self-supporting and declining outside contributions, the groups generally pass a basket for donations to cover the room rent. Do not feel obligated, but when you feel so moved, please give as you are able. 



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1020 College Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 456-5709

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alano club is open every day from 8:00 am to 9:15 PM (including holidays)