Support Groups & Community Events

Our events offer the community ways to get involved, receive support, and just have some family fun. Whether you're attending a tour, meeting, or annual event, we welcome you to the NICST family!

Note: Due to COVID-19, tours are postponed until further notice.

Tour Thursdays: Come see us in action! Say hello to the NICST team, meet our dogs, and maybe sneak in some snuggles. Walk-ins welcome, 10AM-2PM every Thursday.
*Due to COVID-19, tours are postponed until further notice.

The following support groups are free and open to our diabetic community. As we grow other programs, NICST will also provide quality programming and support groups for our other clients.

TypeYOU Support Group: Find support in community. Discuss the unique challenges you face in your day-to-day life and receive help from other insulin-dependent diabetics. We welcome you as a unique individual in our community space. Open to all. Type You meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. Meeting link:

TypeTEEN: We are excited about our support group, TypeTEEN – a safe space for youth ages 10-18 to discuss what matters to them with their peers. TypeTEEN is hosted by D4D client/dog team Samantha Gomez and Megumi, who have been thriving in our community since 2016. TypeTEEN meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm. Join via our meeting link:

Pumps & Sensors: Frustrated with the technology for your diabetes management? Get your questions answered and learn about options in this monthly group led by Dogs4Diabetics Co-Founder, Jeannie Hickey, who is also a RN, and CDE. Pumps and Sensors meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Open to all. Email for meeting link.

First Thursdays: This monthly meeting supports all of our clients, those who have been placed with a dog and those waiting to be placed. Over a friendly potluck, clients socialize and receive support about dog training or diabetes management.

Volunteer Orientation Training: Attend one of our fun and interactive orientations to learn everything you need to know to start volunteering in our training room the same week!

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D4D Annual Walk

June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Annual Walk


Join us for D4D’s first ever Poker Chip Walk on June 8th! It’s gonna be a fun-filled, low-stakes day for the whole family, and with all the proceeds going to our life-saving mission, everyone’s a winner in this hand! The pot couldn’t be sweeter!


Our Poker Chip Walk is ELVIS-THEMED! So don your blue suede (walking) shoes and get “All Shook Up” in your favorite Elvis outfit for you and your pup! Slick back your pompadour, curl up your lip, and get ready for a full house of fun!


This event is open to the public–all humans and dogs are welcome! So gather your family, friends, and co-workers and start dancing and grooving in support of Dogs4Diabetics! For all the rockin’ details and to register now, visit our Annual Walk Website!

Register Today:

Download our Walk flyer and rally your family, friends, and co-workers for this special event, and Register for the walk of the year!

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Dogs4Diabetics Mission

As the first and a leader in developing Medical-Alert Service Dogs, Dogs4Diabetics (D4D) maintains ethical and industry-leading standards for our innovative scent-trained dogs, who can detect changes in blood sugar 20-30 minutes before the newest technology. To truly serve our community, D4D trains dogs, unites them with clients, and supports these teams for life, at no cost.

Living Beyond Diabetes: 

While we join the diabetic community in hoping for a cure, D4D’s mission is to support diabetics and their families by empowering them to thrive today.


June 8, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:
DOGtoberfest, Lagunitas