Local Support Groups

The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter's support groups in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland are led by trained professionals who understand the issues that challenge a person with lupus. The groups emphasize emotional support, as well as information and education. Friends and families are welcome!

The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter's support groups are free of charge because of funding from individual contributions and fundraising events like the Walk to End Lupus Now in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Please email ahill@lupusdmv.org or call (888) 787-5380 for more information or directions to meetings.


Register Now to be on our contact list for our Spring 2015 group!

Receive the support you need without ever leaving your home. You can share feelings, exchange information, develop skills, problem solve, and make decisions all within a safe and friendly environment. Join others like you who live with lupus. The group is facilitated by a licensed, clinical social worker, free of charge, and open to those 18 years and older. All you need is a diagnosis of lupus and residence in the service area!

Questions? Contact ahill@lupusdmv.org or (202) 787-5381.


Sibley Memorial Hospital
Physicians Dining Room 1 & 2

5255 Loughboro R.d, NW
Washington, DC 20016 
2nd Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Leader: Susan Greynolds, M.A., Ed.D. 

Washington Hospital Center
Siegel Auditorium - WHC Cancer Center

110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Last Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Beth Kanter, LICSW

*NOTE: Enter the Cancer Center and follow the signs to the left. (Park in BLUE parking lot across the road from the WHC Cancer Center.This is first right after entering WHC Campus on 1st Avenue NW from Irving Street. Please contact LFA DC/MD/VA for parking passes.)


Annapolis, MD
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Health Sciences Building - 7th Floor
2001 Medical Parkway
1st Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Lisa Covington, MSW, LCSW-C

Baltimore, MD
Good Samaritan Hospital

5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
2nd Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Rosalind G. Barnes, MSW, LCSW-C        
*NOTE: Enter through main entrance and security will direct to meeting room

Baltimore, MD
Mt. Lebanon Church

2812 Reisterstown Road
4th Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Iris Smith, LCSW-C

Bel Air, MD
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
520 Upper Chesapeake Drive
2nd Monday, 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Shelby John, LCSW-C            

Clinton, MD
Southern Maryland Hospital - Library

7503 Surratts Road
2nd Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Leader: A'Lelianne Warren, M.A.

Columbia, MD
Howard County General Hospital

Medical Pavilion - Wellness Center
10710 Charter Drive #100
1st Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Lisa Covington, MSW, LCSW-C                         

Greenbelt, MD
Greenbelt Baptist Church

101 Greenhill Road
2nd Tuesday,  6:00 p.m.
Leader: Fran Rubinetti, MPH, PhD  

Rockville, MD
Shady Grove Hospital
Weinchel Education Center

9901 Medical Center Drive
3rd Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Leader: Fran Rubinetti, MPH, PhD                     

Silver Spring, MD
Holy Cross Hospital

Private Dining Room 2
1500 Forest Glen Road
4th Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Susan Greynold, M.A., Ed.D.  


Alexandria, VA
Beatley Library

Small Conference Room
5005 Duke St.
3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Laurie Rosen, LCSW

Reston, VA
Reston Community Center

2310 Colts Neck Road
1st Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Molly McKenna, LICSW

Richmond, VA
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital Education Center - Room 159

5801 Bremo Road
2nd Saturday, 10:00am
Leader: Patrice Banks, MSW

*NOTE: Use either concierge parking or the parking deck. You will enter the hospital through the main entrance facing Bremo Road. Take the moving walkway up to the main lobby (guest in wheelchairs will take hall halfway down, turn right at the elevator signs, and take elevators to main lobby). Cross through main lobby and head towards the cafeteria. Turn left at cafeteria and follow signs to the Education center; education rooms are straight ahead and also down a small hall to the right.

Virginia Beach, VA
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
1060 First Colonial Road 
3rd Thursday, 6:00pm
Leader: Sarah Tolliver, Ph.D.

*NOTE: The Health Education Center (HEC) is located directly across from our Emergency Department.  HEC C will be the 3rd  (last) classroom on the right hand side.

Other Resources:

We would like to share this information for a Lupus Support Group in West Virginia. Please note, however, that this group is not affiliated with LFA DC/MD/VA:

First Baptist Church of Huntington
801 6th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Leader: Gean’e Revely
(304) 529-0506


The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter is proud to be a source of information on lupus. Our comments are based on professional advice, published experience and expert opinion, but do not represent individual therapeutic recommendation or prescription. For specific information or advice, please consult your physician. If you need help finding a physician, we maintain a list of physicians who treat lupus patients.