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 202-787-5389 prior to attending for more information and directions to meetings.



Sibley Memorial Hospital
Medical Building A, 2nd floor. Conference Rm. 5
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
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.      

Clinton, MD
Southern Maryland Hospital - Library

7503 Surratts Road
2nd Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Leader: Shanna Ruffin

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                         

Frederick, MD
C. Burr Artz Library

110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD
Monday, Dec 5th 7 p.m.
Leader: Alorin Harris

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

1st-floor room
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

Fisherville, VA
Augusta County Library

1759 Jefferson Highway
1st Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Wanda Washington

Sentara CarePlex Hospital
Conference Rms. D &E
3000 Coliseum Dr.
Leader: Chastity Corbett

Lynchburg, VA
Tree of Life Ministries Rm. 205
2812 Greenview Dr.
Tuesday, December 6th & every 1st Tues of the Month 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Heather Burns     

Norfolk, VA
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

600 Gresham Drive
3rd Thursday, 6:00pm
Leader: Tracey Boyd

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.Norfolk, VA
Roanoke, VA
Please Call
*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:

Central United Methodist Chruch
1043 Jefferson Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

2nd Thursday 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.