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

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP

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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 patientnavigator@lupusdmv.org or (888) 787-5380.

WASHINGTON DC

Sibley Memorial Hospital
Physicians Dining Room 1 & 2

5255 Loughboro Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016
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2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Leader: Susan Greynolds, M.A., Ed.D. 

August 14
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11 

Washington Hospital Center
Siegel Auditorium - WHC Cancer Center

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

June 26 *Special Topic: Reducing Stress  
July 31
September 25
October 30 
November 20
December 18 

*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.)

MARYLAND

Annapolis, MD
Anne Arundel Medical Center

2001 Medical Parkway
Health Sciences Building, 7th Floor
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Lisa Covington, MSW, LCSW-C                  

September 13
October * Special Topic Session: Alternative and Complementary Therapy with Guest Speaker May Kesler      
November 8
December 13 

Baltimore, MD
Good Samaritan Hospital

*Enter through main entrance and security will direct to meeting room
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21239
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2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Shakima Richardson, LGSW                          

August 9
September 13*Meeting at the Maryland Lupus Summit- register here 
October 11
November 8  *Special Topic Session: Holiday Stress

Baltimore, MD
Mt. Lebanon Church

2812 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
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4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Iris Smith, LCSW-C

July 22 *Special Topic Session: The Impact of Lupus on the Family
September 23
October 28
November 25  *Special Topic Session: Holiday Stress

Bel Air, MD
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
Bel Air Meeting Room, enter main entrance and take a left
520 Upper Chesapeake Drive
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
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2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Shelby John, LCSW-C            

September 8
October 13
November 10
December 8

Clinton, MD
Southern Maryland Hospital
Library

7503 Surratts Road
Clinton, Maryland 20735
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2nd Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m.
Leader: Sarita Spinks, MSW      

July 13
August 10
September 14
October 12
December 14

Columbia, MD
The Wellness Center at Howard County General Hospital

10710 Charter Drive #100
Columbia, Maryland 21044
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1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Lisa Covington, MSW, LCSW-C                         

September 3
October 1
November 15 *Special Topic Session: Alternative and Complementary Therapy with Guest Speaker May Kesler
December 3

Greenbelt, MD
Greenbelt Baptist Church

101 Greenhill Road
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
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2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Leader: Fran Rubinetti, MPH, PhD                    

September 9
October 14
November 11*Special Topic Session: Readers Review of The Lupus Encyclopedia
December 9

Rockville, MD
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Weinchel Education Center

9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, Maryland
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3rd Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
Leader: Fran Rubinetti, MPH, PhD                     

August 16
September 20 *Special Topic Session: Readers Review of The Lupus Encyclopedia with Author Dr. Donald Thomas, MD, Board Certified Rheumatologist
October 18
November 15
December 2

Silver Spring, MD
Holy Cross Hospital
Private Dining Room 2

1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4th Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Susan Greynold, M.A., Ed.D.  

June 25
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 26

VIRGINIA

Alexandria, VA
Beatley Library
Small Conference Meeting Room

5005 Duke St.
Alexandria, Virginia
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3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Laurie Rosen, LCSW               

July 15  *Special Topic Session: Coping with Heat and Sun
September 16 * Special Topic Session: Journey through Lupus: Healing Art of Storytelling and Journaling
October 21 *Special Topic Session: Masks We Hide Behind
November 18 * Special Topic Session: "But You Don't Look Sick": Learn to Say No

Reston, VA
Reston Community Center

2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, Virginia 20191
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1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Leader: Molly McKenna, LICSW

July 9
September 10
October 1 *Special Topic Session: Family Night                
November 3

Richmond, VA
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital

5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226
Education Center- Room 159 (NEXT to the Cafeteria)
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2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00am
Leader: Patrice Banks, MSW

August 9
September 13 
October 11 
November 8

*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 
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00pm
Leader: Kim Jackson, MSW

July 17
Aug. 21
Sept. 18
Oct. 16
Nov. 20
Dec. 18

*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

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

July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16
 

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.