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

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.

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. 

January 8
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

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                      

January 29
February 26
March 26
April 23 *Special Topic Session: Coping with Stress
May 28
June 18
August 27
September 24
October 29 *Special Topic Session: Masks We Hide Behind
November 19
December 17

*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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1st Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
Leader: Lisa Covington, MSW, LCSW-C                  

January 10
February 7
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6
Don't Meet in July
Don't Meet in August
September 5
October 3
November 7
December 5

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: Rosalind G. Barnes, MSW, LCSW-C                     

January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12

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

January 27 
February 24 *CANCELED  DUE TO BURST WATER PIPES AT THE CHURCH
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 23
July 28
Don't Meet in August
September 22
October 27
November 24
Don't Meet in December 

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            

January 12
February 16 *Not the 2nd Monday of the Month* Canceled due to inclement weather.
March 9
April 13* Special Topic Session
May 11
June 8
July 13
August 10
September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14

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: A'Lelianne Warren, M.A.

January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
NOT MEETING IN MAY
June 14
July 12
NOT MEETING IN AUGUST
September 13
October 11
November 8
December 13

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                         

January 7
February 4
March 4
April 1
May 6
June 3
Don't Meet in July
Don't Meet in August
September 2
October 7
November 4
December 2

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                    

January 13
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 9
July 14
August 11
September 8
October 13
November 10
December 8 

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                     

January 17
February 21
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19

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.  

January 28
February 25
March 25
April 22
May 27
June 24
July 22
August 26
September 23
October 28
November 25
December 23

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               

January 27 *Not the 3rd Tuesday of the Month*
February 17 CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
March 17
April 21
May 19
June 16
July 21
Don't Meet in August
September 15
October 20
November 17
Don't Meet in December 

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         

January 7
February 4
March 4
April 1
May 6
June 3
Don't Meet in July
August 5
September 2
October 7
November 4
Don't Meet in December 

Richmond, VA
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital

5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226
Education Center- Room 156
2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00am
Leader: Patrice Banks, MSW

January 10
February 14
March 14
April TBA
May 9
June 13
Don't Meet in August
August 8
September 12
October 10 *Meet in Rm 159
November 14
Don't Meet in December 

*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: Sarah Tolliver, Ph.D.

January 15
February 19
March 19
April 16
May 21
June 18
July 16
August 20
September 17
October 15
November 19
December 17

*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


 

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