Support Groups

Support GroupsThe Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) works to provide social supports for individuals impacted by lupus throughout our service area (Minnesota and beyond). Support groups have been shown to have a positive effect on the wellness of a lupus patient. They offer avenues in which to share personal stories, educational materials and resources, and to socialize with others who understand the challenges of living with lupus.

In addition to groups facilitated by LFM staff, volunteers can receive training and resources in order to facilitate support groups in their home communities. As a result, LFM has a network of support group leaders that span a wide geographic area. These support groups provide avenues for individuals to receive vital information about the unique services and resources available to them ‘close to home’.

Support group leaders have extensive knowledge and personal experience in the impact that lupus can have on ones life and family. They provide a personal contact for individuals- some who may not know anyone else with the disease or lack reliable supports- that can mean the difference between living in isolation and not feeling alone.

LFM’s current support group listing (categorized by region) also denotes those groups that are conducted by a certified LFM Support Group Leader.

If you are interested in participating in a support group training and starting a support group in your community, please contact Client Services. For more information, please see Professional Development.

TWIN CITIES

CITY
ADDRESS
DATE & TIME
CONTACT
Anoka/Ramsey Information and support via phone Maria Buchholz
763-323-7155
paixao72@q.com
Bloomington Christ the King Church
8600 Freemont Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420
Third Monday
7-8:30 p.m.
Shirley Cave
612-861-7910
Bloomington: Spanish-Speaking
Charlas sobre Lupus
(Chat About Lupus)
Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
The Atrium, 1st Floor Conference Room
2626 East 82nd Street
Bloomington, MN 55425
Third Friday
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Maria Mata
952-220-3059
Maple Grove Community Room at Byerly’s
12880 Elm Creek Blvd. North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Third Thursday
6:30-8 p.m.
Wanda Gross
763-496-1138
Minneapolis Pathways
3115 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(parking in back of building)
First Tuesday
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mara Locketz
612-481-5354
Mara.Locketz@gmail.com
St. Louis Park Community Room at Byerly’s
3777 Park Center Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Third Tuesday
7-8:30 p.m.
Deb Turner
763-585-0342
propturner@yahoo.com

OUTSIDE THE METRO AREA

CITY
ADDRESS
DATE & TIME
CONTACT
Alexandria Call for location Call for dates and times Karla Lysen
320-634-0276
Duluth Saint Mary’s Medical Center Oncology
Classroom (Third Floor)
407 East Third Street
Duluth, MN 55805
Third Wednesday
6 p.m.
* December’s meeting is a holiday party, held offsite
Jody Anderson
218-525-0677
jodette_99@gmail.com
Mankato Information and support via phone Nadene Sandon
507-345-8901
Rochester Meadow Lake Senior Living
22 45th Ave. NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Second Saturday
10 a.m. -12 p.m.
* No summer meetings
(June – August)
Carolyn Hyland
507-292-0945
curelupus@charter.net
Rochester: Young Adult Group Contact for location Contact for date and time Kiersten Kemp
kierstenkemp@gmail.com
St. Peter/New Ulm Area Contact for location Contact for date and time Sue Schott
507-246-5247
Willmar McMillan’s Restaurant
2620 First Street
Willmar, MN 56201
Last Thursday
1:30 p.m.
Janelle Joneson
320-212-9461

OUT OF STATE

CITY
ADDRESS
DATE & TIME
CONTACT
Bismarck, ND Elks Lodge
900 South Washington St.
Bismarck, ND 58504
Second Thursday
12 p.m.
Dave & Jan Jundt
701-258-6345
Rapid City, SD Rapid City Regional Hospital
353 Fairmont Blvd.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Second Saturday
9-11 a.m.
Black Hills Arthritis Association
605-341-7530
info@blackhillsarthritis.org

 

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