Support GroupsThe Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) provides education and support to individuals impacted by lupus, and their supporters, throughout our service area (Minnesota and beyond). One way in which LFM works to provide these services is through our community-based Educational Support Groups. People living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases, as well as their supporters, are welcome to join these LFM-hosted groups.

Facilitators of the educational support groups are trained by and receive ongoing consultation with LFM staff. Most facilitators live with lupus or have a family member with lupus; however, it is not a requirement of becoming a facilitator.

Groups can be beneficial in many ways, including making connections with and receiving support from those living with lupus and other autoimmune diseases, learning about current research, sharing ideas for healthy living strategies, and raising awareness about community resources.

See below for the list of upcoming group meetings. Support is also available via phone or through other specialized or individual consultation. If you’d like more information on any of these offerings or are interested in starting a group in your community, please contact Sandy Parnell, Director of Education.

Upcoming Educational Support Groups

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017  ·  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Maple Grove Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street North, Maple Grove, MN

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Willmar Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    McMillan’s Restaurant, 2620 First Street, Willmar, MN

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017  ·  10:00 am – 11:30 am

    Mankato Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    This free educational support group meets on the first Saturday of each month. Newcomers are always welcome. Contact group leader Amanda Goetz by phone at 612-756-0263 or email for more information.

    Educational Support Group facilitators are trained by and receive ongoing consultation with LFM staff.

    Additional support groups are offered throughout LFM’s service area (Minnesota and beyond). To learn more, contact Director of Education Sandy Parnell at 952-746-5151/800-645-1131, ext. 105 or email.

    Blue Earth Public Library, 100 East Main Street, Mankato, MN

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017  ·  10:00 am – 11:30 am

    Rochester Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, MN

  • Thursday, March 9, 2017  ·  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Bismark Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    Elks Club, 900 South Washington St., Bismark, ND

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017  ·  9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Rapid City Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy Street, Rapid City, SD

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Duluth Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017  ·  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    St. Louis Park Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    St. Louis Park City Hall – Community Room, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN

  • Monday, March 20, 2017  ·  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Bloomington Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group. 

    Christ the King Church, 8600 Fremont Ave. S., Bloomington, MN

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017  ·  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Maple Grove Educational Support Group

    Make connections, receive support, and learn strategies to live better with lupus and other autoimmune diseases at this monthly LFM Educational Support Group.

    Maple Grove Library, 8001 Main Street North, Maple Grove, MN