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.

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.

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 to becoming a facilitator of a group.

If you are interested in participating in an educational support group training and starting a group in your community, please contact Sandy Parnell, Director of Education.

Upcoming Educational Support Groups

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016  ·  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

  • Monday, December 5, 2016  ·  9:00 am – 10:30 am

    Educational Support Group Facilitator Training

    Help those living with lupus in your community by becoming an Educational Support Group Facilitator! Our groups are designed to build connections, provide support and information, and promote health and wellness. 

    Rustica Bakery, 3220 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016  ·  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, December 10, 2016  ·  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

  • Monday, December 19, 2016  ·  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, December 20, 2016  ·  7:00 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

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    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, December 21, 2016  ·  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