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Out We Reach—To All Angelinos with Lupus

In 2010, Lupus LA Reached Tens of Thousands by:

Pictured (left to right): Lupus LA support group facilitator Bridget Hood, outreach coordinator Charlette Ofrecio, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, and patient services director Elyse Reyes.

And now in 2011, thanks to donor support and the generosity of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, we launched the Lupus Cooperative of Los Angeles (LCLA) at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College.

A model initiative started over a decade ago in New York City by our national partner, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, the Lupus Cooperative gives people with lupus and their families a place to go, touch base with a bilingual (English-Spanish) staff person, and get key information on living with lupus. Visitors will find:

“We are thrilled to finally be launching this effective and hands-on program in the Los Angeles area,” said Adam Selkowitz, Lupus LA’s chairman. “Our hope is to increase our reach even beyond the Los Angeles metro area and open one or even two additional cooperative locations by year’s end.”