Support Groups

Lupus LA’s support groups are here to help you learn more about lupus and how to cope with managing the illness. Being truly supported is a powerful feeling that many people with lupus long to have and joining a support group can help you enormously in managing this unpredictable chronic illness. The programs are free and open to the public. Please join us at one of the following groups.

Parking for All Support Groups

Please park in the hospital visitors’ parking lot. Parking validation will be provided.
For more information on any of these groups, please email Katherine McMahon, Program Manager at

Families Living with Rheumatic Diseases Support and Education Group

Groups for all ages and parents at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Please click here for more information about this group.

Sherman Oaks Adult Support Group

Second Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Circle of Care Conference Room, Sherman Oaks Hospital
4929 Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Alhambra Adult Support Group

Third Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Alhambra Civic Center Library, 2nd floor Conference Room
101 S. First Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

Adult Support Group in Irvine

First Monday of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
University United Methodist Church
18422 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

Crenshaw Adult Support Group

Second Tuesday of ever month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
West Angeles Church
Multipurpose Bldg. Room 7
3045 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Grupo de Apoyo en Español, Adult Support Group for Spanish Speakers

Nos reuniremos el primer jueves del mes de 7:00pm a 8:30pm
¡Porfavor acompañanenos!
Clinica Oscar Romero, Sala 35
2032 Marengo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

UCLA Adult Support Group

First Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Rheumatology – Rehabilitation Center Building
3rd Floor – Library
1000 Veteran Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Howse Foundation & Lupus LA Adult Support Group

*Please note this group will resume meeting in January 2016, November & December groups have been cancelled

Second Saturday of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Olive Branch Diagnostic Imaging
Women’s Health Center
10722 Arrow Route, Suite 520, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Loom 4 Lupus Adult Support Group

Second Saturday of every month from 9:30am to 11:30am
Kaiser Permanente, Educational Outreach Program
4141 Maine Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(Individuals have the option to knit during the support group meeting. All materials are provided at the meeting.)

Long Beach Adult Support Group

*Please note this group is cancelled for November and will not meet on November 24th.

Fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach
Children’s Hospital Pavilion Conference Room B
2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806

Pediatric Support Group at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

Meetings are held once every two months from 9:00am to 11:30am at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There are separate discussion groups for younger children, older teens, and parents (including a group for Spanish-speaking parents). Each session focuses on a specific aspect of life with a rheumatic illness. Your family is welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Siblings older than 5 years may participate in a supervised arts and crafts group during the meeting.

Sessions for 2015

February 14, 2015 – Building Connections
April 11, 2015 – Talk to the Doc
June 13, 2015 – Becoming Our Best Selves
August 8, 2015 – Navigating School Systems/Getting Support
October 10, 2015 – Food=Fuel
December 12, 2015 – Holiday Wrap-Up and Open Discussion – 9:00am to 12:30pm extended hours


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
New Hospital Building Conference Center
4650 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027