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Texas Support Groups

Support Groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information, and as well as a place to offer peer support and encouragement. Solicitations or research projects are not conducted at support group meetings.

Support groups often feature speakers specializing in scleroderma or related topics. To find out information about upcoming speakers or meeting topics, please contact the support group leader or chapter office.

This schedule is subject to change. Before attending a group for the first time, please call to verify date and time. Groups are free of charge and open to everyone. See the Scleroderma Foundation-TX Chapter Facebook page for the most current information.

Allen Support Group - New location - See Dallas Support Group

Austin Support

Contact: Joan Maril
Phone: 512-301-8869
Email: austin@scleroderma.org

Conroe Support Group - Meeting February 17, 2013

3:00 - 5:00 pm, the 3rd Sunday of every month
Conroe Regional Hospital, Dining Room B, 504 Medical Center Blvd, Conroe, TX 77304
Contact:Audrey Brouwer
Phone: 832-217-5077
Email: Abrouwer@scleroderma.org

Corpus Christi Support Group

Please contact the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter office at 972-396-9400 or 866-LEARNSF for more information.

Dallas Support Group

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., 2nd Sunday of every month
Texas Health Resources University - free parking in front of the bldg.
Exit Central Expressway (Hwy 75) at Walnut Hill Ln. East to Greenville Ave., turn right. Phoenix Dr. (entrance D) - go right. Left on Fogelson Ln. to THR University.
Contact:Joey Briggs
Alternate Contacts:
Nancy Harbutz
Phone: 214-674-8001
Tonya Fyke
Phone: 469-323-3758
Email: dallas@scleroderma.org

El Paso Support Group

Next Meeting:
Saturday, 5th April 2014
At 10:30am

United Blood Services
424 S. Mesa Hills
El Paso, TX 79912

Our featured speaker at this meeting is: Dr. José J. Monsivais, MD FACS Medical Director – Hand & Microsurgery Center of El Paso

We are extremely pleased to welcome this esteemed surgeon to present at our meeting.  Dr. Monsivais is a retired army lieutenant Colonel and has volunteered all over the world training doctors in war-torn areas.  He holds professorship positions at both Texas Tech and UTEP.

If you plan to attend the meeting, we kindly request that you RSVP to Billy at 915.591.4075 or Irene at 915.592.9809.

We hold our meetings at 10:30am every other month on the first Saturday of the month.  The meetings are held at United Blood Services at the address above.  Here are the dates for the rest of 2014:

Saturday, 7th June 2014
Saturday, 2nd August 2014
Saturday, 4th October 2014
Saturday, 6th December 2014

Contact Billy McCain at 915.591.4075 or Marianne Nelkin at 915.203.5435 for questions or directions.  Hope to see you on that Saturday!

Fort Worth Support Group - Restructuring - contact Amber Paris to get updated meeting information.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 3rd Sunday quarterly
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital-HEB, 1600 Hospital Parkway, Bedford, Texas, 817-848-4000. See map and directions. Refreshments will be provided.
Contact: Amber Paris
Email: amberjoparis@gmail.com
1st Quarter Meeting Canceled - Contact Amber Paris for further information - 469-774-7701
Houston Support Group - Gulf Coast

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2nd Saturday of every month (First meeting March 9, 2013)
Memorial Herman Hospital S.E., 11800 Astoria Blvd., Houston, TX 77089
Directions: Sam Houston Tollway, Exit Beamer Rd, go south to Astoria Blvd., go east. Main building, 1st floor, room CES.
Contact: Jacob Davila
Phone: 281-706-6232
Email: jdavila@scleroderma.org
Alternate Contact: Karen Padgett
Phone: 281-385-2502
Email: deacon77520@verizon.net

Houston Support Group - West

Quarterly Meetings - TBA
Contact: Ellen Harris
Phone: 713-428-1243
Email: houston@scleroderma.org

Lubbock Support:
Contact: Mickey Goodwin
Phone: 806-794-1507
Email: lubbock@scleroderma.org
Paris Support Group
Call support group leader to get updated meeting information.
Contact: Jean Shannon
Phone: 903-739-9578
Email: jeanshannon100@yahoo.com
Alternate Contact:
Laurie Badgley
Phone: 903-784-3534 or 903-715-0215
Email: paris@scleroderma.org
Rio Grande Valley Support Group (Weslaco)
Please call for meeting location/dates/times due to alternating meeting locations.
Knapp Medical Center - 1401 E. 8th St. - Westlaco, TX
Legacy Life Center  4610 S. Jackson - Edinburg, TX Conf Room 9 Map and directions.
Contact: Berty Valdez
Phone: 956-874-3897
Alternate Contacts:
Carol Good
Phone: 956-292-0405
Email: carol.good@att.net
Lorena Vasquez
Phone: 956-212-7555
Email: rgvsclero@yahoo.com
Berty Valdez
Email: rgvsclero@yahoo.com
San Antonio Support Group
Every 3rd Sunday per month from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Our next support group meeting will be on April 13, 2014. 

(This will be the 2nd Sunday of the month since our usual 3rd Sunday falls on Easter Sunday.)

We will have guest speaker Kathy Phoenix LCSW come in and give us very important information on living wills, advance directives and what to do in any event we aren't able to speak for our selves. 

First Assembly of God Church
13435 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216 

Contact: Jovana Desarden
Phone: 210-909-9375
Email: sascleroderma@gmail.com
Alternate Contacts:
Florence Diaz
Phone: 210-535-548
Cynthia Julson
Phone: 210-792-7200
Email: ctjulson@sbcglobal.net