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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.

Austin Support Group

Every 3rd Sunday of the Month from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
La Madeline, 9828 Great Hills Trl Ste 650, Austin, TX 78759  (private room)

2016 schedule:

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 20
  • April 17 (subject to change pending Dr availability for our annual education event)
  • May 15

Contact: Deon Wright
Phone: 512-750-7224
Email: deonkwright@gmail.com
Alternate Contact: Joan Maril
Email: ejmaril@aol.com
Phone: 512-301-8869

Bryan – College Station

Meeting dates & location TBA. Please contact Paula for additional information

Contact: Paula Plummer


Conroe Support Group

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

Meetings will be held on the 2nd Sunday of every other month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (NO MEETING IN OCTOBER)

Next Meeting: December 11, 2016
Holiday Celebration - Details to follow
New Meeting TIME!!! 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location:  TBD (To be Determined)


Raquel Gaona
Email: raquel.gaona9741@gmail.com  

 Lilly Witherspoon
Phone: 214.952.3364
Email: spoonbeam@verizon.net 

Emily Woods
Phone: 972.342.7797
Email: emily_annew@msn.com

El Paso Support Group

Meets on the 1st Saturday of every other month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
United Blood Services - 424 South Mesa Hills, El Paso, TX 79912

2016 Schedule:

  • April 2
  • June 4
  • August 6
  • October 1
  • December 3

Marianne Nelkin
Phone: 915.203.5435
Billy McCain
Phone: 915.591.4075
Manny Guterres
Phone: 915.241.8744

Marianne Nelkin
Phone: 915.584.6504
Email: elpaso@scleroderma.org

Tarrant County Support Group

Meetings will be held on the 2nd Sunday of every other month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (NO MEETING IN OCTOBER)

Next Meeting: December 11, 2016
Holiday Celebration - Details to follow
New Meeting TIME!!! 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

HEB Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital
1600 Hospital Parkway, Bedford, TX 76022

Amber Paris
Phone: 469-774-7701
Email: amberjoparis@gmail.com

Southeast Houston Support Group

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 2nd Sunday of every month

For directions you can follow the link; http://bayshoremedical.com/contact-us/maps-directions.dot.
Classroom 3 located in the dining area on the lower floor. 

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 
Contact: Jean Shannon
Phone: 903-739-9578
Email: jeanshannon100@yahoo.com
Alternate Contact:
Laurie Badgley
Phone: 903-784-3534 or 903-715-0215
Email: laurie.badgley@yahoo.com

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.
Christus Santa Rosa private conference room in the cafeteria
2827 Babcock Road San Antonio, TX 78229.

2016 Dates At Christus Santa Rosa As Follows:
  • February 21
  • March 20 - Annual Group BBQ (location will be announced)
  • April 17
  • May 22
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20
  • December 18 - Annual Holiday Pot Luck (location will be announced)
Jovana Desarden
Phone: 210-909-9375
Email: sascleroderma@gmail.com
Alternate Contacts:
Florence Diaz
Phone: 210-535-5484
Stephanie Anders
Phone: 210.309.7130