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Southern California Support Groups

 

Support Groups provide a forum to share feelings, concerns, information, 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.

These schedules are 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, including patients, caregivers, family and friends.

Click a link to jump below to view more information about one or our support groups:

Bakersfield/Kern County | Camarillo/Ventura County | Central Coast | Crescenta Valley/Pasadena
Imperial County/El Centro | Inland Empire/San Bernardino | Los Angeles | Orange County
Palm Desert | San Diego/Encinitas | San Diego/Mission Valley | San Fernando Valley/Sherman Oaks
Santa Barbara | Whittier/San Gabriel | San Gabriel Valley

Support Group Announcements and Updates

Please visit our Facebook page for announcements, changes, alerts, etc. www.facebook.com/sclerodermasocal


Bakersfield
Kern County Support Group

Meetings are on Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Every other Month (no meeting in July)

Location: The Office of Timothy M. Osborn at: 2200 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301

Contact: Stephen Elrod
Phone: 661-201-1759
Email: stephenelrod168@yahoo.com

2020 Schedule:
Jan 18
Mar 21
May 2
Jul 18
Sep 5
Nov 14

 

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Camarillo/Ventura County
Ventura County Support Group
Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm. 
Location: ACE Charter High School (at Camarillo Airport)
570 Airport Way
Camarillo, CA 93010

Contact: Robin D'Angelo
Phone: 805-701-9467
Email: robind318@gmail.com

 2020 Schedule:
Jan 11
Mar 14
May 9
Sept 12
Nov 14

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Central Coast 
Central Coast Support Group (Servicing Northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County) 
Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm -Every other Month-
Location: Saint John's Lutheran Church
959 Valley Rd, Arroyo Grande, CA                                                                                                                    

Contact: Jennifer Wood     
Phone: 805-878-6261
Email: sclerodermawarrior2021@yahoo.com                                                                                                                                              
or
Contact: Pat Muran  ( Habla Español)     
Phone: 805-459-2362
Email: pat.ccssg@gmail.com 

2019 Schedule:
Nov 16 - Speaker: Dr. Daniel Furst will give a talk on: "GI Involvement in Scleroderma and What to Do About it" 

2020 Schedule:
TBA


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Crescenta Valley/Pasadena
Crescenta Valley Support Group                                                           
Saturday, 10 am to 12pm  (see schedule below)                                                                   
Location: USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd, Glendale, CA, 91208         
Council Room C/D, 4th floor, behind the gift shop  

The hospital is on a hill. Drive up hill from traffic light entrance, past the Emergency, go up hill a small way and turn
right into public parking lot. Enter from parking level. You will be on the 4 th floor. Go past reception. Room in corridor
on the right.

Contact: Alejandra Serrano
Phone: 213-245-7439
Email: sclerowarrior18@gmail.com

2020 Schedule:
Jan 11
Mar 14
May 9
Jul 11
Sep 12
Nov 14

 

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Imperial County/El Centro
Imperial County Support Group
Call for next meeting date and location

Contact: Debi Gray
Phone: 760-554-4942
Email: ivsclerogroup2017@yahoo.com.

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Inland Empire/San Bernardino
Riverside S upport Group
10am to 12pm 
Location: Arthritis Center of Riverside, 11725 Slate Ave. #100, Riverside, CA 92505

Contact: Lisa Parks
Phone: 951-288-0728

Contact: Christine Haddad
Phone: 909-754-5934

Email: iesclerogroup@gmail.com

2019 Schedule:
Nov 16

2020 Schedule:
Jan 25th - Christine's house- (29848 Live Oak Canyon Rd, Redlands, CA, 92373)
Mar 21
May 16 

 

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Los Angeles 
Los Angeles Support Group
10am – 12pm
Location: Scleroderma Foundation SoCal Office
8929 S Sepulveda Blvd Suite 412, Los Angeles, CA, 90045

***Please Note***There is parking available in our building parking lot, located behind the office building. Enter from La Tijera blvd and Westchester Parkway (1 block west of Sepulveda)(note there is no attendant on duty Saturdays). Make sure you sign in and tell the security guard you are here for the Scleroderma Support Group Meeting on the 4th floor, suite 412.

Contact: Valerie Goodman  
Phone: 310-890-2616 
Email: daleval@aol.com

Contact: Tina Burger
Phone: 310-699-7290
Email: tburger@scleroderma.org

2019 Schedule: 
Dec 14

2020 Schedule:
Feb 15
Apr 18
Jun 20
Aug 15
Oct 17 

 

 

 

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Orange County
The Orange County Scleroderma Support Group 
Meetings are held on the SECOND Saturday of alternate months, 11:30am to 2pm, 
Location: Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, 17100 Euclid Ave, Fountain Valley. 
We're meeting in the Saltzer Room.

Park on the Euclid Avenue side and enter under the big canopy marked “Emergency.” Ask the guard or receptionist for directions to the Saltzer Room.

Contact: Bonnie Copeland
Phone: 714-606- 6059
Email: bonmail@pacbell.net

Contact: Roberta Hines
Phone: 562-745-8075
Email: hines.roberta50@gmail.com

2019 Schedule:
Dec 7 – Tentative date of our Annual Year-End Celebration with the Whittier/San Gabriel and Los Angeles Support Groups. Last year’s event at the Four Seasons Las Vegas Style Buffet in Cerritos was so successful that we anticipate having it there again! Family, friends, support people and everyone else are welcome for an afternoon of great food, fun, gifts, prizes, networking and companionship!  

2020 Schedule:
Jan 11
Mar 14
May 9
Jul 11
Sep 12
Nov 14 

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Palm Desert
Desert Area Support Group
We are looking for a new support group leader. If you are interested in leading a support group in this area, please contact Tina Burger tburger@scleroderma.org. No experience needed; we will help train and get things started. 

Contact: Tina Burger
Phone: 424-227-6475
Email: tburger@scleroderma.org 

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San Diego/Encinitas
Encinitas Support Group
Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Every other month
Location: Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, 92024

Contact: Kelly Clemeshaw
Phone: 760-855-3449
Email: kclemeshaw@gmail.com

2019 Schedule:
Dec 7 - Joint Party with Mission Valley 

2020 Schedule: 
Feb 1
April 4
June 6
Aug 1
Oct 3 

 

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San Diego/Mission Valley
Mission Valley Support Group
Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm, Every other month
Location: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, 92108

Contact: Susan Okuno
Phone: 619-246-9393
Email: sokuno1@yahoo.com

2019 Schedule: 
Dec 7 - Party

2020 Schedule:  
Jan 4
Mar 7
May 2
July ?? Picnic
Sep 5
Nov 7
Dec - Holiday Party 

 

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San Fernando Valley/Sherman Oaks
San Fernando Valley Support Group
Sunday, 11:00am to 1pm, Every other Month (2nd Sunday)
Location: Sherman Oaks Hospital, Doctors Conference Room
4929 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks 91403

Map and directions
Contact: Kelly Ryan
Phone: 818-974-2428
Email: Kelly@kellycryan.com

2020 Schedule:
Jan 12
Mar 8 
May 10 (Mother's Day)
Jul 12 
Sep 13
Nov 8 (Thanksgiving Celebration)

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Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Support Group

Meetings are on Saturdays, 10:00am to 12pm
Location: Beneflex Insurance Office, 101 W. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, 93101 (corner of Anapamu and Chapala)

Contact: Elizabeth Duprey
Phone: 408-829-2718
Email:dupreyeliz@yahoo.com

Contact: Cindy Cattaneo                              
Phone:  (805)895-7384 
Email:  ccattaneo123@gmail.com   

 

2019 Schedule: 
Dec 7 - Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Sager, Pulmonogist

2020 Schedule: 
Feb 1
Apr 4
Jun 6
Aug 1 - Tentative
Oct 3
Dec 5 

 

 

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Whittier/San Gabriel
Whittier/San Gabriel Support Group
10:00am to 12pm
Location: Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
12401 Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90602

Contact: Penni LaVoot
Phone: 714-313-8539 
Email:plavoot@gmail.com

 

2020 Schedule:
Jan 11
Apr 11
Aug 8
Oct 10 


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San Gabriel Valley
San Gabriel Valley Peer Support Group
10:00am to 12pm
Location: Please call for meeting dates and location.

Contact: Catherine Baca
Phone: 626-232-8449
Email: MyLivingSpecialist@gmail.com

2020 Schedule: 
TBA

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