Lupus Support Group

Free Monthly Support Groups

Come to our free monthly support groups where we meet, talk, network, and share stories and information. These are free events and everyone is welcome – lupus patients, family members, and friends.

Our virtual group meets on the third Monday of the month and our San Diego group continues to meet on the third Saturday of the month.

Next Meeting

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Location: United Way of San Diego Building
4699 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, 92123

Monday, November 21, 2022
5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Zoom Meeting Room


November is National Caregiver Month, in which we honor and show appreciation for family members who care for someone with lupus and other autoimmune diseases. To celebrate, our Saturday San Diego Group will include a full panel of guest speakers to share their experience and expertise with us:

  • Santiago Cullingford from the Southern Caregiver Resource Center
  • Ricky Navarro, Caregiver
  • Gabrielle Pumpian from The Key

Our virtual group will be a general discussion. We hope to see you there!


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Santiago Cullingford

Santiago Cullingford is a Community Educator for Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC), an organization that has become the leading provider of free caregiver supportive services throughout San Diego County. Santiago conducts workshops, webinars, and classes focused on caregiving issues in both English and Spanish. His education focuses on Public Health and has extensive knowledge of community disparities, modern health inequalities, and a vast understanding of diverse communities. Using these assets makes him excellent support for caregivers in our community, as well as an advocate for the services Southern Caregiver Resource Center provides.


Rick Navarro

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Gabrielle Pumpian

Gabrielle has been in the healthcare arena in San Diego County for nearly a decade. She learned first-hand the importance of excellent care in a home setting after the unfortunate stroke of a family member. This experience shifted her perspective and career ambitions towards helping others obtain the resources they need to live a dignified and happy life in their home environment. Shortly after, she began working as a Marketing & Sales Rep for a local home care agency, eventually earning a role as Director of Marketing for a large nursing and rehab facility in San Diego. Her heart remains in the home care world, and she's fulfilled every day by supporting and working with people who need caregiving services.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by guest speakers belong solely to those speakers, and not necessarily to our organization, committee, or other group or individual.

Upcoming 2022 Support Group Topics

Reminder: There will be no Support Group meetings in December

Stay tuned...we have much more to come in 2023, which we'll add here as we lock in those dates and topics.

View past support group topics and information.