o Support Group- Looms for Lupus provides bilingual In-person and Virtual support group and incorporate hands on workshops, Art Therapy such as Loom Knitting, mindfulness, meditation and other stress relieving techniques. Support Groups are for Lupus, Fibromyalgia survivors, their loved ones and caregivers. Meetings are held every Second Saturday of the month 9:30am-11:00am in Baldwin Park, CA
o Facebook Live Platica con Las Hermanas Mata- Looms for Lupus provides a Spanish Facebook live chat with the Mata Sisters every second Saturday of the month via Looms for Lupus Facebook page at 8:00am PST. The Live Chat is to provide a place to talk about lupus, fibromyalgia, mental health and family. Únete a la Platica con Las Hermanas Mata a las 8:00am PST en vivo vía la pagina de Facebook de Looms4Lupus
Platica, Apoyo y Concientización sobre #Lupus, #Fibromialgia, #SaludMental y Familia en Español para toda la familia.
o Spanish Support Group- The Virtual Spanish Support Group is held every second Sunday of the month at 9:00am PST. Grupo de Apoyo virtual en Español cada segundo Domingo de el mes at las 9:00am PST. Mande mensage para obtener informacion de zoom.
Looms for Lupus hosts and collaborates with like-minded organizations to host in person conferences, educational symposiums boht in person and virtual. Some locations include Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco, CA, Hawaii, Colorado and virtually our reach in International and Gobal reaching Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Honduras to name a few.
Picture: The Lupus Project, an event in Los Angeles designed to empower, educate and connect the Lupus Community. Juana and Estela (Mata Sisters) provide support and host a booth providing bilingual information for Lupus, caregivers and loved ones. Raffle Basket Donation given annually includes: Loom Knitting Kit with Yarn, Scarf loom knitted by Looms for Lupus, essential oils, lavender candle, Mandala Coloring Book, Journal, Bath Salts, Positive Affirmations and Looms for Lupus T-Shirt.
Health Fairs\Community Outreach
Looms for Lupus attends health fairs and local community events to provide information, and resources on Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Mental Health as well as educational symposiums to raise awareness in the community.
Picture: Pacific Clinics Mental Health Awareness Month Community Event- The Community event at Pacific Clinics in Santa Fe Springs, CA. Looms for Lupus booth provided information on resources for Lupus survivors, their care givers and loved ones. We also provided Tips for Caregivers and Positive Affirmations. Those living with lupus, fibromyalgia have a greater risk of having depression.
The Lupus Initiative- Self Management Tools For Those Living With Lupus.
You’re the reason we’re here—with information, understanding, and support that may help you live better with lupus.
Living Well With Lupus: A Toolkit for Women
The toolkit, Living Well With Lupus: A Toolkit for Women was created to support women and their families in the lupus diagnosis and care journey.
Looms for Lupus co-founders Estela Mata and Juana Mata are proud collaborators of this amazing Toolkit:
Click on this link: to access the Toolkit:
Looms for Lupus is proud to announce the launch of The Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund. Alondra Barragan was a beautiful, caring, loving goal driven young lady gone too soon. The scholarship fund will be awarded to one or more students every year, and recipients will receive a minimum award of $500 made payable to the educational institution at which they are enrolled.
The Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund is a wonderful initiative by Looms for Lupus to support students with lupus who are pursuing their academic goals. This scholarship fund has been created in honor of Alondra Barragan, a beautiful, intelligent, loving, and caring young lady who had a love and passion for education. Despite her illness, she never let it stop her from pursuing her dreams. She wanted to be a preschool teacher and later realized that she wanted to be a Speech and Language Pathologist. Her passion for makeup is also admirable. Even on the days she did not feel well, she would sit in her room and apply the most beautiful makeup to herself. To her, makeup was a therapy, a way of putting on a beautiful face to an already beautiful canvas.
The Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund is a fitting tribute to Alondra’s memory and her passion for education. It’s a wonderful way to honor her legacy and help other students with lupus to achieve their dreams. We hope that this scholarship fund will continue to grow and support many more students living with lupus in the future.
Looms for Lupus is happy proud to announce the launch of the Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund. The Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund will be awarded to one or more students every year. Recipients will receive a minimum award of $500 made payable to the educational institution at which they are enrolled.
The Alondra Educational Scholarship is open to all college students living with lupus residing in the state of California.
Applications for the Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund must be postmarked by April 15th and notification will be given to scholarship winners in the month of May during the Looms for Lupus Annual Wellness Day.
If you live in California and are attending any college or university while living with Lupus you are eligible. Being able to pursue your education despite the daily struggles that you face while living with lupus is commendable. Living with an autoimmune condition like Lupus can be challenging and your willingness to share your story will raise lupus awareness and definitely help others.
Please note that any information shared in your application may be used to promote Lupus Awareness in our website, social media platforms, news articles, newsletters..)by doing so we will further our mission to raise awareness about lupus and inspire others.
Each applicant must meet the following requirements:
*The Scholarship Committee has the right to disqualify a student at any point during the winner selection process. Applicants that do not meet ALL eligibility requirements will not be reviewed. Applicants who do not complete the entire application procedure by the April 15th deadline will be disqualified.
Candidates MUST submit:
Hard copy mailed to the following address and postmarked by deadline of April 15th
Looms For Lupus
Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund Committee
4230 Maine Avenue #906, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Electronic copy emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note: The Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund Committee requires that all Scholarship winners allow Looms For Lupus to share their story with others both on social media and in published documents. Any information pulled from a winner's essay may be edited for spelling and typing errors, improper word usage and grammar errors.
All application documents must be postmarked (for hard copy) AND emailed (electronic copy) by April 15th we will not accept applications that are postmarked after the deadline.
The essay can earn a maximum of 100 points and will be judged primarily on content. The judging panel will include at least one individual with lupus.
If you are selected as a finalist, you may be contacted for a phone\zoom interview.
Alondra Barragan Scholarship Fund Committee requires all Scholarship winners share their story with others both on social media and in published documents. Scholarship winners will be asked to contribute to lupus awareness by sharing their story via social media outlets (i.e., Facebook and/or Instagram) and during the Looms For Lupus Annual Wellness Day Event.