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August 9, 2011

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August 9, 2011

I am a volunteer speaker for The Life Group LA, and each time I present to the clients I walk away in awe... The program is the most empowering, uplifting and life changing event for HIV infected clients.

Working with Sunnie, the other volunteers and clients is truly a gift for me- Thank
you all!

Michelle J Sherman, RPh, FASCP, AAHIVE
www.MichRx.com

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POZ Life Weekend

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August 8, 2011

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August 8, 2011

There is no other program in LA by any other organization that has no demographic boundary where we can go get all this info, support and understanding in one weekend. I am regretful that I did not go when I first tested HIV+. I would have discovered peace and a better understanding a year ago and not floundered around learning on my own how to access services I needed, understanding how best to take care of my condition and most of all stress less. This group of volunteers and staff were welcoming, knowledgeable and beyond supportive in every way. Charles D.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning how to best take care of myself and others while moving forward in relationships

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they always had enough money to do what they do

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

referred by a social group chat room

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am no longer a victim. I now know what it will take to live a long healthy life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 8, 2011

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August 8, 2011

Life Group is an incredible gift. I was truly amazed at the sense of warmth, safety, welcome and community the create for their clients. I felt and witnessed spiritual and emotional healing among the attendees at the workshop I attended last year. Its dedicated group of volunteers are also inspired to go out and do even more service in the community beyond the borders of The Life Group. It serves a great need and does it beyond well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attended Life Group workshops as a client. Ongoing communication and collaboration with Life Group volunteers. Attendance at Life Group community fundraisers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work with them to discover new ways to reach and connect with youth and help welcome them into and build community

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Recommendation from therapist as well as connections with friends who were previous clients and had become volunteers.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To become more involved in my community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 5, 2011

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August 5, 2011

The Life Group offers 2 and 3 day weekend seminars for people affected or infected by HIV. I have seen amazing transformations in people who have attended the seminar. Often they change from being depressed and anxious to empowered and engaged. The seminar is much more than an informational workshop but rather a holistic experience.

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I have experienced this organization both as a participant and as a volunteer.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a reliable funding stream so that the organization could take the program to other cities and countries.

August 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
August 4, 2011

This organization is amazing. The POZ Life Weekend Seminar sponsored by Life Group is informative, comforting, and enlightening.

The POZ Life Weekend offers workshops to understand logistics associated with HIV/AIDS including the most up to date medical research, available services, and
additional resources. More importantly, POZ Life offers acceptance, compassion, love, safety and connection, to name a few.

Life Group LA also offers various support and discussion groups, at no cost, for those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Life Group LA is not a huge operation, in contrast it has had a huge and influential impact in the community.

I am so grateful that this organization exists! My life was changed by it on many levels.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A majorly impactful way. I was submerged in the most recent knowledge of HIV/AIDS on many levels, both intellectually and emotionally.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to let more people know that these weekends, and support/discussion groups exist.

July 30, 2011

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July 30, 2011

Throughout the history of HIV, it has been the grassroots organizations that have made the most difference. The Life Group conitinues this important legacy. Whether it is working with those infected/affected by HIV or it is being a visible presense in the gay community, this organization is always a supportive and necessary voice. Sunnie and the volunteers have created programs based upon love, support and caring compassion. The network of support which The Life Group provides is essential so that no one impacted by HIV (gay or straight, male or female) feels alone. I am so proud and grateful for my association with The Life Group!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In working at the LA Pride Booth, I talked with many people who had received services from the Life Group. The relief I heard in their voice as they recounted their story of finding the Life Group and benefiting from its services was very moving. People who have gone through the levels of support this organization provides are forever grateful. Through these programs, the clients learn how to impower themselves and take control of their HIV diagnosis rather than the other way around.

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I can' t think of any changes that I would make at this time.

July 30, 2011

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July 30, 2011

Life Group LA is one of those one of a kind non-profit organizations, personal, intimate and professional. For anyone who is living with HIV or a friend, family member, partner, or someone they know and love who has HIV, Life Group is a transformational weekend where the infected and affected come together to learn how to live a more enriched and fulfilling life. It's a weekend of information, knowledge, education, friendship, spirituality and in the end, Love. By the end of the weekend all participants leave with many tools the most important being, Life doesn't end with the news that you or someone you love has HIV but an opportunity to live a successful life, one you had always imagined for yourself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By the many CT's of mine who attended the weekend.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

July 29, 2011

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July 29, 2011

I have been a sponsor for the Life Group La's Saddle Up LA and just amazed at all of the hard work that Sunnie Roseberger and her team put in to this amazing event. But it doesn't stop there, They are working all year around raising awareness, resources and educating the public on HIV. HIV affects alot more people than we are aware of and it just doesn't hit a specific group of people. The Life group with continued resources can keep doing their part to make those who have HIV enjoy life a little bit more.

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Just seeing the hard work that goes into it each day.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want more people to get involved.

July 29, 2011

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July 29, 2011

The services and expertise of the Life Group LA Inc are so vital in helping people with HIV and AIDS in California. They do a fantastic job of helping those in the community. Keep up the great work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have the seen the wonderful work this group does in helping people with HIV and AIDS.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them secure more funding to be able to help even more people.

July 28, 2011

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July 28, 2011

About five years ago I was diagnose with HIV. It was the scariest thing I had ever experience. I was emotionally devastated. At that moment I made a promise to myself...that I would start my treatment right away and keep my diagnosis secret from my family and friends. I felt I needed to do so because of the feelings of shame and guilt I was consumed by. About Six months later, after starting my treatment and coming to terms with my condition. I felt a void in my heart…that somehow I was utterly alone in my journey. I knew I needed to tell my mom and my siblings. I needed them for I could no longer keep my secret, it was eating me up inside. I had no Idea how they would take it or if they would understand that I was going to be ok. A good friend told me about Life Group, and so with a heavy heart I disclosed to my family and invited them to attend a Life Group seminar that very week. I really didn't know what to expect. I simply knew from my friend that Life Group would help us get some answers. The seminar was the most amazing and healthiest thing we could have ever done as a family. We came out of it filled with HOPE, COURAGE, and INSIGHT. The entire experience was so beautiful in every way. The presenters did a great job introducing the information we needed. The Group Counseling and activities allowed us to explore our feelings and tell each other how we felt. We not only grew closer as a family but also gained more insight than we could have imagine. Life Group changed my life and for it I am a better person. It gave me the tools I needed to find inner peace. I always tell my friends about the amazing work that is done there and how valuable it is to the HIV community. I am forever grateful and will treasure the blessings of this experience until the day I die from old age. =0)

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Life Group not only helped me tell my family about my HIV status but it also filled me with much needed strenght and insight. This Organization has inspired me to talk about being HIV positive so that I can help raise awareness. I have disclosed to all my friends and have even recorded a video for a pharmaceutical company that touches on the benefits of early treatment. I learned to appreciated the importance of giving back to help others that are living in fear because of HIV.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes other than having more seminars. The work that is done here is a treasure in that it changes lifes for the better. I know I am a better person for it. Now I want to give back and do my share to help others.

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