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February 27, 2013

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February 27, 2013

Native Fusion volunteered to conduct a nutritional workshop a couple of months ago. We all enjoyed being of service to Life Group LA . The lives of the participants who came to the workshop are an inspiration to us all. What resilience, what humor! We had not laughed as hard as we did that day in a long time! Their willingness to share and do this work is not about charity, it is about being precious and free!

Armida A
Native Fusion
www.nativefusion.org

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 11, 2013

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February 11, 2013

I really love this organization and feel honored to be an invited guest. It's a feel-good organization that gives great education and services to those with HIV/AIDS/Cancer, and their families. There is no B.S., and yet there's lots of love. I've been a presenter for their weekend seminars, sharing the mind's role in improving and creating wellness. I've found that I enjoy and get value out of sitting in on the other presentations (rather than just showing up, doing my thing, and then leaving), and having great conversations with the people attending that leave *me* feeling healed; even though I came to serve/give.

Sunnie attracts lovely, caring people to her organization. She protects those she serves from scammers and negative energy. She truly cares, and gives gives gives. The events I've also been involved with have been a load of fun too! The Saddle Up LA event has become something we hold on our calendar each year, and the only fund raiser. It would be so great to get more attention and funding to this great organization.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 5, 2012

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April 5, 2012

Large and well funded non profits in Los Angeles and around the country do not even come close to doing what the Life Group does when it comes to education and social events for people with HIV. And they do all of this on a shoe string budget! Sunnie and her volunteers should be supported not only by the city of LA but also by large foundations. Their work is groundbreaking and effective.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 5, 2012

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1 previous review
July 13, 2011

It has been a long road for me to commit to a volunteer role at The Life Group LA. After being a client three years ago, I knew I wanted to give back in some way to the group. I volunteered for some h... more

April 5, 2012

Even before receiving the 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award from The Life Group, it is hard for me think to of many non-profits that have made such a difference in my life. The Life Group L.A. , in my opinion, defines itself as a community. And because it is a very inclusive community, so many people feel welcomed and served at the POZ Life seminars, the weekly emotional group meetings, and all the other events the group is involved with. I hope any of the readers of this message can share everything I feel is so special about The Life Group L.A. with me (and it's exceptional leader, Sunnie Rose). Many Hugs, David

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 13, 2011

It has been a long road for me to commit to a volunteer role at The Life Group LA. After being a client three years ago, I knew I wanted to give back in some way to the group. I volunteered for some hours at POZ Life weekends, volunteered at your Gay Rodeo and Gay Pride booths, raised money at Saddle Up LA, and eventually spent entire POZ Life weekends with the Tech Team. I got to know Sunnie, the Executive Director, and the other volunteers. I even found a best friend who I tragically lost in a still unexplained incident. I can’t think of another group I am more invested in than The Life Group L.A. Your board members and facilitators spent 36 hours with me over
two weeks and guided me to become a new emotional group facilitator for the Life Group L.A. I am humbled by the feedback they gave me. I am lifted up by the support I received and used to successfully complete the training. Thank you so much!

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

I've gained friends who are the best people in the world while helping people sort out the challenges of being affected by HIV.

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

I'd find a way to give a decent salary to the Executive Director. She's literally working pennies for each hour she puts into this group.

April 5, 2012

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April 5, 2012

This group brought new life to me when I needed it most. The whole weekend was wonderful and it got me to be able to open up in a safe non threatening environment. I didn't really know how much I needed the support but Life group knew exactly what I needed. Love it so much that I might want to volunteer in some capacity in the near future. Give freely or yourself, your love, you time and your money knowing they are doin exactly what any great non profit should be doing serving the greater good of their clients. Wonderful wonderful group!!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 5, 2012

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April 5, 2012

I decided to return to volunteering in 2009, after the Great Recession butchered most of the social service program's funding. It created a great volunteer need and I rose to answer the call. I was blessed to find TLGLA through a person named Rod. He told me about the organization. After talking with Sunnie I volunteered for the first time, Jnauary 2010. Since then I haven't missed one weekend, nor fundraising opportunity. There's so many things that make this grass roots non-profit such a powerful place. It starts with its volunteers. Each one is pure love, understanding, compassion, and dedication with a personality of what the organization's ideals represent. Each of us brings our own magic to the table to create an overwhelmingly positive environment for our clients. TLGLA lets each of us do what we do best; we take the clients who are affected or afflicted with HIV through a weekend of educational awareness programs, healing groups, and emotional support groups to enrich and empower those making long term decisions about their status. Doing what we do best creates an environment where the client leaves at his or her best. TLGLA strives to make sure both the client and volunteer are as equally loved, appreciated, and understood. At the end of a weekend we walk awa with the feeling of emotional and spiritual fulfillment. All of our clients leave amazingly lifted, and ascending to new levels, knowing they are not alone. All services are provided free of charge, and our weekend continues to grow. I don't know what I would have happened had I not met Sunnie, and began volunteering for TLGLA, and I'm thankful I don't have to focus on that. Instead I've walked away with the most amazing, solid, and real friends, as well as amazing memories from my time with them.

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

It educating me in HIV, helping to give back to our community in such a special way, gaining true friends and feeling loved in our organization, and the feeling of emotional and spiritual fulfillment with everything I give.

Ways to make it better...

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

Gain as many donors as possible, so we could expand our model, and increase the servics offered.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I wouldn't change a thing. For the first time I've come across an organization that met 100% of my core fundamental ideals. I have nothing that I would want to change from perfect.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My volunteering opened the door to new friends, and I stay in contact with them regularly. Each weekend teaches me something new, whether it be through our presenters or volunteers.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Blessed and thankful for being introduced to this group.

September 6, 2011
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September 6, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Where do I begin a review of the Life Group LA? My first awareness of TLGLA was in 2004 at a support weekend event I attended. It was an amazing experience and a unique concept . The short term and long term benefits of the weekend workshop continue to support me to this day. The organization is perhaps the most dedicated support system I know of for the HIV+ community in L A. They operate with limited budget to sustain their mission. Sunnie Beregr, the founder, has weathered the challenges in a depressed economic environment year after year, to insure the group's continued services. This is one of the most loved and cherished HIV+ support groups on the west coast and it is deserving of funding that will sustain it and grow the organization statewide and perhaps nationally as well.

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

so many ways; psychologically and emotionally, it has sustained me over the past 7 years.

Ways to make it better...

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

grow it into a national organization. Their programs are unique and applicable to every HIV+ community in the US.

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

POZ Life Weekend

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

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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

Ways to make it better...

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

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