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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
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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

Ways to make it better...

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

NONE

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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.

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