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September 23, 2014

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September 23, 2014

I went to the weekend seminar feeling afraid and alone but I left with new insight and friends and a yearning for more in life which I now know I can have. I am grateful for the volunteers and staff who dedicate themselves to making this safe space possible for us all.
February 24, 2014

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February 24, 2014

I WAS CURIOUS AS TO WHAT 'THE LIFE GROUP' WAS ALL ABOUT... AND EXPRESSED MY INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. SUNNY ROSE CALLED ME PERSONALLY, (WHICH MADE MY MIND UP IMMEDIATELY) WHAT WITH THE EXURBERANCE, AND BEAUTIFUL DEMEANER, AND PASSION. I LIVE HERE IN PALM SPRINGS, AND THE 'WEEK-END' EVENT TOOK PLACE ON THE MARX ESTATE..... ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WERE WONDERFUL, CARING INDIVIDUALS, BUT I HAVE TO SAY BEING GREETED, WELCOMED AND HUGGED BY SUNNY, STARTED THE WHOLE BALL ROLLING.

I CAME AWAY WITH AN OVERALL SENSE OF SELF-EMPOWERMENT, CONFIDENCE AND LOVING MY LIFE (I HAD BEEN SUFFERING FROM TERRIBLE DEPRESSION), THROUGH ALL THE WORKSHOPS A FEW OF WHICH WERE ON HEALTH ISSUES WITH HIV+, DIET/EXCERCISE, SEXUAL PRACTICES, DATING, WORKSHOPS IN DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE, AND LOVING WHO WE ARE AND HOW MUCH I CAN BRING TO THE TABLE......

IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE, AND I WOULD LOVE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP HAVE A SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP HERE IN THE DESERT. ALEX IRVINE

Ways to make it better...

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

HOLD MORE WORKSHOPS

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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?

2012

September 9, 2013

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September 9, 2013

I participated in The Life Group weekend in April 2011. I knew about the seminar from my previous volunteer work. I had spent time raising a child and I wanted to re-focus my life on what was important to me. The Life Group weekend was the perfect place for me. I re-aligned my priorities to best serve my health and well being. I reconnected with committed compassionate caregivers serving a worthy goal. I found myself to be wise and powerful when I had lost hope. I have immense gratitude for the synergy of The Life Group and it's volunteers.

Since that time I have become a volunteer myself. I give because I have been given much. Thank you.

Ways to make it better...

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

Secure adequate funding that this work can continue. Expand the service area so that this program can be experienced in more parts of the world.

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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?

2013

April 9, 2013

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February 6, 2013

I had carried around shame for over two decades. Although I had been a volunteer for multiple organization over the years I had never addressed my personal shame as it related to HIV/AIDS. I found o... more

April 9, 2013

I had been HIV positive for 21 years when I attended this seminar. I had never told my story of being in the Navy and finding out I was HIV positive. I was 21 and they put me on a C-141 cargo plane as the only passenger and flew me from Hawaii to Travis Airforce Base where they locked me in a room with a sign that read "infectious disease do not enter." A women came in and interviewed me in a hazmat suit. I was then flown to San Diego and Miramar Marine Corps Airstation. I was then transported to Naval Hospital Balboa on a bus that I had to sit in the back of the bus alone. It was two weeks before someone touched me without gloves on and it was my mother when she arrived. I was so full of shame about that incident that I had never told anyone because when this all happened people were dying within six months of diagnosis and I survived. So, I carried the weight of that shame for all those years and finally at the weekend I was able to address the shame and have a new beginning that has been incredible. I have been living the most serene life since that weekend. I have not shame and completely feel free and present and alive. Thank you Life Group for giving me a life worth living.

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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?

2013

February 6, 2013

I had carried around shame for over two decades. Although I had been a volunteer for multiple organization over the years I had never addressed my personal shame as it related to HIV/AIDS. I found out in 1986 while in the Navy. The way it was handled was more than shaming it was damaging to my soul. In January 2009 I finally got to tell my story in a non-judgmental and supprotive environment. After two decades I was able to begin a path of healing that until the Life Group weekend had not been afforded me. My life has been transformed since that weekend in so many ways but the most important is that I have a deeper respect for myself and those in my life. I am so very grateful for the experience I had that weekend and know it never would have happened if not for this one of a kind organization. Thank you does not seem to be enough. So, I say this to those who provide this service. May you find the compassion and love in your life that you so freely offer during these weekends.

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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?

2012

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

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 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

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

July 17, 2011

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July 17, 2011

Being HIV- and having a partner that is HIV+ presents challenges both physically, mentally and emotionally. The LifeGroupLA has been there in several supportive ways:
- By providing an HIV- Group (for those with HIV+ partners) where discussion and exchange of thoughts and ideas are safe to
explore.
- By presenting the Poz Life Weekend that is empowering, educational and filled with love and support.
It is a wonderful volunteer driven organization where I am also proud to be a supporter both financially and in fundraising efforts.

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

Received support in groups and programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to get more youth (18 to 30+) involved.

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