The Life Group Poz Weekend is life changing experience. The information and connection with others, after feeling lonely and isolated so much of the time, was wonderful. I am exceedingly grateful for everyone who helped put this together.
My first experience was their Poz Life Weekend, a 2 day whirlwind of classes, emotional support groups and creative activities for people infected or affected by HIV. I had just been diagnosed 6 months prior and was still struggling with the feeling that my life was over. I came to the weekend hoping for a little information about medications and inflammation but walked away with so much more. Meeting an incredibly diverse group of people living with the virus helped normalize it for me and see myself outside of the constant stigma I was hearing from the media and an ill informed gay community, my parents, my work, my friends, almost everyone. I needed people in my life who were Poz and still thriving so that I could find a way there myself. This group helped me find the path. 4 years later I was so grateful for what they had given me and others in my life that I began volunteering for them. The surprise has been that I get almost as much out of volunteering as I did out of participating. They are a dynamic group of people infused with love and the determination to heal and support others in their healing process. They honestly gave me my life back.
From this ..... to this.
Thank you Lifegroup LA
From client served, to volunteer, to almost a professional with expertise as a result of my first life group weekend seminar four years ago.
Life Group LA saved my life 4 years ago and continues to be my foundation (as well as a resource) to stand upon as a long term survivor. I was introduced to them through Being Alive and through their literal bath of knowledge, tools, discussion, story telling, yoga, writing, laughter, food, fun, experts from all over the world (a la International AIDS Conference level), I was able to come to grips with why I was not functioning in the world around me. I was suffering from PTSD as a long term Survivor. Life Group LA was the first agency in LA to take this on, address it, work with clients over their weekend seminars, and make it part of their curriculum on a permanent basis. State of the Art.
They are so connected to the Community's needs that they even put up the first of it's kind and flagship model, frequently replicated across the south land "Resiliency and Self Care During Troubled Times" one day seminar for the LGBT and their Allies Community. So necessary and ahead of others that care providers, psychologists, psychiatrists, community leaders and community members attended and then were able to take those tools to the community.
Anyone and Everyone infected or affected by HIV, short term, long term simply MUST attend a Seminar. They will be forever grateful and empowered and armed with knowledge and tools.
YEA LIFE GROUP LA!
Its an honor to be asked to present at the POZ Life Weekends. I have been a part of their team by facilitating their 12 step meetings. Their workshops don't just address HIV, but many aspects of life including addiction. People who get help and support over coming addiction and are also living with HIV are better prepared to be adherent to their medicines and other life choices that will lead them to a healthier life.
The Life Group Los Angeles provides life changing weekend events unlike any other organization. As someone who was dealing with the shame, stigma, and overwhelming amounts of information pointed at newly infected people, their event and approach provided me with tools, experiences, and opportunities to interact with others in such a profound way that allowed me a moment of healing. I left the weekend seminar with helpful information, experiential tools, and a support group that helped tear down the walls of isolation so common upon initial diagnosis. I would recommend their services to anyone infected or affected by HIV. The Life Group LA TRULY changed my life!
They were there for me when I needed help most. When I am further along in my healing I will come back and train to be a volunteer so I can give back.
They helped me heal from a long held belief of how tainted I had been. This weekend is amazing and the volunteers are incredible.
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.
Founded by the most compassionate and loving person, Sunnie Rose Berger, who has dedicated her life to those affected and effected by HIV/AIDS, and surrounded by an amazing group of dedicated volunteers, Life Group LA is the epitome of LOVE. Services are free and the weekends are filled with professional information, a compassionate presence and a non-judgemental atmosphere where particpants can assimilate the information at their own pace and experience a truly loving, caring and empowering environment. Don't walk but run to the next Life Group LA weekend.
Life Group LA is an amazing organization that assists the HIV+ community with emotional support weekends, up to date information, and a caring and non-judgmental environment. The dedicated staff, volunteers and the astounding Sunnie all combine to be one of the most effective in Los Angeles. Long live LIFE GROUP LA!
Came to the seminar scared didn't know what to expect and left Sunday exhausted but never more prepared to start a Monday with a life changed outlook. It was a long weekend but nothing could have been worth more to me.
The Lifegroup was introduced to me by a post through friends 4 years ago for trying to help one of their volunteers who had his bike stolen, his only mode of transportation.
Rather than complain or be negative about the situation they told a story of how this person was as upset about his bike being stolen but how he stayed positive that it would show up, the person who took it was desperate or that something better would come in the days or weeks to come.
I then asked the director who made the post “how can I help, can I send a donation to help get a new or used bike to this person? The answer was yes and then I got curious through the Lifegroup LA website and went on to visit and read and watch the videos on it! About 4 months later I volunteered for one of their free Poz life weekends and my life was changed forever!
I was exposed to the caring, loving and supportive work that everyone in this organization does on their own free time for an entire weekend. Not only was I of service with others I saw how they changed and enriched the lives of so many others through education on all levels from helath care, nurtrtion, exercise and self care and not just for attendees infected with HIV but also people affected too; loved ones, spouses, children, caretakers. This is what made me fall in love and continue to be a part of this amazing group.
When I thought I was fully educated with hiv knowledge I’ve learned something new with each and every gathering.
The Lifegroup LA has given me more strength to help, educate and give back to a community that so many of my loved ones are included than I could of ever imagined and continues to do so!
The real amazing part of all their hard work is that it is done without a fee or cost to any persons attending and no paid employees!
All volunteers and free of charge to any and all people is almost unheard these days!
The Lifegroup LA does this and continues to do so with the generous donations from various fund raisers and donations.
I will be forever grateful not only for The LGLA but for their love and work and I will always be a part of them as they are a part of me!
The volunteers at Life Group shine. I have never met a more caring group of people that really want to, and do make a difference. I have been to 2 weekend and want to thank especially my group facilitators Carla, John, Carlos and David.
My brother tested positive 4 weeks ago. I didn't know what to do or who to go to for info on how to help him and the rest of the family understand this new challenge. I googled LA and made many calls to different agency's but no one i spoke to could help me as a family member help my brother and family as a whole. One agency finally referred me to Life Group LA for a seminar they had heard about. I called and spoke to a lady who spent over an hour with me on the phone. She answered a lot of questions for me and gave me some referrals for my brother but mostly took the time to give me some calm in what I thought was a huge storm. I haven't been to the seminar that I have read so much about yet but I hope to be able to go with my family to the next one.
I attended a workshop that Life Group LA put on about Resiliency, Self-Care and Activism in March of 2017. Like so many people, I had been reeling and anxious ever since the election, and this was a great opportunity to get together with like-minded and open-minded individuals and talk about how we can most effectively face the many challenges that lie ahead, without burning out. There were several amazing speakers who addressed a variety of relevant issues, and I thought the one-day workshop was time very well-spent. Not only did it address some of my own personal needs, but as a social worker in the HIV community I have continued to share some of what I learned there over the past several months with my clients. I hope to take their support group training at some point and get more involved. In addition to this great personal experience I had with Life Group LA, I have heard from a few clients about how healing and inspiring their POZ weekend seminars are. This is a great organization, with warm, sincere, and caring people involved.
I was invited to take part in the resiliency workshop this year. I went into it not know what to expect. I found part of it to be very healing. I’m glad that I went and I would suggest to anybody if they have the opportunity, please take the time to seek out life group and it’s amazing services. I would give it more than five stars if I could.
Happy to support this organization as a donor. I have a couple of friends, they are a couple, who went to the POZ Seminar a few years ago in Phoenix. They were inspired so much that one of them has gone back to school to be a social worker and the other got himself into medical care and a recovery program. Both are living a healthy full life now and as a close friend, I am not sure if they would be still together or in a healthy situation if they had not attended. Whatever happened that weekend saved them individually and as a couple. Hope they come back to Phoenix, we need more of what they have to offer.
I began as a participant many years ago and to this day, some of things I learned are still a part of my daily self-care. In 2012, I took their four day Facilitator Training and have been a volunteer ever since. Knowing you really do improve people's lives is so personally rewarding too!
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I tested HIV positive 8 weeks ago, met this group at LA Pride in June and was interested in one of their horseback fundraisers and took a brochure. I was not HIV at the time but was interested and wanted to help since I did know people who were. Now I was in a panic and had to get help. I called a couple of places and did not get a call back. I got tested while drunk in a mobile van in Hollywood and they were trying to help me but it felt like they just wanted to get me in their system, it did not feel genuine. I called Life Group and got a call back within the hour and the girl I spoke to was very reassuring and helpful. She asked me what I thought I needed, gave me lots of resources and then also gave me a number of other resources I had not even thought about possibly needing that I found I do need help with. She asked me to follow up with her if I was not getting what I needed and she would step in to make some calls for me. She did not even know me and I did not even have to go to their office and she still helped me and spent like 45 minutes in the phone with me. I am now pretty much connected to medical care and medications, I have insurance luckily. I called her back and she gave me some referrals to social groups where I could go hang out with other people who would understand my situation. I am not in LA so its hard to get to these gatherings but I will try in the future. Right now, everything seems status quo and I am still able to work and maintain my current relationships and friendships. I hope to go to the POZ Seminar in January. I now know the girls name is Sunnie and she is the director.
Talk about an organization who cares more than just 9-5 Monday to Friday! I reached out to Life Group on a Saturday night about midnight after sitting on my test results for a day. I needed to talk to someone about what the rest of my life might look like. I got a call Sunday morning which I didn't expect so I was shocked. Sunnie called me and took time to listen and shared that they had a seminar coming up in a few weeks that she wanted me to come to so I registered. She also offered me referrals to Being Alive LA so that I could get immediately connected with a case manager to make sure I had all my ducks in a row. It's been about 6 weeks now, I am settled emotionally, I made some new friends at the seminar and have a great case manager who is walking me through the steps to get what I need. I feel like I can live life and not have this diagnosis slow me down. I am as invincible as I was before and they helped me know that was possible.
Life Group LA is a wonderful non-profit with the biggest big heart! This group of people one main goal is to help others with those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. In any way, helping those if they have been exposed themselves or helping with family and friends. With emotional support, education and the tools for a long-lived life! Sunnie the head of Life Group LA has the biggest heart. She is always there for everyone, with her ear, heart, advice, and support.
Life Group LA is a great non-profit to support. Have a big heart and give to the biggest heart helping others.
Life Group LA, Inc. is run by the most amazing selfless person I know Sunnie Rose Berger. Sunnie puts her heart and soul into her organization to make sure that the community who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS have a place to go when they or a family member have been diagnosed HIV+
I am a donor and volunteer. I have done Saddle Up LA for 9 years to raise funds for The Life Group LA. I know these funds are really needed to keep this organization alive. If they don't receive funding they cannot make other peoples life better and healthy. I also donate directly through my Workplace Giving Campaign to The Life Group LA!
The Funds that are raised allow totally free of charge people to go to POZ Life Weekend Seminar. This Seminar Is provided for everyone including their family members to come and be supported in their effort to learn how to either live a long healthy productive POZitive lifestyle, or help someone they know and love overcome the fears associated with being HIV+. I have seen how much Sunnie and her organization The Life Group LA have made peoples lives better and how thankful they are, if they did not have the funding, donation or even volunteers from people like you and I this Organization could not exist. That is why it is so important to me to make sure I do all I can do to raise funds to help and get the word out!