At the recommendation of another member in my weekly HIV+ support group, I attended a one-day seminar provided by The life Group LA in Pasadena. I was so impressed by the presenters, and more importantly the organization and their mission, I attended their much touted quarterly POZ Life seminar. The experience cannot be described accurately in words. The compassionate environment provides a safe, loving, non-judgmental approach, commitment to a supportive weekend, and truly an enlightening adventure one must attend to fully grasp the experience. I was so excited I became an active volunteer, and praise the committed giving of all involved. As a non-profit we accept no government funding and therefore rely primarily on our fundraising events engineered by Executive Director Sunnie Rose Berger, the committed presenters, and the many volunteers for their tireless dedication to those infected and affected buy HIV.
There is no agency that does or can do what this agency can do. They changed me and I was then able to transform my life. Group has more compassion than the people who volunteer for life group.
I have been volunteering for the Life Group and people they are serving for more than six years. Why? Because of its mission. Mission and commitment to provide education and support for people infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. The Life Group Los Angeles offers them life tools…so they can live their life healthily. The Life Group and all volunteers work with a family concept. We take care of each other and we take care of our clients.
Who would think that creating a space and bringing people together to simply offer of themselves would be the catalyst for such a deeply personal and profound experience for all - clients (affected or infected), volunteers (Angels in action), and presenters (doctors, health care workers, social workers, survivors, teachers, chaplains and more). Such is POZ Life Weekend Seminar. Talk about the human experience working at full potential. My definition of a true Spiritual Awakening - love in ACTION!
This year we took got the opportunity to bring our services to Arizona where the people were blown away by our compassion, dedication and service to the HIV/Aids community. It is amazing to see people transform over the weekend- to become empowered with medical, health and life decisions. The volunteers and staff are amazing and we love what we do! Until there is a cure, we hope to always be around emotionally supporting people infected/affected by HIV/Aids and their friends and family for FREE. We would also love to bring this to other places that need our services. I am blessed to be a part of The Life Group.
This group provides a wide array of information to persons recently diagnosed with chronic, serious medical conditions such as HIV, or Hepatitis C. Their intensive weekend provides information from medical experts, emotional support, guidance on available benefits, continuing life activities such as dating, social engagement and work. I have worked with them for several years and often hear back from participants on how valuable the weekend was to them in helping to adjust to their condition and restore a good quality of life. Many look back on their weekend as the first step back to a "normal" life.
This place really helped me get my life together when I needed it the most. Life wouldn't be the same without them.
Amazing group providing cutting edge services to the HIV/AIDS community at no charge to participants. As a mental health professional I refer my clients to The Life Group LA for support, education and empowerment.
The Life Group LA provides a safe and nurturing haven for people who are HIV positive as well as support for their friends, family, partners, and loved ones.
As a professional who works in the HIV/AIDS community, I use The Life Group LA as my primary referral source for clients who are dealing with the daily issues of being HIV positive.
This group provides education from the leaders in the field of HIV medicine ( Dr. Michael Gotleib, Dr Eric Darr), supportive resources for legal and alternative care, and a nurturing environment for personal discovery and self-growth.
Review from Guidestar
After suffering in silence and shame for over 25 years from living with HIV. Someone suggested i attend a weekend seminar. That seminar transformed me and allowed me to start the life I now have. I was able to, for the first time, talk about being diagnosed in the Navy and the way I was treated. The shame and isolation I experienced both emotionally and physically was paralyzing. At that weekend the volunteers provided a safe, loving, supportive environment. The facilitators were amazing and also allowed me the space and time to begin healing that shame. From the first phone call with Sunnie Rose the experience was incredibly loving.
I have worked with other agencies and recieved services, but none provide the service, or the support that Life Group does as well. The reason is that for the first time I was in a room with those affected by the disease and got to hear how my disease affected them. I was so isolated and had no idea that my family was as well. This experience coupled with the compassion with which they approach and provide services was the key to my returning to life.
I went to school and recieved my Masters Degree and I am currently applying to Ph.D. programs. This experience informs all that I do, and have done.
There is no other agency that provides this service, this support, and this compassion. They do not duplicate services of any kind, there is no where else to get what they provide except from them. Their work needs to be available to more, and accessible by many.
Life's are not just changed, but saved by this program.