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Life Group LA Inc

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Causes: Health, Health Care

Mission: MISSION STATEMENT The Life Group LA is a coalition of people dedicated to the education, empowerment and emotional support of persons both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so that they may make informed choices and decisions regarding their healthcare and personal well being.

Target demographics: The POZ Life Weekend Seminars have no demographic boundaries. The seminar welcomes all people, regardless of age, sex, cultural diversity or HIV status

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 People Affected By HIV or AIDS

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles, CA, Palm Springs, CA, San Diego, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Phoenix, AZ. The Life Group LA is able to bring it's team to you! If you would like to host a POZ Life Weekend Seminar in your town, Please contact us!

Programs: The POZ Life Weekend Seminar

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

David C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Danny P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Gina T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

DaddyDab

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The services and expertise of the Life Group LA Inc are so vital in helping people with HIV and AIDS in California. They do a fantastic job of helping those in the community. Keep up the great work!

Juanito D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Life Program and the wonderful team members came to San Diego and I watched so many newly HIV diagnosed patients grow, learn, and feel less alone in just two short days. This is a wonderful model program that has changed many many lives.

Craig L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my relationship with Life Group L.A as a client at one of the organizations Poz Life weekends. I had recently been diagnosed HIV+ and I was having difficulties with my medications and dealing with the issues of stigma and shame associated with having the virus. Nor could I embrace the attitude that having HIV was 'no big deal'. The experience opened my eyes to the possibilities of not only living with HIV successfully and happily, but living a life that was healthier than the one I had prior to being diagnosed. Life Group L.A helped put me on a life track that has since led me on many unexpected pathways. I have since taken the role of volunteer for Life Group and further became an employee of the L.A Gay & Lesbian Center in a program called Positive Images as an Outreach worker. That program augments the work of Life Group L.A by providing social support groups and education for men living with HIV. Through these two organizations I am blessed to be able to take a leading role in helping to reduce the transmission of HIV and fight the stigma and discrimination surrounding those who are living with HIV. Life is indeed amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Stan Smith

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen anyone more selflessly dedicated to a cause than Sunnie is with Life Group L.A. The work they do is vital to the community and she is tireless in her efforts to support those who are in need.
They run on a financial shoestring so I try and support them all I can and enthusiastically encourage my friends to do so as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Brad

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced for the first time as a program participant in 1991. I was ill and it gave me hope, in not only figuring out how to live with my disease, but more importantly how I could help improve the world around me. During the 90s, I reffered people from an array of different backgrounds to the program as a necessary step in managing and living with their disease. Later, in the early part of 2000 I somehow found my way back to the program and started to volunteer as a speaker, helping to guide people through that which I had discovered from participating in the program soo many years prior. I have continued to donate my time and resources to this program as I have seen it change life, as it has changed mine! I continue to refer people and individuals to this program passionately as I believe the work in creating change and providing hope in the discovery of ones disease can be life giving when soo much seems hopeless and helpless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Sunnie and the wonderful Life Group LA staff for the past couple of years. I have seen them touch the lives of hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS, and their impact cannot be underestimated. The weekend seminars offer education, support, and an amazing environment. I have seen these events enrich the lives of the newly diganosed, and those who have been living positive for years. I would recomend The Life Group LA for those living with HIV/AIDS, those looking to volunteer for an amazing organization, and also for those looking to see their donation dollars go far. I highyl recomend all aspects of The Life Group LA!

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Mark H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Life Group for over four years now. The weekend seminars are amazing, insightful and thought provoking! They cover such a huge amount of information: Holistic approaches to living with HIV, Insurance and Public Benefits, Disclosure, Art Therapy, Yoga, just to name a few. The guest speakers are awesome and five you so much information. I found this weekend life changing and would suggest everyone to attend that is infected or affected with HIV.
This is an organization with more heart and passion than I have ever been involved with and has changed my life for the better.

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Brian A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with The Life Group since its inception in 2005 when Sunnie Rose Berger put it together to take over the work of L.A. Shanti after it unfortunately closed its doors. The organization provides education and support to those infected or affected by HIV in the form of weekend seminars and ongoing peer support groups.

People who have attended the weekend seminars have reported them as being transformational to their lives. The weekend combines information and emotional support, bringing people out of their HIV closet and into contact with a larger community of compassionate people. My fellow volunteers are deeply invested in the health and happiness of our client group and give of their time and ample abilities freely to make this important work happen.

I have often said in the past that no amount of pay compensate me for the work I do with the Life Group; but I will gladly do it for free. This work makes my own life better and brings people into my life who make me happier, stronger, and more fulfilled.

No words at my disposal can communicate how important the work of this organization is nor how well they carry it out. They are more than worthy of any and all support that can be offered.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working in HIV since 1986. I have had the pleasure of working with The Life Group L A for the past 5 years.

The weekend seminars produced by The Life Group are in my opinion the best resource for HIV patient education in the county of Los Angeles.

If you are interested in providing financial, volunteer, or in-kind support to an organization that profoundly impacts the lives of people living with HIV - The Life Group LA is an outstanding choice. You can be confident that your gift will be put to great use.

It is also important to understand that this organization is very small mostly everyone involved is VOLUNTEERING their time, because they believe in the importance of this work.

The Executive Director's leadership is passionate and trustworthy.

Please do what you can to support this worthwhile and successful organization. You will be glad you did.

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Dominic M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never have seen a person work so hard and sruggle so much to keep an organization alive as Sunny Berger has. This organization has helped so many people infected and affected with the HIV virus. I have witness the emotional breakthroughs so many times, and have been brought to tears by the break throughs I have seen. This organization is needed, and there is never a cost to the client. EVER.

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