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!
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!
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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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.
I have been a participant, a volunteer and a fundraiser. I have seen first hand the benefit that is provided to so many. I have witnessed adults, minors and senior citizens benefit....Gay, straight, male, female, alike. I know the monies donated are highly leveraged by the tremendous volunteers that make up The LifeGroup LA!
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I have seen first hand how those affected on so many levels are provided comfort and understanding that they never knew existed. This is why I volunteer and donate. I also know that this group is VERY careful with how they spend the money they are given!
The LifeGroup was one of the first places I found when I was newly diagnosed in 2008. Although many people felt then, and still now that it's no big deal, believe me it is. There is still huge stigma, people still do die, and information and resources are extremely scattered. It was the LifeGroup that empowered me through the initial weekend where to find answers to my questions and where to find hope for my fears. Staying involved as a volunteer since then has helped me remain at a higher spiritual vibration because the group walks the walk. Everyone involved is at their highest level of compassion when representing and moreover even when they're not. The group changes lives, and while many non profits do great work, very few can say they transform people and then promise to be there for them no matter what. HIV is still scary and still with us at times in worse ways than before. The LifeGroup LA is a group that understands this and welcomes anyone affected in any way and from any walk of life.
It has been my honor volunteering for the Life Group LA. Knowing that I played a small part in changing lives for the better, and empowering people through knowledge and support, has been very fulfilling.
I've been volunteering for almost 2 years now and everytime is a great experience. I have never been to a place with such love and acceptance. I would of never thought of being part of such a great organization!
What this organization does is nothing short of amazing. I have seen lives transformed over the course of just a weekend over and over. It is so refreshing to see and organization that has no other goal than to give everything they can to those in need. The presentations are top notch at their seminars and the loving compassion that every volunteer brings is rare to see. What is great about them also is that everything is authentic and nothing feels forced or fake. I wish that every person would get the experience of attending one of their weekends!
I first went though one of TLGLA Poz Life Weekends about 5 years ago. I was such a wonderful and transforming experience! Since then I have volunteered and have been able to see countless others experience this compassionate and non-judgemental weekend.
TlGLA has changed the minds hearts and souls of thousands over the past decade to those living with or affected by HIV. As a volunteer I have had the opportunity to be a part of the magic of loving compassion that oir clients so desperately need and benefit from. This is by far one of the best non profit organizations in LA! Here's to the next decade!!!!
Life Group came along in my life when I was surrounded by loving friends, an accepting family, and understanding clients...and still I felt alone in my new diagnosis of HIV.
Soon after my HIV Positive diagnosis I found the Poz Life Weekend Seminar. The safe space, unconditional love, and informative seminars set me on a path of healing and acceptance.
Six years later, I am a volunteer with this life changing, inspiring organization and continue to feel the ripples of love, acceptance, and honesty.
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.
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.
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 is the most inspiring,caring, inspirational non profit group you could be part of, the love that goes out to help and support others is overwhelming and brings community's together that have never even met into a huge family of support, encouragement along with the educational knowledge offered one is there for.
There isn't 1 person who walks into this group and isn't welcomed with open arms, love and compassion, you are everything to them and everything is about building a stronger more educated you for a more fulfilling life and brighter outlook mentally and physically.
1 weekend can transform a person they never thought they could be, The Life Group LA reaches a hand out, helps pick you off the floor and walks with you through this journey your on, they help you
realize things about yourself you never thought could have existed in a positive manner.
The Life Group LA is a a must check out/be part of group!!!
The Journey begins here!
The Life Group L.A provides weekend seminars that offer education, support and unconditional love to all who participate. It is the most transformative program that I have ever experienced, where fear, despair and isolation are replaced with courage, hope and a renewed sense of community. With compassion and non-judgement (and lots of hugs!) lives are changed in a most positive way! Attending one of these weekends is a gift that truly keeps on giving, where spirits are lifted and new friendships are forged. I cannot say enough good things about the Life Group. Please come experience it for yourself! Oh, and by the way, did I mention that it's free? See you next time...xoxo...carla
I have grown from a person who only thinks and focuses on herself to a person who think about herself and Life Group as her 2nd family. I have learned to be dedicated to what I do and love my work. I have made great friends. I have witnessed many changes and miracle. I am honored to be a part of the Life Group.
The Life Group LA runs by compassionate volunteers! What makes the Life Group LA different is they are providing education guiding people to change themselves to become healthy happy people.
I have had the privilege of volunteering for Life Group LA on two occasions and was stuck by how they had created a caring and cohesive, creative and supportive community for their clients. Midway through the weekend the sharing that took place was profound and the sense of hope palpable. This is an organization well worth supporting!
Everett C Alexander
This is my 8th year facilitating with Sunnie & the Life Group Family. I first attended as a client and was transformed by the experience so much that I trained to be a facilitator.
I have been HIV+ for 34 years. Involved in many AIDS Service Organization's and on the board of many over the years. I was also a LA County Commissioner on HIV.
The Life Group is by far the most compassionate, loving & giving of all the others, bar none.
We still face the stigma & challenges of living with HIV/AIDS, however, The Life Group LA gives us a place to go to be a part of, not apart from; a place to belong, to connect, to live in the Sunlight of the Spirit once more. A place to reconnect with who we are not what we have, a place to love & be loved by many from many places and perspectives.
The color of your skin, the language you speak, your country of origin, your sexual orientation or your resume or bank account do not matter in this place.
One more time: 40+ people came together with many, many differences. As the life group does so well, by end of day one, unconditional love was becoming the norm not the exception. By end of the weekend nothing was left but unconditional love compassion & deep respect for all through all and with all.
I am as always honored to do this to see the souls of people blossom and come into full measure. Thank you all.