My therapist recommended I go to this event since she had a number of clients go and they had great experiences. I looked for reviews and found your site. I went ahead and registered for the seminar in January in West Hollywood. I was really nervous about attending. I had just tested HIV+ 2 months before and had not come to terms with this. I am a straight woman, never thought this disease could affect me, how naive I was. After talking to the staff at Life Group and feeling no judgment at all from them and how welcoming they were, I was set at ease. Everything I experienced at this workshop gave me faith and hope and lots of info. Everyone was very welcoming and supportive. I made a few friends who I have been meeting up with for social stuff and support since then and I am no longer feeling like this disease is something I cant deal with. It's not always easy but reflecting back on the things I learned, I use the tools to center me, my mind and get me back on track. Thank you Life Group LA
This group KNOWS.. I mean KNOWS how to help people find peace with their HIV diagnosis. The presenters are top notch professionals who are welcoming and kind and know their stuff. The volunteers are from another planet that must be called "Love and Hugs" They were there for us at every step, every turn and every break through and break down. I can't afford much but donated a little money so to pay it forward. I want to come back and take the volunteer training they offer so I can pay it forward even more. Thank you Life Group, you are really LIFE for so many.
It's been a couple years since I went to the POZ seminar and now I am ready to come back and volunteer. I had been recently diagnosed with HIV but so sick I was almost at full blown AIDS. The seminar gave me so much support and info that I regained some confidence and took back my health both physically and emotionally by finding a doctor I had better communication with, understanding what my lab results meant and how the medication worked. I was able to forgive myself and others, and in general, just be a more open and loving person. I still have not disclosed my status to all my family, but I know I will soon and I know that Life Group will be there for my family if they want to attend a weekend to learn more. Thank you for giving me back what I thought I'd never have again. Life.
Since attending this weekend workshop there is rarely a day I don't reflect on my experience. I have made friends that do not judge me, I have learned how best to take care of myself and how to help my doctors and nurses make sure I am getting the best care for my situation. For the first time, during the weekend I was given the opportunity to do a 12 step meeting. This was something I know I should have looked into sooner but this safe space allowed me to feel comfortable going in with other participants I had met during the weekend. I left with the knowledge of what the program was about and now have friends I can connect with and go to meetings with outside this group. There isn't a soul alive that is HIV+ or a caregiver who should not go to this seminar. If not for themselves, to be of service to other brothers and sisters going through rougher times. Here's a video that describes what they do.
Last month i went to this retreat for the first time, referred by my therapist I was scared to go, but was greeted warmly when I arrived and my nerves were settled. I met some new friends and people who I can reach out to when I have questions about anything. They saw me at my most raw and still accepted me and supported me. I learned I am not damaged goods and that I have a lot to offer others. I appreciate that after the seminar the volunteers called me to see if I was okay and if I needed anything. I needed help with my utility bills and food they gave me some places to call. A week later they called me back to see if I was able to get what I needed and I had. This is a caring group and I appreciate all they do for us.
I'll never forget my experience that I had at a POZ weekend. I have to agree 100% with the writer of this article. ( http://www.aumag.org/2016/04/21/sunnie-rose-berger-advocate/ ) The warmth and beautiful energy of the room and everyone in it was a feeling I've never felt before. You're such a wonderful person Sunnie Rose Berger and you have touched many souls with your love and generosity. Angel's like you are hard to come by. You rock!!
Such an amazing organization ! Talk about the many types of support they provide. It's really an organization where one can walk in and let down their guards and learn to heal. Thank you guys !!
This workshop really transformed my life. I am newly diagnosed and felt isolated and despair before this weekend. Now I feel hope and know that joy is possible. I feel love in my heart instead of loneliness. Thank you.
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.
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.
One weekend CAN change your life forever. Without the resources and support I received from LifeGroup I would not be here today. I now understand who I am and what my choices in life are. The generosity of the donation of money and support to LifeGroup has helped me gain control of my life by giving me the skills I needed to navigate insurance issues, medication choices, doctors, counseling, nutrition and care. I cannot thank LIFEGROUP enough for their time and volunteers. I'm alive because of Sunny and this life changing organization.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar