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.
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
In a time when services for people with HIV/AIDS are being cut, the work of the Life Group LA is more important than ever. Their Poz Life Weekends provide specific information about HIV/AIDS, treatments, side effects and cutting edge research. The weekends also provide emotional support and vital connections for people living with HIV and the people who support them. The educational and emotional components are perfectly balanced. The weekends are a mix of both newly diagnosed and long time survivors of HIV. I have had the honor of speaking at many of the weekends and have totally enjoyed it. The audiences were engaged and asked a lot of questions. And audience members learned from each other as well. Also, as an HIV services provider, I have referred many clients to the weekends and usually described then as "life altering" and thanked me for the referral.
I have helped this organization in a limited role, but I have seen enough of it to say that it performs a VITAL role in the community. HIV is not "just" a medical condition; it is a condition that affects the whole person, and the people around them, in relationships and families. So, beyond medical care and medications, the social services are vitally important. I am a professional (clinical social worker) who has worked in HIV social services for over 22 years, and I have lived with HIV myself for 23 years. Having the opportunity to participate in a previous version of this organization was what I credit for my long-term survival. Having services like Sunnie's can make the difference between just surviving and truly thriving. Sunnie has skills, heart, and most importantly, integrity. I have worked in non-profits that do not have integrity, and they are awful; it is an injustice. Sunnie runs a tight ship, and there is no "monkey business"; her hands are clean and her services are sincere and effective, and I have the long-standing credentials and breadth and depth of experience as a client and as a professional to be able to say that. I'm very proud of Sunnie and the all work that the staff and volunteers of the Life Group do, and I give them my highest recommendations.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar