What impact has Lifeline had on the community?
82% of the 410 free mediations facilitated by Lifeline staff and volunteers at Vista Court and in the community resulted in mutual agreement by the contesting parties.
- In 2011 Lifeline completed 922 tax returns which brought more than $7.2 million dollars into the North County community as a result of the EITC tax credit.
- More than 91% of participants in Lifeline's parenting groups and classes completed the series and demonstrated significant increases in parenting knowledge.
99% of troubled youth
served by our Community Assessment Team
did not reoffend during the program and at follow-up contact, and more than 86% of these youth accomplished their service plan goals.
How can I help Lifeline sustain and build on these accomplishments?
Lifeline staff and volunteers accomplish so much with so little. Our program's participants come to us when they fear losing their home, are unable to cope with a child's behavior or problems, or have a desire to improve their lives in ways they have not yet imagined. In challenging times, our programs provide the safety net, the last hope, the key advocacy - and a "lifeline" - to those facing great challenges in their most desperate times.
- $25 will help us put together emergency food packs to help families who have become homeless eat tonight and get back on their feet through ongoing support.
- $100 will provide a scholarship to a low-income student for a daily after school program for one month.
- $250 will provide five mental health sessions to a child with serious emotional problems who lacks health insurance or the ability to pay.
- $500 will train volunteer mediators, many former lawyers and judges, who will in turn provide hundreds or hours of free dispute resolution or mediation sessions that divert expensive cases from court.
$1,000 will help Lifeline provide a "Parenting Diffcult Teens" group to a North County school. These popular 8-session participatory groups have helped hundreds of parents increase their practical skills to deal with out-of-control teenagers and prevented teens from drug use, dropping out of school and criminal activity.