1970 - North County residents met to start a grass roots organization, Lifeline, to address drug issues among local youth.
1971 - A centrally located storefront opened in Vista with funds from Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and private donors.
1972 - The United Way of San Diego funded Lifeline with core staff and expanded hours for its youth programs.
1973 - Along with becoming incorporated, Lifeline began its first Legal Advice Clinic and Transportation Services.
1975 - The Services to the Poor contract began which allowed for a case management approach to service delivery.
1976 - With the development of a Lifeline Membership Club, Lifeline supported emergency assistance services.
1978 - Student interns from local colleges and universities were recruited, trained and supervised to provide client work.
1979 - Services for the Disabled were officially funded through the County and the Transit District.
1981 - Prevention and group services were added with particular focus on troubled youth.
1982 - The Vista Juvenile Justice Center Collaborative was created.
1983 - Lifeline became the North County representative for the first county-wide collaborative - the Emergency Resources Group - providing emergency assistance to the poor.
1984 - Lifeline became involved in housing services, implementing a Shared Housing Program and becoming a partner of the Emergency Shelter.
1986 - Vista Unified School District began to fund youth counseling and groups programs to be provided on school sites.
1987 - Lifeline's Coastal Office opened in Oceanside, focusing on youth delinquency diversion services.
1988 - The children's therapy room was stocked with specialized therapeutic tools. Parenting classes were facilitated in English and Spanish.
1989 - The county-wide Gang Alternatives Program began and the Juvenile Justice Center was duplicated in Oceanside.
1993 - Lifeline's Services to the Poor contract expanded to the County's North Inland region.
1994 - The Making a Living contract focused on long-term employment for the chronically unemployed.
1994 - The addition of the North County Court Alternatives Program formalized Lifeline's mediation services and Dispute Resolution Program.
1996 - Lifeline becomes a partner in the County's Title V grants, supporting the after school program at the San Luis Rey Community Resource Center in Oceanside.
1997 - The Youth Services experienced a growth spurt with the addition of the Community Assessment Team, Breaking cycles, and Critical Hours After School programs.
1998 - Lifeline purchases real estate to house its LIFT Transportation Program and the new Mobility Training Program.
1998 - The Workforce Partnership funds Lifeline to offer a large scale employment program with a performance based contract.
1999 - Lifeline's Counseling Department expanded to provide intensive domestic violence intervention services and EPSDT mental health services to youth.
2000 - Lifeline worked with youth transitioning out of the foster care system through the Independent Living Skills program.
2002 - Lifeline began organized tax preparation services for low-income residents to help them capture Earned Income Tax Credit dollars they were not utilizing.
2003 - Lifeline organized the North County Community Services for Families Collaborative to eliminate child abuse and provide kinship and reunification services for families in the child welfare system.
2004 - Lifeline expanded its youth counseling services through the state's Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), creating school-based services.
2005 - Lifeline began on-site mediation services at the North County Courthouse.
2006 - Lifeline purchased and renovated a facility in Oceanside to permanently co-locate all its programs targeting Coastal North County.
2007 - Executive Director Shirley Cole retires after 25 years of leadership; Donald Stump becomes Lifeline's Executive Director.
2008 - Began working in partnership with the City of Oceanside to develop the Targeted Outreach Program (TOP) to provide gang intervention services.
2009 - Funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) allowed Lifeline to develop comprehensive new services for unemployed individuals and homeless families.
2010 - Launched the "It's Now! It's Wow!" youth art fundraising event in May of 2010 that resulted in tremendous community support.
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