Dec 03, 2021

Katie's Story

Katie’s Story Katie joined Project LIFE as a mom who had been trafficked. Lifeline first helped with emergency needs and support. Shortly after, Katie moved in to one of Lifeline’s Project LIFE apartments. Since beginning Project LIFE’s transitional housing program, Katie is excelling in several areas. She is employed full-time and has received a promotion in her position. In addition, Katie earned a bonus for being one of the top three employees in her department at work this past year. While working full time, Katie also enrolled in online college courses and is now working towards her accounting certification. To gain confidence and skills, she completed the women’s empowerment course through Leaps to Success. Katie has been fully engaged with Lifeline’s individual support and been in therapy for the duration of her time in transitional housing with Project LIFE. She has developed coping skills, which have helped her manage day-to-day tasks and feel more resilient throughout her healing journey. As a single mom, Katie has been successful in single parenting her young son. She won an award through the Soroptimist program, which she plans to put towards starting a college fund. As she plans to exit Project LIFE housing, Katie has budgeted and will be moving into her own apartment. We are proud of Katie’s journey on the path to self-reliance! Truly, your support has made this a reality for Katie and many others. Note: Names have been changed to protect client privacy.

Nov 30, 2021

Giving Back During the Holidays

Article contributed by Rosey Justine Exclusively for North County Lifeline Despite what TV ads and seasonal movies might suggest, many people tend to feel a bit down during the holidays. Interestingly, studies have shown that the holiday tradition of sharing cheer might be the solution.Helping others makes people feel more confident, and increases their sense of self-worth. This in turn boosts confidence, and can in many cases create a cycle of generosity that benefits more people. The holidays provide an excellent opportunity to do exactly that, particularly during challenging times. The pandemic exasperated the situation of many disadvantaged communities, making intervention programs more important than ever. And in times of difficulty, people learn to help each other, which is why this is the perfect opportunity to give back. The North County Community Image credit: Unsplash Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/k39RGHmLoV8 In 2018, one out of ten people living in North County were livingbelow the federal poverty level. 10% of the population struggles to afford basic needs like room, clothing, and transportation, with youth being among the most affected. Today, North County alone reports more than1,500 homeless individuals. It's also inside one of the areas with the highest rate of sex trafficking in the country. On top battling financial insecurity, many individuals are at an increased risk for human trafficking. Fortunately, different efforts have emerged to combat these issues. How North County Lifeline Serves the Community Image credit: Unsplash Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/Zyx1bK9mqmA North County Lifeline approaches these complex issues by focusing on both prevention and intervention. Our programs build self-reliance among youth, adults, and families through community-based services. Lifeline’s five areas of services include: Behavioral Health, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention, Housing & Self-Sufficiency, Human Trafficking Prevention & Intervention, and Youth Development. Each area of service helps provide individuals with the tools they need to become self-reliant. Last year along, Lifeline served over 4,255 individuals across San Diego County. Providing long-term solutions to complex issues also requires adequately equipped professionals. Formal education andtraining in social work and advocacy, for example, allow people to learn the necessary skills to build resilient communities. This is something of particular importance when working with people facing trauma, domestic abuse, and human trafficking. How You Can Give Back Image credit: Unsplash Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/Cns0h4ypRyA There are many ways to help others through North County Lifeline. This year, Lifeline is offering several unique ways to give including: Crypto Donations, Adopt-A-Family Gift Card Donations, Celebratory Gifts, Monthly Giving, Vehicle Donations, and Stock Donations. Employer matching is another great way to maximize any gift to Lifeline. These gifts support youth and families who may be experiencing homelessness, human trafficking, domestic violence, or food insecurity this holiday. Lifeline is one of the first 10 non-profits in San Diego County offering crypto giving for our donors this year, so take advantage of this unique way to give back this season. Everybody Wins Image credit: Unsplash Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/y3ZY6qFln_g Helping others is a mutually beneficial activity. It has measurable results in society and reinforces individual self-worth and empathy. It also reduces the feeling of loneliness and strengthens people's connection to their community. Prevention and intervention programs are only as good as their teams though. People with a deep understanding of the community, and well-trained in their field, are necessary to provide effective support. This union between short-term and long-term solutions is what allows programs like North County Lifeline to achieve such consistent and long-lasting success. We couldn't do our work without your support - Thank you! Give today, and help us continue building self-reliance among youth, adults, and families across San Diego County! Article contributed by Rosey Justine Exclusively for North County Lifeline

Nov 09, 2021

Lifeline & YMCA Hosts Runaway & Homeless Youth Rally - Nov. 17

November is National Runaway & Homeless Youth awareness month. Please join the community in amplifying our voices to end youth homelessness. Lifeline alongside YMCA Youth & Family Services andThe San Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium (SDYHC) are hostinga rally, resource fair & walk and invite you to join in! 1.Meet at YMCA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Drop-in Center at 12:00PM:Stop by Lifeline's table and connect with staff at the Resource Fair! Free food and sign-making is available. 2.Walk to Escondido City Hall at 1:00 PM:Hear from youth and local elected officials. *Wear green, dress comfortably, and have walking shoes FOR MORE INFO, EMAIL: Charity Brant at cbrant@ymcasd.org Community partners: please contact Charity Brant if you would like to participate in the resource fair.

Nov 05, 2021

Lifeline Staff Thank Leichtag Foundation for Generous Support

Thanks to Leichtag Foundation for sponsoring Door Dash gift cards for all Lifeline staff, individuals were able to enjoy a treat during the workweek. "Sometimes this role can feel thankless and the needs our clients have had are so intense. It's the little things like this that make you feel like somebody notices how hard we work, says Josh T., Associate Director of VIVA Counseling. Jennifer B., Community Services for Families Clinical Manager, shares similar gratitude, saying, "Thank you for the appreciation gift! Your act of kindness and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. This past year has been a trying year. Our team has worked tirelessly to provide support, advocacy, and resources to our clients. Thank you for recognizing the work that we do and providing us with an opportunity to celebrate with a tasty treat from DoorDash."

Oct 21, 2021

Lola's Story

Lola's Story An empowering story of a woman overcoming obstacles, finding healing & freedom from domestic violence, and becoming self-reliant. "I am an immigrant. I obtained my university degree in my country in Economics. In my tourist trips to the USA I met the man with whom I later married in Arizona and that is how my journey begins full of pain, hope, joys, sufferings, sacrifices, efforts, but above all a lot of learning. After three years of dating, we made the decision to get married at the end of 2018 he brought me to live in California. At the beginning of 2019, we began to have problems. I endured abuse in different ways: psychological, economic, sexual and even physical. I did not know what was happening was not normal until I received services from a therapist. For about 5yrs, I endured abuse from the person who I thought loved me and wanted the best for us. In 2020 after he threw me out of our home, as he had done several times before, he gave me an ultimatum. He told me I had to leave our home in June without compassion, income, employment, housing, or family. I was desperate, alone and in the middle of the pandemic. I begged him to let me stay because I had nowhere to go, it was very humiliating. I had no help other than my therapist. She provided me with phone numbers I called them they also gave me more numbers until I got to Lifeline. My worker at Lifeline helped me find a shelter, where I stayed for five months. My worker at Lifeline walked me through the transition, as an immigrant, I was unaware of the resources I could reach out to, the options of new paths I could make for myself. Since then Lifeline has been by my side helping me in several ways to address my needs. Lifeline has been the ideal help I needed to continue to move forward. Lifeline helped me with transitioning out of the shelter with rental assistance. At the end of 2020 my divorce was finalized from my abuser. It has been very difficult to find a stable job because of the pandemic but I have been able to survive, solving issues as they come. Another organization is helping me with resolving my immigration status. Now I only wait to be heard and be able to achieve self-sufficiency on my own here in this county. Contributing being productive, something at times taken for granted, something so simple had been denied to me by my controlling ex-husband. Being a migrant, all alone and new to the State of California. I found myself, thrown out of my home, by the man who abused for about five years. Desperate and in survival mode I found help from Lifeline. In my sadness and anguish, my caseworker helped me see that I can still get by alone and by my own means. I learned to be patient and to take guidance g from my caseworker. My worker always responded to my calls for help. She was with me in the hardest moments I went through with a professional and compassionate heart. I participate in the Communities in Action program. I have participated in virtual financial workshops and educational workshops learning topics from personal finances to healthy relationships. I was given information to continue my education to continue to grow. I enrolled in a High School program c. I was able to transfer some of my university credits and I only need to take a couple classes. I am taking a class at community college and a class at the adult school program. Little by little, I am moving forward. All of this has been thanks to the good work of support and service that Lifeline has provided me. *Names have been changed to protect client identity

Oct 15, 2021

Oceanside COVID-19 Vaccine Site

North Coastal Live Well Health Center Hosts Weekly COVID-19 Vaccinations in Oceanside Every Sunday through Thursday 12 PM –7 PM Oceanside Vaccine site at North Coastal Live Well Health Center 1701 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058 First and second doses are available at no cost. Health insurance and appointments not required to be vaccinated Appointments also available, if preferred Number of no appointment vaccinations limited per location Parents or legal guardians must provide consent for an eligible minor to receive the vaccine. Parental consent must either occur in person at the vaccination site OR be given in advance when scheduling appointments on MyTurn.ca.gov ahead of time. Only the Pfizer BioNTech ™ COVID 19 vaccine may be provided to minors at this time, subject to change. For information on scheduling a vaccination appointment, please visit coronavirus sd.com or call 2 1 1. 2 1 1 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

Oct 14, 2021

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Lifeline's Club Crown Heights program to host a Dia De Los Muertos Celebration on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM located at the Crown Heights Resource Center (1210 Division St., Oceanside). The event is free and open to all! Enjoy mariachi, costume contest, altars, food, raffles, activities and games! In partnership with TrueCare and theCity of Oceanside.

Oct 11, 2021

Rotary Club of Carlsbad Gives Back

Giving with Impact & Rotary Club of Carlsbad Give over $27,000 to Project LIFE Special thanks to theRotary Club Club of Carlsbad for their donations totaling over $27,000 towards Lifeline's Project LIFE program. Thanks to the hard work of fundraising through various means including the 1st Annual Golf Charity Scramble and Giving with Impact, Lifeline is able to continue furthering our mission of building self-reliance among the youth, adults, and families we serve. Giving with Impact through the Coastal Community Foundation helps facilitate philanthropic-minded individuals and businesses to collectively pool funding and resources for charitable causes. Thank you to theCity of CarlsbadandAssemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath for providing certificates of recognition honoring the Carlsbad Rotarians! Lifeline is grateful for our community partnerships.

Oct 10, 2021

Francisco Flores Recognized During Latino/a Heritage Month by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath

Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath recognizes Lifeline Program Manager, Francisco Flores for his incredible impact on the lives of Club Crown Heights youth. Each day during this Latino/a Heritage Month, the Assemblymember is recognizing North County community members whose contributions to our region deserve to be shared and celebrated. Francisco Flores oversees Lifeline's youth programs in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Oceanside and is committed to helping North County Lifeline meet its mission. Francisco works day-in and day-out to help keep at-risk youth on the right track. Thank you, Francisco, for your commitment to Lifeline, your community, our youth, and for making AD76 a better place to live! Lifeline joins in congratulating Francisco Flores for this recognition! He continues to make a life-changing impact daily in the lives of the youth at Club Crown Heights. Lifeline is beyond grateful for his leadership.

Sep 29, 2021

FREE COVID-19 Vaccinations at North County Lifeline

Free Covid-19 Vaccinations Booster Shots & Flu Shots are also available! *Free Healthy Food Boxes will be available onsite Wednesday, October 27th 2:00 - 6:00 PM Location: North County Lifeline, 200 Michigan Ave, Vista, CA 92084 Protect yourself and the community by geting your free COVID-19 vaccine! *Vaccinating ages 12+ at this location Questions? Call (760) 736-6777 In partnership with TrueCare.

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