Holiday Hope Kits 2022
Support youth and young adults experiencing homelessness by giving a Holiday Hope Kit. Holiday Hope Kits have essentialand therapeuticitems for youthand young adults stopping at our Drop-in Center in Vista.The LifeSpring Drop in Center is a safe, non-judgmental, and welcoming space for youth and young adult’s ages 16-27 years of age who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessnessin North County.Holiday Hope Kits will provide basic needs to help individuals get through the cold winter months. These items include but are not limited to: Wal-Mart & assorted fast food gift cards such as Starbucks, McDonald's, Wendy's, etc. Beanie, blanket, socks, & gloves Sleeping bag, blow up cot, & tent Coloring books, color pencils & pencil sharpener Chapstick & other skin care items Headphones You can collect these items and drop them off at our Vista Campus or shop directly from ourAmazon Wish Listfor the other items.For more information please firstname.lastname@example.org 760-842-6254.
Frequently Asked Questions Learn More about Lifeline's Annual Holiday Giving Tradition What is Adopt-A-Family? Adopt-A-Family is a holiday giving program designed to help low-income families who are Lifeline clients celebrate the holiday season by connecting them with local businesses, organizations, and individuals who “adopt” them. How does it work? Complete the Adopt-A-Family interest form to get started. Lifeline will match you with a Lifeline family and provide you with a personalized list of the things they need most, as well as wish items for the holidays. Then, you deliver the gifts no later than December 10th, 2022to Lifeline’s Vista Campus. Please make sure to meet this deadline. Lifeline staff arranges the delivery of gifts, and can include a personal message from you and your own household or group if you wish. Donors typically receive a thank you note from their recipient family. How are families selected for Adopt-A-Family? All families who are adopted are Lifeline clients and are nominated by Lifeline staff for their hard work and dedication to becoming self-sufficient. This includes families who have experienced homelessness, youth who have aged out of foster care, youth participating in juvenile diversion programs, survivors of human trafficking, and others. These families are low income or face economic challenges on a daily basis. Please note that most of our families include older youth and young adults, which we understand are sometimes harder to shop for but we hope this will not dissuade you from adpoting. Will I get a chance to meet thefamilyI adopt? Due to the nature of services Lifeline provides and in order to best respect their confidentiality, we do not allow donors to meet the family(ies) and will not provide donors with more than first names of family members. Lifeline strives to give our clients the dignity and confidentiality they deserve. Thank you for your support and respecting the privacy of our clients. How much does it cost to adopt a family? We encourage donors to provide at least two gifts per family member. Over the years, we have estimatedthat donors on average spend between $75-100 per individual. If you want to make your gift go as far as possible, please contact us. We can match you with a larger or smaller family to meet your budget. You can also adopt a family as a group of two or more donors who give together to sponsor a family. Or, you can donate gift cards which are helpful in providing basic needs for families. Can I donate used items? We do not accept donations of used goods for the holiday season. All gifts and donations must be new. Why is the family asking for electronics or other "luxury" items if they are low-income? While we encourage families to focus on basic needs, we also ask them to think of a 'special wish.' Many of our families have never had the opportunity to wish for something some might consider a 'luxury' (for example, aniPhone, a tablet,or mani/pedis). Please don't be offended. Please let us know if you would like us to match you with a different family whose wants and needs seem to be most in line with your budget and expectations. Remember, you are not obligated to purchase everything on the wish list. We hope to provide at least two gifts for each person. You are welcome to provide more if you wish. Can I adopt multiple families? Yes, you can adopt as many families as you wish as long as you can provide the same level of commitment to each family. We also encourage donors with larger budgets to adopt larger famlies (6+) as those are typically the hardest/last to be adopted. Can my group adopt a family? Yes! The Adopt-A-Family program is a great opportunity for schools, faith groups, businesses, and other organizations. Groups are often able to adopt multiple families or larger families, which are typically more difficult to match. When and where should I deliver gifts? We will be accepting gifts December 1 - December 10during designated drop off times at our Vista Campus. We also are bringingback our annual "Donation Drop-off Party" this year!More information and details to come. How should the items be delivered? Should we wrap the gifts? *see samples below. Some families love the surprise of wrapped presents for all, while some would prefer to wrap the gifts themselves. We typically see this with parents who would like to feel part of the holiday tradition of wrapping gifts for their kids. There is a section in the wishlist that lets donors know what the families prefer. We ask that you deliver your gifts in large bins, boxes, or bags so we can ensure your items stay together. It is helpful, but not required, to separate gifts for each family member into their own box/bin/ bag. Most importantly: make sure the recipient’s name and family code are clearly labeled on all gifts. Once all of your gifts are labeled and placed in boxes/bins/bags, please label the container with the family code and list of how many boxes you have for the family. For example if there are 3 total boxes: Box 1 of 3, Box 2 of 3, Box 3 of 3, etc. If you have more than one family, please use separate boxes for each family. *If you include Gift Cards, please make sure they are activated at time of drop off. To ensure they do not get lost, please put them in one envelope, clearly labeled with the intended recipient, and write the family code on the envelope.* What if I can’t follow through with my adoption? If you are unable to follow through with your adoption, please contact us immediately, do not wait. We will need to make other arrangements for the family. I can’t adopt a family, but I still want to donate and/or volunteer my time. How can I help? We always appreciate any donation to Lifeline! Please visit this page to learn about the various ways you can help. Gift cards of any denomination and stores are used to support a family who either hasn’t been adopted, or who needs a little extra support. We also have an Amazon Wish List with items needed specifically for Adopt-A-Family such as wrapping paper and supplies, gift bags, Christmas trees and decorations, etc. Throughout the first 2 weeks of December, we need dozens of volunteers! Contact us if you would like to volunteer—bring family, friends, co-workers, the more the merrier! We will of course be following safety recommendations and protocols to prevent the spread COVID-19. Is my donation tax deductible? Adopt-A-Family gifts and donations can be tax-deductible. You will receive a thank you letter in January describing your participation in the program; only gift cards or cash donations will be given their corresponding dollar value in the letter. Keep your receipts as backup for in-kind donations so you can attach those to the letter for tax purposes. Our tax ID number is 95-2794253. Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Email email@example.com or contact 760-842-6254.
Join us for October Fest
Lifeline in partnership with the City of Oceanside Resource Center is hosting an October celebration event on October 28th. Bring the whole family and join us for food, arts, crafts, and more! Location: 1210 Division Street, Oceanside, CA 92054
Check Your Mood 2022
Lifeline supports Check Your Mood Day on October 6! In partnership with Live Well San Diego, we want to take this day to encourage San Diegans to monitor and assess their emotional well-being. Visit checkyourmoodsd.org to learn more & access FREE mental health resources. You can also visit our Behavioral Health program services page to learn about the mental health services Lifeline offers to youth, adults and families.
Coloring for Kindness Event
Lifeline was selected as the beneficiary for a "Coloring for Kindness" event . The first one held in July was such a success there will be a second coloring event on Saturday, September 24 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Swami's cafe. Come join artist, John Barge III & author, Donna Weber as we color for kindness to support Lifeline's mission of building self-reliance among youth, adults, and families. The kindness project coloring book/journal ($24.99) includes your choice of colored pencils, crayons, or markers.
Lifeline Supports San Diego Gives
What if we all gave on one day? We can! Lifeline is participating in San Diego Gives on September 8. This is a single day of philanthropy designed to create a special day of giving across San Diego County, build a community resource for local nonprofit organizations, and connect people to the causes they care about most. Over 300 local nonprofits are part of this effort and we are happy to announce that Lifeline is one! We all know how important it is to eat local and shop locally. Now, join the movement to GIVE local. Download the Donor Info Sheet HERE We are asking for YOUR help in making this a successful effort for Lifeline. We have set a goal of raising $1,000 and our page is live!
Juan is a 50 year old male and survivor of labor trafficking. Juan was trafficked outside of the states since he was a preteen and throughout majority of his adulthood. Late 2021 Juan migrated to America, homeless, in need of employment, medical insurance and immigration resources. Juan reached out to Project Life intake line seeking assistance. Juan expressed a desire to heal from the trauma and become his best self. Juan worked with his case manager to find Transitional Housing, employment, advance his coping skills and further his education. The client is building a support system and leans on them when he is having a difficult time, his brother being his main support. Since engaging in services Juan is actively meeting all immigration and legal needs, he has completed a course to certify him in area of work interest, began employment full time and maintained stable housing.
Lifeline Celebrates Pride
At Lifeline, we understand it’s important to create safe spaces for all identities, including our LGBTQIA+ staff and clients. Over the past two months, Lifeline has participated in several exciting events & pieces of training: LGBTQ Training with North County LGBTQ Center Lifeline sponsored pieces of training on working with LGBTQIA+ clients and colleagues. Max Disposti from the NC LGBTQ Center and K Thomas from NCL co-facilitated the training to provide staff with an overview of the needs of clients within the LGBTQIA2S+ communities, including current legislative concerns, gaps in services, and resiliency of these identities. SheFest Event Lifeline's Project LIFE Anti-Human Trafficking program participated in tabling for SheFest 2022 as a founding member of the LGBTQIA+ Survivor Taskforce. SheFest delivers empowering and accessible programming and content that centers LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people; creates opportunities to connect LGBTQ+ small businesses to new audiences; facilitates social events that bring people together, and invests in and celebrates the volunteer leadership of SheFest committee members. The flagship SheFest street fair that we tabled for brought approximately 8,00 people to the event, with our table having direct contact with over 300 people! SD Pride Event Lifeline's Project LIFE Anti-Human Trafficking program tabled at the San Diego Pride Festival in the new Trans Pride Village. The Trans Pride Village was a curated areas for services specifically for the Transgender and Nonbinary communities. It included services for gender-affirming care, victim services, legal services, mental health services and local businesses owner for Trans/Non-binary communities members. The two-day festival was attended by 55,000 people and Project LIFE staff provided information to 514 people!
Host a Dropbox for this Year's Back to School Drive!
Lifeline is committed to helping the youth in all of our community-based programs start the year off right. We know that for many students from low-income families, having the necessary supplies at the beginning of the school year helps remove barriers to learning. Join us this year in meeting our goal of collecting over 500+ brand new backpacks filled with supplies--- together we can make sure our youth and young adults start off the school year right! There are three ways you can help: 1. ShopourAmazon Wish List 2.Donate Online 3. Host your own back to school drive with your friends and family. Here are some tips and pointers on how to successfully host a dropbox at your office, neighborhood, or other places of gathering. (You can download a full donation drive kit/plan from the button below.) 1. Contact Anabel Melo, firstname.lastname@example.org / 760-842-6254 to sign up.She can also provide extras of the following: Electronic files or hard copies of posters or fliers to decorate your box/bin. Branded graphics and logos to allow personalization of marketing materials. Electronic or hard copies of a donation form for each donor to fill out when they drop off their backpack/supplies. This allows Lifeline to thank your donors and to ensure that they receive credit for their donations. Lifeline swag (limited quantities available) to give away to donors when they drop off. 2. Obtaina box or bin and place in a prominent location preferably with lots of foot traffic at your place of business, church, community center or your home. 3. Decorate the box. If possible, make the drop-off location area exciting (add balloons or streamers etc.) Smaller sized boxes/bins, as well as clear/seeing through boxes/bins give the appearance of fullness. A box/bin that appears full is more likely to entice donors to vie even more than a sad, empty box. You can replace with a bigger box as you receive donations. Below are some examples of boxes/bins: 5. Draftand forward an e-blast to your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and anyone you think would like to participate. Let them know they can purchase a backpack and/or supplies or they can make a donation online or buy supplies from Amazon’s Wish List. You can begin letting people know on July 10th that the collection dates are from July 19 through August 1. 6.Continue to spread the word, with updated e-blasts and social media and drive traffic to your box and Lifeline’s website and Amazon account. 7.Deliverbackpacks and all completed donation forms to Lifeline at200 Michigan Avenue, Vista, CA 92084 no later than Friday August 5th. Backpacks will be distributed to a variety of Lifeline clients on Tuesday, August 8th, one week before the start of school.
Zuniga has been in Lifeline’s TYH, transitional housing program for nearly two years, and has put in a lot of work to learn independent living skills, maintain full-time work as well as make permanent connections in the community. During her time in this program, Zuniga has learned to stay on top of obligations and responsibilities, especially those related to independent living. According to Zuniga, what has been most helpful in the program, has been support from staff, case management meetings, and “tough love” that has helped her to take responsibility and learn ways she can be successful. “The staff has motivated me to keep going on being independent even when I was struggling and dealing with family issues and was not in a good place mentally.” Before entering the program, and even in the beginning of her time in the program, Zuniga says that she was struggling to hold a full-time job. As of March, she shares she will have been employed full-time with the same company for a year. Additionally, she is learning to budget and is preparing to purchase a car with the money she is saving. “I am thankful for the support and encouragement from LifeSpring and North County Lifeline on my journey to self-sufficiency.”