Lifeline's COVID-19 Response Report

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We provided uninterrupted services during COVID-19 through virtual platforms and telehealth.
We partnered for food distributions - Giving over 3,600 boxes of fresh food to families in need.
We provided Emergency Assistance & Rental Assistance to our community members during this challenging time.


A Letter from our Executive Director
Dear Community Partners, 

The COVID-19 pandemic has required a transformation of Lifeline’s operations to meet the greatly increased needs of the youth, adults, and families that we serve. Low-income and disenfranchised families have been disproportionately hit hard by job loss in the retail, services, and hospitality sectors. Support from our community partners has made it possible for Lifeline to provide uninterrupted therapeutic services throughout the pandemic, and to offer emergency supports and financial assistance to families who need our help. 

During the pandemic the role of Lifeline’s team has greatly expanded. Staff continue to provide core behavioral health, counseling, and case management services while also placing a new urgency on intensive social services; helping clients to obtain food, shelter, and basic needs. Staff have also become technology specialists—assisting clients with telehealth, distance learning, and applications for pandemic relief. 

And we all have felt great hope! Support has come from the community, philanthropic organizations, and from the expansion of resources in our government grants and contracts. The County’s Child Welfare Services was concerned with the dramatic drop in child abuse reports and worried that children were isolated at home. CARES Act funding enhanced our work and helped us reach out to and solve problems for families in crisis. Additionally, the cities of Vista and San Marcos entrusted us to deliver rental assistance and emergency support through CARES Act resources. 

Existing supporters and new donors alike helped us build our COVID Emergency Fund and provide more than $300,000 to those most in need in our community. This included The San Diego Foundation, the United Way of San Diego County, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation, and the Leichtag Foundation—among other generous donors. 

2020 required everyone engaged in serving our communities to be more flexible, more resilient, and more innovative—and Lifeline is more grateful than ever for your support as we continue to adapt to new challenges in the coming year. 

With our sincere thanks, 

Donald Stump 

Executive Director