Jan 13, 2022

Irene's Story

Irene's Story Irene, a 40-year old single mother, came to Lifeline’s Neighborhood Networks program in May 2021 to get connected with resources that could improve her health care outcomes. Irene has a 14-year old son and a 9-year old daughter. In 2016, she suffered a work-related rotator cuff injury that continues to limit her physical activity. Her current job—a full-time manufacturing position— requires significant use of her arms and for her to stand for long periods, which increases her risk of further injury. Irene was also recently hospitalized with COVID-19, which has left her struggling to recover physically and financially. Neighborhood Networks was able to provide Irene and her children with financial assistance, food, furniture, and referrals to other community resources to help them recover from the setback caused by her hospitalization. Irene has also received support through individual and family counseling, housing resources, and financial workshops. Irene says, “The best part of working with Lifeline is and has always been the support I received from them every time I am in need and all those informational workshops! I even improved my credit score following advice from the workshops I have attended.” One of Irene’s main goals is to obtain her GED in the hopes of improving her ability to find a higher paying job that is better suited to her physical needs. She is enrolled in adult school but is having a hard time completing her school assignments because she doesn’t own a computer. She has been using the computer resources at the adult school during the hours it is available, while juggling her work and family schedules. As a result, she isn’t always able to complete her assignments. Through this WGSD funding, Lifeline was able to purchase a brand new laptop for Irene, ensuring that she always has the flexibility she needs to complete her classwork. Neighborhood Networks has helped Irene to prioritize her health and to work towards goals that will increase her family’s self-sufficiency. She attends all of her medical appointments and follows through on referrals to supportive services for her family. She continues to focus on completing her GED and finding a career that will support her health requirements and her family’s financial needs.

Jan 06, 2022

Come & Be Counted - 2022 Point-In-Time Count

Come & Be Counted for the 2022 Point-In-Time Count on February 24 If you are a youth experiencing homelessness, you matter & deserve to be counted. Enjoy free food & drinks at Lifeline's House Drop-In Center location! Locations: Lifeline's House Drop-In Center Location: 302 N Indiana Ave, Vista, CA 92084 Date-Time: February 24, 2022 - 11 AM-4 PM Contact Info: Naimah Gloster 760-407-7374 FREE FOOD & DRINKS! YMCA TAY Oceanside Location: YMCA - 215 Barnes Street, Oceanside, CA 92054 Date-Time: February 24, 2022- 11 AM-3 PM Contact Info: April Ortiz 760-908-9647 aortiz@ymcasd.org YMCA TAY Escondido Location: YMCA - 1050 N. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92026 Date-Time: February 24, 2022 - 2-6 PM Contact Info: Eirene Rocha 760-908-9373 erocha@ymcasd.org

Dec 13, 2021

Mural Project Beautifies Crown Heights

Mural Project Beautifies Crown Heights while Telling Stories of the Community Lifeline launched a meaningful beautification mural project at the Club Crown Heights La Casita Campus in partnership withThe Hill Street Country Club, Oceanside Charitable Foundation, the City of Oceanside, and several commissioned artists. Three professional and commissioned artists with work featured across Los Angeles, San Diego, and globally, partnered with three of Lifeline's Club Crown Heights (CCH) youth to make a mural project at the Club Crown Heights La Casita campus. One of the commissioned artists, Chloe, partnered with CCH former graduate Paulina M. to create a mural that tells a meaningful story. Paulina shared, "The girl pictured represents women working in the fields, and the woman's teardrop falling down her cheek represents families that have been separated from their kids and loved ones. The farmworkers depicted represent the people in the Oceanside community who are farmworkers and don't get a lot of help, and many people don't know that, and it needs to be acknowledged." These murals seek to be not only a source of beautification on the La Casita campus but a means to tell the stories of the Crown Heights Community in a compelling way for generations to come. Click HERE to download the social media kit with all event photos!

Dec 08, 2021

LifeSpring & Resounding Joy Partnership Offers Youth Mental Wellness Programs

The LifeSpring program and Resounding Joy, a music therapy non-profit, are thrilled that we have received a partnership grant from Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, San Diego. Grant funds will make it possible for LifeSpring to offer mental wellness programs for youth experiencing homelessness, strengthening the system of care offered to North San Diego County’s transitional aged foster youth and homeless youth. Mental wellness activities includerelationship-building workshops, yoga, and music therapy will uplift youth helping them to focus on taking the next steps towards employment, stable housing, and self-reliance. Thank You, Kaiser Permanente! LearnMore About our Housing & Self-Sufficiency Services >

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.

Dec 01, 2021

Lifeline's Holiday Food Distribution

Lifeline was able to assist several families during the Thanksgiving holiday with meals thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad. We are grateful for community partners like them, who make the work we do possible. Volunteers gathered to assemble food baskets that families were able to take home and enjoy during Thanksgiving.

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 17, 2021

Homelessness Awareness Rally

Runaway & Youth Homelessness Awareness Rally In partnership with YMCA Youth Services andSan Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium (SDYHC) a resource fair, walk, and rally in Escondido was held to raise awareness regarding youth homelessness. Special thanks to everyone who came out across San Diego County, and special thanks to Assemblymember Marie Waldron's Office and Office of Supervisor Jim Desmond for attending and providing certificates of recognition. Together we can help end youth homelessness in San Diego. Lifeline is proud to participate in advocacy efforts to help amplify youth voices. Click below to learn more about Lifeline's LifeSpring services and The Drop-in Center for youth who may be experiencing homelessness. LearnMore >

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.

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