Lifeline Historical Timeline

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A Timeline of Lifeline's Organizational History

In the spring of 1970, a small group of North County residents met to start a grass roots organization that would address issues of drug abuse among local youth and provide a place where anyone could come seeking assistance.

This group soon became Lifeline Community Services and later North County Lifeline, and in 2023 reverted back to DBA Lifeline Community Services.

LifelineCommunityServices’missionistobuild self-relianceamongyouth,adults,andfamilies throughhigh-quality,community-basedservices.

MissionStatement1970-2009

Toenhancethepositive qualityofindividual,family, andcommunitylife.

1970

IncorporatesasNorthCountyLifeline,Inc.

Inresponsetocommunityneed,coordinateswithVista CommunityClinictobeginalegaladviceclinic

Providesinformationandreferralservicestothecommunity

Lifeline’sofferingsgrowtoincludeindividual,familyand groupcounseling,drugeducation,andcrisisintervention

Lifeline’sTransportationServicesbegin

1973

WiththesupportofVista,Oceanside,andCarlsbad, LifelineestablishesitselfinVista’snewCommunity ServiceCenter

Expandshoursofoperationtoaccommodate growingyouthneedsintheTri-Citycommunities

1975

Inresponsetothe FederalGovernment’s “WaronPoverty,“ Lifelinecontractsto provideemergency assistancetopeoplein crisis

1977

DonorMembershipClub launchedtopromote communitysupportand generatefunding

LifelineCommunityServices becomesourlegalname

Lifeline’sleadershiphonored withtheUnitedWayZanville HelpingHandAward

1978

1979

TheStudentInternship program,stilloperating today,isestablishedto expandLifeline’sreachto youthandfamilies

1980

AnarrayofservicesfortheDisabledareofficiallyfundedto helpNorthCountyresidents

NorthCountyTransitDistrictandtheCountyofSan DiegoprovidefundingtoextendthereachofLifeline’s transportationservices

TheVolunteerProgramisestablished

Shirley Cole begins her long tenure as Lifeline’s Executive Director

The Board and staff leadership facilitate an agency restructuring process

Delinquency prevention services are added to existing youth programs, as well as stress management, women’s support and parent education groups

1982

NorthCounty'sonlyTelephoneRelayServicefortheDeafisestablished

TheNorthCountyResourceGuidefortheAble/Disablediscompiled,published,andofferedtothepublic

LifelineadministerstheVistaJuvenileJusticeCenterprogramincollaboration withVistaUnifiedSchoolDistrict,lawenforcementandtheCourts

LifelinedevelopsSpanishbilingualservicestorespondtothechanging demographicsoftheNorthCountycommunities

1983

Lifeline becomes the North County representative for a United Way sponsored county-wide collaboration, the Emergency Resources Group, to coordinate emergency assistance to the poor with emphasis on case management

The public transit system supports Lifeline with discounted bus passes

Lifeline relocates to 200 Jefferson Street in Vista, which later becomes our current address at 200 Michigan Avenue

1984

Expandingyouthprogramsformthe YouthServicescomponent

Youthcounselingandgroupservicesare providedonVistaschoolcampuses

1985

Expandstoincludethebuildingdirectlyadjacenttothe200Jefferson office;bothareprovidedin-kindbytheCityofVista

PartnerswiththeEmergencyShelterattheSalvationArmyinEscondido TheSharedHousingProgramisimplemented

Executive Director Steven Maybell, Ph.D.,publishesParentingANewTradition

1986

CoastalYouthServicesofficeopensin Oceanside

Transportationprogramincreasesfleetto 17vehiclesandacquirescomputerized dispatchsystem

SharedHousingProgrambecomesapart oftheSeniorServicesComponent

1987

TheEmergencyShelterfortheHomeless opensinlife-threateningcoldweatheratthe VistaArmory SocialServiceComponentexpandsto respondtogrowingrequestsforservice

1988

1989

Oceanside Police Department supports Juvenile JusticeCenteratCoastalYouthServicesoffice

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The Gang Alternatives Program begins operatinginNorthCountyschools

1990

The addition of the North County Court Alternatives Program establishesLifeline’sDisputeResolutionProgram

LifelineexpandsitscoastalServicestothePoorProgramto NorthCountyresidentsintheinlandcommunities

TheMakingaLivingProgrambeginsprovidingemployment servicestothechronicallyunemployed

1994

1992

YouthServicesprogramsincrease capacitiestoincludemulti-family counselinggroupsandparentingservices toaddresscommunityneed

1995

TheCityofVistaprovidescapitalgranttobegin renovationsat200JeffersonStreet

Astate-of-the-arttelephoneandinformation systemispurchased

UnitedWayfundsTeen/ParentMediation servicestolinkDisputeResolutionandYouth Services

TitleVfundingfromtheCountychannels supportforafterschoolprogrammingin Oceanside’scommunitycenters

1996

Location at 302 N. Indiana is purchased to housetheLIFTtransportationprogram DisputeResolutionProgramprovidesa mediatorattheVistaFamilyCourt

SharedHousingexpandstoincludethe CityofEscondido

TheWorkforcePartnershipsupports

Lifeline’sEmploymentServicestoserve hardesttoreachwelfarepopulation

1998

1997

SupportedbytheJuvenileJusticeCrimePreventionAct, CountyProbationexpandsLifeline’sYouthServicesprograms toincludetheCommunityAssessmentTeamandBreaking Cycles

CriticalHoursafterschoolprogramsareinitiatedin OceansideandCarlsbadtodetermiddleschoolyouth fromdelinquency

1999

Court-approved52-weekDomesticViolenceProgramislaunched

EPSDTmentalhealthprograminVistaand OceansidebeginstreatingMediCaleligible youth

CountyChildWelfareServicessupports

IndependentLivingSkillsforaging-out fosterkids

Dedicationceremonyheldtocelebrate thecompletionofrenovationsat

200MichiganAvenue

2000

HandsonSanDiegovolunteersgiveLIFTofficeamake-over

2001

30-hourMediationSkillsTrainingsessions

increaseattendance

LifelineexpandsFairHousingservicesto

thosealleginghousingdiscrimination

Lifeline’s32-hourSocialWorkProgram

Trainingopenstocommunitypartners

2003

Board of Directors expands to include an Audit Committee

CriticalHoursafterschoolprogramaddstwosites

2004

ChildWelfareServicesfundstheCommunityServices forFamiliesprogramtoreachchildrenandfamilies affectedbychildabuseandneglect

SupervisorBillHornpresentscommunitysupport granttosustainvitalservicestothecommunity

Lifeline’s707OceansideBoulevardbuildingis purchasedtohousegrowingservicesontheCoast

Renovationsbegin!

2005

Shirley Cole announces her retirement after26yearsofleadership

TheDisputeResolutionProgramestablishesmediationservicesintheSmallClaims divisionoftheVistaSuperiorCourt

LifelineclosesdoorstoTransportationComponentascontracttransferstoa for-profitcounty-wideprovider

2007

Donald Stump is appointed Executive Director in Novemberof2007

CounselingservicesexpandtoCarlsbadUnified SchoolDistrictmiddleandhighschools

Yourconnectiontoresourcesinthecommunity!

Lifeline’smissionistobuildstrategicpartnershipsin NorthCountyanddeliverservicestochildren, familiesandindividualsthatresolveproblems, increaseskillsandnurtureself-reliance.

Missionstatementandlogo-2009

LifelinereceivesoneofthefirstCalifornia GangReduction,Interventionand Prevention(CalGRIP)grantsinthestate forganginvolvedOceansideyouth

TheBoardofDirectorsbegina5-year strategicplanningprocess

TheParkerFoundationsupportsLifeline’s movetoaninternetbasedphonesystem

TheYouthCivicLeadershipProjectengagesyouthin empoweringcommunityserviceprojectsinOceanside

FamilySelf-Sufficiencyexpandstoinclude FinancialLiteracyservicessupportedbythe UnitedWay

AmericanRecovery&ReinvestmentAct(ARRA)funding broadensLifeline’sservicestostrugglingfamilieswho becomeunemployedorareat-riskofhomelessness 2008 2009

ProbationexpandsLifeline’sjuvenilejustice serviceswiththeIntensiveCaseManagement (ICM)programforseriousjuvenileoffenders

LifelinepilotsTruancyInterventionProgramin VistaandOceansidemiddleschools

Lifelineexpandsitsmentalhealthservicesin CarlsbadUnifiedSchoolDistrictwithADD-UP substanceabuseinterventionservices

YouthFinancialEducationgroupsexpandthrough UnitedWayfunding

2010

2012
2013
2014

FundedbyUnitedWayandthe SiemerInstituteforFamilyStability, Lifelineprovidesstaffonschool sitestohelpstabilizehomelessandat riskfamiliesintheVistaUnified SchoolDistrict.

InWashington,D.C.,ProjectL.I.F.E.receivesthe FBIDirector’sCommunityLeadershipAward.The awardrecognizesLifeline’sservices,advocacyand communityawarenessbuildingtostophuman traffickingandchildsexualexploitation.

WomenGiveSanDiego,agivingcircleofThe Women’sFoundationofCalifornia,awardsa $30,000grantforProjectL.I.F.E.tosupportvictims andpreventhumantrafficking.

TheLifeSpringprogramforfosteryouthtransitioningto independenceexpandswithtennewunitsinthe NorthSantaFeApartments.Thisexpansionisin collaborationwithstrategichousingpartner, CommunityHousingWorks,whichopensatotalof 68unitsofaffordablehousingindowntownVista.

Inresponsetochangesinhealthcarereformandparityin mentalhealthcoverage,Lifelinedevelopsabusiness planforanewBehavioralHealthClinic.Withstartup fundingfromtheAllianceHealthcareFoundation,the Clinicwillfillgapsinservicesformentalhealthand substanceabusetreatmentforyouthandfamilies.

LifelineexpandsyouthservicesbylaunchingAlternativesto Detention, a program which works with families when kids are arrested,tokeepyouthoutofjuvenilehallandgetthemback onthepathtosuccess.

Additionally,thenewYouthOffenderRehabilitationProgram helpsyouthwithhousing,work,andeducationafterlockup, astheyarereenteringthecommunity.

ClubCrownHeightscelebrates 14highschoolgraduates! Twoyouthenteringtheirjunior yearinhighschoolare awardedSimonScholarships. TheOceansideCityCouncil recognizestheClubCrown

Heightssoccerteam,sponsored byOceansidePolice,fortheir firstplacevictoryintheannual beachsoccertournament.

LifelineinitiatesAngel’s Scholarshipandawardsthe firstcollegescholarship.

2015

The Club Crown Heights afterschool program launches a STEM initiative in partnership with local company Genentech, which provides grant funds and volunteer support.

Club Crown Heights is recognized by the Oceanside City Council for their hard work and accomplishments.

LifelineandsixSanDiegoCountypartnersreceivea$1milliongrant fromtheStateofCaliforniaOfficeofEmergencytosupport traffickingvictimsoveratwoyearperiod.Lifelineexpands leadershipinthecountywidenetworktothecomplexneedsof humantraffickingvictims.

Lifeline is honored as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District, in a Sacramento awards presentation. “Lifeline’s work to build self-reliance among at-risk youth and adults is a fabulous example of nonprofits making our communities stronger,” said Senator Patricia Bates.

TheDepartmentofJustice,OfficeofVictimsofCrimeprovides fundingtoincreaseaccesstoservicesformaleandLGBTQ youthandadultswhohavebeenenslavedasvictimsof trafficking.

Lifelineexpandsthechildabusepreventionandintervention program,CommunityServicesforFamilies,toincludeevidence andstrengths-basedcoachingforparentsduringvisitation sessions,aswellasmentalhealthassessmentsforallfamily memberswhohaveactivechilddependencyservices.

ChristineKlementisawardedtheMikeCavataio 2016VolunteeroftheYearAwardforherten yearsofservicewithLifeline’syouth developmentteam.

2016

Here Now Suicide Prevention Program is launched in partnership with San Diego Youth Services.

The Club Crown Heights Soccer Team wins theNationalChampionshipinFlorida.

TheMusicLIFEbandprogramforat-risk clientslaunchesinpartnershipwiththe MuseumofMakingMusicandfundedby theCarlsbadCharitableFoundation,an affiliateoftheSanDiegoFoundation.

Community members support Lifeline’s ‘adopt-a-family’ program and donate holiday gifts for 135 families.

20172017

10 foster youth complete the LifeSpringprogramforyouthages 18-24thisyear,livingindependent andsuccessfullives.

In addition to child abuse prevention and intervention services, the Community Services for Families program provides clinical domestic violence assessments and visit coaching for families.

“I am the first in my family to go to college. Lifeline has offered me a range of opportunities – from housing to furniture to monthly help, to the supportive and understanding staff. Everything about Lifeline has helped me to be where I am now.” –LifeSpring Client

ProjectLIFE(LivinginFreedom fromExploitation)launchesa 24/7hotlinetosupportvictims ofhumantrafficking countywide.

Demand for Lifeline’s child mental health services increases and the program grows by 30%.

YouthwhoattendedLifeline’safterschool program,ClubCrownHeights,arenow graduatingfromcollege!

Lifeline’sBoardofDirectorsreceivestheprestigiousUniversityof SanDiegoKaleidoscopeAwardinFebruary2018forexceptional governance.

ProjectLIFEexperiencescontinuedgrowthin demandforvictimservices,serving68%morevictimsof humantraffickingthaninthepreviousyear.

TeensLeadingNorthCounty launchestooffervolunteer leadershipopportunitiesforhigh schoolyouth.

Lifelineexpandsbyopeningaclient centerandprogramofficeinSanMarcos.

LifelineholdsourfirstCommunityImpactAwardscelebration. MichelleWalsh,MargeryPierce,andSummerStephanare presentedwithawards.

Lifeline’syouthmentalhealthprogramsexpandby morethan80%in2018tomeetanincreasein demandforservices.

ExecutiveDirectorDon Stumpwinsthe2017 CountyPhilanthropy Councilaward.

22018 018

Communities in Action launches to provide emergency support, individual counseling, and financial education to helpadultsandfamiliesbecomeself-reliant.

Lifeline’s “Adopt-a Family” expands to support 232 families, providing gifts and household items for a total of 924 kids and adults!

TheLifeSpringVoiceseventcelebratesfosteryouthwho haveovercomeextraordinaryobstaclestobecome successfulyoungadults.

LifelinepartnerswithJustinTimefor FosterYouthtoopenadrop-in centerinVista,calledTheHouse,to servehomeless,at-risk,andfoster youthandyoungadults.

Lifeline expands its scope of Behavioral Health programs to include mental health and addiction recovery services for adults.

ProjectLIFEpresentstheInvisibleFacesSymposiumtoexploretheimpact

ofhumantraffickingonvictimswhoaremen,boys,ormembersoftheLGBTQ (Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual,Transgender,QuestioningorQueer)community.

ClubCrownHeightsunveilsit’snewHomeworkLab, sponsoredbycommunitymembersandvolunteers.

CSUSanMarcosstudents

volunteertospruceup

Lifeline’s Vista campus on the CesarChavezDayofService.

2019

Amidst school closures and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic,theHERENowteamprovidesvirtualpresentationsandonline parentresourcestoaddressyouthmentalhealthandpreventsuicide

Lifelineleadsanewcountywidecounselingprogramforhomeless youth and young adults to address critical mental health and substanceusedisordersashomelessnesscontinuestoremaina toppriorityacrossthecounty.

LifelinereceivesaProclamationfromtheSanDiegoCounty BoardofSupervisorsforourimpactfulworkinpartnership withtheMentalHealthContractorsAssociation.

2020-21

Lifeline’s services increases significantly to meet the community’s growing needs during the pandemic. Lifeline provides counseling, housing, and financial assistance to 433 clients – an increase of 45% over last year.

Lifelineprovidesuninterrupted therapeuticservicesthroughoutthe pandemic,aswellasofferering emergencyfinancialassistanceto helpourclientswiththeirgreatest needs.

Torespondtogrowingdemandforservicescountywide,LifelineestablishesaSanDiegolocationwith youthandfamilycounselingprograms.

Lifeline’sstaffandBoardofDirectorsincreasefocusondiversity,equity,and inclusionbystrengtheningtheworkofourcross-agencycommitteethathasbeen inplaceforyears,identifyinggaps,andgrowingintonewareasofsignificance.

After months of social isolation, Club Crown Heights youth experience much-needed outdoor recreation and education through Outdoor Outreach program activities.

Lifeline host group volunteer opportunities for local businesses, to partner in providing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)daysforClubCrownHeightsyouth.

Lifeline expands services in direct partnership with local health plans and medical providers (CalAIM) to remove barriers to resources and provide clients living with mental health and chronic illnesses with community supportsandlinkagetohousingwhenitisneededmost.

Lifelinecollaborateswithlocalcommunitypartnerstoraise awarenessforNationalRunawayandYouthHomelessness Month,throughanawarenesswalkinOceanside.

2021-22

oddBaker&DustinNelson,withSanMarcosSheriff epartment'sRESPECTProjectreceiveawardat feline'sfirst"hybrid"LifelineAwards.Anevent cognizingimpactfulcommunityleaders.

LocalartistsandCrownHeights

youthworkside-by-sidetocreate andimplementmeaningfulmurals forthecommunitythat

Nearly1,000individualsare"adopted"through Lifeline'sAdopt-A-Familyprogramthankstothe generosityandsupportofdonorsandvolunteers.

Lifeline'sHERENowSuicidePreventionProgramreceivethePeacemakerAward bytheRotaryClubofCarlsbadforourworktoreducethesocialstigmaattached tothoseseekingmentalhealthservices.

True Life Recovery program provides outpatient substance abuse treatment services to teens in the community and local schools.

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