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November 25, 2010

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November 25, 2010

I have donated and volunteered with Pacific Lifeline for more than 13 years. They make a real difference in the community and specifically in the lives of women and children. They stop the cycle of poverty and violence from generation to generation by empowering women to become employed, independent, and self-determining. They make a long-term commitment to each woman when she enters the program and they tailor the program to fit her needs. This is a positive, successful model that has been replicated at other long-term shelters.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Talking to graduates and their children, reading the annual reports, talking to staff.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to add more staff.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I was looking for a charity that was local, that I felt was helping women successfully.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

They needed money to start the project locally.

What would you tell others about this organization?

That Pacific Lifeline makes a difference to women who need a hand up, not a handout. That women learn to become independent and rely on themselves and become personally responsible for themselves and their children, and then pass these skills onto the next generation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

Lives are changed at Pacific Lifeline. The nature of the work of PLL is so unique, giving women and families adequate time to heal, and develop lifeskills that will help them thrive in life apart from the Shelter. Day after day, week after week, lives are renewed and children given hope throgh the work of PLL. I can't recommend it enough.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the lives of women and children changed through this organization.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None needed that I see.

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Pacific Lifeline has changed my life and has provided hope for my family. After fleeing domestic violence in my marriage I was accepted at Pacifi Lifeline. Besides offering an emotional safety net for me and my children, they provided for us for one year while I pursued education and work skills, which was not easy due to emotional problems that I exhibited. After working hard with all the caring and capable staff members of Pacific Lifeline I managed to create a stable place and a loving home for my children while overcoming many obstacles. I still consider Pacific Lifeline family and a very important aspect of my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the program for transitional housing for graduates with more funding.

November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

Pacific Lifeline provides women with a wonderful opportunity to rebuild their lives. Much of Pacific Lifeline's success is due to the weekly counseling provided for both the mothers AND their children AND the fact that most women are able to live at Pacific Lifeline for one year. After one year they are self sufficient and less likely to succumb to homelessness. Wonderful program and great staff!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I witnessed Pacific Lifeline miracles on a weekly basis for a few years both professionally and as a member of Soroptimist International of the Foothills.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope they have additional funding to provide transitional housing for the graduates once they leave the shelter. While self sufficient they still need a safety net to assist them once they are on their own.

November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

The program at Pacific Lifeline is unlike many I have seen or heard about. They not only have the information and tools to help you improve your situation. They are not a quick fix program with unrealistic expectations. Counseling and moral support helped me accept and embrace my feelings of failure. I learned to forgive myself and was able to then move forward…. There are no words to express or describe the gratitude I have for Pacific Lifeline and its staff members. Because of Pacific Lifeline, I know where I don’t want to find myself again…. (Destitute and homeless)…I know where I want to go… and I know what I need to do to get there! The strong confident person I once was has returned with a vengeance and I no longer allow people or situations to control my destiny. I can thank Pacific Lifeline for helping me find my way!!!

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It has been 14 months since we moved out of Pacific Lifeline and life is better than I could have hoped for!! I have a great job… I reeeally love, my daughter loves school and is eager to learn and we found an awesome nanny who helps us with everything including homework and lunches. We recently moved into a two bedroom apartment of our own with plans to purchase a home in three years. My only complaint today is the commute to work and I can’t even complain about that since my boss has agreed to allow me

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None...they have it nailed!!!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Domestic Violence Counselor found them on-line

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

My entire life has changed because of this group, I achieved certifications so I was more marketable to employers and I now have a GREAT job I love!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 14, 2010

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November 14, 2010

Pacific Lifeline diagnosed my areas of weakness and immediately started working on the plan to create a self-sufficient, resilient woman. I was a problem when I arrived to Pacific Lifeline because I had been abused for many years. I felt like a failure and I was embarrassed to speak about the rape, humiliation, and beatings I had endured. My husband had controlled everything such as finances, medical and transportation so I had no survival skills which handicapped me from leaving the abuse which escalated to a stabbing at one point. I had no hope of independence, I wanted to die at one point in my life because I felt no one cared. Pacific Lifeline rescued my children & I, they accepted the challenge and today I can honestly say I am a better woman because of the challenge they took on. I was not able to see the future at the time but, I graduated with my head high... I was a body (emotionless) but, Pacific Lifeline blew life back into my body by caring about my children and I. I am thankful the program exist and I pray other women participate if need be because abuse is not a normal part of life. My children are definitely in favor of the program because Pacific Lifeline spoke on my childrens' behalf by creating a healthy environment for my children to express themselves in so many ways. We have grown closer over the years now that the children trust me again.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making better LIFE decisions...

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Donate a million dollars to create a bigger facility because as the economy changed for the worst, tension is higher in households & I believe more women & children are in need of assistance..

November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010

I lived at Pacific Lifeline for 18 months with my 4 children shortly after they first opened their doors with a vision of helping at risk woman and our children, and was one of their first graduates. The screening process for me was thorough and the numerous services I received while there are still very evident in my life today. I went to counseling for myself, as a family, and my children each had counseling also. I saved a portion of my income, learned to love and accept varied cultures as I worked with my "housemates". My children are grown or almost grown, and through the years the things that were inbedded in me over my time at Pacific Lifeline have served as an anchor to make it through the hard times that inevitably come as one works in the world and works at home to raise children that are healthy in mind, body and spirit. My kids have fond memories of Pacific Lifeline. It was truly a place of refuge for us. It drastically changed the course of my life, and by saving my life, saved the lives of four beautiful gifts from God. I will never forget the people I met there. I tackled HUGE issues with the support of the staff and the love of my housemates. The work that they did in my life never strays far from my awareness, I can still hear the encouraging words, the laughter in the halls, see the smiles on so many kids faces as we all learned to love, trust, overcome and grow. It is not a place of temporary housing. It is truly a place of empowerment and gigantic growth. The growing doesn't stop after one leaves Pacific Lifeline, they plant seeds that keep re-birthing for a lifetime. And, in my case, multiplied by four, and for future generations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was one of the original residents, and a forever greatful graduate

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Empower them to do what they are already doing with an expanding base of supporters

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I have remained independant since leaving Pacific Lifeline over 16 years ago. I am aware of things that come up that could put my family and I at risk again and know what to do to resolve the issues while they are small. I have a good career, a strong relationship with God, and have not made the mistakes that cultivated me to a place where I wound up at the doors of Pacific Lifeline so many years ago. My children have grown up secure and strong and loved.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010

I am a pastor in the city of Upland where Pacific Lifeline is located. We have partnered with them for many years and consider it a privilege to be a small part of their ministry. There is so much love given to these women in children who come from such terrible backgrounds. But love is given in such practical ways that when the women leave the program they are fully equipped to live and prosper on their own.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched all they do and been a partner in their ministry.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to help them find more partners in the community to aid them in their work

May 23, 2010

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May 23, 2010

I have known about and been involved with this wonderful organization for over 12 years, now. I just cannot say enough good about them. what ever these precios women need to make a good life for themselves and their children, pacific lifeline will make sure they get it. Whether it's counseling, therapy,schooling, diet and nutrition classes, money and debt counseling,parenting classes, nothing is left to chance. These women leave there able to get out on their own, able to cope with life, and provide for their families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A beautiful pillow was made for me by the children of the graduate group, I will always treasure.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 23, 2010

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May 23, 2010

Being involved with Pacific Lifeline gives me more of a blessing than I can give them. Seeing the changed lives of the clients and children through the love,support,life skills, counselling etc. they receive at Pacific Lifeline, confirms the success of this ministry. God works in the hearts of the volunteers as well as the clients which in turn improves our community as a whole. Great job Pacific Lifeline

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through the testimony of clients that have graduated.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting exceptional people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, caring, compassionate & understanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change many more lMom's and their children that are hurting in our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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