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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

My small children and I lived at Pacific Lifeline for about two years, after leaving an abusive marriage. While we were there we were treated with care and respect. We had to overcome many financial and emotional obstacles. The staff and the volunteers contributed to our healing by providing an emotional and material safety net. I consider my time with Pacific Lifeline an oasis of recovery. My children and I see Pacific Lifeline as an important part of our lives, they are our second family. Without the help and support of Pacific Lifeline and their supporters we would have not enjoyed the healthy lefestyle we enjoy as a family.

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

The outcome of my family's and my emotional health and general well-being.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the program to cover separate living after the transitional living, like short term and low rent apartments or cottages.

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

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

May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

I helpd out the mothers by watching their childern while they went to school or work on Saturdays. I did not charge and I did not mind. I gave free rides to appointments and provided resources when ever I could. I love how Pacific LifeLine changed my life and the many mothers that were changed as well.

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

Many everyday trials. They remember my birthday they help me with connections for my car. PLL has been very generous with helping my son make long-time friends. I can't say enough GREAT and wonderful things about Pacific LifeLine. Their the BEST.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure ALL of the women who've gone through the program are checked up on, on a daily basis(monthly). Provide more connections to laundry facilities, councling & child care discounts, so that the women who have left the program can continue to strive.

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

meeting the moms they have helped over the years.

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

Generous and kind. They help out with the childern and clean up all the time. No one has to ask "why am I doing this?"

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

help out the women who leave the program (i.e....housing, laundry, child care & councling).

Ways to make it better...

I could meet ALL the moms at a big party for them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

So many women, have sooo many issues, it's really hard to customize all of the wants and needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so GLAD & Grateful that there are local programs for women to turn to. Pacific LifeLine is great.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

This is truely an amazing organization that reaches out to womem and their children. Upon entering the doors of Pacific lifeline my life was in such turmoil due to a wave of traumatic events. I was welcomed with open arms and loving smiles. My family was provided with counseling, life skills, and an encouragment that I had never truely recieved in my life. My life has forver been changed. I am so thankful that god opened the right doors at the right time which lead me to Pacific lifeline. Everyone who is involved with this organiztion is absolutely wonderful. I now have my own home, and a good job. Life is so promising. I still recieve support from the organization and I will forever be grateful to them for believe in me when I didn't believe in myself, and loving me with genuine care and concern, truely caring about me and my children. Words can not begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for this organization. This is a awesome organization!!!

The Great!

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

The counseling that me and my son recieved was amazing. My life has forever been changed and will never be the same thanks to this organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage the community to get more involved in supporting this organization. I would like to see this program be honored for all their hard work.

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

The impact that it has made on my life and the love and support that I recieved.

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

Words cannot begin to express the staff and volunteers. They are truely awesome and caring people who genuinely cared about me and my family. I was treated so well by everyone.

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

Touch so many lives because their are so many women and children who need this program. The possibilities of what this program could do are endless.

Ways to make it better...

I wouldn't change a thing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They need to be recognized so much more for all the amazing work that they do!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this organization all the people involved are so beautiful and caring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

I lived at Pacific Lifeline for just over a year. I can absolutely say that it was the most important event that shaped my future. My family thrives now. I know that none of it would be possible without this program. They opened doors and gave me opportunities that I just wasn't able to on my own. Not only did they take me under their wing, but when it was time to move out, they helped me find my apartment. Then they helped me get into a program to ensure that I could afford it! They have continued to provide love, support, and assistance for me and my children for almost 10 years now, and I know that isn't changing. I have also made life long friendships with the other residents and staff. Hands down the best program there is!

The Great!

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

2000, and still experiencing results!

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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

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