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LMWS INC dba Pacific Lifeline

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: Pacific Lifeline, a faith-based ministry, empowers women and their children facing chronic homelessness and helps them achieve personal and social stability.

Results: Snapshot of Services in 2014 • Nine women received weekly case management, individual therapy, and group therapy sessions. • Sixteen children received weekly tutoring and individual therapy, and participated in weekly group activities. • Nine women participated in regularly-scheduled life skills workshops • Of the nine families served in 2014, four moved into permanent housing, three continue to live in the shelter, one lives in our re-entry home, and one was dismissed for program non-compliance. • 69 children received back to school supplies and clothing. • 38 families had access to food, clothing and basic necessities, household items, Thanksgiving food and Christmas gifts, and community resource referrals. • Volunteers served over 600 hours.

Target demographics: women facing chronic homeless to secure personal and social stability

Direct beneficiaries per year: nine women and sixteen children in our shelter program, and 38 families in our extended care program

Geographic areas served: providing long term and permanent housing for women and their children

Programs: case management, therapy, life skills workshops, parenting support, tutoring, group activities, etc.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Karen424

Donor

Rating: 5

Pacific LifeLine makes a difference in the lives of women and children, helping families work towards independence and healthy family lives.

I saw first hand how one family, separated due to bad adult choices, turned the situation around with the help of Pacific LifeLines assistance. They worked with the mom helping her to discover her value as a woman and mother, and the three children as they reunited with their mother. Through counseling, parenting classes, child development, job skill building, this lovely family healed in a safe careing home environment. When ready they all returned to the community as a whole and healthy family.

Without the assistance of Pacific LifeLine this family would not have received the loving care, counseling and guidance to change their lives. Today the children are actively in school, participating in the school band, playing on the football team and living in a home environment free from drugs, alchahol and violence.

Patricia H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated and volunteered at Pacific Lifeline for more than 20 years. Their work with homeless women and their children is consistently exceptional and gives them true independence. They break the cycles of violence and homelessness by giving women the tools they need to grow out of poverty and despair. The staff and Pacific Lifeline is compassionate and professional. Graduates are encouraged to return, not only for support but to encourage current residents. The environment is nurturing and fulfilling for all.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

vicfalls

Board Member

Rating: 5

Living in PA means that I travel to CA several times a year to serve on the Lifeline Board. I am energized by the continually emerging stories of the lives of women and children being transformed from despair to hope as they learn new skills in a safe, secure environment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on Pacific Lifeline Board because it is an organization of integrity where each resident is treated with respect and as an individual. It is not a program with narrow time limits but works with each woman until she is prepared for a job and ready to leave. The life change stories are inspiring but, more importantly, they give the children a chance to have a stable life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the mission of Pacific Lifeline. They want to help families get started again and teach them skills to lead a productive life on their own.
The children get good care and the moms are loved. I know that my donations are being used for the families and the people who run the organization are dedicated to helping each family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing ministry to single mothers and their children. very well structured administration yet pacific lifeline's ministry is operated mostly by volunteers - that really love what they do!

it makes me happy to see that donations can go directly to the people in need- the moms, not to a big overhead.

Kids are not an after thought in this environment! the kids have their own programs too. One that was really touching to hear about was
for Christmas they open up a little make believe store with real gifts, where the kids can get something for their mom.. for free.. and vice versa. love it.
i've spoken with a few moms now that have told me that pacific lifeline is specifically where their life had a chance to turn around, and they were able to get back up on their feet again.. not just by getting a job and moving on, but by receiving so much love and care and counseling, and really learning a lot about parenting and life skills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer at Pacific Life Line only a few short months and have already found it to be a fabulous facility for women and children in need. They are given many oppotunities to regroup, be educated, and cared for at the highest form with Godly wisdom and guidance. It is my privilage to be involved in such a ministry. I have truly been influenced by the leadership and caring that goes into Pacific Life Line. DVZ

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't talk about Pacific Lifeline without tearing up. They help women and their children who are homeless and have no place else to go. Instead of offering brief shelter and setting them loose to become homeless again another day, they counsel and support women to give them the best chance that they be able to end the cycle of homelessness.

As a man, I feel it is my responsibility to step in and help women and children who have no men supporting them in their lives. Some have been victims of abuse, some have been abandoned. That's why I've donated to Pacific Lifeline for the last several years.

Kenneth H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a great privilege for me to work with the Board of Lifeline Ministries. The privilege comes because of the work being done through this ministry. Lives of people in crisis are changed and hope is given for their future. I like to be part of ministries of hope and recovery. Lifeline Ministry has a 92% success rate as measured by what is happening two years after a persons journey through Lifeline. WOW! I want to be part of that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I teach at Etiwanda High School and am one of the advisors for our Careers & Community Club. We have been working with Pacific Lifeline for several years now and it is, by far, the most rewarding community service work we do. We are always welcomed warmly with open arms by the staff and love working with them. We have been included in many projects, including the rennovation of an old house. We also get to help with the children's Christmas party every year (we do the crafts/cookie decorating part), and have helped with the pancake breakfast and numerous other activities. We feel honored to be included in so many projects and to be a part of such an amazing program that helps so many. Our students have learned so much from the staff and their humble work. MY hope for my students is that they will want to carry on this type of work even after they graduate. We hope to continue our work with Pacific Lifeline as long as possible, as it carries so much intrinsic value and the real meaning of CARING.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most effective programs I know. I get excited when a new family comes in because I know they will get good personal, financial, relational, occupational and spiritual training and will end up able to live productive lives.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been donating items to the residents of Pacific Lifeline for several years now, and have been able to see firsthand the difference that this organization and its staff makes in the lives of moms and their children. Their genuine commitment to outreach and the community should be applauded.

Perry Engle

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.