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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!