My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for LMWS INC dba Pacific Lifeline, Upland, CA, USA
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 was one of the original residents, and a forever greatful graduate
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Empower them to do what they are already doing with an expanding base of supporters
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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.
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