The Groovy Year when it all Began

Did you know Lifeline was founded in 1973? That makes us 50 years old! Do you know what else happened in 1973? A lot! 
  • April 3, 1973 – The first handheld cellular phone call is made by Martin Cooper in New York City.
  • September 20, 1973 – The Battle of the Sexes: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match, 6–4, 6–4, 6–3, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
  • The Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center was dedicated in Balboa Park in 1973.


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Lifeline takes action in 1973
Established in 1973, Lifeline was founded by community volunteers passionate about making a difference in their community. At the time, some of the top challenges facing San Diego included services for at-risk youth and families, transportation services for disabled individuals, and legal aid for families in need. Lifeline took action to help solve these critical social issues.

Fifty years later, we continue to respond to community needs and provide support to our San Diego community.

In the 1970s Lifeline made strides in the following areas:
  • Youth Services: With the support of Vista, Oceanside, and Carlsbad, Lifeline established itself in Vista’s new Community Service Center and expanded hours of operation to accommodate growing youth needs in the Tri-City communities.
  • Legal Aid: In response to community needs, we coordinated with Vista Community Clinic to begin a legal advice clinic that provided information and referral services to the community Lifeline’s offerings grow to include individual, family, and group counseling, drug education, and crisis intervention Lifeline’s Transportation Services began.
  • Families in Crisis: In response to the Federal Government’s “War on Poverty, “ Lifeline contracted to provide emergency assistance to people in crisis.
  • Transportation: An array of services for the Disabled are officially funded to help North County residents. North County Transit District and the County of San Diego provide funding to extend the reach of Lifeline’s transportation services, The Volunteer Program was established.
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