File Your Taxes for Free
Want to file your taxes for free and get the most out of this tax season. Lifeline can help! Find out if you are eligible for free tax filing assistance and credits that give you more money back. Lifeline is a proud member of the San Diego County EITC Coalition, which is committed to helping San Diego families file their taxes and maximize their refunds. Visit https://lifelinecs.org/blogs/free-online-scheduling-for-tax-assistance to schedule a free appointment through Lifeline and get the most out of your taxes this year. Lifeline is offering free tax assistance for any members of the community that meet the below criteria. Easy online scheduling is available by visiting: go.oncehub.com/NorthCountyLifeline Or you can call 2-1-1 for more information. Appointments are only opened 3 weeks in advance so please check back regularly if no appointments are currently available. BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TODAY
Meet our 2023 Nominees!
Honoree for SDBJ's Top 50 Black Leaders of Influence 2023
Lifeline Board MemberDr. Darjené Graham-Perez Nominated for SDBJ Top 50 Black Leaders of Influence 2023 Dr. Darjené Graham-Perez is Director of People & Culture at Walden Family Services. She is responsible for leading and developing all diversity, equity and inclusion programs, initiatives, people (HR) operation functions, and strategic planning with the C-suite executives. She is also recognized as an expert in the fi eld of early childhood education and educational leadership. Throughout her time in early childhood administration, she found her love and passion for the DE&I space exclusively, which propelled her for her new endeavor into human resources with an emphasis on transforming diversity and inclusion initiatives within nonprofi t organizations. Graham-Perez is the fi rst African American woman to serve on MAAC’s Board of Directors and is currently the Chair of the Child Development Committee. In March 2022, she joined Lifeline Community Services (formerly North County Lifeline) Board of Directors and Giving 365 Board of Directors. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. https://images.sdbj.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Top-50-Black-Leaders-2-27-23.pdf
Free Online Scheduling for Tax Assistance
Lifeline is offering free tax assistance for any members of the community that meet the below criteria. Easy online scheduling is available by visiting: go.oncehub.com/NorthCountyLifeline Appointments are only opened 3 weeks in advance so please check back regularly if no appointments are currently available. BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TODAY Schedule an Appointment Criteria: Income of less than $60,000 No sales, inheritance, or other taxable event related to virtual currency (IE. Bitcoin) No rental property (unless also Military) Less than $10,300 in investment income Cannot file for filing status "married filing separate" For self-employed individuals, must have made at least $1 profit, after write-offs. Note: VITA can only include mileage (not actual vehicle expenses) and cannot include depreciation or business use of home. Other restrictions may apply.
Need help with Taxes? Lifeline can Help!
Did you know Lifeline is offeringfree tax assistance for families in need? Make the most out of tax season, and get professional help. Those making $60,000 or less may qualify. Easy online scheduling is available by visiting: go.oncehub.com/NorthCountyLifeline Appointments are only opened 3 weeks in advance so please check back regularly if no appointments are currently available. Criteria: Income of less than $60,000 No sales, inheritance, or other taxable event related to virtual currency (IE. Bitcoin) No rental property (unless also Military) Less than $10,300 in investment income Cannot file for filing status "married filing separate" For self-employed individuals, must have made at least $1 profit, after write-offs. Note: VITA can only include mileage (not actual vehicle expenses) and cannot include depreciation or business use of home. Other restrictions may apply.
A Letter from our CEO: New Name, Same Mission
Dear Friends, As we welcome in a new year, Lifeline has some exciting news to share and we wanted you to be among the first to know. Lifeline is pleased to announce that we are acknowledging our community-based approach and our San Diego-wide impact by updating our name to “Lifeline Community Services” in 2023! Lifeline is a regional service provider embedded in the community and has expanded to the San Diego county area over the last five years. We are excited to reflect Lifeline’s regional services through our updated organizational name. Incorporated in 1973, Lifeline was founded by local community volunteers passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth and providing services in areas where gaps in resources exist. We continue offering programs and services to meet our community’s ever-changing needs. This year, Lifeline will also be celebrating 50 years of serving the community culminating in a celebration event on October 21, 2023. Stay tuned for details coming soon. Lifeline has a new name, and a new year full of celebration, but our mission remains the same. Together, alongside our stakeholders, partners, and donors, we are building self-reliance among youth, adults, and families across San Diego County. Thank you for your continued support. We wish you a very bright new year! Sincerely, Don Stump, CEO
2022 Adopt-A-Family Impact Report
We want to express our gratitude for your continued support of our annual Adopt-A-Family program. YOU made another magical holiday season possible for hundreds of Lifeline families. While 2022 felt "normal again," in many other ways it continued to be challenging for our clients and community. We are grateful for the Adopt-A-Family program's ability to help meet critical needs for families this past holiday season and wanted to share some highlights made possible by you. Thank you for your participation! We look forward to partnering with you again next year, Adopt-A-Family kicks off in October 2023. "Thank you!! This Christmas I had no idea how I was going to afford gifts for my kids, this means so much to me. A million times Thank you!" -Georgia, AAF Recipient
Lifeline Supports San Diego Gives
What if we all gave on one day? We can! Lifeline is participating in San Diego Gives on September 8. This is a single day of philanthropy designed to create a special day of giving across San Diego County, build a community resource for local nonprofit organizations, and connect people to the causes they care about most. Over 300 local nonprofits are part of this effort and we are happy to announce that Lifeline is one! We all know how important it is to eat local and shop locally. Now, join the movement to GIVE local. Download the Donor Info Sheet HERE We are asking for YOUR help in making this a successful effort for Lifeline. We have set a goal of raising $1,000 and our page is live!
Juan is a 50 year old male and survivor of labor trafficking. Juan was trafficked outside of the states since he was a preteen and throughout majority of his adulthood. Late 2021 Juan migrated to America, homeless, in need of employment, medical insurance and immigration resources. Juan reached out to Project Life intake line seeking assistance. Juan expressed a desire to heal from the trauma and become his best self. Juan worked with his case manager to find Transitional Housing, employment, advance his coping skills and further his education. The client is building a support system and leans on them when he is having a difficult time, his brother being his main support. Since engaging in services Juan is actively meeting all immigration and legal needs, he has completed a course to certify him in area of work interest, began employment full time and maintained stable housing.
Lifeline Celebrates Pride
At Lifeline, we understand it’s important to create safe spaces for all identities, including our LGBTQIA+ staff and clients. Over the past two months, Lifeline has participated in several exciting events & pieces of training: LGBTQ Training with North County LGBTQ Center Lifeline sponsored pieces of training on working with LGBTQIA+ clients and colleagues. Max Disposti from the NC LGBTQ Center and K Thomas from NCL co-facilitated the training to provide staff with an overview of the needs of clients within the LGBTQIA2S+ communities, including current legislative concerns, gaps in services, and resiliency of these identities. SheFest Event Lifeline's Project LIFE Anti-Human Trafficking program participated in tabling for SheFest 2022 as a founding member of the LGBTQIA+ Survivor Taskforce. SheFest delivers empowering and accessible programming and content that centers LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people; creates opportunities to connect LGBTQ+ small businesses to new audiences; facilitates social events that bring people together, and invests in and celebrates the volunteer leadership of SheFest committee members. The flagship SheFest street fair that we tabled for brought approximately 8,00 people to the event, with our table having direct contact with over 300 people! SD Pride Event Lifeline's Project LIFE Anti-Human Trafficking program tabled at the San Diego Pride Festival in the new Trans Pride Village. The Trans Pride Village was a curated areas for services specifically for the Transgender and Nonbinary communities. It included services for gender-affirming care, victim services, legal services, mental health services and local businesses owner for Trans/Non-binary communities members. The two-day festival was attended by 55,000 people and Project LIFE staff provided information to 514 people!