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Our History

Our History

Lifelines is a private, non-profit organization, formed in 1958 under the auspices of the United Way, to help strengthen families and individuals in the community.

Prior to that time, two separate agencies existed: Traveler's Aid and Child Family Services. However, as a result of recommendations of individuals involved in a community study, the new agency was formed. Its mission was to continue to provide services in three major areas: family and marital counseling, traveler's aid, and child placement.

In 1984, Traveler's Aid was placed under the Salvation Army. As times and community needs changed, specialized services for adults, the elderly homebound and their caregivers were added in 1989. That same year, Consumer Credit Counseling Service was established to provide counseling for families overwhelmed by debt and financial problems. In 1995, we began offering the Children who Witness Divorce Classes along with the Establishing Non-Violent Direction, an anger management class for women.

In late 2002, the Board of Directors voted to approve the addition of Helpline and Rape Crisis Center to the existing services and programs operated under the umbrella of the Family Counseling Center of Mobile, Inc. It added the name Lifelines to its corporate identity with a tag line (or slogan) "Help Begins Here". A stylized tree was adopted as the corporate logo. A comprehensive agency brochure and individual brochures were developed for use until such time as a comprehensive marketing plan was developed.

In January 2004, the Board of Directors approved the Lifelines logo and corporate branding process. Lifelines began providing 211 through a contract with United Way of Southwest Alabama in 2006. In 2008, we began contracting with the Child Advocacy Center to provide a therapeutic unit to sexually abused children. We also began working with Strickland Youth Center by offering Strengthening Families and the Juvenile Anger Management program to parents and children.

As our community changes, the agency has increased its involvement in Southwest Alabama family issues and stands ready to meet the changing mental health and financial needs in the community.

Helping people find real solutions to real problems.

Lifelines Counseling Services of Mobile, Inc. is the agency of choice to help people find real solutions to real problems. Our goal is to facilitate positive changes in individuals, families and communities by providing comprehensive education, referral and counseling services for social, emergency and financial problems.

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