Community Improvement, Capacity Building


Empowering Impoverished Neighborhoods to Thrive

Merced, CA


We exist to empower impoverished neighborhoods to thrive by using Asset Based Community Development Principles and Practices. We strengthen communities by listening to their stories, learning about their dreams, coach and train them to work towards fulfillment of their personal and communal dreams. We believe that change comes from within the neighborhoods, but that people also need knowledge, social capital and access to the larger system of society to move towards wholeness.

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Executive Director

Ms Monika Grasley

Main Address

731 E Yosemite Ave Ste B # 165 Monika Grasley

Merced, CA 95340 USA


Asset Based Community Development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

What we look for is what we will see! Too many times we look at under-resourced neighborhoods and only see the needs: the brokenness, the lack of resources, a gang activities., unemployment...... But there is so much more! In every community we can find strength and resilience and gifts and passions, we just need to look for it. "Every person no matter how rich has a need. Every person no matter how poor has a gift. That is why we build and celebrate community." At LifeLine CDC we empower impoverished neighborhoods to thrive using an Asset Based Community Development approach. We help people rediscover their gifts, engage with them in their dreams and work together on the things that they care about.

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Community Connections

Bus Boutique

Community Centers

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

To foster community and neighborliness, to empower, and celebrate the giftedness of people, to help people dream beyond their current realities, to bring outside resources in when needed (but not before). Because we know: "Your life situation is not your life sentence. Your current location is not your destination. Your story is not yet finished and you get to work on the ending."

1. Walk the neighborhood, get to know the people and their stories. 2. Map the assets (gifts, skills, resources) with and of the neighbors, associations, institutions, history and physical space. 3. Engage people together around something they care about. 4. Work together to accomplish their goals and bring in outside resources when needed. 5. Build the social capacity and connections to engage neighbors in social action. 6. Celebrate the successes together.

We have 12 amazing staff members who are all from the community and have gone through the Welfare to Work program. As they have learned in their own lives they are now helping other community members move forward. Our community centers are a place of safety, community and resource for community members. Our partnerships with the Health Department, Human Service Agencies and Mental Health gives us opportunities to provide training and resources. Our 11 years of experience has taught us much!

Communities and neighborhoods are safer and more welcoming. People will work together to care for each other. People who wants were only supported by government assistant have learned the skills to be employed and break the cycle of poverty.

We have several functioning community centers where resources are provided, children are helped with homework, social skills and cognitive reasoning. Places of safety for all community members where they are known for their giftedness and resilience and where they are challenged to take the next step. We have trained people to enter the workforce, provide help with computers skills (e.g. Resume writing), ESl classes, Mental Health and Chronic Disease prevention classes. We have partnerships and bring people together from various areas of life, have community gardens , NA classes, help seniors, help with free tax assistance and many other things. Because we know that every person has come gift they can share with someone else.

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Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We work in specific lower income neighborhoods and our staffing is based on the demographics in that neighborhood and preferred from that community.