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July 2024 Newsletter

As we enter the month of July, A New Leaf remains committed to serving anyone, regardless of their circumstances. This month I want to spotlight Vincent, a man who deserved a second chance to make his life better. Your kindness and generosity gave Vincent the ability to get back on his feet.

Vincent’s journey started with a challenging childhood, supporting himself through two full-time jobs. One day during a shift, Vincent made a mistake, and got into an altercation with a coworker. In an instant, Vincent was incarcerated. When he was released, he faced a whole new set of challenges.

Vincent was left without a place to call home, and faced the stigma of being a disabled ex-convict. After researching his options, Vincent reached out to A New Leaf’s Freedom Through Housing program, and was able to find the shelter assistance he needed. He also found a loving community ready to support his journey towards stability and self-sufficiency.

At A New Leaf, we believe in the dignity of every individual, no matter what their background is. It is because of your commitment that stories like Vincent’s are possible. Your support continues to break down barriers and foster an environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and thrive.

In this month’s newsletter, you will find even more ways to help your neighbors in need, just like Vincent. Your commitment to helping your community is truly admirable.

Thank you for your unwavering support.


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Joe Dulin

Joe Dulin

Chief Philanthropy Officer

A New Leaf

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July 2024 Impact News: Vincent Found A Place To Call Home!


Vincent has faced a lot of challenges in his life, but he’s always been a self-reliant, hard worker. He got through a tough childhood and ended up working in construction as soon as he left High School. Vincent never let his disability get in the way of his ambition and hopes for a better life.

“I was doing everything I could to improve my life. I didn’t want to live the same way I had grown up. But unfortunately things didn’t turn out that way, because of a dumb mistake.”

At only 18, Vincent got into a fight with a coworker while working on a construction site and was arrested. It was his first real run in with the law, but the sentence came in harsher than expected. He ended up in prison for several years.


“Coming out of prison, I had a lot of challenges to overcome. I’ve always worked in factories and construction, but it wasn’t easy to find a company that wanted to hire me. Not only does no one want to interview me because I have a history now, I’m also a disabled ex-convict with one arm. It’s messed up, but it’s true.”

Knowing this, Vincent reached out to every program he could find to help him succeed when he left prison. It was around this time that Vincent got connected with A New Leaf’s Freedom Through Housing program. Here, a dedicated case manager would help Vincent plan for his life after prison and connect to resources.

“The people at A New Leaf are just incredible, they’ve helped me turn my life around. I’ve gotten help finding housing, getting a job, and so much more. I don’t know where I would be without this program.”


Vincent knows that he deserves a second chance at building a meaningful life for himself. After several years of working on himself, he’s ready to live a normal life again. With a new job, a new apartment, and more, Vincent is well on his way.

“I’m proof that you can change. If you give people like me the chance to prove what we’re capable of, we’ll surprise you every time. I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and I know my life will only get better from here.”

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Joe Dulin

Tanner Swanson

Communications Manager

A New Leaf

July 2024 Volunteer News: Brand New Volunteer Opportunities in the West Valley!


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A New Leaf is excited to announce new volunteer opportunities in the West Valley! We are currently seeking dedicated individuals to join our team in two critical areas: Admin Support and Kitchen Support. By volunteering with us, you become a vital part of our mission, directly impacting the lives of those experiencing crisis in the valley.

Admin Support Volunteers:


As an admin support volunteer, you will help create an organized space that empowers our shelter staff to serve our residents effectively. Your role will involve:

  • Managing administrative tasks that are crucial to the smooth operation of our services,

  • Helping to maintain a structured and supportive environment for both staff and residents.

Kitchen Support Volunteers:


Kitchen support volunteers play a key role in assembling food packages and maintaining a safe and sanitary eating area. Your efforts ensure that all residents receive:

  • Nutritious meals three times a day

  • Create a comfortable environment for those we serve.

Volunteer Requirements:


  • Fingerprint card

  • Background check

  • Food handlers card

Whether you’re assisting behind the scenes or front and center in the kitchen, your time and talents are invaluable to thousands of people every single year. If you’re ready to make a difference and help those in need find stability and support, apply today and make a difference in your community.

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Raven Jordan Yosick

Volunteer Program Supervisor

A New Leaf

July 2024 Donation Center News: Quilts for A New Leaf’s Shelter Programs!

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A New Leaf invites you to make a direct impact in your local community by making a donation of items. Your gifts will help those facing homelessness, domestic violence, and other crisis situations.

A New Leaf wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Mulders, a wonderful couple that has been giving to A New Leaf for years! They gave a generous donation of denim quilts to A New Leaf’s shelter programs just two weeks ago. The Mulders have been consistent supporters of our mission, and their latest gift is going to go directly towards those who need it most.

The Mulders’ donation of handmade denim quilts brings comfort and warmth to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, transforming our shelters into cozier, more welcoming spaces. These quilts carry a personal touch of kindness that resonates deeply with our residents, and are all made out of recycled material. Each quilt helps to provide a sense of security and home, crucial elements for those in transition and working towards rebuilding their lives.

We are profoundly grateful for the Mulders’ continued kindness and support over the years. Their contributions have had a significant impact on the community, providing warmth and care to thousands of people across the Valley. Your kindness truly makes a difference in the lives of those facing the toughest times.

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You can help those experiencing homelessness this year, just like the Mulders. Our donation center is still looking for: 

  • School supplies
  • Nonperishable food
  • Men’s razors (if possible handles for Gillette Mach 3 razor handles)
  • Women’s deodorant
  • Queen and twin sheets
  • Bath towels
  • Pots and Pans
These donations can make any new place feel like a home. Those transitioning out of homelessness can  focus on getting back on their feet without having to worry about basic necessities. Basic household items can be taken for granted, but you can change the lives of thousands of families and individuals with just one donation. 
For your convenience, our donation center (2245 W. Ella Street, Building A Mesa, AZ 85201) is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, and on Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to call us at (480) 464-4648 or email us at



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Joe Dulin

Alyssa Turley

Philanthropy Coordinator

A New Leaf

July 2024 Donor News: You Can Learn More on the Issue of Homelessness & Housing!


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A New Leaf is hosting Lunch and Learn sessions! In these sessions, we will dive into the critical issue of homelessness and housing. You will have the opportunity to meet frontline staff who will provide insights into the complexities of those experiencing homelessness. 

A behind-the-scenes tour will give you a glimpse into the efforts and resources that are necessary to support those on their journey to a permanent home. Don’t miss out on this experience that promises to be as educational as it is heartwarming.

We will host 3 Lunch and Learn sessions, so mark your calendar today!  Each session will begin at 11:00 am and the dates and location are listed below. Lunch will be provided!
  • October 4, 2024 – East Valley Men’s Center, Mesa
  • November 1, 2024 – West Valley Housing Assistance Center, Surprise
  • February 7, 2024 – La Mesita Family Shelter, Mesa

Invitations to these lunch and learn sessions will be sent out soon! 

For more information about giving from assets, year-end deadlines, and other charitable strategies, please contact Suzanne Percy, Charitable Giving Advisor, at (480) 708-1358 or email

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Joe Dulin

Suzanne Percy

Charitable Giving Advisor

A New Leaf

July 2024 Community Partner News: Mercy C.A.R.E.S Ensures Families Have a Safe Place to Sleep!


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A New Leaf is thrilled to announce that we are the proud recipients of the 2024 Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grant. Mercy Care is a local not-for-profit managed care organization that provides coverage for people who qualify for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) benefits.

Mercy C.A.R.E.S. (Community Action Resources Education and Services) is Mercy Care’s community giving initiative. Through grant funding, sponsorships, volunteer efforts and board participation, Mercy C.A.R.E.S. supports AHCCCS’ Whole Person Care Initiative, which addresses social risk factors to improve health outcomes.

The Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grant awarded to A New Leaf will be instrumental in supporting investments in staff to enhance health equity and positive outcomes for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. A New Leaf is committed to high standards of care and this partnership ensures that shelter residents receive the best possible support. 

Trisha Stuart, Mercy C.A.R.E.S. director of community relations, expressed her enthusiasm about the partnership: “Mercy C.A.R.E.S. is thrilled to provide A New Leaf with a Community Reinvestment Grant. As an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Arizonans, and particularly those who are underserved with complex health needs, we are happy to partner with A New Leaf in making a positive impact on our community.” 

A New Leaf is deeply thankful to Mercy C.A.R.E.S. for their generosity and for choosing us as a grant recipient. Their support strengthens A New Leaf’s efforts to make sure that every individual and family in crisis has safe housing, food, and an opportunity for a brighter future. 

For more information about partnering with A New Leaf, please contact Laura Bode, Vice President of Philanthropy, at

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Joe Dulin

Laura Bode

Director of Community Engagement

A New Leaf

July 2024 Event News: Total Wine Grand Opening Helps Thousands of Families!

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A New Leaf is beyond grateful to Total Wine for their incredible support during our recent event at their Signal Butte location. Total Wine & More donated 10% of their wine proceeds, amounting to an amazing $10,000, to A New Leaf’s shelter programs. This generous contribution will directly support thousands of people across the Valley who rely on our services by providing safe shelter, food, and more opportunities for those we serve to gain stability.

Thank you to Total Wine for partnering with us and to everyone who participated in this amazing event. Your kindness is building a stronger, more caring community. You are making a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

Each individual who shopped during the event played a crucial role in this achievement. Your wine purchases show your support for your neighbors in need. Choosing to shop at Total Wine over the weekend shows your commitment to making an impact on the lives of those around you.

Thank you once again to Total Wine and our wonderful community for your generosity and selflessness. Here’s to many more successful partnerships that help change lives for the better!

For any questions or assistance please reach out to me,!

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Joe Dulin

McCall Schnepf

Events Manager

A New Leaf


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