1965 – Mesa Community Action Network, Inc. begins its services to Mesa’s poor families and individuals as Adelante con Mesa. One of many successful programs in the community, Meals on Wheels was started with a $100 donation.
1986 – Adelante becomes an incorporated Arizona nonprofit 501(c)3 now named Mesa Human Resources, Inc. MHR is contracted with Maricopa County for community action programs and becomes a Mesa United Way partner.
1991 – MHR becomes Mesa Community Action Network, Inc. (MesaCAN). The City of Mesa becomes the designated community action agency and MesaCAN continues to contract all services with the City rather than the County.
1998 – MesaCAN opens the East Valley Men’s Center as a result of a Citizen’s Taskforce on Homelessness, chaired by MesaCAN Deputy Director, Margie Frost. Margie’s commitment lives on in the hearts of thousands who have passed through this 94-bed, transitional shelter for homeless men.
2001 – The Sprinzl/Murphy Community Outreach Volunteers partner with MesaCAN, running a food pantry and clothing bank. Today, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church runs the food pantry.
2002 – MesaCAN partners with Valley of the Sun United Way.
2006 – MesaCAN becomes a program of A New Leaf: Helping Families…Changing Lives. Continuing critical services to low-income Mesa residents and single homeless men in the Valley, MesaCAN is proud of its rich heritage of service to the community.