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March 2024 Newsletter

Arizona is still experiencing rising levels of homelessness. The number of Arizona residents without shelter increased 23% over a recent two-year span, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This crisis has left countless families and individuals struggling for shelter, food, and safety. It affects working individuals like Kenneth, who was just trying to work and provide for himself.

After working consistently as a handyman, Kenneth was suddenly left without stable work. With the work drying up, and bills stacking, Kenneth had nowhere else to go. Your contributions gave him the shelter he needed at the East Valley Men’s Center. Kenneth was able to find better employment, and even a new bike for transportation to his new job.

According to ASU research reports, Arizona is short 270,000 housing units, and there are only 26 rentals available for every 100 extremely low-income households. This leaves other hardworking individuals like Kenneth without safety and without hope.

Your support, no matter the size, has the power to transform someone’s life. When you contribute, you provide shelter, food, and safety for your community in need. Your kindness and love for your neighbors gives hope to those who need it most.

In March’s newsletter you will learn even more about how you can contribute to supporting those homelessness, domestic violence, and other heartbreaking challenges. Your support matters more than ever. I ask that you please continue to give to those around you, and create a better, safer place for everyone in the Valley.


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Joe Dulin

Joe Dulin

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A New Leaf

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March 2024 Impact News: Your Donation Gave Kenneth a Second Chance!

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Kenneth is a hardworking handyman who was struck by an unexpected lack of work. During this time, Kenneth was suddenly without a roof over his head. Thanks to you, Ken was able to find shelter, and start to create a better future for himself. 

At 58 years old, starting over is going to be hard for Ken. As an incredibly independent, hardworking, and driven man, he never expected to find himself at a men’s homeless shelter.


“Homelessness was a shock. You never expect it to happen to you.”

As a certified mechanic, a journeyman drywall hanger, a professional painter, he can fix or build about anything. After a difficult season of work that left Ken financially stretched, Ken eventually found himself without a home.


“It was definitely the lowest point in my life. I had gotten by just fine for 58 years, and then this happened.”

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Desperate to put a roof over his head, Ken called A New Leaf and was immediately placed into the East Valley Men’s Center, a 105-bed shelter for homeless men made possible by donors like you. Once he found shelter, his life changed forever.


“Asking for help was hard, but I’m so glad I did. When I got to the shelter, the staff worked with me right away to set goals. I was going to get back to work in my trade, get transportation – and really just get myself together.”

Ken started work with a good friend’s business called Expert Handyman, and business was picking up, allowing him to buy a bike and save for a new apartment. Ken has hopes for a brighter future when he leaves the shelter.

With the help of staff at the shelter, Ken has found a job, he has even found work here and there with Expert Handyman. Despite the challenges, Ken feels hopeful about his future, and thankful for the help you gave him.

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“Without you, I wouldn’t have a roof over my head. I wouldn’t be able to eat. I wouldn’t have been able to get back to work. Thanks to you, I’m gonna be alright. I’m gonna get through this.”

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Joe Dulin

Tanner Swanson

Communications Manager

A New Leaf

March 2024 Volunteer News:

Breaking the Cycle

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A New Leaf would love to spotlight the incredible work done by the volunteers at Red Mountain Bike Group! These dedicated volunteers have been making a significant difference in the lives of homeless men at the East Valley Men’s Center. 

Over ten years ago, the Red Mountain Bike Group was established with a mission to not only provide bicycles but also teach bike maintenance skills to help individuals gain a greater sense of independence and mobility. With the help of a local bike shop, these volunteers were equipped with the knowledge they needed to help build and repair bikes for East Valley Men’s Center’s residents. On behalf of the Red Mountain Community Church, these amazing volunteers aim to support these men getting back on their feet.

The group’s efforts ensure that individuals have reliable transportation, a crucial step towards independence and accessing better opportunity. However, the program has faced challenges, particularly in stocking up on bikes and bike parts. Despite these hurdles, the volunteers’ dedication never wavered. They reached out to local shops for donations and support, showcasing their commitment to the program and the men it serves.

The Red Mountain Bike Group was able to acquire 30 bikes through a partnership with the City of Mesa’s Abandoned Bike Program. This significant boost has helped replenish their supplies, yet the need for more parts remains a problem. The program continues to seek donations of used bikes, which the volunteers can repair and prepare for new owners.

You can help these volunteers get the parts they need to change lives. The Red Mountain Bike Group is looking for:

  • Tubes- various sizes 26″, 27 1/2″, 29″
  • Cables for breaks and shifters
  • Chains
  • Shifter pods
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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in helping your local community, get involved today! A New Leaf is looking for Shelter Support Volunteers at four locations: East Valley Men’s Center (EVMC), West Valley Housing Assistance Center (WVHAC), Faith House (FH), and the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA). As a Shelter Support Volunteer, you will play a vital role in helping those who seek shelter, food, and support. Your contributions will make a significant difference in the lives of so many families.

Here are some of the important tasks you’ll be involved in:

  • Helping with food donation pick-ups and meal preparations.
  • Sorting and organizing donations, including food, clothes, and toys.
  • Providing directions and essential information to shelter visitors.
  • Assisting with event preparations and clean-ups.
  • Keeping our facilities clean, sanitized, and organized.
  • Completing assigned tasks from the shift list, based on location.
  • Providing valuable support to our administrative team by assisting with tasks like copying, scanning, answering phones, and greeting visitors.

By volunteering, you’ll not only help those in need but also gain valuable skills and connect with other volunteers like you. Importantly, A New Leaf will provide you with the training and skills needed to serve those most in need in your community.

Your commitment as a volunteer at A New Leaf will make a lasting impact. Your service ensures that shelter, food, and hope are given to those who need it most. Please submit an application through our website or email us at

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Joe Dulin

Raven Jordan Yosick

Volunteer Program Supervisor

A New Leaf

March 2024 Donation Center News: Alpha Chi Omega is Fulfilling Our Wishlist!

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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.

This month, we want to say a huge thank you to Alpha Chi Omega for all the amazing donations they’ve made to A New Leaf’s donation center. They’ve been buying and sending items from our Amazon Wishlist all month long! Their kindness has brought a lot of happiness and help to people who need it the most.

Alpha Chi Omega’s donations are very important for people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and other heartbreaking challenges. The items they’ve given like clothes, cleaning products, and toys for kids, mean so much to the community. These gifts show people that others care about them and want to help them feel better and get back on their feet.

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We’re really grateful to Alpha Chi Omega for their help. A New Leaf wants to say thank you for being so kind and for helping us make a difference in so many lives. Your big hearts bring so much hope to your neighbors in need.

You can help those experiencing homelessness this year. Our donation center is still looking for: 

  • Non-perishable foods (soup, pasta noodles, jelly, crackers, etc.)
  • Diapers (sizes 3-7 especially) and baby wipes
  • Cleaning supplies (clorox, paper towels, etc.)
  • Body Wash
  • Men’s and Women’s deodorant (especially women’s deodorant)

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

March 2024 Donor News: Using Hidden Assets to Change Lives

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Every year 2.5 million seniors decide to stop their life insurance because it doesn’t seem useful, or is too expensive. Life circumstances change, and there are countless reasons that you may not want your policy anymore. While easy to forget about, these insurance policies are an asset you own.

Most people think that their only option is to stop making the premium payments and walk away from the policy (lapsing the policy) or cashing out of the policy entirely (surrendering the policy). Instead of walking away completely, you can get something more out of your policy by selling it completely.

Through selling your policy, also known as a life settlement, you receive a lump-sum of cash, and the purchaser takes over the ownership of the policy. On average, making a life settlement nets 3 – 5 times the value of cashing out. This lump-sum gives you the freedom of being able to choose where your money goes.

The proceeds from this settlement go towards what YOU want. This can be anything from purchasing something new for yourself, or giving to a charitable organization of your choice.

Please consult your insurance and financial advisors before considering a policy sale, as they are not always the best fit for everyone. If you have an unwanted, unneeded or unaffordable life insurance policy, life settlements offer a good opportunity to turn your asset into more money than the other alternatives.

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

March 2024 Community Partner News: Valley Partnership’s Wonderful Renovation


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Since 1987, Valley Partnership has been an advocate for responsible development. Each year, this amazing organization selects a nonprofit to receive facility enhancements donated and constructed by Valley Partnership members/volunteers called The Community Project Day of Action. A New Leaf’s East Valley Men’s Center was lucky enough to be the recipient of this generous opportunity!

A New Leaf’s East Valley Men’s Center (EVMC) serves 500 single men each year who are struggling to overcome homelessness and instability. Men arrive at EVMC in a state of crisis, many times with only the clothes on their back. Residents receive critically needed emergency shelter, case management, and support services. These men also are given connections to community resources to help ensure they never have to live without a roof over their head again.

The Community Project Day of Action was life changing for EVMC residents. In one day, the outside areas at EVMC were transformed from dirt and gravel into welcoming outdoor community spaces. Hundreds of volunteers built planter boxes, painted a mural, laid pavers, and did so much more. Valley Partnership volunteers made what was once a place to stay, a place to call home.

This partnership exemplifies the power of collaboration and community involvement to make a positive difference. We are so grateful for the generosity of Valley Partnership members that provide a brighter future for all. You can see the transformation of EVMC here!

A New Leaf wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to Valley Partnership for giving these residents a safer, more comfortable place to live! For more information about partnering with A New Leaf, please contact Laura Bode, Director of Community Engagement, at

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Joe Dulin

Laura Bode

Director of Community Engagement

A New Leaf

March 2024 Event News: Enjoy “A Night in Positano” this month!

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Group photo from A New Leaf’s 2023 Camaraderie Gala.

The annual Camaraderie Gala is THIS MONTH! You still have time to secure your tickets at At this year’s “Night in Positano” Camaraderie Gala, you can bid to win prizes, while also supporting those experiencing homelessness. You could even bid to win a dinner and baseball game experience with Arizona Diamondbacks legend, Luis Gonzalez! 

The annual Camaraderie Gala is so important for families experiencing heartbreaking circumstances. All proceeds from the gala go towards those experiencing homelessness by giving shelter, food, and safety to those who need it most. Your participation makes a difference.

Date and Venue:


Mark your calendars for March 23, 2024, and join us at the luxurious JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, located at 5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054.


Schedule of the Evening:


  • 5:30 pm: Begin the night with a Cocktail Reception and a chance to browse our Silent Auction.
  • 7:00 pm: Enjoy a sumptuous Dinner followed by an engaging Program.
  • 9:00 pm: The celebration continues with an After Party, featuring dancing and live entertainment.


Live Auction Prizes: 


Proceeds from the live auction all go to families in crisis.


  • Auction Item 1: Dinner and Baseball Game with Luis Gonzalez
  • Auction Item 2: A 7-day cruise!
  • Auction Item 3: A 5-night resort stay! 
  • Auction Item 4: A year-long membership in the Arrivia Travel Package!
  • Auction Item 5: An African Safari adventure!


Dress Code:


The attire for the evening is Black Tie optional. We encourage you to dress in your finest, ready to be whisked away to the Italian coast.

All of this is possible due to wonderful people just like you. A New Leaf would also like to thank our Gala sponsors for supporting those in need this year.

  • Desert Financial Credit Union 
  • Messinger Mortuaries 
  • The Wrigley Mansion 
  • Skinner Clouse Group 
  • Gateway Bank
  • Banner | Aetna 
  • Wells Fargo
  • SRP

You still have a chance to reserve a table and participate in a night of fun! Secure your tickets and tables at Share the excitement with your friends and family, and help those in your community at this unforgettable gala!

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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