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May 2024 Newsletter

Just one unprecedented event could be the difference between having a safe place to sleep, or being homeless. For thousands of people across the Valley, this reality is all too common. In this month’s newsletter, A New Leaf wants to share the story of James, a man whose life took an unexpected turn following a devastating accident. James’ story is a powerful reminder of how swiftly circumstances can change, leading someone from a promising career to the brink of homelessness.

James was thriving as a promotions manager for restaurants and clubs, working constantly and living comfortably. In a blink of an eye, a motorcycle accident left him with severe injuries, catapulting him into a year-long hospital stay focused on recovery. During his recovery, James couldn’t work, and was unable to keep up with rising rent costs. That’s when people like you, helped James’ life for the better.

James found A New Leaf’s East Valley Men’s Center, which not only provided him with safe shelter and food, but also reignited hope for the future. With dedicated case management and support, James found a renewed sense of purpose and a community that stood by him during his most challenging times

James’ story echoes the experiences of many facing homelessness. Anyone, of any background, can be left homeless with just one life changing event. Thanks to people like you, individuals like James find not just shelter but opportunities for healing and rebuilding their lives.

I invite you to read more about James’ journey in this month’s newsletter. Your continued support makes stories like James’ possible, and A New Leaf can’t wait to share even more ways to make a difference.


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May 2024 Impact News: Your Donation Gave James Shelter!


“In just a matter of seconds, my life was forever changed by a motorcycle accident. I was on my way home from church when an SUV made an illegal turn in front of me and I t-boned their car. It was pretty brutal. I ended up with a broken right femur, broken right arm, shattered left wrist, spinal damage, a traumatic brain injury, and a whole lot more.”

Before his accident, James had been an up and coming Promotions Manager for restaurants and clubs across Scottsdale. He had a good career, a loyal group of friends, and James felt that his future was bright. He had no idea that all of this would change in just a single moment.

“I spent nearly a year in the hospital, and at that time I was just focused on being able to walk again. I wanted to regain the use of my hands. By the time I got out, I realized what a challenge this was going to be for me. I had to pay enormous medical bills, I had to find a place to live, I had to find someone willing to give me a job.”

James wanted to get his life back to normal, but it wouldn’t be easy. Despite over a year of physical therapy, he had almost no use of the right side of his body and lived with chronic pain. His friends had slowly drifted away and moved on with their lives. Times got dark.


“I felt more alone than I ever had. The worst part was that I just couldn’t find any work, because of my injuries I just couldn’t find anything. So eventually I applied for disability benefits, but it didn’t come through. I ended up spending what little savings I had to keep a roof over my head, and eventually I was going to be homeless.”

This is when James found A New Leaf’s East Valley Men’s Center. Within 24 hours, James was admitted to the shelter and assigned a case manager to help him apply for disability. Not only did he find services that could help him, James also found a meaningful opportunity to connect with other people for the first time in a long time.

“I feel like this shelter and the people here breathed life back into me. It’s giving me a little bit of time to stop, recalculate, and figure out the best way to move forward in my life. The biggest thing is that I got a new hearing on my application for disability, which will be in a few weeks.”


While he waits for a decision on his case, James spends his days reading and playing chess. He tries to keep his spirits up, and hopes that a brighter future is just around the corner. More than anything, he is thankful for the support he has found at A New Leaf.

“Without this place, I don’t know what I would have done. I am just so thankful that our community provides a place for someone who is down on his luck. Please know that the shelter you’ve given me has changed my life. Thank you.”

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Joe Dulin

Tanner Swanson

Communications Manager

A New Leaf

May 2024 Volunteer News: A New Leaf Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week!


A New Leaf recently celebrated all of our volunteers and interns for volunteer appreciation week! Everything that happens at A New Leaf is due to the support of our volunteers behind the scenes. They are the backbone of all of our programs, and we are so grateful for all that they do.

Over the past year, they spent 36,714 hours volunteering as individuals and 9,517 hours volunteering as part of groups. With the support of 237 individual volunteers, 78 interns, and 155 volunteer groups, A New Leaf has been able to provide shelter and safety to families and individuals in need.

What makes our volunteers so important isn’t just the hours they put in; it’s the way they show kindness and compassion to thousands of people in need every year. They help meet the immediate needs of those we serve and create a foundation for lasting change. From serving meals and organizing donations to administration work, the work they do transforms thousands of lives every year.

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in joining A New Leaf’s wonderful volunteer group, you can 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

May 2024 Donation Center News: High School Students Donate School Supplies!

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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.

Three amazing students, Elena, Nicole, and Ileana, from Red Mountain High School just made a significant difference in the community by donating much-needed school supplies to children experiencing homelessness. These school supplies are going to ensure that children in all of A New Leaf’s shelters can continue to get a good education, without having to worry about the financial burden that comes with schooling.

Education holds the power to transform lives, especially for children facing the challenges of homelessness. The school supplies donated by these students are going to unlock new opportunities, encourage ongoing education, and inspire dreams. Children in A New Leaf’s shelters can engage more fully in their studies, and get the education they deserve.

Thank you, Elena, Nicole, and Ileana, for your tremendous donation. Your efforts make sure that every child in our care has the chance to learn, succeed, and build a brighter future. You are truly making a difference, and A New Leaf is so immensely proud to have such compassionate young individuals willing to give to their community in need.

You can help those experiencing homelessness this year, just like Elena, Nicole, and Ileana. Our donation center is still looking for: 

  • Cases of water
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Pots and pans
  • Baby/Toddler Dishware
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Body wash
  • Men’s Razors/Handles for Gillette Mach 3
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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Alyssa Turley

Philanthropy Coordinator

A New Leaf

May 2024 Donor News: The Benefits of Non-Cash Giving


Did you know that donating to A New Leaf doesn’t have to mean writing a check or using your credit card? I invite you to view the short video above to learn about some smarter ways to support your passion for helping those experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and other heartbreaking challenges:

Your contributions play a vital role in our mission to support those experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, or other heart breaking challenges. Your support helps provide shelter, food, and essential services to those experiencing this crisis. Eviction rates continue to rise, and these families and individuals need your help. 

Please consider making a non-cash donation so you are able to help those in need as soon as possible. You already do so much to help, and A New Leaf wants to make sure that you get something in return for your kindness to all of your neighbors who need it most.

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

May 2024 Community Partner News: Desert Financial Credit Union is Improving Education!


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A New Leaf wants to recognize Desert Financial Credit Union, a dedicated partner that supports so many families in need across the Valley. Desert Financial believes in education for all, and since its inception 80 years ago, has vowed to help community members get the education they deserve.

With their focus on education, Desert Financial supports Phoenix Day Early Childhood Education Program with both financial resources and employee volunteer time. Every year, Desert Financial employees visit the classroom to read stories to young students, creating joyful moments that the children cherish as they continue to grow.

Desert Financial has provided more than $150,000 in grants, event support, in-kind donations, and employee giving over the years. Their generous contributions have changed lives across Arizona, and they continue to help A New Leaf extend vital services to those who need it the most.

Jack Biggs, Desert Financials’ Executive Vice President, serves on A New Leaf’s Board of Directors, and is committed to making sure no child is left without an education. Jack’s expertise in financial and administrative matters is invaluable as A New Leaf continues to find more ways to provide services to thousands of people each year. Jack’s guidance ensures A New Leaf can always meet the changing needs of those we serve.

Thank you, Desert Financial, for your incredible support, dedication, and partnership. Your commitment to education, community, and service is truly inspiring.

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Laura Bode

Director of Community Engagement

A New Leaf

May 2024 Event News: Camaraderie 2025 Announcements Coming Soon! 

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A photo from A New Leaf’s 2024 Camaraderie Gala.

A New Leaf is excited to announce that plans are underway for Camaraderie 2025! This gala is a celebration of community and an amazing way to help thousands of people that experience homelessness, domestic violence, and so many other life challenges. Details on the venue and date will be revealed soon, so stay tuned for an update that promises a night of meaningful engagement and support.

2024’s “A Night in Positano” Camaraderie Gala was an amazing event, raising over $850,000 for families in need! Your participation and contributions during this event make a real difference. Keep an eye on your inbox, and prepare to join A New Leaf for an unforgettable evening dedicated to helping families, and changing lives.

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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