financial empowerment

helping households find financial stability

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IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER SUPPORT

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS

Families and individuals across the Valley struggle to keep up with rising living costs. It is often the case that the loss of a job, a medical crisis, or another unexpected financial burden can put these households at risk of homelessness and financial ruin.

A New Leaf’s Financial Empowerment services help households find financial stability, get ahead in the workforce, and ultimately start a business and pursue their dreams.

1 in 4

Arizona children live in poverty

1 in 5

households are extremely low income

3 in 10

adults have no emergency savings

1 in 4Arizona children live in poverty

1 in 5households are extremely low income

3 in 10adults have no emergency savings

immediate financial assistance

A New Leaf’s immediate financial assistance services help households with a variety of needs. We imagine a community in which households are able to thrive independently, and A New Leaf is here to guide our community along every step on the journey to financial freedom.

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Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness offers financial literacy classes and resources at no cost. Resources include personal finance classes, homeownership education, access to lending circles, and more.

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MesaCAN

Mesa Community Action Network (MesaCAN) helps low-income households across Mesa with rental and utility assistance. Additional services include employment support, financial planning, education services, weatherization support, and health services.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a powerful anti-poverty tool in which IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to low-to-moderate income households.

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Individual Development Account

A New Leaf’s Individual Development Account Program is a matched savings program for college. Each dollar a student saves is matched with $8.

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Assets to Opportunity

The Assets to Opportunity (ATO) program offers 8:1 matched savings for education, 3:1 matched savings for small business, and financial literacy workshops.

employment

and career support

A New Leaf imagines a community in which households are able to thrive independently. Whatever employment assistance someone needs, A New Leaf is here to guide our community along every step on the journey to financial freedom.

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Workforce Services

A New Leaf’s Workforce Services programs help all job seekers secure employment, create a plan for more stable employment, or move up in the workplace. Dedicated staff members help individuals develop resumes, secure job interviews, and connect with employers.

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Bankwork$

BankWork$ is an entirely free program that prepares individuals for a career in the financial sector. The program covers essential skills and information needed to succeed in the financial sector such as business etiquette, money handling procedures, and banking regulations.

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Second Chance Program

A New Leaf’s Second Chance Program provides assistance those being released from prison into Maricopa County. Participants can receive employment services, professional clothing assistance, hygiene kits, and more.

entrepreneurship and small business

A New Leaf believes that anyone should be able to achieve their dreams of starting their own business, or growing their existing business. We support our local economy by providing assistance and resources to small businesses ready to start or expand.

MesaCAN’s Economic Development

Located within MesaCAN, A New Leaf’s Economic Development provides support for low and moderate income individuals by collaborating with local businesses and other institutions.

Veterans Business Outreach Center 

VBOC provides business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals, to transitioning service members, Veterans, National Guards, Reserve Members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.

families forever changed

Monica

I gained knowledge needed to begin my entrepreneur journey. I met with a counselor, who was great at explaining services as well as all workshops they offered. I was beyond grateful as I was able to attend workshops that helped me gain knowledge of what would be...

Imelda

As a single mother, I was struggling to provide for my children. So I started selling tamales to friends and families to make a little extra money. Quickly, I was making more money cooking tamales than working my day job, so I thought – why not make this a business!...

Abraham

This savings program allows me to actually do my best in school, instead of barely getting by. It gives me a fair playing field compared to those that are able to quickly succeed because they have no other responsibilities.”Abraham has always been a hard worker. In...

Monica

I gained knowledge needed to begin my entrepreneur journey. I met with a counselor, who was great at explaining services as well as all workshops they offered. I was beyond grateful as I was able to attend workshops that helped me gain knowledge of what would be...

Imelda

As a single mother, I was struggling to provide for my children. So I started selling tamales to friends and families to make a little extra money. Quickly, I was making more money cooking tamales than working my day job, so I thought – why not make this a business!...

Abraham

This savings program allows me to actually do my best in school, instead of barely getting by. It gives me a fair playing field compared to those that are able to quickly succeed because they have no other responsibilities.”Abraham has always been a hard worker. In...

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