Last year’s Season for Sharing grant helped A New Leaf support 15,445 survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the community. It provided direct services to survivors, including safe shelter, social services, employment and education supports, and workshops on parenting and life skills.
Since 1971, A New Leaf has served marginalized families, homeless children and adults, domestic violence and behavioral health issues.
A New Leaf predicts that it will work with approximately 30,000 people this year in the more than 30 programs offered. The group serves a variety of other populations, including veterans, people who were previously incarcerated, who have addictions, limited education, and physical disabilities.
“A New Leaf has provided domestic violence services in the community for over 35 years and is extremely grateful to the Season for Sharing partnership which has created long-term and meaningful change for adults and children who have. survived domestic and sexual violence. Said Paula Kipp of A New Leaf.
Last year, the group received a $ 40,000 grant from Season for Sharing, sponsored by the Republic of Arizona. In total, $ 2.1 million went to 176 organizations that help children and families, teachers and students, and older Arizona residents. This year’s fundraising campaign continues until January 31.
What are the basic needs and services provided by your organization? Programs that promote social and economic health and stability. Services include emergency shelters, supportive housing, domestic and sexual violence support, financial empowerment, behavioral and primary health care, foster care, early childhood education and support. preservation of the family.
What does Season for Sharing mean to our community? It has helped save lives by providing the safety that protects victims, the tools and resources necessary for survivors to regain their independence and the support that allows them to end the cycle of violence for themselves and their children. .
How do you rate success? Our goal is to provide victims of domestic violence with immediate safety, followed by ongoing support services and the necessary resources for individuals and families to overcome any trauma they have experienced and acquire the skills necessary to maintain safety, stability and independence. long-term.
According to surveys of families and people served, they reported in these three areas:
- 97% of adults said they know how to plan for their ongoing safety
- 93% of adults reported an increase in their knowledge of community services
- 100% of adults said they have regained control of their lives
What are the greatest needs of your organization? Funding of support services and specific support for clients. Grocery, convenience store and Walmart gift card donations are always a need for families and individuals.
Are there any obstacles or challenges that your organization needs to overcome? Filling staff positions is a major challenge. We are working to solve this problem by increasing pay rates and offering hiring and retention bonuses. These measures increase program costs but are necessary to ensure that services are available and effective for those in need.
Share a story that matches your organization’s mission? One of the women in our program left an abusive relationship with her 3 month old son. She heard about A New Leaf’s Family Violence Services and Courts Advocacy Program. The program helps survivors by providing counseling and emotional support to seek court orders, which can ensure long-term safety. The woman obtained a protection order and began to recover. She then found a job, found accommodation and enrolled in university. She graduated from the University of Arizona and enrolled in law school.
Ways to give to Season for Sharing
- Complete the secure online form at sharing.azcentral.com.
- Text “SHARE” to 91-999 and click on the link in the text message.
- Go online to facebook.com/seasonforsharing and search for the “DONATE HERE” post.
- Cut out coupon on page 4A of The Arizona Republic, complete and mail to PO Box 29250, Phoenix AZ 85038-9250.
- Scan the QR code with your smartphone.
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