A New Leaf’s La Mesita Apartments, located in Mesa, opened in March, 2014. The campus provides 80 units of affordable housing with 30 units reserved for families and individuals who are chronically homeless or homeless with special needs. Support services include case management activities that support housing stability, which may include goal setting, skill building, community coordination, referrals and advocacy. Additional onsite services include a computer lab that is an Arizona at Work Access Point, a Health and Wellness Center, After School Center, training room and a Maricopa County Head Start Program. A New Leaf is one of Mesa United Way’s partner agencies and this is a story about a woman they were able to assist.
After staying in the La Mesita Family Shelter for a time, CD entered the Supportive Services program in May, 2016. Since entering the program, she has made a great amount of progress. She has been able to utilize the After school Center for her two school‐aged children where they receive homework help and general after school care. With financial help from funding given to La Mesita Support Services, CD was able to begin her certification for her CDA (child development associate) certification. Since she doesn’t own a personal laptop, she is able to complete her online course work by utilizing the on‐site computer lab. CD is very active in the La Mesita community as she is head of our Neighborhood Watch and also an active participant in our resident association.