Basic Needs

Mesa United Way’s rigorous Community Investment Process has found these programs and agencies to be fiscally responsible and effective at delivering services. They are receiving Mesa United Way funding for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Autumn House Domestic Violence Shelter Program operated by A New Leaf Inc., provides 120 days of emergency shelter for victims and their children. A number of services are available, including a 24-hour crisis hotline; safe housing, meals and basic needs; case management, financial coaching and workforce development; and child care.

The East Valley Men’s Center, operated by A New Leaf Inc., is an emergency shelter for up to 76 homeless men who make the commitment to become self-sufficient and move back into the community.  There are 18 transitional housing beds. EVMC provides food, shelter and basic needs; case management focused on permanent housing solutions; navigation of community resources; work assistance; and life skills classes and financial coaching

The La Mesita Family Homeless Shelter, operated by A New Leaf Inc., is a 16-unit family shelter that provides services to help homeless families with young children. It is a warm, safe, secure temporary home for families in crisis. La Mesita is the only family emergency shelter in the East Valley providing a broad array of services to homeless families, including temporary emergency shelter; case management focused on permanent housing solutions; on-site behavioral health services for children; on-site child care; and employment placement assistance.

A New Leaf’s La Mesita Apartments campus provides 80 units of affordable housing with 30 units reserved for families and individuals who are chronically homeless or homeless with special needs. Residents are offered A New Leaf’s enriched supportive services, which include case management, behavioral healthcare, assistance with job search, on-site children’s services, wellness, community activities, financial literacy, computer training and educational classes.

Arizona Brainfood Inc. provides free bags of nutritious food to school children from low-income families on Fridays to help sustain them through the weekend. By providing food for kids to eat on the weekends, bodies and minds will be strengthened and kids will return to school on Monday physically ready to learn. Arizona Brainfood sends out a questionnaire to teachers who have children in the program to evaluate the children’s behavior, attitude and aptitude.

The Child Crisis Center’s Arizona Adoption and Foster Care Program specializes in certifying parents for foster care and adoption. AAFC’s programs provide parents with exceptional education and training, child-family matching services and post-placement support and services. It serves single and two-parent families and has no limitations on religious beliefs, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Children are placed in the Child Crisis Center’s Emergency Shelter either through the Department of Child Safety or by their families as a community placement. They may stay from several days to many months, depending upon their circumstances. The shelter’s staff and volunteers create an atmosphere of security, acceptance and encouragement where children can heal from trauma, build their self-esteem and have the positive experiences of childhood.

The Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) of Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest provides shelter and meals to Mesa and east Valley women in need. In addition, the program provides a number of services aimed at helping women obtain employment and permanent housing.

The Mesa Community Action Network Inc. helps Mesa households that are experiencing financial crisis pay their rental and/or utility bills through its Client Services and Work Assistance program. Eligible individuals and families are able to avoid eviction or utility shutoff while caseworkers help them find ways to improve their circumstances.

People who normally would not know where their next meal will come from depend on Paz de Cristo Community Center on Broadway Road near Country Club Drive in Mesa for their basic sustenance. Paz de Cristo exists to help these people achieve self-reliance, pride and self-respect. In turn, this leads to improved economic standing, respect for others, and citizenship participation.

United Food Bank’s Emergency & Supplemental Food Assistance Program helps thousands of needy Mesa individuals and families put nutritious meals on their tables. The Food Bank has a number of programs to maximize its reach in feeding the hungry, including Emergency Food Boxes, Helping Hands, Kids Cafe, Food for Thought, Help Yourself, Backpack Program and Network Distribution.