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Thunderbirds Charities gives $250K to A New Leaf domestic violence centers

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The above image is meant to illustrate the anguish caused by domestic violence. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

Grant dollars will repair dire plumbing needs in Glendale

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Thunderbirds Charities is providing a $250,000 grant to A New Leaf — a Mesa-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing vital domestic violence services from corner to corner of the Valley of the Sun.

The grant dollars, representatives say, will jumpstart extensive plumbing and repair work needed at the Faith House Crisis Shelter, which is a 20-unit shelter.

“This grant came at the perfect time,” said Director of Community Engagement at A New Leaf Laura Bode in a prepared statement. “Faith House is the oldest domestic violence shelter in Arizona. The current shelter space was built in 1989 and our plumbing situation was unable to support shelter residents at more than half capacity. Thunderbirds Charities helped us get back to full capacity.”

In an effort to de-congregate shelter space at Faith House, A New Leaf is working to raise additional funds to add restroom facilities for each unit, the release states.

A New Leaf offers a continuum of services to respond to domestic violence situations, from immediate crisis stabilization, to providing safety, housing and basic needs, to the support needed to ultimately break free from an abusive relationship.

With seven programs, serving more than 5,500 survivors and answering more than 11,000 crisis calls each year, A New Leaf’s services are vital to protecting and empowering victims of abuse, representatives there say.

Those programs include:

  • The 24-hour crisis and service navigation hotline for Maricopa County.
  • Four shelter programs including Faith House, Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA), Autumn House, and DVSTOP — an overflow program that is unique in the state and only one of a few in the entire nation, that provides shelter, safety planning and basic needs in hotel properties on a temporary basis. The space doubles as a quarantine safe space shelter for those with COVID.
  • A Court Advocacy Program, with advocates providing services in four courts in the Valley to walk people through the process of getting an order of protection and safety planning.
  • Therapeutic programs to help adults and children heal from trauma and break the cycle of abuse.

A New Leaf has been serving Maricopa County since 1971. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit operates 35-plus programs, serving more than 30,000 people every year. Services include emergency shelter, supportive housing, domestic and sexual violence support, financial empowerment, behavioral and primary health care, foster care, early childhood education and family preservation.

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