A New Leaf and Bashas’ Family of Stores are partnering to provide shelter and support for victims of domestic violence and homelessness through an in-store fundraising campaign at Bashas’ Family of Stores during the month of May, according to a press release.
Funds raised will benefit A New Leaf’s homeless and domestic violence shelters and programs inclusive of Faith House Domestic Violence Shelter in Glendale and La Mesita Family Homeless Shelter, the East Valley Women’s Shelter, Autumn House Domestic Violence Shelter and East Valley Men’s Center, located in Mesa and the East Valley.
One in every 227 Arizonans experienced homelessness last year alone. Approximately 40% of the total homeless population is families. Maricopa County reports the largest homeless population statewide. The Department of Economic Security reported 4,346 adults and 4,085 children received shelter services from domestic violence providers during 2014. Sixty-two percent reside in the metropolitan areas of Maricopa and Pima Counties, according to the “Homelessness in AZ 2014 Annual Report” from the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
A New Leaf Emergency Services served more than 3,700 adults and children last year and projects serving even more in 2015-16. By receiving a hand up rather than a hand out through a multitude of comprehensive services and shelters, A New Leaf residents and clients strive to become self-sufficient while they address their individual challenges.
“A New Leaf for A New Start” at Bashas’ Family of Stores offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase a $1 or $5 leaf, which in turn will be donated to help those in A New Leaf’s homeless and domestic violence shelters and support programs. Once donors make their purchase and post their selfie on A New Leaf’s facebook page, they will be entered into drawings for Bashas’ gift cards throughout May.
Bashas’ family owned and operated grocery chain started in 1932 by brothers Ike and Eddie Basha Sr., according to the release.
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