September is National Self Improvement Month, and A New Leaf in Mesa is celebrating with the opening of a new Financial Opportunities Center at the organization’s La Mesita Campus. They are dedicated to helping individuals and families improve their financial well-being.
A New Leaf’s La Mesita Campus serves homeless and low-income families with the goal of helping the families achieve and maintain long-term stability and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for at-risk children and their children’s children through its services.
The center is a collaboration among A New Leaf, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Newtown and other community partners. The aim is to serve low-income residents with financial coaching, housing and credit counseling, job readiness, and opportunities for advancing educational goals. The program helps change financial behavior in a way that encourages a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets for future financial health.
“We have seen many families enter our programs with very little financial education or life skills,” said A New Leaf’s CEO Michael Hughes. “Yet now more than ever people need to be versed on basic fundamentals in order to secure housing, pay bills, find a steady job and thrive in modern society.” The new Financial Opportunities Center is a way for individuals to transform their attitudes and capabilities to get a leg up on life.
The center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is staffed by program experts who help residents tackle their financial challenges. The short-term goals are to pursue employment, improve credit scores, open savings accounts and improve net income by 20 percent. The center is open to the public by calling 480-833-9726.
The center is located at A New Leaf’s La Mesita Campus, 2254 W. Main St.