The latest in our series on
The People of the Park…
THE CRAFTY LADIES
By Dale Dauten
You gotta love that name, “Crafty Ladies.”
And, as we recently learned again, you gotta love their work, too.
Here at The Resorter, we recently got an email from one of the city’s most respected non-profits, New Leaf. They are a major force for good in the Valley, combating homelessness and domestic violence. Their CEO, Michael Hughes, wanted to publicly acknowledge all that the Crafty Ladies had done to support them, even offering to buy ad space to offer thanks. We are, of course, happy to pass along his comments right here:
“The Crafty Ladies of The Resort have always been incredible stewards of their community, donating time, effort, and money to help their neighbors experiencing homelessness. Their support of A New Leaf over the past 25 years has helped thousands of families overcome homelessness at shelters across the East Valley. A New Leaf is deeply thankful to this group of women.
“Every time we have asked them for help, they have gone above and beyond. Several years ago they were contributing about $500 and quilts for the homeless. With a little leadership, some hard work, and contributions from generous residents, this group is now giving close to $8,000 a year – in addition to hundreds of quilts, donations of food, and more. The Crafty Ladies, and the residents of The Resort community as a whole, are some of the kindest people we have ever met.
“Most recently A New Leaf’s shelters were running short on fresh pillows and the Crafty Ladies bought out every Target and Walmart in the area, donating nearly 100 pillows for families facing homelessness. This quick and decisive action changes countless lives, and helps make a homeless shelter feel like home. To everyone at The Resort, and to the Crafty Ladies especially, thank you for making our community a better place to live!” Michael Hughes, CEO
“Some of the kindest people we have ever met.” Nice, right? Specifically, the Crafty Ladies have adopted La Mesita as the focus of their giving, a place where homeless families can stay till they find permanent housing. New Leaf has created what amounts to an apartment complex for homeless families.
(There’s a 90-second video on La Mesita here: