History of A New Leaf
Through the efforts of Stan and Irene Burnstein, A New Leaf, Inc. opened for business in May 1979, with the purpose of providing horticultural-related job training to adults with developmental disabilities . The Burnsteins, owners of Omni Air International, envisioned a unique working environment for their daughter with a developmental disability. Along with David Berstein, who at the time was the Executive Director of Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, and Cindy Wade Donathan, the first executive director, the Burnsteins toured Melwood Horticultural Training Center in Annapolis, Maryland, in search of a model to provide a new form of job training. The Burnsteins have maintained an active role in ANL throughout its 35-year history. Without their vision and support, ANL would have remained only a vision.
A New Leaf, Inc. was first housed in a small greenhouse on the Broken Arrow Gatesway Foundation campus on East College where it employed one-and-a-half staff persons and served two trainees. By 1980, thirteen individuals were participating in the program.
In September 2013, A New Leaf expanded its reach by acquiring another long-standing nonprofit, Homelife Association. Homelife Association had been a part of the Tulsa community for more than 30 years, providing 24-hour assistance to adults with developmental disabilities living independently in the Tulsa MSA. The combination of two strong and dedicated organizations allows A New Leaf to further grow its services in both vocational training and residential services to the individuals we assist in our community.
A New Leaf has come a long way since 1979. A New Leaf currently serves 166 individuals through a variety of programs and services.