Treasure House received a $20,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities in support of its Employment and Life Skills Training Program.
Through the program, Life Coaches work one-on-one with residents to set individual goals for employment and education. Job and volunteer opportunities in the community empower residents to gain independence, purpose and inclusion as active members of society.
Treasure House, located at 7815 W. Aspera Blvd., Glendale, is an active living community where young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) grow, develop and thrive.
“Treasure House serves as the solution to the post-high school ‘now what?’ question that families impacted by disabilities face,” Treasure House stated in a news release.
Currently, 20 of the 29 residents (70%) have secured jobs at establishments that partner with Treasure House, including the Arizona Humane Society, Banner Thunderbird Hospital, Barrio Queen, Inspira Senior Living, Popeye’s and Spencer’s Place.
“Inclusion as a productive member of the community through internships, minimum wage employment and volunteer opportunities helps prevent feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression in young adults with IDD,” Treasure House explains.
According to the facility, there are 40,000 adults in Arizona who live with IDD, and 200,000 students with IDD age out of special education programs each year. According to The Arc, 72% of adults with IDD continue to live with their parents after high school graduation, and more than half remain unemployed and unenrolled in higher education in the first two years after high school.
“We are pleased to be the recipient of the Thunderbirds Charities grant, which will allow us to continue providing individuals in the disability community with the same opportunity as all others to lead successful, fulfilling lives,” Treasure House CEO Lauri Tanner stated. “Society has so much to gain when differently abled people are included. We are not only changing the lives of our differently abled residents, but are provided a renewed sense of hope for their loved ones.”
Upon joining Treasure House, all residents immediately take part in the Employment & Life Skills Training Program to begin developing a meaningful and actionable life plan tailored to their unique strengths, talents and abilities. Life coaches provide hands-on assistance and support through training in information technology, fine motor skills, soft skills, resume writing, job interviewing, and more.
Treasure House’s Employment and Life Skills Training Program is typically sustained with funds generated from the nonprofit’s signature fundraising event, Celebrity Game Night.