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Treasure House Celebrates First Anniversary, Anticipates Full Occupancy By Winter
Treasure House, a supportive living community for developmentally and intellectually disabled adults, is celebrating its first full year as a residential facility Sunday, Aug. 25, and it has officially reached 50 percent occupancy as it starts its second year.
Founded by former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, who are the parents of a special needs son, Treasure House strikes a balance between giving disabled adults the independence they crave and providing them with the support they may need as they adjust to life on their own. Intended for young adults in their 20s and 30s who no longer receive federally mandated educational assistance, Treasure House serves up to 29 residents at once while helping them expand their professional, recreational and social opportunities at the same time.
“Words can’t describe it — I love it so much,” said 19-year-old resident Dylan Rhodes, of Peoria. “I just love all the residents and staff, and it feels like I have a second family. At home I needed frequent reminders, but here I am going at my own pace and finding my own routine.”
In its first year, Treasure House welcomed residents gradually in an effort to give staff members and residents time to adjust to their new living and working arrangements. Leadership anticipates that the facility will operate at full capacity starting sometime this winter.
“We have seen so many instances of these young people learning to do new things and really embracing their newfound independence,” said Lauri Tanner, Treasure House’s chief executive officer. “It has been gratifying to see their personal growth over the course of the first year, as well as the outpouring of interest and support from the community at large.”
In addition to their own studio apartments and shared community resources including a family room, game room, family-style kitchen and other amenities, Treasure House residents enjoy access to a wide range of social and community activities, giving them a chance to expand their social networks and build upon their desired skillsets. Starting this winter, Treasure House will have about 29 residents living onsite at a time and will accept applications from prospective residents on an ongoing basis.
For more on Treasure House, visit TreasureHouse.org.