August 23, 2023 – Treasure House, a supportive living residence for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), is pleased to announce that it has received a $20,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities in support of its Employment and Life Skills Training Program. Through the program, in-house Life Coaches work one-on-one with 29 residents to identify and build upon their unique skills. Residents set customized and achievable goals for employment, volunteer engagements, education, and more.
The nonprofit’s unique Employment & Life Skills Training Model actively challenges stigmas and stereotypes. Currently, 72% of Treasure House residents are fully or partially employed at 18 local establishments, a contrast to the national average for adults with disabilities. In 2022, 21.3% of persons with disabilities were employed, with 30% in part-time roles, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Through employment opportunities, a substantial number of residents contribute to their monthly expenses, underlining their independence and reduced dependency on social security support. At Treasure House, residents develop a range of life skills, which often include crafting resumes, mastering interviews, refining organizational abilities, and receiving dedicated job coaching.
“The experience of gainful employment is a universal right – an inclusive opportunity that should be available to all,” said Lauri Tanner, CEO of Treasure House. “When young adults with IDDs are prepared to contribute meaningfully to workplaces and be active members of society, they feel empowered, independent, valued, and confident to lead vibrant lives. We are grateful to have a community supporter in Thunderbirds Charities.”
This award marks the nonprofit’s third consecutive grant from Thunderbirds Charities in support of its Employment and Life Skills Training Program. Grant funding supports Treasure House’s mission of providing young adults with IDDs the same opportunity as all others to lead fulfilling lives. Learn more about Treasure House here.