Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Glendale, celebrated its first anniversary on August 25.
Since becoming CEO in November, Lauri Tanner saw the facility grow from four residents to 50% occupancy in around 14 apartments. She said she would not be surprised if, by this time next year, the unit of 29 residents and one staff apartment are filled to capacity.
Because of the individualized strategies and support for cognitively disabled young adults, focusing on memory, decision-making, learning and concentration, Tanner is astounded at not only the quick growth, but also the success she has seen from residents of maintaining a life they desire.
“The residents that have come in, and the growth of confidence they’ve had, both physically and emotionally, is great. So many of them are more social and are getting to live a life they and their families have been hoping for,” Tanner said.
Those benefiting include Dylan Rhodes, a 19-year-old resident who moved to the facility in June from Peoria. He works at Banner Thunderbird Hospital full time and is saving money to purchase a car. He attested to the quality of care he has received and appreciates the level of independence Treasure House allows him.
“Words can’t describe it — I love it so much,” Rhodes said. “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.”
The residence serves individuals in their 20s and 30s who no longer receive federally mandated educational services and who want to build productive, meaningful and connected lives. But, Treasure House does not just serve simply as a place to live.
Founded by Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner and wife Brenda, the residence also provides employment opportunities and the ability to pursue a variety of different hobbies and take fun trips throughout the Valley.
Tanner has enjoyed many of the activities, and fondly remembers a celebrity game night Treasure House put on in February. Special guests at the Van Buren in Phoenix included Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald interacting with Treasure House residents. She said the event raised around $330,000 in one night, just one instance of the support Treasure House has gotten from local people and businesses.
“The enthusiasm we’ve seen from the community is tremendous. We were blown away by the generosity,” she said.
While Tanner and the Treasure House staff is focused on creating and maintaining the residence in its current state, there have been whispers of expansion at some point, either within Arizona or throughout the United States.
However, that is certainly not in the cards, just yet.
“I think this model is great, and maybe we’ll get to a point that we’re spreading out,” Tanner said. “But, for now, our goal is to provide the best experience for the residents at this facility that we can.”