Treasure House is the vision of Kurt and Brenda Warner, founders of the First Things First Foundation, who believe that all people, regardless of ability, have a purpose and call for their life, and are able to participate in meaningful and challenging activities, establish personal relationships, and contribute to society when provided with appropriate supports and opportunities. www.treasurehouse.org
The Warners have been inspired and amazed by all that their son Zachary has accomplished in his life, despite the diagnoses and labels given to him. It is their love for Zack that gives them the passion to create an environment that will not only support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities but also will allow them to thrive as they share their gifts with others.
Treasure House is a Christian-based supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), with the first location planned for the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area. A strong emphasis on independence, respect, and community integration will provide an optimal environment for residents to live, work, worship, and enjoy recreational activities while being part of a larger family.
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to Homes for Our Troops has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives www.hfotusa.org
HFOT builds homes as a departure point for these Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many of our Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories – far too numerous to include on one page – are the driving force for the work we do here at HFOT. We encourage you to read more about their amazing stories in this website.
Building on Success
Since 2004, HFOT has built over 200 specially adapted homes nationwide. Our goal is to build a home for every Veteran who qualifies for one of our specially adapted homes. View our active project list.
Top Rated Charity
Charity Navigator has awarded HFOT its highest evaluation of 4 Stars for five consecutive years, indicating that Homes for Our Troops outperforms most other charities in America. Charity Watch has awarded HFOT an A rating and included us on its list of Top-Rated Military & Veterans Charities.
We Need Your Help
The average cost to construct each specially adapted home nationwide runs $430,000. A top-rated military and Veterans’ nonprofit organization, Homes for Our Troops is privately funded, and therefore relies on the generosity of donors like you. Over 60 percent of our operational budget is generated by individual donors and community fundraisers nationwide who step up to help our American heroes by coordinating everything from lemonade stands to golf tournaments. The remaining financial support we receive is from corporations, foundations and our corporate sponsors.
Please donate today or see how you can help us by calling (866) –7 TROOPS.
VALLEYLIFE provides disabled individuals of all ages the opportunity to live a life with choices, independence and dignity. They service a full range of disabilities and by supporting such a broad spectrum of individuals they have an indepth understanding of how disability affects each person’s life, and what support is needed. This allows them to successfully customize their state-of-the-art, innovative offerings to fit the unique goals of each and every person they serve. Additionally, without focusing on a specific disability, they are able to serve a greater number of people. armed with hope and a belief in a better way of life for these children with developmental disabilities, in 1947 their Founder, Bernice Kussell, opened her home as a residence for her new family. Today their principal activity is providing programs and services which support daily living of their constituents. those services include residential, adult day services, vocational training and assistance, and respite and personal care support for individuals in their own homes. www.valleylifeaz.org