Hidden Treasures serves as a training facility to build job and independent living skills for adults with developmental disabilities (DD). The store is currently being sustained by profits from sales and by funding from another contributor. The funding from the contributor is coming to an end, so all contributions will be important.
Hidden Treasures opened in 2008 to aid an underserved population of DD adults. These are the people that have aged out of the system, but who still need assistance. People with DD receive training in work skills such as sweeping and mopping, interaction with the community, following through on tasks, working as a team, and more. These life skills will give them opportunities to work with the public, earn money, and strive forward to more independence.
The three main areas of formalized training are:
1. Foundational: learning to follow directions, how to clean, how to work together, how to follow through and more. These skills are necessary for taking care of themselves, the homes they live in, and their aging parents.
2. Independence: learning skills that make them independent workers and critical thinkers. They act like true employees taking directions from a manager and independently completing tasks they have been given. They also learn to evaluate the needs of the store and prioritize those tasks and complete them.
3. Customer Service: building their resume with the skills they learned that other businesses find valuable, such as interaction with customers, working a register, and making sales from beginning to end.
Hidden Treasures is in need of funding to pay the rent on their floor space. The space generates about $5,000-$6,000 a month in revenue. The loss of floor space would mean a cut in staff and a loss of that revenue resulting in a loss of programming for this much deserving population.