GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Inspired by their son, Kurt and Brenda Warner are helping many others by opening Treasure House, a new community for adults with cognitive disabilities. It's not just a place to live, it also provides opportunities for residents to volunteer and resources for employment.
By definition, treasure means a quantity of precious metals, gems, or other riches, often an invaluable collection.
The Treasure House in Glendale lives up to its name.
"That's where it all was inspired from, but it's bigger than Zach, it's bigger than us, it's going to change this country and the way we look at young individuals with intellectual disabilities," Brenda said. "We need to see their value, we need to shine a light on them, and Treasure House does."
The vision comes from the Warners' son Zach, was unable to receive the kind of care enabling him to live a more fulfilling and independent life.
Zach is now one of six residents living in his own apartment in the Treasure House. It's something a few years ago Brenda says she never though would be possible.
Another gem within the community is Emma, a music-loving chocolate chip cookie connoisseur who says the best party of her new life here has been discovering new relationships.
"Making new friends and hanging out with Zach and Trixi and Coli and Kate and everyone," she said.
Everything in Treasure House feels special, like precious jewels.
Even art on the walls, old metal parts are polished and welded together, making what once some may have considered damaged pieces stronger and more beautiful.
Just ask the artist, Brenda.
"That's what I feel like Treasure House is also where we've taken different people from different walks of life and bring them together an shine a light on them," she said. "So my welding metal art is everywhere in this place just because it's my gift."
With this exquisite collection of individuals, the treasure in this house will never be hidden, but rather on display for everyone to admire.
"It's not just a home here, but it's an opportunity for them to connect and be apart of the community as a a whole," Kurt said.
Brenda sells her metal artwork and the proceeds all go back to Treasure House.
7815 W. Aspera Blvd.
Glendale, AZ 85308