Kurt and Brenda Warner open Treasure House for adults with disabilities
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner’s charitable endeavor Treasure House has welcomed its first wave of six residents to the assisted living community.
Warner and his wife, Brenda, founded Treasure House to help provide a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including their son Zack who has battled an IDD since suffering a brain injury as an infant.
“We believe it can be life-changing for thousands and thousands of families,” Kurt Warner said in an interview with CBS Evening News.
Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda, had found no place in Arizona where their developmentally disabled and legally blind son could live on his own.
The community serves a range of individuals from those who have recently graduated high school to those in their 30s whose federally mandated services have expired.
The Warners decided to take action after discovering how limited the possibilities were for their son Zack and other young adults who live with IDD.
“It was sad to see that there aren’t a lot of options especially for the higher functioning people with disabilities,” Brenda Warner said.
“He [Zack] was thriving in high school,” Warner said. “Then all of a sudden he graduates from high school and, boom, everything stops.”
The community helps to provide residents with job training and has the capacity for 26 residents.
“Now our goal is, OK, how do we continue to impact people,” Kurt said.
Another new endeavor the Warner family has undertaken is welding.
Brenda Warner has recently taken up the hobby and is selling welded art projects with part of the proceeds going to Treasure House. You can purchase the art on her website MetalArtByB.com.
Treasure House is located in Glendale on the corner of Aspera Boulevard and north 78th Avenue.