Rotarians at Work Day 2022: Painting a House for Adults with Special Needs
What happens when 25 Carlsbad Rotary members show up at a 2-story residence in Southeast Carlsbad on a beautiful Saturday morning as part of Rotarians at Work Day?  A home owned by TERI and occupied by several special needs adults gets a fresh, new coat of paint!
Every year on the last Saturday of April, Rotary International encourages its 1.4 million members and 46,000 clubs around the world to conduct a local service project in their community.  This year the Rotary Club of Carlsbad chose to paint a house in support of TERI, a local charitable organization whose mission is to change the way the world sees, helps, and empowers individuals with special needs.  Through support, advocacy, dedication, innovation, and resolve, TERI has brought opportunity and hope to countless individuals and families. TERI looks to the future by operating model programs, conducting applied research in best practice procedures, and offering training and consultation to professionals, families, and other community members.
The TERI home is in southeast Carlsbad and is a permanent residence for adults with special needs.  Rotary Club of Carlsbad members showed up at 8:00 am to start prepping and painting the house, inspired in the knowledge that TERI is a critically important resource to the community of Carlsbad and to the population segment they serve.  Rotary members come from all walks of life and represent many different professions, but they’re united in one core Rotary principal: Service Above Self.  Members enjoy giving back to their community through donations, scholarships, youth leadership and exchange sponsorships, and community service.

Located in San Diego County, TERI has been cited as a model program in the State of California. In this capacity, the agency has conducted statewide training on the provision of quality services to this segment of our population, developed program and training manuals which have been purchased by the State and social service agencies nationwide as resource materials, served as a training site for Medi-Cal and Department of Health Licensing Surveyors, and provided extensive advocacy services for persons with developmental disabilities.  In this service field, TERI is recognized as a leader in the development and operation of high-quality training, education, and residential programs. (
If you'd like to get more involved with your community, please contact our club HERE. We'd love to have you join us!
To see more photos of our work that day, please click here.