Encouraging independence, fostering self-determination, providing the highest quality of comfort and care in the warmest of home atmospheres
Since 1980, TERI has set the standard for community living programs matched by no other program. We currently own and operate 11 homes (soon to be 12 homes) in the northern San Diego county area: 9 for adults and 2 for young men aged 18-22, serving a total of 60 individuals. Our highly trained staff assist with basic self-help, sensory motor, communication, self-advocacy, and behavior management skills in social, recreational and community settings to provide our residents with the most rewarding lifestyle possible. Our residents receive ongoing training and education in conjunction with nursing support and individualized, professional consultation for dietary, recreation, speech, physical and occupational therapy needs. We also provide access to psychologists and behavior specialists as needed. Weekend outings include trips to the beach, parks, movies, visits to museums and restaurants. We schedule regular social activities such as dances, sporting and theater events, swimming and barbeques, as well as destinations such as the San Diego Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Disneyland, Sea World, and more.
Those living in a TERI home enjoy secure, fulfilling lifestyles while experiencing a true family relationship with their housemates and staff. This is a welcome assurance for parents concerned about who will care for their child when they can no longer do so themselves. TERI not only provides lifelong support for residents, but peace of mind for those who love them.
The course is set and plans have been approved to build TERI's first “green” group home. Named for long time TERI staff member Susan Parham, who dedicated her life to our students and adults. Parham House will honor her legacy as a refuge for those requiring greater health accommodations and support, allowing them to remain living with their TERI family and enjoy the comforts of their own home despite increasing physical challenges.
But what exactly will it mean for these residents to live “green,” and why do we believe it is important? Conserving resources demonstrates responsibility to our community, the community we share. By reducing water and energy use, preserving and protecting valuable water and land sources, reducing waste and eliminating pollutants, we can all enjoy living in an environment of sustainable beauty, comfort, and efficiency.
Living green also means our adults and students will learn the value of becoming an environmentally conscious role model to the community at large. When we volunteer for community clean-ups, or share strategies and commitments with our neighbors, we show that everyone, regardless of abilities or disabilies, can be empowered to do what benefi ts all of us.