Behr Paint and Watkins Wellness Team Up for TERI

This year, Masco is proud to have not one, but two business units supporting TERI, a nonprofit organization in Oceanside, CA, dedicated to serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families through 20 different programs and services. TERI’s programs are designed to benefit often-marginalized people by developing each individual’s interests and teaching valuable workplace skills to prepare them for job placement or the development of a microenterprise business.

For the last three years, Watkins Wellness has provided grants to support the construction of TERI’s new Charles R. Cono Campus of Life, including the new Tom and Mary Tomlinson Vocational Center set to open this Fall. When running at full capacity, the Vocational Center will provide 57 classes each week, including opportunities for working on 2.5 dedicated acres of vegetables and flowers, preparing food for sale to the local community and restaurants, creating flower arrangements, sorting recycled materials, and serving food and beverages. These training opportunities not only provide direct employment on-site, but they build the skills and experience that lead to job placement in the greater community.

This year, Behr Paint Company also had an opportunity to support TERI through a donation of 85 gallons of paint for finishing new buildings on campus. Product donations are hugely impactful to nonprofits doing large building projects, especially this year when construction costs have risen significantly.

Great job to Behr and Watkins on teaming up to help bring such an important community resource to Southern California!

Vocational Center on the TERI campus