You may remember Tyler Carr Rouse from the Giant supermarket in Hickory Ridge. He was the friendly kid who bagged your groceries or loaded your bags into the car. He was also the one who was always willing to do a little something extra for the customers.
At age 30, Tyler is still putting himself out for others. His favorite project is Team Embrace, a group that raises funds for The Arc through triathlons, marathons and other endurance events. He has won numerous medals for swimming. Team Embrace founder and member of The Arc Board of Directors, Peter Della-Croce, has become a mentor and friend.
His mother, Kathy Rouse, says Tyler has always loved sports and excels at almost everything he tries. He started ice skating when he was six and played hockey like his brothers. He also played soccer and baseball.
Tyler lives with limited supervision in a residential group home owned by ALI, Alternative Living Inc, and receives transportation and job support from The Arc.
His days are filled with both paid and volunteer work and the high-tech things most young adults love. He volunteers at the Salvation Army and the TRRC horse farm in Glenwood and works in the pro shop at his dad’s business, the Gardens Ice House.