Rotary Floritas, sponsored by the San Mateo Rotary Club, demonstrates the effectiveness of a community group perceiving a need and filling it. Housing, especially for seniors, is a key challenge to sustaining our quality of life. Their original housing development for seniors, the Rotary Haciendas, was so successful they decided to build another. The Rotary Floritas, a beautiful 50 unit facility, opened in November of 2005, and offers low-income and disabled seniors a safe, convenient and affordable option. It also was designed using “green building” construction methods.