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Who We Are

We’re all about coffee, good food and good times! 

We're big believers in the power of a good meal and a friendly place to eat it. Stop by for fresh, locally sourced food, served with a warm smile. All profits from our Café goes towards all the excellent programs TERI has for San Diego’s special needs community.

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From Our Hearts
to Your Plate

TERI owned Common Grounds Café & Coffee Bar officially opened its doors in October 2021 at the TERI Campus of Life, and we’re delighted to welcome more of the community every day! And besides serving you, we’re doing something pretty special here.

TERI’s mission is to change the way the world sees, helps, and empowers individuals with special needs. So, Common Grounds is also being used to train individuals with disabilities for careers in retail, restaurant, and culinary services!

Real Food. Natural Ingredients. Friendly Faces.

More Than Just A Place to Dine.

While the center is designed to provide vocational training to individuals with disabilities, it also serves as a community resource for businesses and residents with space for meetings, clubs, and events.

We invite you to stop by, have a cup of coffee, enjoy our hospitality, and learn about The TERI Campus of Life and our plans as we continue to build this amazing community asset. And don't forget to check out our Events page to see what's happening at the Café! 100% of the proceeds benefit TERI's life-changing programs and services.

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Meet The Management Team

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Matthew Parsons

Managing Director of Business Strategy

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Ivan Lucas

Director of Hospitality Operations

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Lexi Davis

Café Supervisor

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Laura Harrelson

Event Sales Director


Lina Cardenas

Sr. Marketing & Creative Services Manager

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Jacqueline Keisel

Events, Retail & Marketing Specialist

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