TERI extends vocational training to people with disabilities


SAN MARCOS, November 1 – TERI, a San Diego North County-based nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities, to expand work training for people with developmental disabilities at its Tom & Mary Career Center Tomlinson on the Charles R. Cono TERI Campus of Life in San Marcos.

The Expanded Research-Based Professional Training, developed by TERI’s Special Education Team, will offer several professional courses in retail, catering and culinary services at its professional center. Students will receive real-time training in TERI’s operational retail store, cafe and culinary kitchen. The courses are designed to provide vocational training opportunities for participants with the goal of finding local employment with North County companies. TERI fosters the unique skills and creativity of each person it serves so that those people can be as independent and self-reliant as possible.

The retail store, Sheri’s – A Unique Boutique, and Common Grounds Café and Coffee Bar, both opened to the public in October. While the center is designed to provide job training for people with disabilities, it also serves as a community resource for businesses and local residents, providing space for meetings, clubs, and events. Special events are held regularly, such as TERI’s recent Oktoberfest.

CEO and Founder Cheryl Kilmer says, “Providing career opportunities for people with developmental disabilities further supports TERI’s mission to change the way the world sees, supports and empowers people with disabilities. Their gifts shine through when given the opportunity, and they are able to meaningfully contribute to our community as a whole. This is just the start for us. As the Campus of Life is built, additional vocational training programs will be added to our program and expanded. “

Located on 20 acres in North San Diego County, TERI’s Campus of Life is open daily (except Sundays) to the community. Its retail and cafe are open 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, for shopping, coffee and drink, as well as high-quality take-out and snacks. Take out or enjoy on TERI’s outdoor terrace which can accommodate 40 people.

Future plans for the site include eight additional buildings operating a health and wellness center, an aquatic center, a culinary institute, a fine arts center, a performing arts and music center, the school of Dr. Bronner’s Day, a learning academy, a child development center, a founder’s center, and more. TERI’s certified organic farming will be extended across campus providing 6.5 acres of additional space to grow fruits, herbs and produce for use in its culinary, residential and retail programs. Once the campus is built, the current Oceanside and San Marcos facilities will move to the campus. Fundraising efforts continue as plans for campus completion progress.

For more information on TERI, please contact Kim Jacklin, Director of Development, (760) 721-1706, [email protected], or visit https://www.teriinc.org/.


TERI (Training, Education & Resource Institute) is a San Diego North County-based non-profit organization that has been creating dynamic solutions for the millions of people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families since 1980. Teri’s mission is to change the way the world views and helps children and adults with special needs.

Through extensive research and the development of over 20 model programs and services serving nearly 900 individuals and families, including residential homes, K-12 schools, fitness and wellness programs, the adult enrichment and vocational training, they provide a reproducible program and service model. Through their innovative programs, the organization has been recognized in the industry as the highest standard of care for this population, with families coming from all over the world to experience TERI. For more information, please visit https://www.teriinc.org/.


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