The Arc of San Diego, a local nonprofit based partly out of its San Marcos training center, recently celebrated the grand opening of Our Place Coffee in partnership with Players Sports Bar. The coffee cart on the sports bar patio is now manned by individuals with developmental disabilities, providing an opportunity for those often overlooked by hiring managers to learn valuable employment skills. Employees of all ability levels learn to complete point-of-sale transactions, serve coffee and food, and provide customer service.

“Our Place Coffee is a tremendous place of opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to be vibrant, contributing members of the community in which they live,” said David W. Schneider, President and CEO of The Arc of San Diego. “The pride that comes from going to work and earning a paycheck empowers these remarkable individuals to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.”

Our Place Coffee is open weekdays from 7 to 11 a.m. Arc North County offers an Adult Development Center, Community Based Program, and Senior Program. Learn more at