Established in 2014, we are a non-profit coffee program serving as a vocational work-study program for adolescents with developmental delays in Charleston, South Carolina.
Operating as usual
Happy birthday, Ambria. We love you and are so proud of you ❤️✨🎂✨❤️
The Monday Crew … come on out and see us!
Proud of these two today! They took feedback well and worked on their customer service skills. ☕️ ❤️☕️
🎊. Happy Birthday, Ryland! 🎊 So lucky we got to spend the morning with you at the cart today. A special thanks to all the customers who came out and shared their well-wishes with this amazing young lady.
That’s a wrap, folks. Have a wonderful weekend. We will see you all on Monday morning!
No April’s Fools jokes today… just [email protected] for your Friday morning.
✨ Another magical Monday with my crew! ✨Come on out and see us.
The Friday Crew! Come on out… one hour left to see this dream team.
Keeping our finances in check!
Happy 30th birthday to one of our favorite guys! We are so lucky to have you on our team, Andrew! ✨🥳✨
Hands down the best customers in town…!
Happy Friday! Zavion is at the cart and is ready with a smile. Come on out join us on this beautiful day. ✨✨✨
Monday coffee… after a time change… make mine a double!
Darius is ready to pour you the perfect cup of coffee on this beautiful day!
Our Friday Dream Team! Come say hello 👋. Here until 11 today!
Love starting our week with Ambria and Aaron! Come on out and see us. Here until 11 today. ☕️❤️☕️
We LOVED seeing the neurology team this morning!! Thank you for coming out ❤️☕️❤️
Open for business! Open 9-11… come on by and see Andrew today. ❤️☕️❤️
Rain, Rain, Go Away! ☔️ We will not be out today in order to keep our interns dry. Enjoy your weekend and we will see you all on Monday.
❤️☕️Pouring our coffee with a little extra love today! Come on by and see us from 9-11. ☕️❤️
The best way to end the week! @counterculturecoffee and this crew.
Aaron is pouring coffee like a pro today! Come on out and see us.
Reunited with one of my favorite people today!! You can catch Andrew out at the cart until 11am.
We loved providing coffee treats for the seniors at @ashleyhallschool this morning!
Our young apprentice helping prep for our event at @ashleyhallschool this morning!
Filling out our data sheet at the end of the shift… what did we do well? What was our favorite part of the day? What are our goals for next time?
Love seeing our customers again… old and new! Come visit us on ✨Monday and ✨Friday mornings from 9-11.
Early morning prep! Now we have sanitized everything, are set up, and are ready to go! Come on out and see us- we will be here until 11. ☕️
After a very long break due to Baby Jack and the pandemic… I am THRILLED to announce that we will be back at MUSC the end of September! We cannot wait to see the students and customers ☕️💗☕️
A message from Laura, our Executive Director:
Many of you have noticed that @independentgroundscoffeehouse has been pretty quiet these late few months. In addition to the pandemic and the changing world around us, I had a baby! My hands have been full (and my nights very short!)
We are continuing our subscription plans over the summer and will get the cart out with our James Island Crew in the fall. We can’t wait to get back to MUSC to see all of our favorite regulars!
Stay tuned for updates. Have a wonderful summer filled with happiness, good health, and lots of delicious coffee.
Thank you all for your continued support!
In 1994, Laura Pickard completed a few high school volunteer hours at a respite center in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there that she met and fell in love with two young brothers on the autism spectrum. The following year on an airplane ride, she was seated next to a woman in search of an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist in the Charleston, South Carolina area. It was then that she decided that special education was the professional path she wanted to pursue.
Twenty years later, Laura has taught in Africa, worked at Stanley Greenspan's Floortime School in New York, taught children with emotional disabilities and developmental delays at various special education schools, and was the school principal at a 12-month nonpublic special education school in Maryland. Through it all, one thing has remained true, her passion for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Laura has watched as her student's lives have drastically improved with the development of early intervention programs across the country. She has also observed the school systems become better equipped with supporting children and their families as they progress through their school careers. But Laura has also seen her students complete their education and have little support once they've graduated from high school.
In 2014, Laura enlisted a group of dedicated team members and created Independent Grounds Coffee House, which serves to provide students with the proper skills to seek and maintain employment once they graduate from high school.
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