Human Services

Beacon Group

Creating Opportunities for People with Disabilities

aka Beacon Group



Creating opportunities for people with disabilities.

Ruling Year



Gregory Natvig

Main Address


TUCSON, AZ 85705-4433 USA

Formerly Known As

Beacon Foundation


employment, people with disabilities, job placement, job development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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What we aim to solve

Nearly 20 percent of working age adults have a disability. The majority of adults with significant disabilities are unemployed, despite their ability, desire and willingness to work and participate in community life.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities in the labor force is traditionally OVER TWICE THE RATE for people without disabilities in the labor force. For people with disabilities, employment means greater economic self-sufficiency, an opportunity to use their skills, and more active participation in the community.

More than half of non-working adults with disabilities encounter difficulty finding work. The most frequently cited reason for being discouraged from looking for work is the lack of available, appropriate jobs. There is a need for supports, services and employment programs that are personalized to meet the needs of each individual with a disability at each stage of life.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Employment Services

Work Adjustment Services

Employment Direct Placement Services

Day Treatment Services

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Beacon Group's mission is “Creating Opportunities for People with Disabilities." Our vision is to be a national rehabilitation service leader in a society where people with disabilities live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Our vision will be accomplished by:
• Excelling in community-wide rehabilitation services and employment choices
• Delivering innovative business solutions
• Demonstrating accountability and sustainability
• Promoting personal growth in an engaging work environment

At Beacon our goal is to provide choices aligned to people with disabilities that are aligned with their interests and abilities, so that each may experience the satisfaction of achievement, contribution and earning a paycheck.

Our activities contribute to long-term improvements in employment opportunities for people with disabilities by fostering person-centric approaches that strengthen individual economic and social well-being, while providing real benefits for organizations and the community.

Beacon Group intends to change employment discrepancies between people with and without disabilities by bridging the gap between the needs of businesses and the abilities of each individual. Reducing impediments to finding a job is a necessary first step to increase employment. Providing a large array of choices, with environmental and social supports, to accommodate varying individual employment interests and goals, and allow for progressive employment options, is a key step. In addition, Beacon Group assists people with disabilities in developing employment skills and navigating the job search process.

We currently serve nearly 2,000 people with disabilities each year, through job training, and placement, supported and center based employment and day treatment programs.

Beacon Group enterprises offer local businesses high-quality sub-contract services such as
• Document & Media Destruction
• Custodial Services
• Facility and Fleet Services
• Contract Manufacturing
• Contract Packaging
• Wire Harness and Cable Assembly
• Warehousing, Fulfillment and Mail Management
• Paint Recycling
• Landscape Services

Beacon Group offers supports to people with significant disabilities to help them lead more productive and satisfying lives and progress towards their individual employment goals. These include:
• Center Based Employment
• Group Supported Employment
• Day Treatment
• Ticket to Work
• Work Adjustment/Trial Work Experience
• Job Development & Placement
• Individual Supported Employment
• Transition to Employment

Beacon measures the number of people we serve in our various programs, the number of individuals who are placed into competitive integrated employment positions, and the number of jobs we provide people with disabilities.

Since 1952 Beacon has helped tens of thousands of people with train and learn about work, develop work skills, explore different work settings and obtain jobs in the community. We have served people with every kind of disability. We are the largest provider of workforce development and employment for persons with disabilities in southern Arizona. We have provided sub-contract work within our facility for hundreds of different local businesses. In addition, we place work crews called Customized Work Teams in over 200 local organizations, which is twice as many as all other local agencies combined. We also placed 270 people last year into real jobs with companies throughout Arizona. In addition to the many benefits we provide to local people with disabilities and for their families, we also are a major supplier for local businesses by providing high-volume sub-contract services like assembly and shredding, as well as supplying trained, willing and grateful employees.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?