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Beacon Group connects people with disabilities to local employers

Posted at 9:17 AM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 12:22:08-04

While nurseries are a place for flowers to flourish, the Magic Garden Nursery and Landscape in Tucson is where Bobby Pizzi came to grow. 

"My whole life I wanted to be outside," Pizzi said. "You know doing landscaping. And I'm very competitive, so this is what I want to do."

Pizzi got his dream job thanks to help from Beacon Group. The non-profit creates opportunities for people with disabilities by providing employment-related programs, including training and a job coach. 

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General Manager Marianna Sarah got a phone call from Beacon Group about a young man who was looking for a job. Since then she has hired three people through the organization. 

Sarah says she runs a small family business and all the employees through Beacon Group have been reliable, hard-workers. 

"It's part of being a member of the community. You want to see your own community grow and succeed," Sarah said. "And helping other people that may have a difficult time finding a job, to become successful on their own -- is a valuable part of a community service."

For Pizzi -- this a dream job. His favorite part? 

"Everything. I mean there's no negativity," Pizzi said. "The business is good. It just keeps you on your toes a lot, you know?" 

Last year Beacon Group placed about 230 people into new jobs in the community. Businesses can get federal tax credits for hiring someone with a documented disability. 

The group says donations from the community help them expand services.

Here's a link to learn more about Beacon Group.