Currently we offer Group Supported Employment (GSE) for up to 40 adults with developmental disabilities, through our qualified vendor contract with the Arizona department of economic security (DES), division of developmental disabilities (DDD). Our staff to client ratio is 1 to 3.5. Basically the adults are employed as nursery maintenance trainees. They are divided up into small groups. Each group has a mentor who works alongside them. The Mentors teach, guide and support each trainee, in their group, in order to get all the daily tasks completed to keep our native plant nursery running. Tasks include: weeding, spreading gravel, repotting plants, mixing soil, watering, monitoring irrigation and any other task that is needed around our nursery. The GSE hours are from 7:30am to 3pm Monday through Friday. The trainees work begins at 8:30am and ends at 12:30pm. Our trainees bring their lunch from home daily and are given water throughout the day to maintain hydration especially during the harsh summers. Many of the work areas are shaded and time out in the direct sun is limited to decrease the risk of any medical problems. We take into consideration any specific needs of individual trainees.
We are proud to be partnered with Pima County Parks and Recreation, and currently have two landscape crews that maintain the Santa Cruz river park and adjacent river parkways.
A very special thanks goes out to the Stonewall Foundation for providing ongoing financial support for individuals with disabilities that have no other source of assistance. These employees would not otherwise be able to work in competitive jobs, but thanks to the Stonewall Foundation they are all able to work at Desert Survivors.
Our goal is to assist each individual to reach their full potential and gain competitive employment in the community.
Our administration offices are located at 1020 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85713, which is also the location of our Native Plant Nursery. The nursery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 5pm.
To reach program services, please leave a message for us at (520) 884-8806. We can be reached Monday through Friday between 7:30am and 3:30pm. Someone will return your call within 48 hours.
Reach our Administration office at:
1020 W. Starr Pass Blvd. (Click on address at left for map)
Tucson, AZ 85713