Desert Survivors was incorporated in 1981 with the purpose of creating meaningful dignified employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I.D.D.). We have gone through many changes in our 40 years but the original message remains. Currently Desert Survivors offers Group Supported Employment to individuals with I.D.D. through our qualified vendor contract with the AZ dept of Economic Security Division of Developmental Disabilities. We employ upwards of forty-five adults with I.D.D. in fully integrated work environments pursuing the goal of assisting each person reach their full potential in employment readiness, and move on to competitive employment within our community.
A diverse and skilled staff of mentors and plant botanists work directly with our trainee employees teaching, guiding and encouraging our members in a myriad of tasks and jobs on a daily basis.
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.
Another blossoming partnership involving the Downtown Tucson Partnership. We help keep downtown beautiful. Cleaning trash, watering planter basins and working to do our part for our beautiful home city
As many as 25-30 clients work on our nursery grounds maintaining over 40,000 plants! Weeding, watering, transplanting, moving, organizing and practicing a myriad of skills.