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Employment Program History
Since 1933, the San Antonio Lighthouse has been enhancing the economic and personal independence of individuals who are blind by providing training and employment opportunities. Individuals employed by the Lighthouse contribute to the community as a taxpayer rather than a tax taker.
Our employment program primarily operates as a manufacturing and assembly plant. Approximately 150 individuals who are blind have the opportunity to increase their self-sufficiency. Individuals are employed in a variety of positions such as general assemblers, machine operators, material handlers, and production leaders. With their desire to succeed, teamwork, and commitment to quality, individuals earn competitive wages, receive comprehensive benefit package.
Individuals who are legally blind who seek employment at the Lighthouse receive work and vocational adjustment as necessary. This assists in placing people in positions consistent with their capabilities and facilitates their success in an employment setting. Individuals interested in employment have the opportunity to develop manual production skills, learn appropriate personal and communication behaviors and receive on-the-job training.
Each year, our dedicated team of employees produces a variety of products including writing instruments, oil analysis kits, chin straps, and oil absorbents for the federal government.
More importantly, the production and sale of items made at the Lighthouse allow individuals with limited employment options the opportunity to increase their independence and remain a productive member of society.
In addition to our manufacturing plant, the Lighthouse employs legally blind individuals who are trained as cashiers in the Base Service Centers. These centers are on military installations located in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Also, the Lighthouse maintains the telephone switchboard service contract at Dyess Air Force Base and employs ten individuals who are legally blind. These switchboard operators receive all incoming calls to the command 24/7 and 365 days a year. Blind individuals also are employed in our Purchasing Department, Rehabilitation Division and Administration Division.
Our federal customers have a choice when purchasing their office and equipment supplies. Their decision is typically based on quality, fair pricing, and prompt fulfillment of the order. We take great pride in the workmanship that goes into each product. A quality assurance process helps us maintain our high standards. Our products are competitively priced, and often lower than a comparable item in the commercial market. Products are maintained at our central warehouse as well as stocked in Base Service Centers, so orders can be filled in a timely manner.
Although the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is 30 percent, the San Antonio Lighthouse continues to provide hope and employment opportunities to people who are blind. The success of the Lighthouse can be attributed to each one of our employees with a disability who has the determination to overcome the challenges that have been presented to them and who desire to maintain their independence.