“We love our people. We strive to make their success stories shine out to all who meet them.”
For all intents and purposes, Beacon Lighthouse for the Blind is a 501 C 3 non-profit. In reality, the organization is a mecca of encouragement and solace for many who find employment within its doors.
Beacon Lighthouse Inc. promotes the economic and personal independence of blind and visually impaired people. It started in a single room at the Washington Elementary School as an incorporated agency, Beacon Lights Inc. in 1974. Three years later, it moved to its present location. After major expansion in 1984, the legal name changed and became Beacon Lighthouse, Inc.
Today, Beacon Lighthouse occupies over 50,000 square feet of industrial and office space. It serves as an industrial manufacturer offering continuous job placement for blind and visually impaired individuals.
What We Do
Beacon manufactures products for industrial, wholesale, retail, and government markets. The manufacturing floor utilizes modern production processes and automated machinery. Their products include: scouring pads, floor pads, twist-n-fill chemical cleaning systems, aircraft cleaning kits, sponge scrubbers, bathroom and/or kitchen scrubbers, laser printer cartridge re-manufacturing, scotch-brite quick-clean griddle cleaning systems, wire stainless-steel scrubbers, and a tool line.
Did you know that the current unemployment rate for the blind and vision impaired stands at an overwhelming 70%? The people at Beacon Lighthouse for the Blind strive to change that number. Consequently, they provide job placement on their factory floor, as administration, and in their stores. In this way, they foster a sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
Beacon Lighthouse promotes awareness of the blind in order to change the way the general public perceives blind people. Every October, their “White Cane Day” event gives sighted individuals the opportunity to experience the world without sight in a challenging walk.
Additionally, some vision impaired individuals get to experience the gift of sight. Beacon Lighthouse provides access to unique, wearable medical technology that enhances the sense of sight. Therefore, a visually impaired person can experience sight for such events as watching their child graduate or seeing a grandchild for the first time.
Generous donations from local area foundations make access to adaptive technology possible for the blind and visually impaired people in our area.
Our Awards and Recognition
On February 2, 2019, Beacon Lighthouse was honored by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, with the 2018 Employment Growth Award. The award recognizes Beacon Lighthouse’s efforts to increase employment retention, growth and upward mobility for people who are blind.
“Beacon Lighthouse is doing an outstanding job creating U.S.-based career opportunities for people who are blind,” said NIB President and CEO Kevin Lynch. “This is a great example of the unlimited capabilities of people who are blind working in Wichita Falls, Texas and across the country.”
Beacon’s President and CEO Arthur “Buddy” Edgemon has dedicated over 30 years aiding to increased the growth, retention and upward mobility for the blind and visually impaired and today we are proud to present Beacon with this award.