Tucson disabilities job fairPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- In Pima County about 35,000 people with disabilities are unemployed.
Thursday morning, for the first time in the state, there was a job fair for people with disabilities.
Hundreds of people were waiting outside the doors at the Beacon Group. Nine Tucson agencies that serve people with disabilities combined to create the job fair.
"I'm pleasantly surprised and that there are so many people that have attended today we thought we would get 2 or 3 hundred I think we have well over 500 to a 1,000 people," said Katharine Levandowsky from the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
Ron Barber from Congresswoman Giffords office was on hand to kick off the fair.
He says, there are a number of people with disabilities who have jobs, while thousands are still looking for work.
"There are many more people who want to work. Who are capable and able to do the work, who need the help of our community," said Barber. "We want our entire community to know people with disabilities have a role to play, an important role to play, in our community."
The business community was listening. There were more than 20 companies from the Tucson area taking resumes and talking to potential employees about what they're looking for.
"We're looking for someone that's going to be dependable that we can rely on to come to work on their scheduled days and to enjoy doing what we do, which is to serve all the people that we work with," said Rosemary Olms from JW Marriott Starr Pass.
Maxine Roybal has been out of work for a month, she's hoping to be one of the lucky ones to leave the fair with a job.
"To get back on my feet so I can get money to put in the credit union and to buy my dad a brand new truck," said Roybal.
Roybal says her dream job would be to work for Ron Barber.
The goal of the dream coalition is to get one hundred disabled people employed by the end of the month.
There are plans in the future to hold another job fair in Tucson and one in Phoenix.