Challenge Unlimited

Businesses throughout the metro area tapping into a hardworking, dedicated workforce offered by Challenge Unlimited, a national nonprofit headquartered in Alton.

Challenge Unlimited is the first and only nonprofit agency in the metro area which matches the temporary staffing needs of businesses with a talented workforce composed of individuals with all disabilities, the disadvantaged and veterans. The organization also provides on-site job coaches, assistance with on-boarding and other hiring-related functions.

Disability Employment Awareness Month, observed annually in October, is dedicated to increasing awareness of this talent pool.

“We cultivate a qualified workforce of highly capable individuals who are eager and ready to work,” said Charlotte Hammond, CEO and president of Challenge Unlimited. “Our overarching goal is to match pre-screened individuals with the staffing needs of area businesses.”

The organization has helped fill positions in multiple industries, including IT, call center agents, food service, custodial, groundskeeping, and more. 

“We are very proud that we have placed employees at highly respected businesses, including Club Fitness, Lowe’s, Amazon, Walgreen’s and World Wide Technology, among others,” Hammond said.

According to Bryan Nelson, human resource generalist at Walgreen’s warehouse facility, the employees are highly desirable.

“We have secured employees through Challenge Unlimited for years, and these individuals have great attendance and are quick to learn any task assigned to them,” Nelson said.

As an accredited Community Rehabilitation Program provider, Challenge Unlimited fulfills its mission through adult programs, work skills training centers, employment services, temporary/direct placement staffing, facility management contract services and community-integrated living options. Promoting people to achieve their highest level of independence through opportunities.

For organizations interested in accessing this competent workforce, call (314) 254-1254 or visit

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