Community Relations

Challenge Unlimited Recognized at FOCUS St. Louis Awards

Friday, May 17th, 2019

ST. LOUIS, MO — FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, honored Challenge Unlimited and 19 other individuals, organizations, and initiatives making a difference at the 22nd Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration on May 16, 2019.

Challenge Unlimited President & CEO, Charlotte Hammond, and Board Chairman, Tom Morrissey, pictured at the FOCUS St. Louis 2019 What’s Right With the Region awards ceremony.

Challenge Unlimited was selected as an honoree for a What’s Right with the Region Award in the category of Improving Equity and Inclusion. The award recognizes companies for exhibiting exemplary work in the area of inclusive business solutions by achieving measurable growth in the business enterprise over a one-year period. Challenge Unlimited’s Board Chairman, Tom Morrissey, and President and CEO, Charlotte Hammond, both accepted the prestigious award on behalf of the organization.

Challenge Unlimited’s selection as an honoree can be attributed to many activities from hiring, to corporate culture, and being highly-engaged with the local business community. The organization has a rich history of workplace inclusion dating back to its founding and has been a trailblazer for employing and providing opportunities to individuals with disabilities, the disadvantaged and veterans. The company continues to foster an inclusive and diverse workplace, demonstrated by a workforce that is over 50 percent comprised of individuals with disabilities.

For 60 years, CU has been committed to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, veterans and those with disadvantages or barriers to employment—both in the workplace and in mainstream society. With President and CEO Charlotte Hammond’s leadership, the organization helps people with disabilities from all walks of life acquire the skills and connections to maximize their participation in the community.

“Being selected as an honoree for this prestigious award is the result of a shared dedication to our initiatives, resources and community involvement in advancing diversity in the region,” said Hammond. “I am proud of our team for being a beacon for inclusion to the community.”

CU’s A Quick Bite 2 Worksite Featured on KSDK News

Monday, April 29th, 2019

A Quick Bite 2 (a developmental training worksite for individuals with disabilities) was recently featured on KSDK News. We are very proud to partner with St. Clair County Transit District for this opportunity, which has provided an additional pathway to meaningful work for our clients. The video can be viewed here.

Challenge Unlimited President & CEO Featured in St. Louis Business Journal

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Challenge Unlimited’s President and CEO, Charlotte Hammond, was recently profiled in the St. Louis Business Journal’s ‘St. Louis Character’ feature. The article, which can be read here, brings awareness to the important work that Charlotte and Challenge Unlimited do to support individuals with disabilities in the St. Louis region.

St. Louis Business Journal Diverse Business Leader Class of 2018

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Challenge Unlimited is proud to be part of the St. Louis Business Journal Diverse Business Leader Awards Class of 2018! Click the image below to find out why Challenge Unlimited is a champion for diversity and inclusion. 

Challenge Unlimited Receives St. Louis Business Journal Diverse Business Leader Award

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Challenge Unlimited (CU) recently received a St. Louis Business Journal 2018 Diverse Business Leader award for the category of Nonprofit Champion in Diversity and Inclusion. The award honors local individuals, companies and civic organizations that are committed to employing a diverse workforce and have programs, initiatives, resources and/or community involvement that promotes diversity in the workplace. CU’s selection for this award can be attributed to many activities from hiring, to corporate culture, and being highly-engaged with the local business community. 


Challenged Unlimited continues to offer employment for disabled

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Challenge Unlimited President and CEO, Charlotte Hammond, was featured on Fox 2 News to discuss the organization’s mission and expansion into the St. Louis area. Check out the video below for more details!

Challenge Unlimited opening second staffing office in St. Louis County

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Challenge Unlimited is growing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. That includes opening a staffing office in Maryland Heights and building partnerships with St. Louis area employers. Check out the video below (which was featured on Fox 2 News in St. Louis) for more details! 

Challenge Unlimited Grows Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Monday, July 9th, 2018

For nearly 60 years, Challenge Unlimited, a national nonprofit headquartered in Alton, IL, has secured employment opportunities for the disadvantaged, individuals with disabilities and veterans so they may achieve their highest level of independence. The agency is delighted to announce that two of its recent achievements will allow the agency to deliver professional training certification and secure employment opportunities in area corporations as well as judicial court buildings.   (more…)

Challenge Unlimited, Inc. Receives CARF Three-Year Accreditation

Monday, June 11th, 2018

We are pleased to report that Challenge Unlimited, Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years under the following categories: Community Employment Services –  Employment Supports; Community Employment Services – Job Development; Community Housing; and Organizational Employment Services. Challenge Unlimited, Inc. has been CARF-accredited since 1978.   (more…)

Challenge Unlimited and Triad High School Students Take Second Place in Nationwide Design Competition

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The clients working at Challenge Unlimited, Inc. will now find their jobs easier, thanks to a bright electronics engineering team from Triad High School. The team, in partnership with Challenge Unlimited, was awarded 2nd Place in the 2018 SourceAmerica Design Challenge on Wednesday, April 11th.

The Triad students partnered Challenge Unlimited, a non-profit social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to individuals with significant disabilities, to build and customize an assistive technology solution geared toward improving the work environments of individuals with disabilities. In March, the team was chosen as 1 of 5 high school Design Competition finalists across the nation. All finalists were invited to visit Washington, D.C. this week for the finals competition, where they were each given an opportunity to present their solutions in front of a panel of judges.

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