Wheelchair lift bus

Expanded Transportation Services Supporting Individuals with Disabilities in Madison County 

Edwardsville, Illinois – The Agency for Community Transit (ACT) Board of Directors has recently approved a substantial grant of $100,000 to the leading provider of disability services in the Madison County area, Challenge Unlimited (CU). These grant funds provided by the ACT Community Action Grants Program will be dedicated to operations and maintenance costs for transportation services provided to individuals with disabilities in the region.

Challenge Unlimited is renowned for its outstanding services, catering to individuals aged 18 and older facing disabilities. Their extensive fleet of vehicles is specially designed to facilitate the attendance of individuals in programs focused on developing life skills and enhancing independence levels. 

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the Agency for Community Transit,” said Susan Wild, Director at Challenge Unlimited. “The funding will enable us to continue our mission of providing dignified and inclusive opportunities for individuals with disabilities, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.” 

Challenge Unlimited’s ADA-compliant vehicles are equipped with chair lifts and other essential features and ensure safe and convenient transportation for over 70 individuals in the Madison County area. These vehicles travel over 600 miles daily, offering door-to-door transportation services from Monday to Friday. 

The programs offered by Challenge Unlimited encompass a variety of settings, including community-based recreation experiences, pre-vocational training, career exploration, life-skills building, health and wellness activities, and volunteer opportunities at local organizations. These initiatives aim to support the growth and well-being of individuals with disabilities, fostering a sense of independence and self-sufficiency. 

“With the support of this grant, we will be able to expand our reach and continue providing crucial services to those in need,” added Susan Wild. “We are committed to improving the lives of our community members and helping them achieve their full potential.” 

The ACT Community Action Grants Program grant reaffirms Challenge Unlimited’s dedication to ensuring that every individual can live a dignified life of well-being, independence, and inclusion. Through this funding, they can positively impact the lives of even more individuals in the Madison County area.

For further information about the services offered by Challenge Unlimited or to inquire about enrollment, interested parties are encouraged to contact Director Susan Wild at [email protected] or call 618.465.0044 ext. 1144.