CCAR Industries is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1969 by a small group of parents who wanted to make a positive impact on their children’s generation and beyond. Over the past 52 years, CCAR Industries has expanded its array of year-round services to assist over 300 adults and children across several counties. We are primarily funded by the State of Illinois.

We have been a stable source of employment for many local residents over the years. We typically employ between 135 – 150 staff. During the COVID stay-at-home order, we were very fortunate to have a fantastic group of staff members who volunteered for extra hours and duties to help their co-workers and our residents. Many staff say that our agency feels like an extended family. In fact, our Eastern Illinois University students sometimes refer to us as their “Charleston family”.

If you are looking for the potential to grow your career, form lasting relationships, and work as part of a team, CCAR Industries is the place for you! Feel free to text us at (401) 203-5862 if you have any questions.


Click on the positions below to view the job descriptions.

Appointment Coordinator (Residential Services)

Earn up to $15 per hour after all training is complete.

This is a full-time, permanent, weekday position.

The primary responsibilities for this position are:

  • Scheduling medical appointments
  • Gathering documents and transporting individuals to medical appointments in agency-owned vehicles
  • Entering appointments and outcomes in our electronic system
  • Communicating with nursing and residential staff to stay up-to-date on issues
  • Developing a familiarity with the residents in this program


  • GED or high school diploma
  • Valid Illinois driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Direct support personnel experience is preferred, but we will provide paid training to the right candidate.
  • CNA experience is a plus, but not required.
Full-Time & Part-Time Direct Support Positions (Residential Services)

Earn up to $15 per hour after all training is complete.

This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities! 

 DSPs typically work evenings and/or weekends, though we offer a flexible schedule. They assist a small group (2-8) of residents to help them meet their personal goals in their homes and in the community. Common tasks may include helping with laundry, meal preparation, going to a restaurant, or shopping at a department store. DSPs are also asked to make brief, daily notes on each resident’s progress. 

Part-time positions start at 20 hours per week. Part-time staff members can work toward full-time status, based on their interest and availability of those positions. Overtime is available for those who desire extra hours. Full-time employees are eligible for our generous benefit package.

Two Part-Time 1:1 Trainers (Community Day Services)

Earn up to $14.50 per hour after all training is complete.

This is the perfect opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of one exceptional individual! One-on-one aides provide support to one individual within the structure of the day program setting and during fun recreational/leisure activities of the individual’s choice! The ideal candidate would be empathetic to the individual’s unique needs, willing to learn new approaches, and able to work as part of a team. This is a permanent, weekday, daytime position with major holidays off and a routine weekly work schedule.

Substitute Developmental Trainers (Community Day Services)

Are you looking for a flexible daytime schedule where you can pick your hours and days? Look no further because this is the job for you. It’s perfect for retirees and students. To learn more, click on the job title link above for the full job description. 

Substitute Group Leaders (Manufacturing Plant)

Substitute group leaders work at our air conditioned manufacturing plant day program, assisting individuals with disabilities in completing work tasks and occasionally helping with recreational activities. This is a daytime, weekday,  “as needed” position.   


ALL FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES are eligible for our generous benefit package:  

  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Health, disability, and life insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance options
  • Flexible spending account option
  • Profit-sharing
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 403 (b) investment plan option
  • Direct deposit 

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition or handicap (not job related), or any other legally protected status. Applicants are not obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest.


Feel free to email or phone us at 217-348-0127 or text Donna at (401) 203-5862.  Our staff would be happy to assist you!