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Organization Integration Announcement: Careers Industries Integrates with VARC

Careers Industries

VARC, a leading disability service provider based in Viroqua, WI, is thrilled to announce the integration of Careers Industries, located in Racine and Burlington, WI, into the VARC family, effective July 1, 2024. This strategic integration represents a major milestone in our ongoing commitment to enhancing services and support for individuals in need within our community.

This integration marks a significant step forward in enhancing the quality and breadth of services available to individuals with disabilities and their families. By joining forces, the organization will be well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of the community and provide comprehensive support in a more efficient and impactful manner.

"Careers Industries has a proud history of empowering individuals with disabilities, and we are excited to continue this legacy through our integration with VARC," said Thomas Christensen, Board President at Careers Industries. "This integration allow these highly beneficial services to remain available with greater reach and impact in the community."

The integration will result in several key benefits for service participants, employees, and stakeholders, including:

Expansion of service offerings: VARC currently serves communities in and around the counties of La Crosse, Vernon, Juneau, Richland, Sauk, Adams, and Columbia. The integration will expand to include service reach to the communities in Racine and Walworth counties. By pooling resources and expertise, the organization will be able to offer a broader range of services and supports to individuals with disabilities, including vocational training, job placement, community integration, and more.

Enhanced Resources: The combined expertise, resources, and infrastructure will enable the provision of more comprehensive and effective services to all stakeholders.

Enhance Advocacy and Outreach: Together, we will have a stronger voice in advocating for the rights and needs of individuals with disabilities. The organization will also be better positioned to engage with stakeholders, raise awareness, and expand outreach efforts in the community.

Continued Excellence: Both Careers Industries and VARC have a long-standing commitment to excellence, quality, and innovation. This merger will build upon that legacy, ensuring that we continue to deliver the highest standards of service and support to our clients.

This partnership represents a significant opportunity to build on the strong foundations laid by both organizations," said Liz Filter, President|CEO at VARC. "Together, we are committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing comprehensive, person-centered services and supports."

The transition process has been carefully planned to ensure continuity of care and minimal disruption to the individuals and families currently served by Careers Industries. All existing services and programs will continue under the VARC umbrella, with the same dedication to quality and excellence.

The combined organization will operate under the VARC name, continuing to uphold the values and mission that both organizations have championed. Clients, partners, and stakeholders can expect ongoing communication and support throughout the integration process.

For more information about VARC and the services provided, please visit

About VARC:

Founded in 1975 by a small group of parents and educators in Viroqua, WI, VARC is a not-for-profit organization that has since expanded its mission to provide a comprehensive array of services for individuals with varying abilities. These services encompass licensed childcare, employment support, residential programs, transportation assistance, recovery-informed services, child and youth programs, and customized services.

Currently, VARC serves over 850 individuals with disabilities across Wisconsin, operating from 14 locations. Our reach extends to communities in Vernon, Richland, Sauk, Juneau, Columbia, Adams, and La Crosse County, as well as neighboring counties. At VARC, we are dedicated to empowering individuals with varying abilities by promoting active community participation, fostering independence, and providing diverse, meaningful experiences, all centered around the core value of individual choice. Learn more at

About Careers Industries:

Founded in 1971, Careers Industries serves more than 300 individuals every day in our Racine and Burlington locations through our three main programs: Integrated Day Services, Fulfillment Services and Partners in Employment. We believe in participant choice and provide a range of programs that allow participants and their families/caretakers to choose the program that best meets their needs, abilities, and goals. Learn more at


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