In the past 75 years, The Charles Lea Center has grown from an idea to a successful $27 million operation. The Center has expanded its services to offer supports to people of all ages in all aspects of life. As the Center continues to grow and develop, it stays true to its mission of supporting people where they live, work and play.

  • 1940s: Spartanburg begins to develop programs for the disabled

  • 1960s: Partnership between the Speech and Hearing Clinic, The School for the handicapped and The Charles Lea Center forms

  • 1971: A large facility housing the Speech and Hearing Clinic, The School for the Handicapped and The Charles Lea Center opens

  • 1986: The Charles Lea Center Vocational Program Opens - CLIC

  • 1986: The Charles Lea Center Foundation forms

  • 1990: CLIC moves to a new, larger campus off of Business 85

  • 2004: The McCarthy-Teszler School moves into its own building

  • 2008: The Center purchases a new building for CLIC on Highway 176. CLIC is renamed Workability.

  • 2011: The Center opens a state-of-the art computer lab for use by the individuals it serves.

  • 2012: The Life Skills Center, 1,200 square-foot on-site facility is constructed to serve as a hands-on training facility that helps to prepare adults with special needs for living independently and as a part of the community.