Community Workshop & Training Center, Inc.
"Our Central Illinois organization provides programs and services to adults
with disabilities; enriching their quality of life, promoting social change
and optimizing their potential for independence."
         

BUSINESS HOURS
7:30AM - 4PM

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CWTC OUTCOMES

Community Integration

Outcomes for Six Months only – July 1, 2013

to December 31, 2013

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VOLUNTEER!
CWTC is looking for volunteers
to assist our consumers in enhancing their computer skills
or learning new art or music skills. If you have a talent you would like to share with our consumers, please contact
Patti Gratton at (309) 686-3300.
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Current News
CWTC'S GREAT PUMPKIN HARVESTERS!
CWTC's Garden programs continues to reap big rewards! Recently, CWTC consumers headed into the gardens to harvest pumpkins to add to the great fall bounty. The garden program provides CWTC consumers the opportunity to become involved at a variety of levels from therapeutic recreation outlets to developing job skills leading to employment opportunities. Fostering healthy lifestyles for participants and the community is a part of the program. Gardens are located at our Dorchester Apartments site in Peoria as well as next to Rome Industries in north Peoria and at the CWTC Twin Oaks residential facility in Pekin. See more pictures here.
WMBD TV MORNING CREW VISITS CWTC!
The WMBD Morning and Noon show stopped by to take a tour of CWTC. Pictured with Executive Director Patti Gratton is Clay Gordon (Anchor), Jaymee Toler (Producer), Lauren Rainson (Meteorologist) and Mark MacGregor (Director). Thanks for stopping by!
CATERPILLAR PARTNERS WITH CWTC TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION!

CWTC is pleased to announce that Caterpillar, Inc. is the recipient of the Commercial Business Partnership Award from SourceAmerica. The award recognizes a commercial business that has partnered with an AbilityOne-producing nonprofit agency to increase the employability of people with significant disabilities. CWTC nominated Caterpillar earlier this year.

 

CWTC Executive Director Patti Gratton says, “We are grateful for our partnership of over 54 years with Caterpillar. Our relationship has provided financial stability for the agency, ensuring the continuation of vital programs and services to help CWTC fulfill our mission of maximizing the independence of adults with disabilities.”

 

Presentation of the award took place Wednesday by Chris K. Stream, Executive Director, North Central Region of SourceAmerica. Caterpillar's Darin Suarez, a CWTC board member, and his team were on hand to accept the award. See more pictures here!

CWTC WELCOMES DONATION!

CWTC’s residential properties have grown to include a new home! A two-bedroom brick ranch style home was donated to CWTC by Jerry Janovetz, a Peoria resident and friend of CWTC. Jerry’s generosity is making it possible to assists individuals in learning life skills while living in a home setting. CWTC support services are provided to all residents on an individual basis dependent on their needs and preferences. Some of the areas of support may include: financial management, meal preparation, benefits and access to the community.

LEAVES WANTED!

It’s that time of the year (already)! With the temperatures beginning to turn cooler, it’s a reminder that, soon, leaves will be covering our lawns and driveways. As you rake the leaves this year, keep in mind that CWTC’s gardening program could use them for mulch! If you live within a 25 mile radius of CWTC, we will be glad to haul away your bags of leaves at no charge. For more information, contact Wendy Culp at 309-686-3300. Note: Please make sure the leaves are free of animal waste or walnut debris. Thank you for your support of adults with disabilities.

CWTC BENEFITS FROM DAY OF CARING 2014!
The 2014 Heart of Illinois United Way Day of Caring took place throughout Central Illinois on Friday, September 5th. One of this year’s projects took place at CWTC’s Twin Oaks CLF and SLA. Thirteen members of local unions volunteered to construct 8 raised garden beds and two compost bins. Get more details HERE!
CONGRESSWOMAN VISITS CWTC!

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos stopped by CWTC recently to meet with Executive Director Patti Gratton and take a tour of our facility. The Congresswoman had the opportunity to talk with several of our consumers and see first-hand the work they do.

CWTC WELCOMES CAT EMPLOYEES!
Mike DeWalt, Caterpillar Vice President for Strategic Services, brought along 15 co-workers to tour and learn more about CWTC services and programs. Executive Director Patti Gratton and COO Jim Croke were on hand to take them through the facility and answer questions.We appreciate your support of CWTC!
CWTC WELCOMES WILDLIFE PRAIRIE PARK!
CWTC welcomed Kate Durham, Volunteer Coordinator for Wildlife Prairie Park, who took a tour of our facilities. She is pictured here with Don Rulis, Administrator of Training Services. Kate helps with scheduling CWTC consumers for volunteer opportunities at the park and wanted to see first-hand our program and consumers. Thanks to Kate and Wildlife Prairie Park for their support.
CWTC GIVES BACK WITH ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE!
Executive Director Patti Gratton, Leslie Buhl, and Samantha Dollar gladly accepted the #icebucketchallenge ! It is the benefit that is all the rage on social media for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Those they challenged are now on the clock! You have 24 hours to accept the challenge. Get more at alsa.org. You can see the ice flow below!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CHECK CWTC!

The St. Edward's Knights of Columbus stopped by CWTC to present a check representing the proceeds of their annual Tootsie Roll sale. It's an annual endeavor for the Knights of Columbus and we are so grateful for their support of adults with disabilities. Click on photo for larger view.

CWTC AWARDED 3 YEAR CARF ACCREDITATION!

Community Workshop Training Center, Inc. is proud to announce that it has been accredited by CARF International for a period of three years for its programs and services.

 

According to CARF, this accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

CWTC RECEIVES AWARD FROM HOI UNITED WAY!
The Heart of Illinois United Way has announced that CWTC is this year's recipient of the Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award. Each year, the award is presented to a United Way partner agency in recognition of their outstanding leadership, collaboration and involvement with the Heart of Illinois United Way. Pictured (L-R) CWTC Board President Wayne Tessier, CWTC Executive Director Patti Gratton and Heart of Illinois United Way Board President Bill Springer.
NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!
CWTC is proud to announce that you can now find an archive of the latest Newsletters as they become available to all of our supporters, employees and consumers. Simply click on "Newsletter" under the "News" tab and view or download the issue you want by clicking the correct picture. It's that simple! You'll find issues of CWTC Insights, Community Integration Out And About and more!
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SPEAK UP!
Our governor and legislators will soon be debating the budget for the next fiscal year. Please make sure you let them know how important our services are for adults with disabilities.
STATE LEGISLATOR CONTACTS
Need to contact your state legislator? You can find contact information for your legislator HERE. Thank you for your support!
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CWTC Upcoming Events
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2015 CWTC Super Trivia Challenge

Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Running Central
331 SW Water Street, Peoria

$25 Individual/$200 Team of 8

More info and registration coming soon!

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