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."

7:30AM - 4PM


Community Integration

Outcomes for Six Months only – July 1, 2013

to December 31, 2013

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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The Spalding Council of the 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. (Pictured are Jacque, Sam Joseph, Brent, Executive Director Patti Gratton, Tom and Ron Hahn) Click for larger view.

Jody Tockes, along with her husband Rick, came in today to take a tour of CWTC. Jody is the owner of the HIVE Studio located at 305 Water Street in Downtown Peoria. Jody graciously donates an hour of her time twice a month to teach our consumers about the environment through various art projects in a natural setting. The consumers have used a variety of different media, such as acrylics, watercolor, pastels, pop bottle caps, paper mache, and empty toilet paper rolls. Many consumers call the HIVE their “happy place.” They are pictured with Don Rulis, Administrator of Vocational Services and Jennifer Shadowens, Manager of Community Integration.


CWTC served it's “Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon” to its consumers today, enjoying turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and all the "fixins!" The annual Thanksgiving meal has been a tradition with CWTC Board of Directors, staff and volunteers serving the meal. The Heart of Illinois United Way staff continued its annual tradition to share with the serving. Enjoy the pictures!


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’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.

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!
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.
Need to contact your state legislator? You can find contact information for your legislator HERE. Thank you for your support!
CWTC Upcoming Events
CWTC Community Day with Monical’s Pizza

Tuesday, February 24th
All Day!

Enjoy “dine-In” or “carry-out” any time today at Monical’s in Peoria (North Knoxville & Willow Knolls) and Pekin. CWTC receives 20% of the bill IF you present our flier at the time of ordering (including carry-out)! Download flier here soon.


Tell as many of your friends and families as possible! All restaurants are open 11AM-10PM.

An Evening at Oliver's Pizza

Tuesday, March 24th
North Peoria & Peoria Heights

Enjoy great food with CWTC at Oliver’s Pizza! Oliver’s Pizza will donate 15% of all pre-taxed food sales (less alcohol) from all guests who present a CWTC voucher to their server or cashier when they purchase food between 3:30PM and 10PM (does NOT include carry-out)! Download flier HERE!