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 Workshop and Training Center, Inc. depends on the generosity of individuals in the community, like you, to help people in need. CWTC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible.
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
Debra Cline at (309) 686-3300.

Community Integration

Outcomes for Six Months only – July 1, 2013

to December 31, 2013


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CWTC, Community Workshop and Training Center, Inc., is celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2015, serving adults with disabilities since 1960. On Tuesday, September 1st, CWTC along with the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce will highlight the event with a ribbon cutting at 3215 N. University in Peoria at 10AM. Many dignitaries will be attending and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served.


CWTC Executive Director Patti Gratton says, “We are so very proud to be celebrating our 55th year of providing services to adults with disabilities. CWTC is still providing quality residential and vocational services to a large population of adults with varying disabilities and assisting them in maximizing their potential and increasing their independence.”


Community Workshop Training Center, Inc. presents its annual “CWTC Pathway Awards, Dinner and Auction” Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in East Peoria. The evening festivities celebrate accomplishments of CWTC’s consumers, pay tribute to the many people who have helped CWTC in the past year and salute those who have contributed in extraordinary ways.


The auction and cocktails begin at 5:00PM, with the dinner and program starting at 6:00PM. Tickets are just $50 and reservations are being accepted by calling Leslie Buhl at 686-3300, or you can make reservations and pay HERE! Deadline is Thursday, September 3rd at 12 Noon.

CWTC will be celebrating 55 years of service to adults with disabilities this year during our annual Pathway Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. To highlight the occasion, we are raffling off a beautiful emerald and diamond pendant necklace on an 18", 14K gold chain. It was donated by Potter & Anderson jewelers and has a value of over $1,500. Raffle tickets are just $10 each and the winning ticket will be drawn the night of the celebration. Pick up tickets at CWTC or contact your favorite staff person. (Click on image for a closer look!)

CWTC will host a Job Fair Wednesday, September 16th from 3-7PM at our North University Street location! This year, CWTC is celebrating 55 years of service to adults with disabilities and their families. We are currently seeking candidates for Residential Support, Job Coaches, Contract Packaging and others. Full and part-time employment is available (depending on the position) along with various shift opportunities. Please bring resume and/or be prepared to complete employment application. Immediate interviews will be taking place. Don’t miss out! CWTC is hiring and would love to meet you! Staff at the job fair will share information about the various positions open and what to expect from employment at CWTC. CWTC is proud of our great benefits package for our full-time employees! Come to the job fair and learn more! For questions about employment at CWTC or about the upcoming job fair, please contact Mona Robinson at (309) 686-3300 Ext 247 or at


Congratulations to Executive Director Patti Gratton who has been honored as a recipient of the prestigious 25 Women in Leadership Award, presented by WEEK TV. The award is designed to recognize women who have demonstrated unswerving dedication to the betterment of themselves, their family, their company, and their community at large. Patti and the other recipients will be honored at the 15th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon at the Par-a-dice Hotel & Casino on September 3rd. Click HERE to see video.


Thanks to Maggie Donahue from Menold Construction & Restoration for coming by CWTC to take a tour. She is pictured here with Jennifer Shadowens, Manager of Community Integration (L). Maggie also brought a check from Menold's to donate to the Pathway Awards Dinner & Auction. We appreciate their support of adults with disabilities!


Two more members of the community stopped by CWTC to take a tour of the facility. Karen Cotton and Roger Goodson from Illinois American Water joined Executive Director Patti Gratton for the visit.  Our thanks to them for taking time out of their busy schedule to see what our staff and consumers do at CWTC and in the community. Click on image for larger view.

Mary Schuh, Human Resource Generalist from Maui Jim, was in to take a tour of CWTC. Mary thoroughly enjoyed the tour and meeting many of our consumers and staff members. She is pictured here with Bill Adams, Manager of Employment Services for CWTC. We appreciate Maui Jim's support of adults with disabilities.

CWTC is a weekly stop on Friday mornings from 8 to 9 AM for the Tri County Fresh Food Van operated by the gitm Foundation.   CWTC collaborates with  the gitm Foundation which provides opportunities for CWTC consumers to develop ‘green’ job skills through volunteering with the van stop and at the Tri County Fresh Food Hub in East Peoria.  See more HERE!


Camp Big Sky has become a popular destination for many CWTC consumers. It is located in Farmington IL, and provides outdoor experiences for children and adults with disabilities. Check out the pictures…and the smiles…of those enjoying a day at Camp Big Sky!

Celebrating 55 Years of Service!
We always enjoy it when members of the community take an interest in the mission of CWTC and visit our facility to see what our staff and consumers do. Dr. Keith Knepp, Executive V.P. and Chief Operating Officer of Unity Point Methodist|Proctor stopped in to take a tour with Executive Director Patti Gratton.
Periodically, we get asked if CWTC has a wishlist. Yes, we do! There are a list of items we use on a regular basis. Some we use at the main facility, while others may be used at one of our residential facilities throughout Central Illinois. You may be looking to donate a new item, or have a gently used item you would like to pass along. You can see the list by clicking here!
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 Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday, September 1st


CWTC is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate our 55th anniversary of service to adults with disabilities. Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Staff, Ambassadors and special guests will be there and the public is invited to attend. There will be refreshments including a cake provided by Sam’s Club bakery.

CWTC Pathway Awards Dinner and Auction!
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CWTC will be celebrating 55 years of service to adults with disabilities this year during our annual Pathway Awards Dinner on at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. Among the highlights of the occasion, we are raffling off a beautiful emerald and diamond pendant necklace on an 18K gold chain, donated by Potter & Anderson Jewelers with a value of over $1,500. Make reservations and pay HERE!
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