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.

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July 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

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CWTC is proud to announce that we have been named a Community Partner with the Heartland Festival Orchestra as they continue their tradition of partnering with deserving local nonprofit organizations this season. In connection with each concert, the Heartland Festival Orchestra makes a monetary contribution to the community partner, shares the onstage spotlight before each concert with the partner's spokesperson, and offers the partner an opportunity and venue to showcase its programs for concert-goers. CWTC Night is September 10, 2016 at Five Points in Washington. Here are the details:

Concert Program: Beethoven's Eighth Wonder

Featuring Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

Dramatic works of joyous spirit and revolutionary form by Beethoven, including his Violin Concerto interpreted by Rachel Barton Pine, Illinois native and international star.

Tickets are on sale now here. For more information, call (309) 339-3943. We would love it if you could join us!

Our annual CWTC Pathway Awards Dinner and Auction is coming up on Wednesday, September 14th at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. It is our largest fundraiser and it helps support programs and services for adults with disabilities. We have begun selling tickets for our CA$H Raffle with three cash prizes; $1,000, $300 and $200. Tickets are just $5.00 each. The winners will be drawn the night of the dinner and you need not be present to win! Ask any staff member for tickets or visit CWTC at 3215 N. University Street in Peoria! By the way, you can make your reservations for the CWTC Pathway Awards Dinner and Auction HERE!

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois stopped by CWTC today to present a $5,000 grant. The grant will be used to continue the Inspiring Art Abilities program, helping individuals with disabilities express themselves through increased access to art, build self-esteem and self-discipline, appreciate, and increase their knowledge about art. The grant is made possible by the Fritz and Doris S. Reuling Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

CWTC Executive Director Patti Gratton says, “We are very grateful to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois for this grant. Our adults with disabilities continue to grow and discover new talents as they explore the world of art, through the Inspiring Art Abilities program. We appreciate the support for CWTC and the individuals we serve.” Read more about the program here!


Thanks to Jennifer Wick from Caterpillar for coming in to take a tour of CWTC. Jennifer hopes to become more involved with CWTC and wanted to see for herself what we were all about. Jennifer was really impressed with our mission and is pictured with Executive Director Patti Gratton on the right. Click on the picture for a larger view.

The Inspiring Art Abilities program has expanded this year, working with a new medium, thanks to Jacob Grant, owner of the Wheel Art Pottery Studio. CWTC consumers got their first lessons with clay and pottery, producing beautiful pieces and lots of smiles. Wheel Art is a pottery studio and school offering classes to beginning and intermediate adults and children, workshops for all ages, birthday parties, children's summer camp and memberships for experienced potters. They are located in Peoria’s Warehouse District at 1101 SW Washington St. See more pictures HERE!

The first Inspiring Art Abilities Art Show was held at The Waterhouse in Peoria on Friday, March 11th. Our many talented artists produced stunning artwork. We appreciate you coming out to support their gifts with your donations and time. Thanks to the Metamora High School Jazz Ensemble for providing our wonderful music for the evening. A BIG thank you to Jody Tockes and the Hive for your patience, support and inspiration and providing our artists a true “Happy place” to create and explore. Also, thank you to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois for supporting this program through grant dollars. See more HERE!

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 are still debating the budget with no end in sight. 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
Heartland Festival Orchestra Community Night
with CWTC

Five Points Washington
September 10, 2016, 7:30PM

Beethoven's Eighth Wonder

Dramatic works of joyous spirit and revolutionary form by Beethoven, including his Violin Concerto interpreted by Rachel Barton Pine, native Illinoisan and international star. CWTC is their Community Partner for this night.

Adults: $35

Kids / Students: $8

Get tickets HERE!
CWTC Pathway Awards Dinner & Auction

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
East Peoria, IL

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. Make reservations HERE!
2017 CWTC Super Trivia Challenge!
Friday, January 13, 2017
Doors open at 6:00PM, Trivia begins at 7:00PM
Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria, IL