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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Dear friends,

Included on the November 8th ballot for Peoria County residents will be this referendum question: "Shall Peoria County increase property taxes by up to 0.5 cents for providing assistance to military veterans, their families, and families of deceased veterans and up to 1.0 cents for services delivered to its residents who are persons with developmental disabilities?"
CWTC, Easter Seals, EPIC, and Camp Big Sky received funding through a grant process from the tax revenue levied through the Peoria County Care and Treatment board in 2016 to address the multiple needs of thousands of persons with disabilities. Care and Treatment Boards may levy a maximum of 10 cents for the needs of those with disabilities. Presently Peoria County's tax levy for this purpose is just less than 1 Cent - one of the lowest statewide and the lowest in our region.
Voters will be asked on November 8th if they would like to see the levy for those with disabilities to move from basically 1 cent to 2 cents. If approved this new levy rate would generate new income to help serve the people with disabilities served by CWTC and Easter Seals, EPIC and Camp Big Sky in Peoria County. The total impact on homeowners for this increase for those with disabilities and veterans would be approximately an additional $6.33 on their annual property tax bill.
There will be 3 tax referendums on the November 8th ballot. This referendum is the one in the middle of the 3 proposed referendums.

Best Regards,

Patti Gratton
Executive Director
Community Workshop Training Center, Inc. presented their annual “CWTC Pathway Awards Dinner & Auction” Wednesday evening, September 14, 2016, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria. The evening festivities paid tribute to the many people who have helped CWTC and have contributed in extraordinary ways. It was a great night for everyone and you can catch some of the highlights HERE!

The St. Edward's Knights of Columbus from Chillicothe stopped by CWTC to present a check representing the proceeds of their annual Tootsie Roll sale. Pictured presenting the check is Bob Akers to CWTC Executive Director Patti Gratton. The money raised will be used by the residents of the Crabel Court facility in Chillicothe! Thank you for your support of adults with disabilities!


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
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