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.

Annual Performance

FY 2015

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CWTC served its “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. Also participating was Congressman Darin LaHood and his son Lucas. Enjoy the pictures HERE!


CWTC consumer and Special Olympics Unified Sports athlete, Chad Gatlin, was recently chosen to be one of 8 Special Olympics short track speed skating athletes from around the country to participate in an exhibition relay race and clinic with US Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno. The invitational was held on Friday, Nov 13th in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Among the highlights of the trip was to meet Apolo prior to the event. The evening’s festivities were taped to be showcased on NBC Sports Network November 27th at 8PM.


Chad trains with the Tri-County Independents speed skating team under the direction of Barb and Larry Needham. Chad has been preparing for the event with help from Don Rulis, Administrator of Vocational Services at CWTC and speed skating coach. See more here!


CWTC consumers are getting in touch with their creative side, thanks to the Inspiring Art Abilities program, providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to engage in the creative development of artwork under the direction of skilled, community based artists. The program was set up to inspire individuals with disabilities to express themselves through increased access to art, build self-esteem and self-discipline, appreciate, and increase their knowledge about art.

CWTC artists have created a portfolio of paintings at the studio and are showing their artwork to the greater Peoria community at various local businesses. See more HERE!


Inspiring Art Abilities is funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

CWTC presented our annual “Pathway Awards Dinner & Auction” Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015, 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. This year, CWTC celebrated its 55th anniversary and the Emerald Anniversary provided the theme for the evening. See photos here!

The City of Peoria for acknowledged and observed CWTC's 55 years of service this year. Mayor Ardis issued the proclamation at Tuesday night's City Council meeting while Councilman Chuck Grayeb offered his congratulations. Accepting the proclamation is Don Rulis, Administrator of Vocational Services.


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 were honored at the 15th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon at the Par-a-dice Hotel & Casino on September 3rd. Click HERE to see Patti's video.

Celebrating 55 Years of Service!
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
Chillin' With Chili's!
Now thru December 31st

Open to close!
Peoria AND East Peoria Locations


Enjoy “dine-In” or “carry-out” any time before December 31st at Chili’s in Peoria or East Peoria. CWTC will receive 15% of the bill IF you present our voucher at the time of ordering (including carry-out)! Download the voucher HERE. Print it out or save it to your phone! Tell as many of your friends and families as possible!

Registration is Open!
Registration is now open for the 2016 Super Trivia Challenge. Seating is limited so click here to sign up or for more information. It's going to be a night to remember!