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.

Performance Update

Community Integration

July 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

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CWTC has received a $5,000 grant from the Fritz and Doris S. Reuling Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. The grant will be used to continue the Inspiring Art Abilities program to help individuals with disabilities express themselves through increased access to art, build self-esteem and self-discipline, appreciate, and increase their knowledge about art.
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 or CWTC and the individuals we serve.” Read more about the program 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!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the annual CWTC Bowl-A-Thon at Landmark Lanes. It was a huge success and everyone was throwing strikes. (Well, almost!) As you can tell, we all had a great time and can’t wait until next year! Thank you for your supports of adults with disabilities. Check out the pictures HERE!
The CWTC Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria was another huge success! Forty-four teams battled it out for the top cash prize! Congratulations to the Law Offices of Chris Doscotch for taking home the trophy! Thank you to WMBD/WYZZ's Clay Gordon and Lindsey Mills for being our wonderful hosts for the evening and thank you for coming out to support adults with disabilities! See more pictures HERE!
Thanks to the many folks from Caterpillar in Morton who provided breakfast, gifts and a visit from Santa this morning as we all celebrated our annual Christmas Breakfast. The air was filled with smiles and music everywhere along with a heart full of gratitude. See the pictures HERE!

Picasso, Monet, Dali and Van Gogh would have all been proud! It was a great night with a great turnout for our Inspiring Art Abilities Art Show @ The Hive on Friday, December 4th. CWTC consumers displayed their artwork while visitors took time to view their masterpieces. The attendees enjoyed some snacks while talking with the artists and learning about their techniques and inspirations. We appreciate those who came out and supported our adults with disabilities! See the pictures HERE!


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 program has been made possible by a grant from the Community Impact Fund and the Eugene & Harriett Swager Fund for Public Art of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

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
Save The Date!

CWTC Pathway Awards Dinner & Auction
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
East Peoria, IL

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