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. See more pictures

It was nice to have a new guest in to take a tour of CWTC. Mark Little, Chief Information Officer of Peoria County, stopped in to visit with Executive Director Patti Gratton and see first-hand what we do and the accomplishments of our CWTC consumers. You can schedule a tour, simply by calling Rick Stephenson at 309-686-3300.

The CWTC Super Trivia Challenge at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria was another huge success! Forty-three teams battled it out for the top cash prize! Congratulations to the Trivia Tribe for taking home the trophy! Thank you to WMBD/WYZZ’s Clay Gordon, Lindsey Mills and Lauren Rainson for being our wonderful hosts for the evening and thank you for coming out to support adults with disabilities! See photos

Congratulations to Jeff, one of CWTC’s consumers taking part in the Inspiring Arts Abilities program. This year Jeff provided the painting that was presented to the United Way Campaign Co-chairs at their annual Community Campaign Celebration, held Tuesday night, January 31st at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria. Michael Stephan presented the painting to Katie McCord Jenkins and Tom Jenkins with Jeff looking on. The painting was created around the quote, “The brightest stars are those who shine for the benefit of others.” Some of Jeff’s artwork will be on display at this years Inspiring Arts Abilities Art Show. More details coming soon!

The Inspiring Art Abilities Art Show was held at Mt. Hawley Country Club in Peoria on Friday, March 31st. Our many talented artists produced stunning artwork. We appreciate you coming out to support their gifts with your donations and time. A BIG thank you to Jody Tockes of the Hive along with Jacob Grant of Wheel Art Pottery for your patience, support and inspiration in providing our artists a place to create and explore. Also, thank you to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois for supporting this program through grant dollars.

We always enjoy it when community leaders take an interest in the mission of CWTC and visit our facility to see what our staff and consumers do. Peoria City Councilman Denis Cyr stopped in to take a tour with Executive Director Patti Gratton. We appreciate your support of adults with disabilities!

Thank you to the Gentlemen’s Cigar Society of Central Illinois for their generous donation to CWTC. Each year, they have their annual Beer & Cigar Herf, asking each member to donate $10 to raise funds for a deserving, local non-profit organization. This year, GCS chose CWTC to be the beneficiary. Pictured is Mark Little presenting a check for nearly $1,000 to Executive Director Patti Gratton.

The 2017 Pathway Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday September 12th at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in East Peoria, the evening featured a “baseball” theme, and guests wore their favorite major league baseball team apparel or team colors. We honored our “All-Stars”, the consumers, that have made extraordinary achievements this year and our “fans”, community partners, that have supported us throughout the year. It was a “World Series Event!” See pictures of the event

Spring is here and CWTC continues to “grow” our garden program. Our program provides CWTC consumers the opportunity to become involved at a variety of levels, but we could use some help! Garden or farming experience is not required! Volunteers are greatly appreciated.

Volunteers are needed in 2018 as we continue to “grow” our garden program. The program provides CWTC consumers the opportunity to become involved at a variety of levels from therapeutic recreation outlets to developing job skills leading to employment opportunities. Fostering healthy lifestyles for participants and the community is a part of the program. Help is needed at our large garden at the Dorchester Ridge Apartments in Peoria and at the CWTC Twin Oaks residential facility in Pekin.

Garden or farming experience is not required.   We appreciate any time you can give to help us!

For more information, contact Don Rulis at (309) 686-3300

Some areas where help is needed include:

– Garden design

– Tilling, soil preparation

– Composting

– Construction of garden beds, trellis, small structures, compost bins

– Planting

Ongoing needs throughout the growing season:

– Weeding

– Watering

– Ongoing harvest and produce distribution

– Pest management

– Assisting consumers in garden access and education

– Row covering management to extend growing season

CWTC is proud to announce that it has been accredited by CARF International for a period of three years for its programs and services. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. CWTC achieved 100% conformance to CARF International standards, demonstrating to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit in May, its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.