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1913 W. Townline Rd. Peoria, IL 61615


January / February 2020

A message from our CEO

We can’t believe it’s already been a year since we announced our acquisition of services in Southern Illinois. Since then, EP!C has continued to grow and expand to provide supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Speaking of expanding, with 2020 officially here, EP!C will spend the next year celebrating our 70th Anniversary! What started as services for 10 children has grown to serve over 12 counties in the state of Illinois. Over this next year we will tell EP!C stories of our past, or present and our future.

Whether making a special anniversary donation, or attending our Birthday Bash in September, we hope you will join us and be engaged in this very special year.

Over this next year we will tell EP!C stories of our past, present, and future.

What’s your EP!C story?



Bon Appetit

Join us for an EP!C evening with Chef Julie Taboulie on March 26, 2020.

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Giving Tree

An EP!C Thank YOU to our holiday elves who participated in Giving Tree this past holiday season! These merry-makers bought gifts for our folks in the group homes and our programs, helped wrap and sort them for delivery by our maintenance staff. Each year we are thankful for the giving spirit everyone contributes to this program to ensure that our folks have the merriest holiday season possible!



Sensory Room

Thanks for grants from the Morton Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Peoria EP!C now has a sensory room at our Townline facility. This room utilizes sensory therapy and includes elements like a crash pad, weighted blankets, lava lamp, white noise machine, wall projector, bubble tube, sensory box, liquid tiles and more. Everything in the space was carefully chosen and placed so that individuals can relax and engage in calming techniques allowing them to better enjoy their environment.



EP!C Employees 

Sheryl Martin was named our Employee of the Month for November. Sheryl often wears many hats including running our print shop and mailing services where we work on jobs for many local customers. Her nominator said, “Sheryl remained positive with the challenges of learning a new printing system and machine.”

December’s Employee of the Month was Pat Thomas. Her team nominated her because “she always goes the extra mile to make sure our people supported are going well in their jobs. She empowers each individual to be their best self while treating them with the respect they deserve.”




Mid-July through October (About 16 weeks)

“CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA allows individuals to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by our EP!C Harvest participants.


Each week, you will receive a box containing 6-12 freshly harvested, in-season veggies.


Every other week, you will receive a box containing 6-12 freshly harvested, in-season veggies.

Receive at $30 voucher to the greenhouse for spring flowers if paid in full by January 31st. Refer a friend and receive a discount off your CSA when they sign up!

READY TO JOIN? Contact Trent Hostettler at (309)264-3319 or to get answers to your questions and to request sign-up materials.



Quarterly Family Gatherings

EP!C was started by families and it’s imperative that families stay involved and engaged with the work we do. Please mark your calendars for the 2020 Family Gatherings.

March 26 – Bon Appetit

June 18 – Tell your EP!C Story – Townline

September 10 – Family Fun Night / 70th Birthday Bash – Townlined

December 5 – CLS Holiday Open House & Decorating



Share Your EP!C Story

As we celebrate our 70th Anniversary, we are looking for photos, stories, testimonials (interviews), volunteers to identify images, etc. to help tell the EP!C Story.

Contact Ashley Schreck, Director of Marketing, at, or call (309)689-3605

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