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1913 W. Townline Rd. Peoria, IL 61615


May / June 2019

A Message from our CEO

New Minimum Wage Law and How it Impacts our Staff and the Individuals We Serve.

A large portion of how we operate is determined by the Government and while EP!C can’t lobby we most certainly can advocate and we feel it’s our duty to educate our individuals, Families, Guardians, Staff and Supporters on how these decisions affect them. There are currently two bills presented to the Illinois House of Representatives that require Action on your behalf. HB2148– Disability Worker Wage ensures our front-line staff earn a professional wage and not a minimum wage. We are asking for your help in voicing PROPOSITION to this.The bill asks legislators to increase the rates and reimbursements for Direct Support Professionals (DSP’s) on or before July 1, 2019, so their base wage is not less than $5.25 per hour ABOVE the highest state minimum wage.  HB3340 – Subminimum Wage Phase-Out aims to do just that, phase out sub-minimum wage. We are asking for your help in voicing OPPOSITION to this. We currently serve 43 people who don’t meet the minimum wage threshold and the ability for us to be able to provide them a sub-minimum wage gives them the opportunity to gain skills and albeit smaller, earn their own paycheck.Imagine what a difference these legislatures will make in the lives of our staff and the quality of services our individuals will continue to receive. Please consider taking action you will be helping our legislators understand the impact this decision will have on the people we serve. Thank you on behalf of EP!C Individuals and Staff.

Job PlacementEP!C Job Placement Program

Matching reliable employees with local employers.

Contact Kaitlin McVey at or 309-689-3724.



WingfestPeoria Wingfest

Enjoy wings from participating restaurants, live entertainment by Barstool Heroes and The Blank Stairs, and a selection of unique craft beers. Participating restaurants will compete for 1st place awards in Hottest, Traditional, Exotic, Barbeque, and “Best in Show” wing categories.

It’s Sunday, May 19th and a percentage of the proceeds will go to EP!C!

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“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.  Sign up for either a Full Share ($500, weekly) or Half Share ($350, every other week) to receive a box containing 6-12 freshly harvested, in-season veggies.

Season produce offered include heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes, peppers, carrots, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet corn, onions, hot peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower beets, kohlrabi, melons, various fruits, microgreens and herbs.

Ready to join?  Contact Katie Murphy at 309-689-3607 to get answers to your questions and to request sign-up materials.

Click here for more information.

Beth BrittonTonja GunterEP!C Employees

The employee of the month for March was Tonja Gunter. Two other employees nominated her and said “Her positive attitude and dependability gives the individuals a consistent and reliable staff member…There are often times when Tonja goes above and beyond normal shift duties and has a positive attitude the entire time.” “Her dependability gives the individuals a consistent and reliable staff member. Not only do the individuals feel comfortable and relaxed while she’s in their home, but they know they can depend on her”.

Beth Britton was selected as our Employee of the Month for April. Beth “takes initiative to help wherever is needed, without hesitation and goes beyond what is expected. She truly cares about the people we serve.” She also works with our individuals who like to sing by volunteering to lead the EP!C Choir each year at the Community Festival of Nativities.

Bon Appetit

EP!C Bon Appétit

Thanks to all our amazing sponsors and guests, EP!C was able to surpass this year’s goal!




EP!C Volunteer Newsletter

Our Volunteers now have their very own e-newsletter!

Contact Carmen McCarthy, Development Coordinator, at or call 309-689-3606 to sign up.

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