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Taste of TCRC partnering with Miller Center to open café…

December 7, 2020



“Taste of TCRC” partnering with Miller Center to open café


Pekin – The “Taste of TCRC” program has expanded its services and is partnering with Miller Center in Pekin to open a café to the public.  Since Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. (TCRC) opened up its kitchen program in 2013, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have learned job skills to help them find sustainable community employment.  Jamie Durdel, TCRC’s President & CEO says, “the goal of the Taste of TCRC is simply to provide quality food while teaching employable skills to the individuals that we serve.  We have had many different opportunities since 2013 through our kitchen program including a few small community sales locations, food carts, and many catering contracts but this partnership allows us to work together with another mission driven agency serving the community to continue what we’ve built upon in the past few years.”

Since 2013, the “Taste of TCRC” has assisted over 100 individuals with disabilities to learn culinary job skills to assist them in finding meaningful employment. 

“The mission of this program has always been to teach employable skills in every area of the kitchen from growing to preparing to sales and we are very proud of the progress we have made”, says Greg Cassidy, TCRC’s Chief Operating Officer. “We have a great relationship with Miller Center and look forward to the partnership”.

The café, which is currently providing curbside pick-up, is open Monday-Friday from 10:30-1:30 at the Miller Center in Pekin, located at 551 S. 14th Street.  Menu items are familiar to those who have supported TCRC the past few years with things like fresh salads and soups, daily burger specials, chicken salad, pork chops, pulled pork nachos, etc.  To order curbside, contact us at (309) 202-2368 or follow us on Facebook at


Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social service agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and visual impairments in central Illinois.  More information about our programs and services can be found at


For more information, please contact Jamie Durdel, TCRC’s President and CEO, at (309) 347-7148 or

2020 Spring/Summer Newsletter

In the Spring/Summer issue we talk Quarantine! Quarantine! and Quarantine!, how we miss our people, what we are doing to get through this trying time, and how our biggest fundraiser event has been pushed back to August 5th….and so much more!

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2019 Fall/Winter Newsletter

In this new Fall/Winter issue we talk about our Residential updates, our partnership with Better Earth Logistics, TCRC Transitions starting up at ICC, our journey into Self-Advocacy Certification….and so much more!

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2019 Spring/Summer Newsletter

In this new Spring/Summer issue we are announce our new program Transitions by TCRC at ICC, the Food Cart expansion within our Taste of TCRC Kitchen program, 2019 Fashion Show fun, a glimpse at our upcoming Charity Golf Classic “Luau on the Links”….and so much more!

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March is DD Awareness Month!

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation that the month of March would be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with disabilities.”

Please take a moment and read our 2019 Spring Appeal letter which entails the wonderful, new and upcoming program we are focusing on during DD Awareness Month. We are so proud of the partnership, as well as the resources ICC is helping us provide to so many of our individuals who currently lack the availability of this opportunity.

A huge thank you to all of our continued supporters, partners, as well as our staff who make all of this possible, we really would not be able to do this without YOU!

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by clicking the small orange “Donate” button at the top of our website homepage, the large orange “Donate” box in the middle of our website homepage, or you can call our office Monday through Friday, 8:00AM-4:00PM, and place a donation over the phone. Thank you so much in advance for helping us with our mission!

Click to open the 2019 Spring Appeal letter for DD Awareness Month…

2018 Fall/Winter Newsletter

In this new Fall/Winter issue we are proud to announce our amazing partnership with ICC, the growth of sales in the community with our Taste of TCRC Kitchen, a hint at the Illinois A.B.L.E & Special Needs Trust presentation we have coming up in the Spring….and so much more!

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2018 Spring/Summer Newsletter

This issue spotlights……our Springboard growth, #GivingTuesday update, 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, Business After Hours, the Human Services Collaborative….and so much more!

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2017 Fall Newsletter

This issue spotlights……our Pekin Springboard opening soon, the Morton Pumpkin Festival partnership, Metamora Industries partnership, the 2017 Help-A-Thon, the Wolfer Family generosity….and so much more!

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2017 Spring Newsletter

This issue contains Community Partnerships, our 3 year CARF Accreditation Certificate, the 2017 Wonka Prom, Developmental Disabilities Month Fashion Show collaboration with Christopher & Banks, Upcoming Events and so much more!

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Dog Treats

We have partnered with local banks and private customers who are purchasing our dog treats to hand out at their business or just for their personal pets. Taste of TCRC’s Paws for a Cause are made with flour, water, sugar, parsley flakes, eggs, and margarine and dogs love em. Please store in your freezer for freshness. Questions? Contact or 309-347-7148